May 3, 2012

Thursday SHINE part two...

No, you are not mistaken...this is another post for today.

Girls, it's one of those days. The kind of day when you cannot keep the Glory of the Lord inside of you!! It just bubbles out all over the place!

If we were in a room together, you would literally have to muzzle me right now. I cannot help myself...JESUS IS LORD!

I have heard from so many of you via email, text, phone calls, face-to-face regarding your Victories this week. I'm truly blown away...yet, not a bit surprised. GOD IS ABLE.

So, on that note...I have a little something to share from a dear friend, Cassie Laffan. She sent me an email earlier telling me about her 1000 blessings journey. Remember the post? You can find it here.

Here is an excerpt from her email sharing one of her 1000 blessings for today:

 As I look around my house it's so easy to get caught up in "the mess" and want to complain about it!! However today I am asking God for His Eyes. You see there is stuff everywhere of my girls but man o man would life not be the same without my girls!!! Today I am thankful for "the mess" in my home and the joy my girls bring me daily!!

We all have some type of mess
But it's how we choose to look at it now isn't it that can totally change our perspective!! Love my girls and their shoes and socks and jewelry!!

Cassie even went as far as to send me a picture of her beautiful "mess."

Here it is:

Cassie's beautiful mess.

I received her email as I walked into my house. My not-so-clean house. 

You see, I was gone all day away from home yesterday. I even still had a crockpot full of spaghetti on the counter...from Tuesday night. Yes, Tuesday. (please don't judge) :)

Instead of losing my JOY, I found my peace in the beauty of the mess! Thanks to Cassie.

What's your mess today, girls?

Try seeing it through HIS eyes.

Cassie and her beautiful girls!

Cassie has NO idea I am posting this. I even went to her facebook page and snagged a picture! Sometimes it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission! *wink wink*

Girls, keep sharing your stories!!! They TRULY inspire and encourage those around you!!! Especially ME! 

Email and share!

doing the dishes with a smile and praise on my lips,



  1. Love her!!! Isn't she wonderful!?! She's the one that introduced me to this blog... and you have no idea how much I needed to hear that today. Thank you :)

  2. Anonymous5/03/2012

    AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!! You see my jill....I knew you would begin to get over the cleaning frenzy hump!

    I still struggle with wanting things just so but now my perspective is changing....

    Not saying I am ok with the mess because Lord knows I do love it neat and tidy but instead of moaning and groaning through the clutter I try to give thanks for those who are there to leave it behind!

    (and pray they will pick up on some tidiness skills along the way--haha)

    Kim J
    Love this!!

  3. Anonymous5/03/2012

    Thanks for sharing. I have been struggling with trying to get my family to help keep my house clean and I feel like I do everything around the house. This helps me realize I would be so bored without my children and picking up after them and my husband also. I still want some help but I know they do try. I just am a little OCD about it. The "mess" is ok sometimes...Thanks. I know it will be ok. The Lord knows just what I need and lets you all speak to me. I love the SHINE group. I am so glad I am a part of this group. M Allen

  4. Me too, me too, me too!! As I sit here on my couch looking JUST at my ottoman, I have a dishtowel, camera, elephant toy, beach bucket :), Lego airplane, 2 remotes. This makes me want to run for cover...but I know this home is not about me, it's about my people who live here. That they will feel safe, comfy. They don't need me grumping around about all the stuff. I have to make myself stop grumping...I want to get better at this. Thanks for this post.

  5. Anonymous5/03/2012

    I love this and needed to hear it as well! This puts things into perspective for me, and now I have a totally positive way to look at the beautiful "decor" my little ones leave behind. It's really very liberating! :) Sarah


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