Feel like having a *clean* daydream with me for a minute? lol Literally? Imagine your living room…tidy, candle lit and a sweet, calming aroma lingers in the air. It mingles with the fresh, minty scent of recently cleaned windows (thanks, Method lol), and a cool breeze coming from the opened back door. The kids are playing, happily on the swing set just outside the kitchen window, and there’s not a single toy in sight. Ahhhh…bliss. And total fantasy, right? We can wake up now…
There’s just one little hiccup in accepting this reality… I kind of believe the statement you are about to read with my whole heart…
This has been my personal belief for our home for several years now. I stand behind it 100% and remind myself of its truth daily. But, ladies, can I get a witness that it is so hard?!?!?!?! When I developed my “One Day to Clean a Dirty House” routine, it was because I was so tired of cleaning one room at a time and NEVER EVER feeling like I was actually getting anywhere! So, I combined my personality “quirks,” with my frustrations and the acceptance that I clean best in those few, panicked hours before company arrives (I’ve always been a “procrastinating perfectionist”), and created a solution. My method gets the job done, but I’m telling you truthfully – It. Is. Work.
So, when Sarah Mae announced that she was looking for applicants to help spread the word about her new book, “Having a Martha Home the Mary Way: 31 Days to a Clean House and a Satisfied Soul,” I applied without an ounce of hesitation. I knew that I needed help. I’m so thankful that Sarah Mae’s team
recognized my insane desperation chose me 😉 to receive an advance copy, because I was so eager to read her advice and find some help as soon as possible – not just for my home’s sake, but for my soul and sanity’s sake. I don’t want to just give my family a decent place to live; I want to create for them a healthy and loving sanctuary. I need help in doing that in the way I long to do it.
Next week, I will be meeting with an intimate group of friends that are feeling the pull too, and we’re going to be sharing our hearts while the kiddos play and we sip our coffee. We’re going to dig into this book together. I couldn’t be more excited about it. I plan to write about each week, just to fill you in on what the Lord is doing in MY heart and MY home. I believe that meeting with women that also desire to learn “gentle homemaking,” as Sarah describes it, will only enhance what will already be happening in our hearts and homes, individually. I’m excited to hear their stories – their ups and downs, tips and tricks…their wisdom or fears. I’m just excited. It’s going to be one of the most beautiful and fruitful times of my week this spring. I just know it.
It’s my hope that you will want to jump on board and take this journey with us. If you are longing for a fresh breeze to blow through your home, in the form of a renewed mind and spirit when in comes to being a homemaker, I invite you to grab a copy of Sarah’s book and join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram. You are also invited to message or e-mail us (firstname.lastname@example.org) anytime! Though we start our discussions this coming week, our 31-Day challenge won’t officially begin until the following week, so there’s plenty of time to grab a copy of the book!
So, back to what I mentioned earlier about “a clean home being a calm home”… Sarah Mae hit the nail on the head in her Intro, when she wrote the following:
Let’s do this, friends. Let’s take our focus off of the dust, the grime, and the feelings of failure we struggle with as women in charge of families and households. Let’s instead get down to the heart of the matter and help make that daydream a reality we can actually enjoy.
Before we know it, we will be that much closer to Having a Martha Home the Mary Way.
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