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Is there any better smell in the world than sheets that have been hung out on a clothes line to dry? I don’t care what Madison Avenue has to say, they just can’t put that smell in a bottle. Freshness is something that’s difficult to impersonate.

Many try.

I know how to make the sheets awesomely fresh, but sometimes I get caught up in misconceptions about how to make other areas of my life fresh.

Regular date nights with the hubs will keep our marriage fresh.

Reading the newest book by the best author or playing memory games will keep my mind fresh.

I should have healthy friendships and family time to keep my relationships fresh.

And to keep my spirit fresh, I should read my Bible, pray, and worship…every day.

It’s a lot to keep up with, don’t you think? I begin to believe that I have to do everything perfectly if I want everything to be right! But this misconception and the ensuing frustration to create perfection makes me Weary by Wednesday.

Those of us coming out of abusive situations over think simple. It’s what we had to do to try and keep our heads above water and hopefully avoid the next incident. Unfortunately, once we are free of abuse, not all these thought processes return to normal.

But do you know the truth?

It’s simple to hang out sheets in the fresh air to get them to smell fresh. Staying fresh is just as simple. I can take a deep breath and relax because even when (not if…but when) I mess it all up, it will still be alright. My marriage, my relationships and even my faith can survive my inadequacies.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 New International Version (NIV)

Survivor, take a deep breath, fall into the Master’s arms and refresh yourself. Just like those sheets blowing in the breeze on a sunny afternoon. You’ve got this!

Thanks for sharing your Wednesday with me. I am praying for you.