Friday, July 23, 2010

Woman With Plunger...Duck!!

"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."  Anna Quindlen

Super Woman I am not.  I do not have the perfect body, the perfect doo, the perfect home, or perfect kids and even though he is really close, I don't have the perfect husband either.  This being said, do I throw in the towel and give up?  Sure, I could dig through my closet and find that old and tattered sweater to hide in, cuddle up in a ball under the covers and pray that God would transform me in mighty external ways...a modern day Cinderella story.  But, I'm not going to do that.  There is another thing I am not...a quitter.

I am not promised tomorrow, so I want to make the best out of today.  It doesn't have to be a day that beats out all others with drama and excitement.  How about a day spent getting to know God better and the me that God created better?  How about a day that overflows with love for my kids (and trusting that when my love seems to be at a trickle, God's will kick in and have us on a raging river)?  How about a day when I value letting my kids be kids over needing the house to be completely clean?  One day they will have families of their own and I will have a spotless house and be lamenting not having my babies around to mess things up.  I still have my responsibilities to contend with, but I can do them "as unto the Lord" and be amazed by the Lord's transforming powers as I focus on Him instead of on wasting my time trying to be Super Woman.  I can get to know the woman that God created and enjoy myself on the journey.

I can trade in my notion of having a perfect body and instead enjoy being a part of the body of Christ.  I can let go of having the perfect home and replace it with visions of my "little slice of heaven" in God's Mansion.  I can quit harping at my children all the time and instead rejoice in God not being done with them yet.  Instead of focusing on my "Honey Do" list that never seems to get done, I can thank God for giving me a pretty great guy to spend the rest of my life with.

No, life is not all sunshine and roses, but being thankful and trusting God in His infinite wisdom to guide your life is a great place to start.  Trust me, I know how hard and frustrating life can get.  I'll share some of the really tough stuff in another post.  A quick example...I'm not joking when I say that almost every time my husband goes out of town, something goes wrong with our plumbing.  He's out of town right now and what was I doing at 11 last night?  Plunging the laundry room sink.  The sink wouldn't drain, so the washer wouldn't drain and I'm really wanting to go to bed.  Once I got the sink to drain, the drain in our floor started overflowing with the water from the sink...again.  Ugh!!!!  This is so frustrating for me.  We are getting to know our local plumber too well!!!!  I hate dealing with the wet floors and clogged drains, especially when I should be in bed reading a good book.  However, God is going to keep me humble in this area for some reason.  He knows I want to go screaming from the house when things get backed up.  Super Woman would either know how to fix it or would look REALLY good when the plumber showed up.  Me?  The Real Me?  I bang my head on top of the dryer, give a thankful shout out to God that there is no standing water and go to bed.   I'll just tack this issue onto my Honey Do List.

Maybe I'll get this verse tattooed backwards across my forehead so I can read it every time I look in the mirror:  "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."  Romans 12:12

Have a wonderful day and take a little time to get to know yourself and the beautiful person God created.


  1. I like it. I actually needed to read that today. I spend way tooo much time trying to become super woman. It never occurred to me "get to know the woman that God created and enjoy myself on the journey." what a thought to meditate over-wow. Thanks Denisa-Jody

  2. This is a very inspiring post. Thank you so much. It is always so refreshing for people to share their real "selves".......frustrations and all.
    Be blessed.

  3. In your eyes you may not be Super Woman. In God's eyes your are more than that. You are your mates perfect help meet, a loving mama, and a friend. The days your tired remember that your strength comes from the Lord.