Read a post recently by Perry Noble and he talked about recognizing our strengths and weaknesses and accepting these. This is hard I think as a stay-at-home mom. For instance one of my great weaknesses is organization and quite honestly, housecleaning. I don’t like doing it and I don’t do it well.
For those of you that relish a nice sparkling clean bathroom, eat off the floor kitchen tile and dust-free living room, don’t get me wrong. I LOVE it when my house is clean but I have no internal satisfactory feeling pushing me toward it. I dread sweeping, dusting, mopping, vacuuming and scrubbing. I find no intrinsic value in cleaning my house. So this is an area where if I was an executive I would recognize a weakness not a strength and hire/assign someone else to do it.
However, therein lies the problem. I can’t afford a housekeeper and somehow as my job is “housewife”, cleaning is part of my job description. I am good at other parts of this job that I do enjoy. I like planning fun activities for my kids. I like being deliberate about their academic and spiritual development. I have learned to appreciate meal planning, shopping for grocery deals, keeping up with laundry and I am slowly coming to terms with budgeting, but alas I still detest the cleaning business.
Please understand that I know I need to take care of what the Lord has given me and really I am not a lazy person. However days like today leave me overwhelmed. I guess because keeping up with the daily cleaning, laundry, pee on the toilet and floor, toothpaste on the sink, clothes everywhere, mail on the counter, crumbs on the floor, toys strewn about, books every which way…. leave me feeling frozen and numb, overwhelmed to try and tackle, bills to pay, blinds to clean, mail to file, clothes to reorganize, homework to review, dinner to cook, frig to clean out, and on and on.
I truly am an optimist so forgive my complaining, but really… can anyone else relate? Please throw me an encouraging comment