One Messy Morning


It was my undoing the other morning.

For what felt like the first time the entire school year, we were all dressed and ready to head out the door on time.

“Can I have a waffle before I go, mama?  I’m still hungry” requested my littlest, soon to graduate from Kindergarten. Lord, hold me!

We had time. I quickly popped in one of those fluffy little toaster waffles and got to work filling a small dipping bowl with syrup.  Surely, that would contain the mess.

“I can’t find my library books mom!”, shouted the older one from the landing.

Off I went to help round-up books.

That he miraculously remembered, five frustrating minutes later, were never actually brought into the house.

“Oh yeah! We didn’t go to library last week. Huh. I guess I don’t have to worry about it after all.”


“Mama! I got syrup on my shirt!”

Deep breath…

“And in my hair! YOU forgot to put my hair up first, mama!”

Any hopes I had of getting out the door on time, and unfrazzled, were now officially dashed.

Attempting to be helpful, that sweet little girl “set” her syrup dipping bowl, her ceramic syrup dipping bowl, into the sink.

Where it proceeded to shatter into about twenty-three pieces.

I lost just the tiniest bit of patience.

And exploded.

“You children must take responsibility for these things!”, I all but shrieked.

Just great.

I’m guessing I’m not the only one who’s experienced a morning, or ten, like this?

It all made for a very heavy heart as the kids scooted out of the car in the carpool line.  My hurried “Bye! I love yo-” as the door slammed shut only served to make the heaviness settle deeper.

But then…

Then, I got home and opened up Limitless Life by Derwin L. Gray and fixed my eyes on this:

“God supernaturally fulfills His purposes through humanity’s messy, self-determined actions.”

One sentence!

I only had to read one sentence to be reminded that I am already one of God’s treasured Masterpieces.

God knew.

He knew I needed that exact sentence at that exact moment to usher hope right back into my day.

Oh, yes indeedy!

He knew that every self-determined word out of my mouth that messy morning would be able to be turned around, for His glory.

And that brought me immense comfort.

As my children got off the bus that afternoon, I hugged them tightly.

“I’m sorry about this morning, guys. Mama makes mistakes.  God showed me today that He knew that was going to happen and that it’s okay.  He still loves me. And I love you. TONS!”

Both kids looked at me like I had sprouted a flower out of my ear.

That’s okay.

They hugged me back and started chattering away about their day.

I realized, again, that although I may not be able to see how that messy morning fits into the masterpiece God is creating with my life, He surely is.

And that’s a great comfort to me.

Because, I’ve no doubt that I have other messy mornings, and afternoons, and evenings, in my future.


we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus…”  Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)

Messy mornings, and all!

We’re talking about how God makes a masterpiece out of our messes over at the P31 Ministries Online Bible Study Blog Hop today.  If you’d like to get more encouragement, click the button below.


18 thoughts on “One Messy Morning

  1. Missy I love reading your blog and always feel like I am in your home and I would love to be – HA! A beautiful depiction of how a family should be – and that is apologetic when we mess up. Yep our lives are messy but they don’t have to stay that way even for a day. Love you! Debbie W. (Proverbs 31 Ministry OBS Team)

    • Debbie, I would love nothing more than to share a cup of coffee with you and glean pearls of wisdom from you, right across my kitchen table. Thank you for your sweet words of encouragement, friend.

  2. Thank you for your honesty. I have many a messy morning, day, night with my husband and in the future will use this post to remind me that God can still use that for good. WHEW! Praise Jesus He can turn our messes in to masterpieces!

  3. “I’m sorry about this morning, guys. Mama makes mistakes. God showed me today that He knew that was going to happen and that it’s okay. He still loves me. And I love you. TONS!”
    I love the way you apologized and responded to your kiddos. And, for the record, I *shudder* when my kids request syrup. There’s just no easy way to get through syrup without a mess!

  4. Love this! It’s like blending “Limitless Life” and “Unglued” together! I too have these crazy mommy mornings and in the syrup covered, book-hunt mess, I lose the reality that I am His Masterpiece. Love His grace. Love your humor and wisdom! Great post!

  5. My Dear Heart Sister. You continue to win my respect with your transparent honest stories of the deepest moments of Life. You continue to grow my fondness with your nuggets of Hope, WIsdom and Inspiration that can comonly from Pressing In and On. You are an Authentic Masterpiece Woman. xox from This Mess to yours. 😉
    “God supernaturally fulfills His purposes through humanity’s messy, self-determined actions.”

  6. Missy I enjoy your blog posts…I always get a huge smile when I see it’s your blog I am going to read next. I can just hear the deep southern drawl. God Bless You for being so open and honest! God Loves You and so do I !

  7. Can completely relate, so many messy mornings, messy evenings…messy weekends too 😉 I too, have let angry words spill out my mouth at my almost three year old, only to feel so remorseful later. 3 weeks and a second one will be in the nest…so interesting to see how things get a whole lot messier. However, I love how the Word of God and a study, can settle it all, transform you, make you see where you have erred, give you comfort and make you feel special. Awesome read, thanks for sharing! 🙂

  8. Now, I have to admit, I giggled throughout this whole thing. My son is grown and these types of days are “behind” me. But, boy, oh boy, back in the day I can tell you I felt your frustration!! Thank goodness for His grace and peace!! One day you will be able to look back and smile about these “messes.” Loved your story and the way you fit us into seeing the picture. Hugs to you my friend!!


  9. Few lessons stack up to the ones God gives us through our children, huh!? Thank you for sharing your messy morning with all of us. I know I, for one, can related to feeling terrible after exploding on my child. I do always try to remember to follow up, but I know I’m still a work in progress…yet His Masterpiece at the same time! Pretty cool.

  10. It’s always great to be reminded that even though we’re not perfect and we make mistakes and messes in our lives, it’s ok. God loves us sooo much anyway, and He’s there to pick us up, dust us off, and keeps in working in our lives. Thanks for the reminder, because my lack of perfection has been getting to me the past few days. Even in not keeping up with this Bible study as I should!
    I am God’s masterpiece; He has created me anew!

  11. I love your post! You’re honest and real! I appreciate that. I wanted to say that when you said “He knew that every self-determined word out of my mouth that messy morning would be able to be turned around, for His glory” it reminded me that something messy doesn’t have to be the end of a perfectly good day. I get caught up on trying to do everything just right that I miss the beauty in the little things that God uses to show us who He is. Thank you for reminding me that my “mistakes” aren’t as bad as I make them to be in my head.

  12. Oh Missy this is such a cute story and means so much. I love how God’s word was right there for you at the precise time you needed to hear it…….how blessed are we to have that love for us.
    As parents we make mistakes that hurt our hearts so much and sadly I have made forever-lasting mistakes that have changed the courses of my children’s lives that I cannot get back but Thank God we have many more years to make great memories and there will always be bumps in the road but how wonderful is it that God uses these bumps for His glory.
    Thank you for sharing…….what lucky little ones to have you as their mommy.

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