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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Beautiful Failure

This past week I have been clinging tightly to this verse:

It was college finals week which is always difficult.

It was made even more challenging in that I had some intensive dental work done last week which resulted in a massive infection on the left side of my face from my throat up to my ear.  #ouch

The one thing I had to keep reminding myself is that even though I can DO ALL THINGS God never expects me, or any of us, to do all things AT ONCE.

So even though I would like to be superwoman, honestly, she just does not exist.

Something will always gotta give.

This week it was:

The kitchen sink….

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…the bathroom sink…

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…dirty laundry in the hamper, clean but wet laundry in the washer, and unfolded laundry in the dryer...

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…tablescapes that will never be pinned…

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…slipcovers and pillowcases that are weeks overdue for a washing due to dogs with muddy paws jumping up on couches.

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Then of course several outdoor projects have been put on hold…

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…as we try to finish a big indoor project that has a deadline, not just on paper, but also I NEED want to finish because I am just plain tired of the encompassing mess that is spilling out into other rooms.

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On a day I was being particularly hard on myself I stepped outside and God reminded me of this:

It came in the form of a flower created by seeds sown by my own hand almost two months ago. It brought forth a promise that this area will eventually blossom into great beauty. A gentle reminder that a lovely garden, like life, is not created in a day. It requires work, patience and faith.

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So yes, my sinks were dirty but I once again finished the semester with a 4.0 because I let some things go.

Bloom on my friends.

Laura

“Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail.” ~ Lamentations 3:22

19 comments :

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

You do so much. The dishes can wait, take care of ourself and congrats on another great finals report.

Laura said...

Laura, I don't know of anyone who works harder than you.
If I were there I would do what my mother always did for me: place my hand on your forehead and say 'everything is going to be ok'.

Simply LKJ said...

Yes, we can do it, but just not all at once. I have to constantly remind myself of this one. Sometimes God does the reminding by sidelining us! LOL Congrats on the 4.0!!!

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

Wish I could help you.

Jeanie said...

A lovely overarching thought here supplemented with the loveliest of photos -- despite the fact that they are mostly "to do list" things! We all have that list. I loved that you shared yours!

Lisa said...

As a dear friend once told me,"Some days you're the bug and some days you're the windshield" .LOL The good news is that it passes. Laundry gets washed AND folded (my kids never did get this to my satisfaction), dishes get scrubbed and your bathroom reno will be completed. That's life. We stumble, we falter, and with God's grace we overcome. And you dear one overcame with a 4.0. Whoo Hoo!!!!!!! Lovely post!

happywonderer.com said...

Well done with your school work. Oh the messes I could show you...
I'm so glad God loves his sheep!

Katie Mansfield said...

Congratulations! It will all get done eventually. I can't wait to see your powder room.

Lorrie said...

Congratulations on your 4.0! Yes, we have to let some things go in order to accomplish others. A wise thing to learn.

Janet Garon said...

You are super woman! A 4.0 is fantastic! Congratulations!

Rita C. said...

Type E woman - everything to everybody. A heartfelt congratulations on your semester outcome. I empathize with your struggles each and every time you write about juggling school with all else. And I can empathize on the dental work too. I hope it's all ok now.
Rita

Pondside said...

You are so hard on yourself, and I think that there are many of us who recognise what you're going through because we've been there. It's good to read that you have things in perspective!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Laura,
I say this with great kindness and empathy... I always say I have an S on my chest but it is not for Superwoman but sometimes for Stupid and Sucker!! LOL!! You need to take care of yourself and conscious on priorities! The house and everything that needs to be done can wait but to achieve a straight A average...now that is being a Superwoman!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!! I too went back to Big Lot's and bought a few more Fairy Garden items!!

Hugs,
Deb

lynn cockrell said...

We are all human, Laura. No one can be all things and do all things at once. The finals were a definite deadline that had to be met and meet it you did. Congratulations on that 4.0!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

First, congratulations on your success. Second, thanks a lot for those honest pictures, my cottage is a mess right now as the exams are drawing closer and I do many more hours to make sure my pupils are ready. They deserve that time, it'll make a difference in their future, whereas a clean house will make no difference in the world!

Lincuden Cottage Life said...

A house can be tidied up any time, a 4.0 is a wonderful achievement! Congratulations! ;)

Auntie Em said...

Congratulations on your 4.0 mark! That is awesome. Yea for you and all your hard work.
Oh my dear Laura! I am so glad to know you are human. Bless your heart for worrying about all the day to day stuff that is called life. Sounds like you are very sick and should be curled up in bed and have some one taking care of you. An infection that bad is very serious! Take care of yourself. {{{hugs}}}

deborah said...

Congratulations on the 4.0! Hooray!

I don't know that I want to be superwoman or wonderwoman, but I would like to be able to keep things all done up! It's not possible, though. I have too many things I want to do and have to do and things I enjoy doing and people I want to spend time with. Such is life!

Really, really loving the quote about taking pride and having faith. Exactly! Look for the good!

Stacey said...

I love this post! I hate that you had the painful infection and hope that it is much better now. Life really does throw us curves quite regularly and we have to carry on step by step. Thanks for the encouragement. ;)