Get Through It…

*This post is shorter than usual, but I still wanted to share as it was put on my heart to…*

For two nights, we have been without power. I have suffered through the heat  (and anybody who knows me knows that I hate heat. I use my A/C year-round.) I have not suffered through the heat because I have to, but because I’m trying to teach myself how to deal with less than desirable circumstances. I could have driven home to my parents, my brother and my sister-in-law are in Southaven, several of my Kingsbury coworkers have offered their places, one of my Facebook friends even offered her place, or I could have gotten a hotel room. Instead, I have decided to stay where I am. I am not about to die, so I will be okay. Is it uncomfortable? Absolutely!…but sometimes, we need to be reminded. The things that we THINK are a given like food, shelter, clothing, air in the summer, heat in the winter, we tend to take for granted. We have been forced into thinking that we are not blessed if we do not have the big houses, fancy cars, and flashy clothes & shoes. 
My point? We have to learn to deal with some things and get through it. While we are always busy looking for an escape route every time a difficulty occurs, God wants us to not only go through the process but also trust that the process is working for our good. This time without power has allowed my cellphone to die on several occasions and has allowed the TVs to be turned off. As a result, I have spent less time on social media, have not indulged in the Law & Order series, and have spent more time on my face seeking God. As I posted this morning, even the worst set of circumstances has good in them. Life is not so much about what happens to you; it is more so about how you respond. If you’ll change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change. ❤️

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Are you an “on surface” cleaner? 

As I was cleaning this morning, I found myself cleaning like my mom – behind the refrigerator, inside the oven, inside the microwave inside the cabinets, behind the couch, under the pillows on the couch, and inside drawers. 
As I finished cleaning inside this and under that, I notice that “stuff” was still everywhere although I know had been cleaning for about two hours. Then, I realized that most of the cleaning I had done was “under the surface”- not visible to the eye. Then, I thought about something my mom would always say – “If you really want to know how clean a person is, move their appliances and look under the pillows on their couch.” She prides herself on NOT being an “on surface” cleaner. 
When I was a child, I used to clean my room by piling clothes under the bed and in the closet, not straightening up the sheets before pulling the comforter up, and making everything else look extra neat and pretty on the outside. My mom would come in and pull everything out and then say, “Now clean this room.” I’d be so mad, mumbling under my breath, but I’d clean it though…the right way. Lol 
Hmmmmmm….
How often do we clean up the “outside” and ignore what’s under the surface? 

Ladies, we’ve watched makeup tutorials and have mastered how to do the “perfect beats.” Guys, you go to your barber three times a week to get a fresh line and black paint. We browse Pinterest and come up with the perfect outfits. We post perfect selfies and every perfect moment on social media and forget that when we log off, we have a reality to face.
Starting today, I advise you to be like my mom and do some “under the surface” cleaning. What’s in your heart? What’s hoarding your space? Are you harboring unforgiveness? Are you broken? What is it about you that “needs cleaning” that’s not visible to the eye? 
Take it to God with a sincere desire to want to be cleaned. He’ll cleanse you, but your first step is to stop pretending like everything is okay. GOD CAN’T HEAL WHAT YOU WON’T REVEAL and HE CAN’T HEAL THE PERSON YOU’RE PRETENDING TO BE. ❤️