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Stuck in the mud: A story of self-forgiveness and grace

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Yesterday was a perfect day to play in the mud. It had rained all morning, and the dirt was ready to jump in, get stuck in, and get nice and dirty in!  My kids LOVE to play in the mud.  The good part about the mud (for kids), is that it is fun, sticky, and messy.  The bad part about the mud, it is dirty, you can often get stuck, and it is messy!

As I stood there and watched them, I couldn’t help to think about how many times I have been “stuck in the mud.”

Sometimes I have chosen to get into the mud by my own doing, but other times I have turned around and found myself in the mud and didn’t even realize it until I was already knee deep.   Sometimes it is my own mud, and sometimes it is the mud of the world.

I see the “mud” as the hard times we face.  The struggles we go through.  The relationship issues that may come up in our lives.  The tough things at work.  The financial struggles, the parenting struggles, the marriage struggles, or even just a place of emotional turmoil.  We. Get. Stuck.

Now if you are like my kids in the mud, you often will try to throw the mud.  Sometimes at each other, and sometimes on yourself.  You also may push and wrestle and play until you find yourself covered in the mud.  Sometimes you stay down in the mud because it just seems easier than the slippery climb of getting up.

Wow – isn’t that life?  When we are doing through something, how often do we throw our “mud” on someone else or have their mud thrown on us.  I don’t mean intentionally, but we often find ourselves covered in other people’s problems, or we cover others in our own.  Maybe we put blame on others that have nothing to do with our situation, but we do it so that we won’t be in the mud alone.  Have you ever just sat down in the “mud” and stayed put because that is what you know?  Maybe getting out of the mud seems a bit too daunting or unsure?  We all do it.

We fear that we will mess up, or slip back in.  We fear that we are being judged.  We fear there is no grace.

Here is a key factor about this mud.  The  only way out of the mud is to REACH out.   You can’t just try to wiggle out and expect to get very far.  You have to get one foot or hand completely out of the mud and onto dry land to gain some traction.  You have to decide that you are done playing in the mud, and you are ready to get cleaned up.  Sometimes you need help out.  Sometimes you need someone to push you out.  Sometimes you need someone to pull you out.  BUT – Once one foot is on dry land, you have a better chance of taking another step to get your whole body out of the slippery slope.

Now my kids know the next step of getting out of the mud, and that is the cold, freezing, water from the HOSE!  They are not going in the house covered in mud, they have to first go through the painful “initial cleaning”.  It’s cold and rough, but it does the job.  Once they have their first wash down, now they can go into the warm, cozy, sudsy, clean bath inside!!

Getting out of the mud and getting cleaned up is not always pain-free.  In fact, it can hurt and be uncomfortable.  BUT once we are out of the mud and cleaned up a bit, we find that being stuck in the mud is not as fun as we thought.

Whatever your “mud” is today, I challenge you to reach out and step out.  You may need pushed out of the mud, or pulled out to get to dry ground.  Mud can be fun at first – but we always end up dirty.  The cleaning process is not always fun or easy – but when we choose to go a new direction in our life, ask forgiveness, forgive ourselves, then we can stop getting stuck in the mud, and start living again!

Will I let my kids play in the mud again?  Absolutely.

Will I get stuck in my own mud again – most likely.

However, each time, I hope that I learn a little bit more about how not to get quite as stuck as the last time!  Grace, forgiveness, and reaching out….one day at a time.

–Rachel Curtis, P31 Fitness Founder

The Splinter…

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“A splinter is a fragment of a larger object (especially wood), or a foreign body that penetrates or is purposely injected into a body. The foreign body must be lodged inside tissue to be considered a splinter.  It usually must be removed manually to relieve the pain.”

Yesterday, my 5 year old was swinging on our wooden playground and rubbed his foot on some wood, and got not one, not two, but THREE splinters in his foot!! At first, he was pretty tough about it, but as the day wore on, he was in a lot of pain.  We didn’t see the splinters clearly until they were already causing an infection in his foot.  Touching anywhere near the splinters sent him crying and grabbing his leg.

I pulled out the tweezers and the hydrogen peroxide and went to work.  As soon as he saw those tweezers he panicked and started crying.  The first round of this was really for me just to see what we had here.  I did a little work, but then eased off, bandaged it up, and let him play some more.  Then a few hours later, we went in again.  Each time we did this, I was making a little more progress.  But it hurt him.  So much so that he would just see the tweezers coming, and start crying.

How do you convince a 5 year old that although it hurts now, that this is actually making it better?  That once we get through this – the pain will go away?

Finally, at the last attempt, I iced it first (which was also a tough convince) and then went in.  I knew that this final time I had enough skin pulled away that I could grab each splinter.  I went for the longest one first, so he could see how cool it was that long of things was in his foot!!  When I showed him, he got a big smile.  Jaxon!! This was IN your foot buddy!! You are SO tough!!  Then, I went for the next, a little deeper, but small.  He made it through just fine.  But lastly, was the one I had been digging on the most.  It was deep.  I had his sisters talk to him, and I told him to hold his breath, and then I dug one more time and pulled it out!!

It was the biggest splinter I had ever seen!!!  And here he had gone the whole day like that!!  All because he didn’t want to face the pain of the tweezers.

It got me thinking….how many times do I leave painful things in my life because I don’t want to go through the pain of removing them?  Even though I know it will be better once it is gone, it HURTS!!  Maybe it’s a habit, maybe it’s a relationship, maybe it’s a situation…whatever it is that is bringing us pain, I often will leave buried in the skin because I don’t want to face getting it out.

So today, my 5 year old gave me the confidence I needed to stop doing some of the things in my life that are causing pain.  To stop allowing certain things in my life to cause me pain.  To stop accepting painful situations just because it is how it’s always been.  He taught me that you can get through it and you can smile on the other side.

How?  To look UP.  To be STILL and Know that God is in control.  To remember that sometimes pain gets us to where we need to be.  Lastly – to remember that pain often has a purpose.

Anything that brings humility in our lives, and points us to God…can be good.  Even if it hurts.  

Thank you Jaxon for teaching your mommy a very important lesson tonight!!  I will go start the painful process of removing some splinters from my life today – AND being thankful for the lessons they taught me while they were around.  Removing the pain will always be worth it… we just need to see the purpose!!

–Rachel Curtis

P31 Fitness Founder

Answering the question – “Am I enough?”

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I have this crazy belief….but I think there is a lot of truth to it.

Here it is:  I believe that every woman asks the question: “Am I enough?”.

Am I pretty enough?

Am I skinny enough?

Am I smart enough?

Am I good enough?

Am I capable enough?

Am I doing enough?

Am I strong enough?

Am I popular enough?….. on and on

We have all asked these at some point, and sadly, the answers aren’t always a yes!

We find ourselves constantly striving to be more.  Striving to be different.  Striving to be something that we may never be able to attain.

So why do we continue to strive to be ______ enough?

What I found personally, is that when I actually dove into my own personal struggles and my own “enough” questions, it caused some enormous breakthroughs in my life, my health, and my struggles!!  I started to see why I acted the way I do.  I started to see why I had the feelings I do.  I started to see what made me “tick” the way I do.

Wow.

A question I found that I was asking myself often was, “am I doing enough?”.  So, that explained why I spent my time striving and trying to do and do and be better and better.

I don’t know what your “enough” question may be, but I do know that we have to grasp onto this simple truth…that we are ONLY enough when we realize HE is what makes us enough!  God is our strength, our courage, our hope…He makes us enough!!

So, let’s depend on God to fill our  “enough” question,  and rest in that peaceful fact…because in HIM, we are more than enough!!!

In P31 Fitness, we help you to understand that question a bit more and see yourself as HE sees you!!

Watch this short video to learn more and join us!! https://youtu.be/x0x6DcmNFDE

 

 

Less is More

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In a world that screams at us…”more more more”, I have this deep desire to be different.   This past year, we’ve really been trying to simplify our life and the life we are creating for our kids.  From the actual location of where we live, to our day to day lives.  It is hard at times.  It is not perfect.  It makes me feel uneasy sometimes.  It is different.  But it is peaceful.  We are definitely a work in progress, but maybe some of these things will bless you and challenge you as they have me during this new year!!

 

Less Noise, more Quiet

Less Stuff, more Purpose

Less Stress, more Peace

Less Notifications, more Focus

Less Phone, more play

Less Judgement on self, more Grace

Less Rush, more Calm

Less Busy, more Still

Less Activities, more Time.

Less concern of what others are thinking, more focus on what matters.

Less Facebook, more face to face

Less Comparing, more Gratitude

Less Worrying, more Praying

Less Insecurity, more Trust

Less Clutter, more Space

Less is more.  Always will be.

What I am finding is that the more “still” I can make my heart, the more peace I have.  The more peace I have, the more I can be kind and gracious to others.  It’s a cycle that starts with me!!  Less is more.

This all may sound crazy and hard ….and it is, but it’s worth it to slow down, and have less. It’s always more!!

Finding peace in all the noise

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I was playing in our playroom tonight with my kids, and it was loud…very loud!

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One child was playing Christmas music from one of those touch button books.  She was playing jingle bells over and over and over.

One child was asking for cereal to snack on.

Another was sliding down the play slide, and saying “mommy wook, mommy wook” (in her sweet little 2 year old voice that struggles with her “l” sounds!

And the baby was playing on her “noise maker walker dealy thing” that puts out all kinds of squeaks and buzzers.

It was loud.  But it was also really peaceful.  What? 

Yes – I love noisy homes.  Laughter, chaos, and lots of needy voices.  You know why?  Because in my mind, this equals family, love, and togetherness.

But something I find interesting about myself, is that I don’t like noise outside of my house.

I don’t like noisy places, concerts, busy malls, traffic, even my cell phone doesn’t make ANY noise!!  (Yes, I have turned off all notifications).

The noises outside of the parameters of my kids are just too much for me sometimes! They make me want to run and hide~

This playroom scene got me thinking about our own lives and the noise we have going on.  Most of us are busy.  Most of us have a lot of things coming at us.  Most of us are probably a bit distracted by it all.  A bit.

So why does some noise in my life bring peace and other noise makes me anxious, stressed, and a bit out of sorts?  I realized it is the purpose behind the noise.  

When my kids are making noise – it is the noise of fun, love, play….okay – sometimes not those things  🙂 BUT –  it is based on a foundation of family.  Based on a foundation of trust.  Based on a foundation of safety.

When the noises of deadlines, expectations, pressures, or any stressors come at me during my day – those noises are not peaceful.  And what is funny, is that many of these pressures are things I have brought upon myself!

It is very important that we minimize things that are causing too much noise (real noise and busy-noise)!  Maybe that is our phone, or our involvement in social media, or just the things that are filling our brains!!

So, I am aware that I need to be very cautious of the noises I allow to come into my life!  I want my “noises” to bring me peace and not anxiety.  I want the noises to be filled with joy and not stress.  I want the noises to be something I can handle.

I am not sure if you like noise or not in your life,  but when we all can take a look at what is driving the noise, we can recognize it’s purpose and then decide if it is bringing us peace or unrest!

Asking ourselves the tough questions:
– Where am I spending my time?
– What am I allowing to come into my brain and consume me?
– What can I eliminate that will make a space for me to spend more time with the Lord?

So, today, this week, let’s all get rid of those noises that may not bring peace, and create some quiet in our lives.

It’s okay to be still.

It’s okay to be quiet.

It’s okay not to be busy.

It is okay to not look at our phones all day long.  It is okay to not be on every social media outlet out there.

It is okay to miss things in life.

It’s okay to not be involved in everything going on around you.

It’s okay to be okay….

 

Be blessed this week with less “noise”!!!

I can’t do this!!

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I can’t do this.  Hmmm…I know I have said this statement before….and I have for sure thought it!!  You? Maybe when things get tough in life, or maybe before we even start a daunting task!

I seem to learn a lot of life lessons from my kids!  The latest lesson came last week when we took our 4 kids to a water park.  The lesson I learned from my 2 year old was all about facing our fears and moving forward with confidence!

When we first arrived to see the water, slides, buckets, and more, the 2 year old watched her older brother and sister go down the slides with absolutely no fear.  She, on the other hand, had a look of absolute terror all over her face!  When I asked her if she wanted to go down the small slide – she clung to me and said “no way mommy…I not do that!”

As it didn’t matter to me one way or another, we went about spraying each other, dumping water, and just having a great time.  But I kept catching her looking over at those slides.  She would inch a little closer, a little closer, and pretty soon, she pointed to the top and said “I want to do it mommy!”.  Okay!! I was excited for her and went to go with her.  BUT…

This was one of those small kid slides that they don’t let an adult hold them on the way down – and you can’t even walk them up the 4 steps to the top of the slide.  So, I decided that the best spot for me would be at the bottom of the slide, showing her I was there for her!

She slowly climbed the stairs and looked at me again and again for some reassurance.  I was yelling with everything inside of me things like – “Go Taylor!” and “You can do it”…. She would hardly even smile – but she saw me.  She heard me.  She got to the top of the 4 stairs, and all she needed to see at the bottom were my hands and arms open and reaching for her.  Without any hesitation, she went down that slide.

She didn’t say it was fun, she hardly even smiled when she made it, but guess what?  She jumped out of that water, climbed back up those stairs, and did it again.

Every trip I would cheer her on, encourage her, and remind her that she could do it!!  Before I knew it, she was laughing, having fun, and that slide became the highlight of the day!

As I sat there and watched her, I thought about us as adults!!  How many times do we have something that we are facing and we have such fear or dread, that we can’t bring ourselves to start the task?  Or maybe we get started on something, and it feels overwhelming and HARD and so we just want to give up and stop?

BUT what happens when we get a little encouragement from someone else?

What happens when we feel supported?

What happens when we look to God for our help and support?

What happens when someone is there to assure us that it will all be okay, and they will be there every step of the way?

Well, the impossible becomes possible.  The daunting becomes doable.  The task becomes a joyful.

The day at the water slide watching Taylor get through her fear, was full of lessons that I have since used:

  • Encouragement goes a long way (for us to receive and give).
  • Supporting others on their journey is always a blessing.
  • May we try to always be excited for other’s success.
  • Our confidence needs to come from God alone!  When we have God-confidence, we can rest in the truth that He is in control!

This sweet moment with my two year old,  has taught me even more to throw away fear, and have the confidence in HIM to press on and enjoy the process. Every step of the way!!

So I encourage us all…with whatever we may be facing, to climb those stairs today, put a smile on our face, realize we have support around us,  and we CAN slide down that slide of life with a smile!!  May we always keep our eyes focused up on Him as we rest more and more in the God-confidence only He can provide!!

Never forget…You are worth it and you can do it!!

—Rachel Curtis

P31 Fitness Founder

 

My brain space!!!

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Do you ever fell like your brain is full?

Please share in this with me and humor me for a minute.

As in your brain is SO full that you can’t think straight or focus? Yes?  Yes? Yes?

I think some of it is just that we are women and thinking too much about everything is just what we do.  But, I also think there is a bit of overload from society too!  Life is coming at us, and coming at us FAST!  Too fast for us to even process things sometimes!

If you can relate at all – keep reading and you may hear something that can help your brain space not feel quite as full today!

Society now days is just LOUD!  

Lots of things coming at us and lots of ways for us to be contacted:

Emails

Texts

Calls

Voxer

Aps

Facebook posts

Facebook groups

Facebook messenger

Work phones

Cell phones

Just to name a few!!

 

Hear me out -none of these things are bad, and have actually made certain parts of our life easier!

But – this my friends, is quite the list!!

Think back even 10-15 years ago – we didn’t have most of these things coming at us!

So…I think it is safe to say – we have a lot of distractions coming our way!

What does this all have to do with us as women?  What does this have to do with us and finding balance?

EVERYTHING!

So, for me, I have to often take a step back and realize that my brain can get on overload if I am not careful.  Just recognizing this small fact helps me tremendously.

I can find myself feeling a bit “off-kilter” and all I have to do is think back to the last 30minutes to an hour and easily find out why.  Maybe it was an email that came in that was a bit of an attack, or maybe it was the stress of a few texts that required something of me, or maybe it was a post I saw that made me feel not good enough in comparison with whomever posted it.

Whatever it is…these were all things that I allowed to mess with my emotions.  I allowed.  An outside source caused internal overload!  Been there?

So, this week, today, this hour, I am going to be okay with slowing down, turning a few of these things “off”, taking off notifications, and quieting some of the “loud” coming my way.

It is OKAY to not be available all of the time.

It is actually good to not have our phones with us all the time.

It is OKAY to be still a bit.

It is OKAY to not be “in” everything.

It is OKAY to be see that your brain may be a bit full and that you need to make some adjustments.

For me – if I don’t make these adjustments, I will find that I am not at my best for the people and things in my life that deserve the best of me.  My husband, my kids, and certain situations that require a less empty and distracted brain!!

So today, let’s empty out our brains, turn some of the loud off, and be okay with focusing on the things that are most important in your life today!!

Be blessed ladies with more brain space!!

Worrying about what others think…

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We have all worried about what other people think of us at some point or another.  Maybe it is something simple like their opinion of our physical appearance, or maybe we worry about what they think about who we are, our personalities, a comment we made, etc etc etc…you name it!!

I know I can work myself into a complete mess by the thoughts that roll around in my brain… Did I say that right?  Did she think this?   Did I hurt or help this person? On and on it can go! Can you related to this self-talk?  It’s true.

We worry.

We wonder.

And it doesn’t make one bit of difference in the outcome!

All it does is make us crazy with worry and un-needed stress.  

When I came across this quote, I fell in love.

“Don’t worry about other people’s opinions of you.  God never told you to impress people, only to Love them”. 

Take a step back a minute and let this soak in!  Wow!

What is my focus?  What am I worried about in my conversations, actions, and my life?  Am I more concerned with what others think or more concerned with loving others?

So, after addressing these tough questions, I did some self check.  What I realized, is  that there is not room in your brain for you to love someone like God asks, AND also room to worry about what they think of you!  It just isn’t possible!

So, I challenge myself, and anyone reading this, to focus not on what others think of us, but instead focus in on loving people.

Loving them the way they need love.

Loving them when it is tough.

Loving them when we are hurt.

Loving them when we don’t want to.

Loving them when we are struggling.

Loving them and not worrying about what they think.

It’s hard, it’s a challenge, but I do know that it has the ability to bring amazing peace in our lives each day.

Let’s worry less, and love more!!

Brownies, Sippy cups, and Grace

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Yes, I had a brownie for breakfast yesterday.

Yes, I found an old milk sippy-cup  stuck in the toy box that I didn’t DARE open last week!

Yes, I “should” be doing this or that, and I “should” be eating this or that and I “should” acting this or that way – but you know what?

The “shoulds” of life will about wear you out.  

I’m going to challenge us all to stop saying those “should” statements and instead – say this:  “I did the best I could, and IT’S OKAY!”. 

If you are like most women – we continually feel this need to have it all together, have our kids have it all together, always clean out sippy cups after use so they don’t rot, and have the perfectly healthy foods for ourselves and our families.  Plus, most of us struggle to show weakness, and after awhile, this type of living just can’t be maintained!

We all do it.  We all try to measure up to a standard that we can’t reach.  We all try to justify ourselves when we don’t quite get there, and we all forget about the amazing thing called GRACE!!!!  When is the last time you said to yourself… “it’s okay!”?

Let’s talk about that brownie I ate for breakfast the other day…

It is time that we all need to realize something very important in regard to our health and nutrition:  It is not the treats or the extremes, but the everyday habits that make our lives.  This is a powerful statement because we tend to focus on extremes and beat ourselves up over the extra circumstances, when it is really about the day in and day out way that we live.  Are we making good choices most of the time?  Are we doing better today than yesterday?  Are we having GRACE on ourselves?

What if I told you to go eat some a brownie right now?  It may make you happy, relieved, or you may wonder if I have lost my mind.

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BUT  – I will tell you something – that brownie CAN BE the key to our freedom.  You know why many people fail at weight loss or at their goals of getting into shape?  It is not for lack of knowledge, will-power, or ability, it is for lack of freedom.

The moment we tell ourselves we can’t have some food…a brownie for instance…guess what we want?  BROWNIES  and lots of them 🙂  You know why?  Because that is bondage to rules that are almost impossible to follow.   Moderation and focus lead to balance and freedom.  The words “it’s okay” are powerful!!!  Legalize all foods and eat things in moderation and this will make a huge difference in our health.

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For years, I would hide what I was eating, binge, hide, diet, beat myself up, binge some more, and promise to NEVER eat “X” again.  That was until the next time I felt stressed, bored, lonely, you name it.  It never worked.  It was a vicious cycle.  A cycle that I hated to be in, and that I hate to see others in as well.  It is hard.  When I finally realized it wasn’t about the food – but it was about an emotional/mental issue for me, things started to improve.

So, if you can relate to what I am saying, please know that I have been there.  Stop making it about the food.  Stop coming up with new “food rules.”  Instead, I beg for you to find out what it is that is “eating” you….deep in your soul.  That is the only true way to find the freedom that we all can have in this area of food.  You notice, I said, “freedom” and I didn’t say “perfection”.  That is a big distinction.

I have found when it comes to food, that until we live out GRACE on ourselves, we will never truly be FREE.  I developed our “Listen and Lose” program in P31 Fitness precisely for this reason.  Stop with the impossible rules.  Stop with the beating yourself up mentality.  Stop with the perfectionistic diets.  STOP.  Breathe.  Listen.  Relax.  It’s OKAY!

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Now – onto the “super-mom” syndrome someone decided we should all try to follow.  We can’t possibly have it all together as a mom.  We can try, we can do our best, but if our kids aren’t perfectly cleaned, or perfectly dressed, or they throw a big fit in the middle of Walmart…guess what?  It’s OKAY!!  It’s REAL.  It’s LIFE.  And it is not a reflection of the quality of mom that you are!!  Stop saying…”I should do this with my kids, or I should do that..” – Just do the best you can each day and LOVE those kiddos!!!

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All of this is tied in really closely to us understanding our worth.  NEWSFLASH – Our Worth is not tied to a number on the scale or a dress size or what we do or don’t do.  Instead, worth is tied to their inner self.  Our hearts.  Our ability to accept ourselves the way we are!  Stop saying “should”.

Instead – say these words…“I will hold myself to a standard of grace and not perfection.”

Some days just are tough.  Some days don’t go as you expect.  Some days you find yourself not acting and doing the things you would like to do.  Some days you eat the brownie.  And you know what?  It is OKAY!!!  It is!!

Yes, that Brownie was really good.

Yes, I find occasional rotten sippy cups.

Yes, I have reacted poorly to people and situations this week.

Could I/should I have done better?  Absolutely – but you know what?

It’s OKAY! It’s OKAY!

The big deal is to move on, start over, ask forgiveness when we hurt others, and accept the grace that allows us to be human, and not to be perfect.

I hope you will stop saying “should” and start saying “It’s okay”.  I promise peace will wash over you as you do!!

Don’t use laundry soap in a dishwasher!

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Yes, this is what I found last night when I started smelling something odd coming from the kitchen. I opened up the steaming hot dishwasher to find suds everywhere and water leaking out on the floor!

My husband walks in and says – what did you put in there?  I (innocently of course) say – nothing different!!  Then it hits me!!  My 2 year old LOVES to put the soap pod in the dishwasher for me!  Well, she had bounced in the kitchen earlier in the afternoon and said “Mommy – me help..me help” and points to the dishwasher.  She opens it, and puts in the pod, and I close it thinking to myself….I’ll just be able to load the dishes after dinner and not have to put in soap!  Great!

So, after dinner, I do just that…load up the dishes, close it up and push start.  Not even thinking twice OR remembering that the pod she put in looked very much like my laundry soap pods.  Maybe it’s the having 4 little kids that made my brain not really function right – or maybe I’m just trying to make an excuse 🙂

Regardless…it happened.  Suds EVERYWHERE!!!  And you can’t add more water, or it will just make more suds!!  So, I decided to let it sit until all the bubbles went down, and then run the rinse cycle only. However, the smell was not your typical clean dishes smell – it smelled like TIDE!!

I had to just laugh because it hit me – I can definitely relate this to my own life!!

How many times have I tried to “clean up” my life – but I have used the wrong cleaning agent?  What I mean is…how many times have we as humans knew that something was missing…and yet we tried to fill that missing hole with the WRONG thing?

We all have this need inside our soul.  A need to be loved, to feel cherished, to feel valued…and yet we often seek to have those needs fulfilled with the wrong things!

Or, when it comes to health and nutrition, we try to “fix” our health issues with lots of external “bandaid” solutions, that don’t really get to the heart of the matter.

Just like me putting laundry soap in the dishwasher, and it not working right – we all try to “diet” and get disappointed when we don’t turn out to be a size 4 supermodel.  We then try to “fix” it – but we find it only makes things worse.  We then end up in an endless cycle of diets and frustration. So, rather than really getting to the bottom of the issue or our health issues or weight problems, we just try yet another quick fix or solution.   What we find, is the “suds” just keep bubbling up everywhere!

So, I challenge us all tonight to RINSE clean of whatever things we have tried with the intent of “fix ourselves” superficially, and let’s stop!!  Stop the endless cycle, and ask ourselves the tough questions:

  • Is my health or weight issue really a deeper emotional need I am trying to fill?
  • Have I been looking to diets to save me?
  • Am I in a mess of suds and bubbles, but I keep trying and trying things that just aren’t working?
  • Am I getting to the heart of the matter?

We all have to get to the point where we realize that we can’t wash our dishes with a Tide laundry pod.  We have to clean out our hearts and souls and really get to the bottom of why we are the way we are.  THEN we have to have the courage to really find the soap that is right.

So, no matter where you are along this journey, ask the tough questions, acknowledge the things that need attention, make the effort to find the correct cleaning agent, and you fill that hole in your soul!

Let us always remember that ultimately, the soap that can really fix us is relying on the ONE that knows exactly what we need.

Once we can do this, we will find that the endless hole we feel will finally get filled and we can walk in freedom!!