Sunday, April 14, 2013

“unglued” and the trivialness of paper placemats

I’m currently reading a book called “Unglued:  making wise choices in the midst of raw emotions” by Lysa TerKeurst. I asked my mom for it for Christmas, and I am so very glad I did.


Here is an excerpt:

“When my girls were little, we had a love-hate relationship with those paper placemats some fast food restaurants use to entertain kids. I loved that the placemats featured appealing, attention-grabbing pictures and came with complimentary crayons. However, it never failed that someone would color on someone else’s placemat and squeals and screams would have all heads in the restaurant looking our way.

Then I would sit there in disbelief that my kids had caused such a fuss over colored-on placemats. Placemats that would soon be covered in ketchup and juice and eventually tossed in the trash. Fleeting things. Insignificant things. I knew my kids wouldn’t even remember the placemats tomorrow, let alone a month from now. But for today, for this moment, the placemats had them coming all unglued.

And I’m no different. If I carefully consider some of the stuff I come unglued over, I honestly must shake my head. Not to shame myself, but to wake up and realize that there are legitimate things that warrant my mental energy. Is this situation I’m facing today really one of those things?”

I come unglued because of piles of laundry, because I don’t own a washer or dryer.
I come unglued because of a sink full of dirty dishes, and no counter-space to make dinner.
I come unglued when Nolan puts his toys in the dog’s water dish for the millionth time.
I come unglued when I’m frustrated with myself for wasting my time on something, when I could have been productive doing something else.

I am making imperfect progress… tiny baby steps toward controlling my emotions, reining in my negative words, letting God’s grace change me. I realize how blessed I am, and I want to stay glued—with my eyes on what matters.

(I’ll probably do another post on this book later. It’s that good.)


  1. I read this book with my mom's group a few months ago! really great stuff in there! :-)

  2. oh my goodness i need this. thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow that sounds so interesting! I definitely want to read it... can't wait to hear more about it. :)

  4. i need to get this book! thanks for sharing!


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