Lived In

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It is very rare and nearly impossible to keep house in such a way that cobwebs, dog hair, and/or dust bunnies do not introduce a challenge to most seasoned housekeepers.

Let it be noted, we are not nasty people, but we are not obsessive-compulsive about keeping a house that looks as though no one lives in it either.  Our house is what I like to endear with the “lived in” status.  I have learned that people who assume “lived in” status tend to stir up more dust especially when they nurture their softer side with the love and cuddles of two full grown Golden-doodles who happen to occupy indoor space in a room all their own.  Cobwebs…well they just happen because nobody that I know runs a broom around the ceilings on a weekly basis.

Have you ever been guilty of refusing the opportunity to have guests over to your house because you simply didn’t have it in your energy stores to go all nutso (is that a real word?) cleaning every nook and cranny? If you didn’t say yes then you are most likely telling a fib.  I think all women have found themselves in this predicament at one time or another.  We care how people perceive our dwelling space and the tidiness of our home.  Perhaps it’s part of that need to live up to the Proverbs 31 woman…idk.

My husband is constantly suggesting we have guests over for dinner or to watch a ballgame.  In fact, we are planning for guests this Saturday while UK plays.  (I think) Add to that, I keep a pretty hefty travel schedule with work that does not allow time to exercise my professional cleaning skills.  I am thankful that I have a lady who helps me out for a few hours twice a month, but this only keeps me afloat.  My house never looks like it did the first few years of marriage when I literally cleaned and picked up every single evening after work.  If I had the time now, I no longer possess the energy.

The longer I live I’m learning to loosen my grip on some of the silly things that knock me out of fellowship with others and relationship building.  If we are honest, we all just want permission to be a little less than perfect, ok… a lot less than perfect!  I’m much better at ministering to others when I allow them into my “lived in” space.  They relax, I relax, and it actually encourages others to open their homes for fellowship without the cloud of perfect condemnation hovering.

Thinking about my lived in house made me think of my heart!  I’m truly lived in!  The Holy Spirit lives inside me and when I allow Him to rule and reign so others can see Him in me, my imperfections don’t seem to matter so much anymore.  My weaknesses are made perfect in Him!

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

I hope you’ll embrace the lived in life!


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One Comment

  1. Posted April 3, 2014 at 9:08 am | Permalink

    Um… I think we might be sisters… 🙂
    Love this!

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