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Driving into town the other day I spotted some of the last bearded irises of the season. I never would have seen them if I hadn't known where to look because the weeds were all around them and as tall as the blossoms. 'What a shame to hide such pretty blooms!' I thought as I whizzed past, my mind going back to the tension between me and my husband.
As much as I didn't like to hear it, let alone admit it, he had a valid point: I had been neglecting my responsibilities. While he had been pointing out my irresponsibility, my mind had been busily refuting him. 'Yeah, well what about all the things I have done, and done wellso you didn't have to worry about it? What about all those things? You never seem to notice all that until I mess-up and then you notice the screw-up.'
The little birdie that constantly whispers in my ear said, "Yeah, well this was a big screw-up and he's making a good point. You'd better listen-up."
You know, sometimes I'd really like to muzzle that birdie, but it's good that I didn't because as I watched for the next place that had bearded irises growing in their yard, the birdie started talking to me again. She pointed out to me that sometimes the good things that I do are much like the bearded irises that were hiding in the weeds. I let so many weeds and bad things grow up in me and around me that it's hard to see the good and beautiful things.
I decided right then that it was time for me to start doing some weeding so that others, especially my wonderful husband, could see the good things in me.
Patty Wysong is a Christian wife and homeschool mom of 5 who is passionate about wrapping lessons in pretty packages that will point others to God.
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