Just Keepin’ it Real up in Here!

Welcome …

To those of you who are new around here, Welcome!! I’m honored that you’ve taken time out of your day to hang out with us and I pray you find some encouragement in this space. You’ll typically find posts three days each week. This week is not typical. It’s been more of a  “Just keepin’ it real up in here” week. And since authenticity is highly treasured, let’s get real here …

Water lilies at the Birmingham Botanical Garden, which doesn’t seem to have anything to do with this post, except at the end it should all make sense. We hope!
The road to the Japanese Garden

Here’s a taste of the last week in our world …

… lofty blogging goals and the most well-received post ever here at SoMuchMoore

… followed by 4 migraines in a matter of 7 days

… cooked dinner and sat down to eat dinner together as a family – maybe three times in those days only 1 of which I really prepared

… made the bed – a grand total of twice in those days

… forgot to feed the dog – one or two days, good thing the kids remembered

It’s pretty amazing that I accomplished all of this in just one short week, right? #momgoals #welcometomyworld

BBG Japanese Garden GateBBG-Japanese-Garden-Gate
The Japanese Garden Gate

One of this life’s underlying themes that I embrace more with each passing year is redemption. Whether it’s a beat up old piece of furniture or unwanted fabric in the form of an unfortunate garment or a rough day that begs for a do-over – we all have more of these than we care to deal with.

The thing about redemption is that all the ick, unwanted and unexpected has to come first. You can’t redeem something that’s already perfect. That doesn’t even make sense, does it?

Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden Waterfall
Just keepin’ it real up in here!

We all seem to be striving for perfect of some sort. And sometimes we have to wonder why. Why do we strive for perfect when the lack of struggle makes it void of depth and lustre? It’s the imperfect, the unplanned, the just plain rough weeks that help us appreciate the mediocre and even amazing ones.

When I was at the Haven Conference a few weeks ago, the phrase “In His time” popped into my head several times. This space here has been prayed over and has come with a good bit of diligence and time. But in the end, it has very little to do with my perfect planning or execution of said plan. It has so much more to do with God’s timing and plan than my own lofty “perfect” ideas.

Glass gazebo
Water lily garden

Every once in awhile, He gives me one of these “just keeping it real up in here” weeks, maybe as a way to help me remember what this is all about in the first place. It affords some space to step back, because there really isn’t another choice, and it affords some time to stop and listen for His plan.

So this week, it seems that’s exactly what the plan is. Waiting and listening. And maybe editing a few pictures from our week in Birmingham this summer, because that doesn’t really require advanced, or even mediocre, thinking skills. And maybe there’ll be another nap or two.

The greenhouse
The possibilities

Then tomorrow? Well, tomorrow’s a new day and we get to start over and see what the day holds. Hopefully a family meal and a full dog bowl for the doodle. And maybe a freshly made bed too! Maybe…

So tell me, how do you talk yourself through these “just keepin’ it real up in here” weeks? I for one could use all the advice I can get, and I’m guessing I’m not the only one, right?!



About Beth Moore

A Christ-follower, wife, mom to 4, lifestyle blogger, seamstress and seeker of daily glimpses of God's grace and redemption.

6 thoughts on “Just Keepin’ it Real up in Here!

  1. Beautiful photos. A great way to chill and be renewed by the beauty God gifted us with. That’s keepin’ it real, baby!

    1. It’s a gorgeous botanical garden! And I should have added the number of times I was to busy talking to hear about the kids tales of their days… Good thing God forgives and they do too!

  2. Thanks! I needed to hear this. Since my “minor” surgery Jul 7 I’ve had a lung infection and now anemia and have been really laid low. I’ve “lost” 2/3 of my summer to this stuff. Keep telling myself it’s all in His hands and His plans and I needed a rest after an incredibly busy and stressful June. So thank you for your insight. I’m feeling what you’ve felt but I can’t put it anywhere near as eloquently as you do!

    1. I’m so sorry, Marcy! It has to be tough to have all that creativity stuck inside with no energy to paint it out! BTW, we have plans for a guest bath spruce up that includes your lovely art work. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll get to that before too long! Praying for you to fully recover soon

      1. There are only a few things that I try to do every day:
        1. Have a good quiet time with God: at least 45 minutes.
        2. Be nice to Liz and my girls. They deserve my best and my priority.
        3. Get enough rest & sleep. I need 6 hours a day.
        4. Obey God the rest of the day.

        That’s it. That is about all I get to control every day, and every day is different.

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