by Lisa Cherry
Some of you who read this post today will simply not be ale to relate. If that's you, then please pray for the rest of us who can.
At the Cherry house, we have a terrible chronic problem.....
Oh, it's not a new issue. It's just one that seems to dog us year after year. "Why is it we can't seem to keep our house clean like the _________family," we have been known to lament. And then we would just raise up a new chore list system, roll up our sleeves and try a little harder.
Well, this morning our hardest efforts of failure came to a screeching halt. A family meeting was called to "get us back on track again" but the meeting was not going well. In fact, it was going terrible.
Our troops were looking horribly defeated. Our punishment systems were exhausted. And a sense of hopelessness was beginning to set in.
We had been defeated by a bunch of odd toys, stray socks, and dirty cups.
But that's when it happened. That's when the Holy Spirit breathed fresh life into our vacuum cleaner and dirty clothes hamper.
We, the Cherry's are not failures, He reminded us,....yet we had adopted a failure attitude.
We are not slobs although we had adopted a piggish aroma.
Why? Because we had all self identified ourselves as MESSY PEOPLE and FAILURES!
Even Josiah in his little six year old way showed us the depth of our mis-thinking when he innocently began asking us in the middle of our meeting how many punishment points he would be getting that day since he was sure ( in advance) that he would be making a new mess and forgetting to clean it up!
As a man thinks in his heart....so is he, Proverbs says. No wonder our behavior has been slipping! Too much emphasis on our weaknesses and not enough focus on who God made us to be!
So we decided to change our thoughts....and change our beliefs.
Our new strategy is already producing better results. Think clean. Think orderly. Think peace. Think beauty. Think love for work. Think hospitality. Think love for your brother and sister. Think success......
Ethan, our 12 year old even found us a dandy scripture to meditate on.
And now some laughter has returned to our hallway. Oh, we still have a few crumbs floating in our midst as you can see from our picture. But we are once again a team. An army. .....A family.
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It’s Family Fun Friday at Frontline Moms.
We have a tradition here at Frontline Moms. We spend so much of the week unmasking and frontlining and aiming for the remnant, that we need a little dose of Family Fun come Friday!