Five Minute Friday: Beyond

Today I am joining Lisa-Jo and others for the 5 Minute Friday where we are given a word prompt and write for just 5 minutes simply for the joy of writing. No editing or backtracking necessary. No need to be perfect. Just words freely flowing from my heart to yours.

Today’s Prompt:  Beyond

Most days it’s hard for me to look beyond the piles of my life to see the beauty that lies underneath.  My home, a place where love, joy and peace are supposed to reside can often be a place of messy disorganization and utter chaos.  As a full-time working mom, some days I don’t have the strength to truly see that underneath my messy life is a woman deeply loved and valued, no matter the state of her home.

To look beyond the baskets of overflowing laundry to see that I am a good housekeeper.

To look beyond the constant bickering of my children to see that I am a good mama.

To look beyond the stacks of dirty plates to see that I am a good nourisher.

To look beyond my husband’s tiredness and short temper so see that I am a good wife.

To look beyond the stacks of unpaid bills to see that I am a good steward.

God looks beyond my failures and shortcomings and sees a woman deeply loved and valued. He loves me despite my mess.

Five Minute Friday


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40 Responses

  1. path of treasure says:

    I found this post so encouraging. I have to remind myself these things, too– that the state of things around me isn’t a reflection of who I am, and that I am deeply loved by God. So lovely!

  2. Amen! finding our worth in our Creator is the only place to find true worth! blessings.

  3. Denise Oldham says:

    Such an amazing post.

  4. Thanks for this precious reminder friend. I need to look beyond and see what God sees, see the positive, and to see what I can be. I hope you’ve recuperated from the wedding. Blessings girl.

  5. Chelsea Brown says:

    To look beyond.
    I like that, a lot.

  6. bethinnc says:

    You are a delight to Him my friend (and to us). I have a hard time staying on top of my chores and I don’t work full-time outside of my home. <3 Bless you!

  7. Wanda says:

    Love, love this Barbie. Even though my life dynamics are different than yours at times I fail to see beyond the tasks to see the realization of the ways of God’s faithfulness.

  8. Debbie says:

    And I can add that you are a beautiful friend to many Barbie. See yourself as the Lord sees you. Dearly loved …

    Blessings and love,

  9. TraciMLittle says:

    WOW yes! Kindred spirits, FRIEND! Beautiful! You are beautiful! Love that picture where did you get it from? Love, Traci

  10. Hey, how did you get that beach picture of me on your blog? Just kidding. Thanks so much for inspiring me to look beyond all this mess (since there’s quite a bit to look through–just saying’). Have a great weekend!

  11. venessa says:

    One of my favorites from you! What a beautiful reminder that we all need to look beyond!

  12. Nikki says:

    He loves me despite my mess….
    He loves me despite my mess….
    He loves me despite my mess…
    I need to hear that often, friend. So grateful when you remind me. Thank you!

    What a beautiful 5 Minute Write!

    still praying for you {{HUGS}}

  13. Dionne says:

    Oh I am so glad God looks beyond! Thank you for the wonderful reminder of his love and acceptance of us and all of our messes.

  14. You know, I have a hard time getting beyond my own failures. It’s a terrible place to be stuck in. Thanks so much for this reminder.

  15. Wendy @ E1A says:

    Beautifully written Barbie!

  16. Tito Eric says:

    That photograph tells me: Happiness! A splendid shot … I love it. You are a wonderful person, Barbie!


  17. Lindy Kaden says:

    Beyond so much. God even uses our failures to take us beyond what we see. Good words!

  18. So perfect. Such needed truth! Thanks, from a messy girl, too!

  19. Michele-Lyn says:

    I hear your heart in this. It resonates so deep in my soul. I am holding tightly to this truth with you, while letting all else go, by His grace.

    “God looks beyond my failures and shortcomings and sees a woman deeply loved and valued.”

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