It's time for Five Minute Friday! We write for just five minutes without over-thinking and editing, without making sure that everything is perfect. It's quick and easy blogging, just what this girl needs! This week the word is "mess."
Have I ever shown you my bedside area? It's a mess! It's always a mess. Because I have to spend most of my time in bed, all of my books, medicines, to-do items, current crafts, Bible study materials, etc. have to be within arm's reach. I fit what I can into my nightstand and bedside basket, but everything else spills onto the surrounding floor area. It annoys me, but I've learned to live with it.
From what I hear from my chronic illness friends, this is a very typical nightstand and bedside area! You never know what you might need quickly, so things like meds, a pulse-ox, blood pressure cuff, extra blanket, heating pad, emergency snacks, phone charger, etc. typically stay within arms reach. Life with a chronic illness is just messy!
My bed is usually messy too. During the day Will's side of the bed gets taken over with my books, snacks, mail, Bible study materials, and other things. And while we're talking about messes, my hair is typically messy too as I am resting in bed. I'm just a mess!
I am so thankful that I can serve God, even in the midst of this mess. I don't have to clean up and be perfect. I don't have to have all of the "to-do" list done. I can say "yes" to serving the Lord right from here, right in the midst of the mess! I can serve the Lord through writing, through praying, and through talking to and encouraging my family, all right here in the middle of my my messy life. Like Kristen Welch, I can say yes in my mess!
P.S. If you don't have Kristen's brand new book, Rhinestone Jesus, there's a giveaway here on my blog this week!