when life gets messy


Have you ever purposely acted in a certain way just so others would notice you were sad?  Is there a moment in time when you knew something just didn’t feel right and wondered…Is this what depression feels like? Or, have you acted as though everything is fine on the outside but you’re desperately hurting on the inside? Maybe, just maybe, there was a time when things have gone totally wrong…but the outcome would have/could have been much worse if it would have went right.

Sometimes I find myself working hard on the wrong thing. My attitude is wrong. My smile is wrong. I’m just chasing the wrong things in life. Sometimes, we find ourselves working hard on something wrong when it’s actually much easier to work hard on something right.

Sometimes life can get down right dirty.
Children who play in the dirt for the first time won’t realize the mess it makes until they have experienced it…touched it…lived it. Once they have lived it and felt the mess, they then realize it’s ok to get dirty, but they can’t remain that way.

Life isn’t meant to be perfect. Maybe is supposed to get messy. As adults, we can quickly find ourselves in messy situations. Relationships can be complex. People, whether intentional or not, can hurt us. We hurt people. We hurt ourselves.

WHY do We do THAT?

Because we are not perfect. Because we need something…someone much bigger to help clean us up.  Without the  mess, how would we experience any of life’s lessons? Without mistakes, how would we learn? Without God, how would we survive the beautiful chaos of life?

All of us, even the most positive people we know, have moments of a messy life. Yes,

I admit…sometimes, I am a mess. Sometimes, I make mistakes. But I  thank God for faithfully loving and blessing me on this journey of  life’s beautiful mess.

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12 thoughts on “when life gets messy

    1. Thank you, Roberta. I truly appreciate this. 🙂

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  1. Your post is beautiful and insightful. I believe it’s possible to adjust my thoughts and that definitely can affect my mood. I think it’s so human to be “tough on ourselves.” Self-love is key and has helped me through some difficult situations. I’ve struggled with my body taking on symptoms – the body can become afflicted with what the mind does not allow. So it’s a daily exercise for me to change any thinking that brings me down! Thank you for your words. 🙂

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    1. Oh my goodness. Love this statement…( the body can become afflicted with what the mind does not allow.) So true! Beautifully stated! Thanks so much for sharing your thought on this post! 🙂

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  2. that picture is so cute 🙂

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    1. Thanks! Sometimes my photos inspire my thoughts and sometimes my thoughts inspire my photos! This photo actually inspired my thoughts for this photo! 🙂

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  3. I love this post Laura, I so agree with what your saying. God is such a blessing in our lives. Thanks for sharing this!

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    1. Thanks, Deirdre. I used to look at rough times, hurtful moments, and life’s messes as something bad. I never saw the good that could come from it until I realized I had to turn it over to God. It was then when I realized, even though struggles are inevitable, it can help me learn and grow from them, if I allow it. Thanks for reading and commenting! 🙂

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  4. Hi Laura, I’m reading a book called The Secret at the moment, which says that when someone is feeling low or discouraged, then they are thinking low and discouraging thoughts, which can totally be changed. When we get signals from our feelings like this, we need to change our thoughts to positive ones. One tip the book gives is to be grateful for the things we have and are. I tried this for just a few minutes earlier this afternoon (it’s now almost 9pm here in England) and by the time I had finished thanking God for all the beautiful things in my life I was glowing!
    I love your post, and I am so grateful that you are sharing such good and loving things – thank you, Laura.

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    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your positive comments. I will have to check out the book. I have learned over time that negativity is contagious but so are positive thoughts and actions. I try to avoid those who bring me down, although life can bring a mix of people into our lives. I think God does this to me purposely to help me with something I am lacking in or needing to learn from. This blog has brought so many people and views to my window. I am thankful for each one! 🙂

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      1. You are a sweetheart Laura – thanks for sharing that. God truly does have a wonderful plan for us all! 🙂

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