We have an enclosed deck that was supposed to be a nice three season room/entry way......but it really just ended up being a catch all for everyone's random belongings, dirty barn boots and shoes, and a place to put all the other stray items in my home as I am running out of corners to pile it in.
So do you ever get in one of those moods where you look around, get fed up and just need to just go on a wild cleaning spree? You know......you do a six hour marathon of sweeping, disinfecting and scrubbing. You start a huge purge of the crap you've been moving from place to place, get on your hands and knees and put some elbow grease and tackle walls and floors......maybe even really "do the windows"?
You have? Oh cool......let me know how that works for you. ;)
Kidding.....we'll kinda. I won't proclaim to ever have a spotless, well organized house. I keep our home clean.....but it's cluttered. And with six people living in a small ranch with less than 1800 sq. feet.....attempting to have and maintain a Martha Stewart house would be like shoveling during a snowstorm, in my opinion.
So yeah, I have a very lived-in home.....people tell me that it is nice and comfortable. Maybe it's because they can reach into one of our couch cushions and pull out an Oreo.....or think nothing about putting their feet up on our coffee trunk due to the fact that it is decorated with water ring marks, some permanent marker and the corners have been completely gnawed off by our dog.
So besides the relief of not needing coasters.......another perk of living in a somewhat unorganized home is that you never know what you might find when you finally get to that corner of the room and start sifting through that pile of clutter. Sometimes I find a random photo of one of the kids when they were babies and it brings me back to those
Well this past week, I decided that the deck was going to be my next project. I had to walk as if I was on a land mine field so as to not roll my ankle or trip on a skateboard or hula hoop. And since I am always barefoot, you can appreciate how careful I have to be if you have ever stepped on a Lego with no shoes on. One of those suckers can bring a grown man to his knees.
So I was sitting in the middle of the floor and I had my three piles surrounding me. Because that is how the professionals on TLC and the Home and Garden channel tell you to do it. You have your "toss, keep and donate" piles. My toss pile wasn't too big as I am a self admitting pack rat.......but I did force myself to put that framed grocery store receipt...... where I saved the ridiculous amount of $76 in coupons, to rest in the toss pile. *sigh* good times. good times.
Now I was up to my ears sorting through various winter accessories (including this FABULOUS pair of snow boots for me that I scored at GoodWill for $2.99, ca-ching) and just getting to that point of "what the heck did I start this project for?"....when I noticed a small envelop sticking out from under the futon.
Of course I was hoping to open it up and find that $500 un-cashed check.....but what I found was worth so much more. It was just a small slip of paper with this typed on it.
I am God.
Today I will be handling
all of your problems.
Please remember that I
do not need your help.
If the devil happens to
deliver a situation that you
cannot handle, DO NOT
attempt to resolve it.
Kindly put it in the
SFJTD (something for Jesus to do)
box. It will be addressed in
MY time, not yours.
Once the matter is placed
into the box, DO NOT hold
on to it or attempt to remove it.
Holding on or removal will delay the
resolution of your problem.
If it is a situation that you
think you are capable of handling,
please consult ME in prayer to be sure
that this is the proper resolution.
Because I do not sleep
nor do I slumber, there is no
need for you to lose any sleep.
Rest, my child.
If you need to contact Me,
I am only a prayer away.
(Hey, how funny is that "Lord knows"......yeah, pretty sure He was behind this)
You see, I still struggle with a few things that I have been having a hard time giving up total control on.....and this was such a blessing to read. I wonder if God had to coax one of His angels to strategically place this for me. I can see it now.....God giving the orders and the angel kicking his feet on the cloud....."Aw come-on God, I have to bring this to HER house?? Last time you sent me to that place, I stepped in dog poop on her lawn and almost broke my neck on that skateboard ramp. And now she has those smelly guinea hens on that deck and only YOU know what else I am gonna have to do to get this done! Can't you send Frank this time? He's had all the easy tasks this week"
OK, well maybe I just have a wild imagination and it didn't really go down that way.....but I do believe that God made sure that I found this mysterious message at just the right time.
And even though this was something that I know it was most definitely for my eyes to find.....I surely cannot keep this to myself. It is something that I want to share and hope this can bless someone. If this speaks and comforts at least one person who decided to come by and visit today....then I know I am putting this in my "keep" pile.
Peace and love~