This is my daughter’s room. Needless to say, I welcomed Chapter 20 of “I Used to Be So Organized- Organizing Children’s Rooms and Treasures”.
Lauren comes by it naturally. I remember my room looking much the same. It didn’t matter how many times my mom came in and cleaned it…the mess returned. It’s the same story with Lauren. I go in once every few weeks and clean up only to see it back in its messy state a few days later. And that’s when it happens – I become what Lysa Terkeurst would call “Unglued”.
Gum on the floor, papers littering the bed, toys on the ground jabbing into my feet, clothes shoved in a corner…I completely lose it. I ask her why she can’t keep it clean. I demand that she try harder. I lecture her about the proper care of her clothing. Then I walk back to my room, notice my closet, and realize what a hypocrite I am.
I am just as messy, my mess just manifests in different ways. She comes by it naturally. Part of me wants to “reform” her…but God prompts me to let her be exactly who she is.
She is creative, and with creative often comes a bit messy. I wouldn’t have her any other way. I can put the tips from Chapter 20 into practice, hoping that the next time I step into her room I will not be greeted with a Lego stabbing me in the foot. I want to teach her ways to manage her clutter so that she experiences less stress. But yelling at her, exploding, and becoming angry does not accomplish that.
Yes…clearly, I am in need of our next Online Bible Study – Unglued. And perhaps you are too? I have read a bit of “Unglued” by Lysa Terkeurst and it is phenomenal. I don’t just say that so you will buy the book – I say it because it is true.
As much as I have improved over the years when it comes to having a handle on my emotions – when it comes to how I treat those I love most – I still find my attitude at times to be unmanageable and unacceptable. What a gift we have had studying “I Used to Be So Organized”. I hope our hearts and minds are a bit more clutter free. But dear sister, let me encourage you to never stop growing. Please pray about joining the Unglued study that begins September 23rd. I say pray about it because I want you to take this commitment seriously. If you decide you would like to sign up you may do so at www.melissataylor.org .
This is going to be an amazing study, and one I hope you will join us for. I am giving away a copy of “Unglued” today. To enter to win all you need to do is leave a comment below. Just share whatever is on your heart today. I would love to hear from you! You have until August 9th at midnight to enter and I will announce the winner.
Finally, I want to leave you with Psalm 20: 1-5. It has been an absolute privilege to get to know you all throughout this study…
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.