Friday, February 22, 2008
Puttin' on My Big Girl Panties...
Talking with someone recently, in reference to something she was going to do, didn't want to do but had to do, she used this term. After we laughed about it, how completely it fit the situation, we agreed it's not something you can say to anyone else, but you sure can use it to give yourself a talkin' to!

So today - what's on my "Big Girl Panties" list? What do I have to do that I don't really want to do, either because it's unpleasant or boring or nasty or I'm just a bit plain ole lazy?

Make beds, and pick up the house
Shovel the driveway and apply salt off and on during the day
Go through more junk in the basement
Comb the dogs, clean out the gunk in their ears, scoop the catbox
Record the debit slips in the checkbook
Bake cookies to replace all the ones I ate
Put the new bedding on the master bedroom bed

Someone else, who lived a less privileged life, might wake up and feel blessed they don't have to leave home, drive on snowy roads to go to work all day to pay the bills, after they've dropped off their small children. Or those old enough that they shouldn't still have to be out there in the workforce, but they are. Many would love to stay home as I do.

Some might take in the smell of starch on freshly ironed shirts, look around and see the home they've been blessed with, realize it's a privilege to tidy a nest, a way to honor a husband's hard work.

Some might make a cup of tea and savor the experience of sorting through memories of days gone by, really enjoying those photos and memorabilia in the basement.

Some might appreciate the company of furry friends around the house, and be thankful for the income and material blessings represented by those debit slips.

Baking peanut butter cookies, they might even look back and remember the woman who baked those cookies for fifty years before they arrived on the scene, that same woman who raised the man who loves them

Someone else might not have needed to take Advil for the headache caused by choosing all that new bedding. Rather, they might take a moment to thank God for all He so graciously provides for them. For even the blessing of a warm bed on a cold night. Many don't even have that

Someone else might not need to be reminded that somedays you not only have to get up and put on your big girl panties; you might give your whole outlook on life - your perspective - a talkin' to first! Then grab those Big Girl Panties, pull them on, and get busy. There's no mention of big girl lingerie in Proverbs 31. It just said she 'looked well to the ways of her household.' Maybe it was as much her heart attitude as her efforts that got her a mention in the Big Book?


  posted at 8:57 AM

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