Friday, April 29, 2011

Five Minute Friday :: If I knew I could, I would...

Today I'm linking up with Lisa-jo's blog, The Gypsy Mama, with the five-minute writing prompt 

If I knew I could, I would...


If i knew I could, I would have it all together all the time. My house would be perfect, my children well-mannered and respectful always, I would meet every need of my husband unwaveringly. I would manage my time perfectly for writing and other service projects. I would love perfectly.

Yet, this I can't

When I try, really try, I look around me and I see a home that I can keep clean for less than 10 minutes. I see tired children grumbling and bickering. I see that I am forgetful of many of my husbands needs. I see that I struggle to find time to write and allow my priorities to shift out of order often. I see that I miss the boat often on loving well.

But I don't have to. 

When I accept my now as a gift, I see a home that is lived in. I see teachable moments with my children who are constantly learning and growing. I see that I have a lifetime to learn how to love and better meet the needs of this man of mine. I see a man who loves me unconditionally. I see a God who is working it all out in spite of me. 

By grace, it is He in me who can. And I probably wouldn't have it any other way.



  1. oh! i love you believe 2 weeks in a row we are back to back at Lisa-Jo's!!! What a sweet gift for me--this means we really are kindreds.

    So sweet and beautiful, these words, you! hugs sister:)

  2. I love this too! I want for the same, see the same, and believe that I can look at it through different eyes. Love the line: By grace, it is He in me who can. And I probably wouldn't have it any other way.


  3. Theresa, I am so encouraged by your candor, and by the hope you offer in pointing to He who can. I am this this mom, this wife, this girl, too. And I am so grateful that despite me feeling like I don't have to have it all together, He loves me. So amazing. Thank you!

  4. "When I accept my now as a gift..." Gosh, what possibilities filled with joy and gratitude lie at the end of that phrase! It's all about perspective...

    Love this post!

  5. Yes! Accept now as a gift. Loved your words, you said it so well.


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