Life has been pretty hectic around here the last couple of weeks, and I have found myself becoming a bit sloppy in my cleaning routine. Cutting a few corners made sense to me, because it gave me more time to accomplish all the other things that are on my plate.

But to tell the truth, I don’t really like how this sloppiness makes me feel. Inside and out.

And today, I came across this simple quote: “How we do anything is how we do everything.” And it was like a mirror to my soul. Not a pretty one.

And I remembered how ripples reach so much further than what we see, and how a butterfly’s wing movement can affect the weather on the other side of the world, and how one single person can change the lives of thousands, and how one act of kindness can turn someone around.

And God works through small things, doesn’t He?

And I see the dust on the top shelf because I did not take the time necessary to grab something to climb on in order to dust it last Tuesday. Or the one before that. Or the one before that one. And I consider that the sloppiness has begun to invade how I eat. How I sleep. How I work. Because how I do anything is how I do everything.

And God works in the details, doesn’t He?

And I remember how ripples reach so much further than what we see, and how a butterfly’s wing movement can cause a tornado on the other side of the world, and how my floors may look clean but I know that they are not–“surface cleaning,” I call it– and how it’s all about my ways more than what one can see, it’s truly about the sloppiness in my heart more than the windows that are spotty.

And I remember that nothing doesn’t matter. And I cry out to God for mercy and for help.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann

one thousand#723 My friends helping me

#724 A wonderful wedding week-end!  

#725 My new daughter-in-law

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  1. We hear so much about letting go of the pressure to be perfect (have a perfectly clean house, etc.), and while there is something to that I also appreciate hearing the other side.

    While perfection (or even good) is not always possible, true sloppiness is never acceptable! Ahem. Did I just say that? lol


  2. “And I remember that nothing doesn’t matter.” …”Nothing DOESN’T matter!” This hit me right between the eyes. I, too, ‘surface-do’ things because I either have too much else to do, or I just don’t feel good enough to do it right, or I ….excuses! These methods of sloppiness truly do affect me from the inside out. God created this world from the chaos of nothingness. He created order. I want to operate in order although it may feel chaotic but maybe really isn’t! Is that possible? I pray that He can make it so when I lean on Him.


  3. Congratulations on a new daughter-in-law – I hope you had a sweet Mother-Son dance:) I cherish mine. I wish I were gifted at keeping everything in order – like dust on the mantle, sweeping up right then the paper the dog chewed up on the floor – but God has been working with me to let go of beating myself up for not being perfect – just to love Him and don’t give up. He will help me get there despite my imperfections:)


  4. I can so identify. I’ve let things get cluttered and sloppy lately and it definitely affects my attitude. I actually found some research that said it affects our productivity and stress levels and wrote one of my devotions about it last week called “Clutter Tolerance.” God directs us in similar areas, doesn’t He?
    : )


  5. Oh, I’m afraid I am guilty of this in my life. Unfortunately, it is an easy habit to get into. I think there needs to be a happy medium ..I also think being too much of a neat freak can also be an obsession of sorts. I don’t think I will ever have to worry about the latter. This is definitely something I need to work on. Thanks for this…much food for thought!


  6. Hi Barbara! I am coming to you from Hear It on Sunday.

    I am the post after you. Now how does ‘Sloppiness’ get followed by Housekeeping 101? That is hysterical! God is so funny sometimes!

    God does work in those small things! And if I pay attention in the small, the larger will be ok. Lets be at peace while we work on ourselves. Deal?

    Happy Monday!


  7. My Mother always made us go back and “Lick the calf over” when we half did a job. I was just telling my husband, after reading your blog the medicine we take alters our lives. Before I stared taking the meds. I am on, I worked every other week until I was 71.
    I came home for a week did all my work at home sewed, work in my yard, and it looked better than it does now. Now I do very little, stopped sewing
    , do not do nere the yard work I use too and seem to not care.


  8. I feel convicted and inspired by your post. Convicted about my sloppy heart, and yet inspired that with the help of the Holy Spirit, I can do better.

    Time for some spiritual housecleaning!!



  9. It took me a while to learn to order my day so at the end I could go to bed and know I would wake up to a sort of clean house. I say sort of because I was to learn people are more important then a clean house. Even though I would admit people are usually comfortable in a clean house but not so clean it makes them afraid to even sit. Hard to keep a balance every day…I still order my day but do not order cleaning every day everything…good post.


  10. Thank you for sharing here at “Tell me a Story.” Oh me oh my, but that mirror shows me being sloppy. I keep up the laundry, care for our dogs, run errands, tend to our business, but my vacumn needs to be exercised.


  11. Barbara…loved this post very much today. Like you, when I just try to get by with my daily/weekly chores, I see the “sloppiness” I’ve allowed to enter my life. Spiritually speaking…it can happen more often than not if we are not more intentional. Thank you for sharing at WJIM’s Monday’s Musings this week. Congratulations on the wedding in your family and have a blessed week friend.


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