If you have ever watched the show Fixer Upper or any of the other home renovation shows on HGTV you know that the one thing that they all have in common is that they always hit a snag in the process. There is always a setback or some unexpected problem that arises that threatens to derail the entire renovation process.


The designer has a beautiful plan that they share with the homeowner. Then they get to work with the demolition to tear out the walls, rip out old cabinets and pull up the worn carpet, the project is going smoothly when they run into a setback. Usually it is a leaky pipe which has led to unforeseen damage or hidden termite damage. Often, they must scramble to find a fix. The setback always causes the project to take longer than expected and cost more than planned. But somehow, they always come up with a fix and in the end the transformation is completed.


Isn’t that how it often works for us? We start to make the needed changes we need to make in our life and we are seeing good progress. Then all the sudden our old self rears its ugly head and we face a setback. Our failure threatens to undo all our progress. On Sunday, we will explore how we can face our failures.


In honor of Mother’s Day, I share with you this humorous story:

One mom was out walking with her 4-year-old daughter when her girl picked up something from the ground and started to put it in her mouth. The mother tells what happens in her own words: 

"I took the item away from her and I asked her not to do that." My daughter quickly asked, "Why?" "Because it's been lying outside, you don't know where it's been, it's dirty and probably has germs," I replied. At this point, my daughter looked at me with total admiration and asked, "Wow! How do you know all this stuff?" 

I thought quickly and said, "All moms know this stuff. It's on the Mommy Test. You have to know it, or they don't let you be a Mommy." We walked along in silence for 2 or 3 minutes, as she pondered this new information. "Oh...I get it!" she beamed, "So if you don't pass the test you have to be the daddy?" 

I smiled and replied, "Exactly." 


Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!