finding contentment


I played hooky from bible study today because I was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the state of my home.  I don't know about you but when my house is in chaos (not just disarray but chaos) I cannot function well.

So today I had a date with my cleaning supplies.  As soon as my quiet time and coffee were finished I set about feathering my nest.  Decluttering and wiping away grime as I went along from room to room.

Sometimes the mess sneaks up on me and other times I know it's building but life gets busy and I start procrastinating and wham! before I know it I am in full on melt down mode from the stress of it all.

But, if I am going to practice what I preach, I needed to seek and savor the beauty even in this moment.  Sometimes when outward beauty is not easy to spot, I need to look inward and find it in my heart where it's always tucked the knowledge that my house is messy because it is full of people I love and my life is busy with activities that bring me joy.  Plus, I have the physical ability to get it all cleaned up and the comfort of a roof over my head.

And right now, I have my feet curled up on the sofa and a warm cup of tea in my hand and am feeling wonderfully content.  I hope you can feel it, too.

xo, Patty


  1. Patty, I hate for my house to be dusty. It seems to be all the time when we burn wood. I dust about least in the living room. When My girls were small, I used to tell them I was going to spray the cat with endust and chase him thru the house . I just told Sheri of Red Rose Alley, that I was going to borrow the neighbor's cat and do that....of course I am just kidding...who has energy to chase a cat. LOL. Remember how we used to spring clean..oh my , I am doing well if I get a wall washed down these days. Hope you can do a little each day maybe. xoxo,Susie

  2. I'm the same way, I start getting over whelmed too, I get crunchie and irritable I need to have my house clean... I love you Bee pitcher I have the teapot and cups and saucers. I have been looking for more pieces but can't find a one any where... Happy WEDNESDAY with love Janice

  3. My house has been in very sad shape since I was sick so long. I have been cleaning too. It feels so good!!!
    XO Kris

  4. I feel that way too. I don't have to have everything spotless, but just nicely put away so the house looks nice. But, this is a great reminder to count our blessings, even in the messes :)

  5. when my house is a mess I get very cranky...and I stay cranky til its clean again:)

  6. Hi Patty,

    I can totally relate to this post. I cannot think or function if my house is not in order. Once it is, I can have the exact same problems and conquer them for the most part.

    I see we love those butterflies in our header. I am smiling....great minds think alike.

    Hope you are well.

    Hugs, Barb


© Lemons and Larkspur. Design by FCD.