The Desperate Homemaker’s Epiphany

noun, plural e·piph·a·nies.

~ a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality oressential meaning of something, usually initiated by somesimple, homely, 
or commonplace occurrence or experience.

There I was at the sink again. 
Looking out the window I squint, spying the bird-feeder.
 Birds and squirrels crowd the sectioned off flower and rock garden 
we’ve created as a meeting place for our feathered and furry friends. 
The sink is filled with dirty dishes, again. 
Sometimes I really miss our dishwasher. 
Not that we don’t have one. It is in the basement. 
It’s been there since our move 4 years ago. 
But, I stare into that pile of dirty dishes and I know God has a message for me.
 Not that I am sure I want to hear it. 
Because in actuality, I have not even had a cup of coffee yet.
 But sometimes He, catches me when I am ready and unaware of it. 
He finds me in my unguarded moment and whispers deep truths to me. 
He extends His neck, reaching long and places nourishment into my hungry soul. 
Just like that Mama bird I saw in the Holly Bush stretching 
out her neck to insert the seed into the baby bird’s mouth. 
She flies back and forth from the feeder to the bird in the bush, 
showing Him how it’s done and soon He will be satisfied, 
and strong enough to fly to the feeder himself. 
But the Mama meets that baby bird right where he is. 
What a picture of our gracious God. 
So, I stand in the kitchen and ponder how a sink full of dirty dishes can bring forth holiness in me.
 If I can see with different eyes. 
If I can acknowledge the blessing.
 Lord, can my Quiet Time be here, now?
 You are here with me as I sink arm deep into the sudsy water of this sink,staring out at the birds and pondering your sweet provision, grace and truth. 

Perhaps, maybe right here, 
right now, my Maker is transforming me. 
Friends, so often I joke about my lack as a homemaker.
 Today, as I looked out at the birds, God corrected me. 
He wanted to give me new vision.
None of us needs to be perfect. 
If we can just allow our gracious God to meet us where we’re at.
Little by little he’ll bring us there.
And soon we’ll be flying off to greater heights.
Always under His watchful eye and care.

“Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, 
careless in the care of God.”
Matthew 6:26 
(The Message)

Today instead of proclaiming my lack, I will stand firm in His provision, power and grace.
Will you join me, dear one?
Linking with Marci and Darlene, two very inspiring Homemakers!
Also joining Courtney over at Women Living Well!

Published by enthusiasticallydawn

Dawn Paoletta is the author of Journaling for Discovery and Delight. Her writing is included in several anthologies and her poems have been included in the Wickford Poetry and Art Exhibit and Books. Dawn is currently working on her next book. Inquiries at

14 thoughts on “The Desperate Homemaker’s Epiphany

  1. Good morning, Dawn, Thanks for letting me peak into your kitchen with you, over the sudsy water, and into the birds out front. I resonated with missing that first cup of coffee, and seeing God's tenderness, and turning the dishwashing into a quiet time with him. Amen! 🙂 Have a great week, Jennifer


  2. smiles…i like the thought of allowing him to meet us where we are at…much like those dishes….maybe another is we all need a bit of scrubbing…smiles…all of this before coffee too, yikes…


  3. Okay, milady – this is your assignment: Go to the library – RUN do not walk to the fiction aisle and check out Anne of Green Gables. Read thoroughly with your journal at the ready. There is soooo much scope for the imagination, meditation, and poetic response that I can't believe you haven't met her yet! Then – read the rest of the series – 8 books in all. It takes her throughout her life from age 12 to age 53. You will love it.Actually – this series would have been good to take on vacation – but then, you'd have no time for the beach or jet-skiing, or laughing with friends escaping to Green Gables by yourself! Your vaca shots looked amazing! I don't know when I've gone away for a week just to vacation in such a relaxing way. It's been . . . well . . . never.Just grabbing a day here or there. I need to get a life.Joy even when I don't go away to a cabin by the sea for a week to unwind . . .Kathy


  4. Miss Kathy, you inspire me completely! Of course I will have to read it- and I hope you get a vacation in Maine or anywhere you want when the time is right. I did pick up an old copy of Little Women while on vacation…I started reading that – it is really an old one from the used Book Barn I visited!


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