Tackle that Mess

“Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.”
1 Timothy 4:15

Have you ever had a task that looked so daunting and overwhelming? You knew it had to be done but tackling it was difficult. This past week I was able to keep my oldest daughter home with me on Tuesday.

We had the task of going through toys and filtering out old and new. Needless to say after this go with it she won’t be invited back 😆. Also I’m pretty sure there is a bluey episode about this 🤪 but I digress.

After our organizing I instructed her to go clean her room. She didn’t really balk at me she went right up and started. It didn’t take long to get the. “Mom I need help, mom I can’t do this by myself” y’all know what my responses were back.

After several back and forth I quit doing my own cleaning and went to the edge of the stairs and called for her. I said “Cadence, I can’t help you do this all the time. I need you to start with one small thing.. let’s go with Barbie clothes. Pick up all the clothes.. then move on to the shoes… etc etc” her little eyes looked wild at me and I went on “cadence what is so cool is when you get done you’ll be able to look at what you’ve done and be proud and THEN mom will come see and be proud as well as daddy!”

She pranced off and what do you know 10 mins later I hear her calling with so much pride and asking me to come see.

In 1 Timothy, Paul was instructing Timothy how to lead and handle issues that were arising at the Church in Ephesus. It was daunting and his words to Paul here are what gave me the ammunition to encourage my Daughter

“Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭4‬:‭15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Cadence immersed herself in her cleaning she saw her progress and so could I and her dad. Paul may have been instructing Timothy in something that is nothing like I’m doing but his words are still useable for all of us.

Are you staring at a mess? Is it too much? Let’s take it one step at a time. Here are some suggestions that work for me.

1. Pray and ask for wisdom on where to start. Ask God to give you a peace about the first step you need to take.
2. Tell someone about it. This will keep you accountable and give you confidence to move forward with that first step
3. Write it down. Get you a journal and start keeping up with the steps and where you start … you can come back to it, I can almost guarantee you’ll need the reminder later
4. Keep praying. Don’t stop ever. Wake up and pray. Intercede for other people. Pray in all you do.

After Cadence finished she goes “mama I tackled that mess!” She was so proud. So my friend, get up or get better yet; get on your knees and tackle that mess.

Dear Lord, thank you for putting Paul’s letter in the hands of believers. Thank you for the instruction and guidance we get from your Holy Word. Lord thank you for teaching me as a teach my kids. I pray for the reader whose struggling ti take the first big step. Give them the word they need to take that step. Lord I love you and praise your omnipresence, it’s truly beautiful.
In Jesus name
Amen

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