Maintenance Monday: Confession

By Karen Isbell

These Maintenance Monday posts have not gone anywhere close to the direction had planned.

Jesus is doing a major work in my heart in this area.

A work of  balance.

A work of intentionality.

Now to the good stuff, cause I know you want to know what I’m confessing :)


I can’t do it all. 

Our kitchen is currently a mess. Our bedroom has piles of laundry, clean and dirty.


I am ok with not being able to do it all.

I’ve spent most of my life feeling guilty for not being able to do it all

Over the last few weeks the Lord has given me a different perspective and helped me embrace, the good, the bad and the ugly.

I am highly relational, which means I will always chose snuggling with Ellie over dishes and quality time with Bryan over folding laundry. Seriously…dishes do not snuggle like my Ellie Bug

Dirty dishes and piles of laundry used to haunt me like a pair of whitewashed denim jeans.

Now they are reminders that we have friends to cook with and that I spent my weekend with family instead of doing laundry.

The Flip Side

I wish I could have gotten off that easily, but every coin has two sides.

“I can’t use my personality as an excuse not to do the work” (paraphrase M. Lukaszewski)

I must continue to intentionally develop my housekeeping disciplines.

Sometimes I will need to sacrifice time with others to maintain my home…but sacrificing small amounts of time daily will allow me the freedom to invest relationally later on.

(Maybe next Monday I’ll actually post one of the one’s I had planned :)  )

1 Comment on Maintenance Monday: Confession

  1. Beth Webb
    June 11, 2012 at 8:47 am (6 years ago)

    Next Monday you’ll be at my house!!!! You can help me “maintain my home” or we can just have some relational time. It is definitely a learning process, one that sometimes I am making more progress in than others.


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