(My littlest might just be the picture of not quite perfect but still really, really good!)
I absolutely love reading The Nester. In fact, her tagline (and now the title of her book) “it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful” rings over and over in my head oh-so-often when I'm fluffing up my home.
It reminds me while I'm adding a few knick knacks to my kids' rooms that just fluffed a bit and not-even-close-to-perfect is okay.
It encourages me while hanging wallpaper (eek!) that if there's a teeny-tiny flaw somewhere along the way, it's really not the end of the world.
And it allows grace, knowing that even if my home doesn't look like Martha Stewart just stopped by to decorate (or goodness gracious, the Nester herself . . .), the home that my family comes home to each day is really just fine.
And guess what else? It's a reminder that our lives are exactly the same way.
Last night, after a long day of putting kids on buses, missing them (a tiny bit?), mourning a little over missing my traditional back-to-school breakfast with good friends (not quite worth a drive to Alabama . . . ), hating that there was no one to knock on my door for a 5AM run, and just feeling a little more lost in this new home of ours, my running buddy texted to check in on the day. I was whining (so much more than I deserve to!), when she sent this text (I hope it's okay to share Carrie!)
She hit the nail on the head, didn't she?
My home doesn't have to be perfect. But it's good.
My kids don't have to be perfect. But they're good.
My situation for today is not just perfect. But it's good.
And really, my life won't likely ever be perfect.
But it's (really, really, really) good.
I went to bed last night thinking about how God's grace showers me so much more than this crazy-mess-of-a-momma every could have imagined. Right now things aren't perfect, but my life is so much better than I ever deserved.
If you're struggling along and feeling like nothing's just quite right in your own life ~ know that nothing really ever is just quite right.
(Well, maybe it is . . . I just haven't seen it yet?)
Beyond the facades we see of cute folks on the outside, hide a bunch of other folks feeling not-so-perfect too. But that doesn't mean that a single one of us ~ nor a single one of our lives ~ isn't good.
Be encouraged that your not-quite-perfect home, not-quite-perfect kids, and maybe even that not-quite-perfect husband (ahem?), is probably pretty darn good. Cling tight to the good in your life right now today in the midst of where you're at. I'm holding on to my not-quite-perfect too. 😉
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Linda Teague Johnson says
If you ever need shoulder of friend, I'm here.
Senga Forsyth says
Thanks, this is what I needed to hear, I have taken a screenshot of this to put up on my fridge just to remind me when I'm feeling not quite perfect but good
So glad Senga – goodness we all need to hear it most days! I need to put it on my fridge too 🙂
Tiffany Dillard Godsey says
Liz Thomas says
I keep reminding myself of that every day. My husband passed away 3 years ago and due to economics I had to sell my dream house and move in with my daughter, snl and 2 grandchildren. My life now isn’t perfect,like it was 3 years ago, but it is good enough!
Praying for you today Carolyn! You have a lot on your plate, but love that you can see the good in it. Thank you for being an encouragement to me!
Amy G Elrod says
Thanks for sharing, I really needed this today too! I have quite a few "not so perfect" things going on in my life right now, and the devil would love to drag me down with those circumstances, but instead I am trying to focus on the good and most of all on God.
Hang in there Amy – God has such good plans for you (I’m sure you know that!) Sending blessings right where you are today 🙂
Wow!!! Powerful words with a God-perfect timing. Thanks for your transparency and for sharing!
Thank you for your kind words Tonya!
Grace Clark-Thompson says
This is exactly what I needed to hear! We just moved from AZ to IL in June of this year and I have been struggling to get things just perfect so this is what I needed to hear today! We're happy, the hubs has a great peaceful job, I'm happier, we have a cute place with great charm… what can I say? We're blessed!
“A cute place with great charm” ~ Grace, that might just be perfect! I think we all need to be reminded how blessed we are though – so easy to forget in the craziness of life. 🙂
Jo Vogelsong says
How are you doing in Ohio?
Okay Jo (thank you for asking!) It’s been harder than I expected honestly, but I know with time things will get easier. Moving is just hard (and I kind of think I’d forgotten that!)
Barbara Baldwin Allen says
Can I share that picture? (I will hold myself to a standard of Grace not perfection)
Yes Barbara!!! 🙂