Today as I was driving through town I saw a sign that really made me think, “Please excuse the mess…Better things to come.”

I always read the sign of this business because they typically have Christian messages that I like to talk about with my kids. (The current sign is referring to an addition to their business that’s currently under construction.) 

I’ve seen this sign every time I’ve driven into town the last few weeks but today was different.

As my twins were having a heated in-depth conversation behind me about what 9 times 100 equals (and being that they’re 7, neither knew the answer), I was deep in thought over the sign’s message and how it relates to life. 

We are all working on our “mess!”

Some of us have more to “clean up” than others but we all have some kind of mess that we need to work on. We are all sinners and each of has bears our own set of flaws. Some are able to be fixed (and once it’s done, life is definitely better) and others seem like no matter what you do, you just can’t break free of that mess.

Whether your “mess” is an alcohol or drug problem, a divorce, loss of a job, unhealthy choices regarding food, or family trouble, each of these “messes” requires some form of clean up. 

Cleaning up involves making a change whether it’s a healthier lifestyle, learning from a broken relationship, getting some counseling or getting back on your feet financially which leads to better things to come.

Some people hide their mess by never letting people inside their home that is so cluttered you can’t walk, or hiding a broken heart behind a fake smile, or running up credit card after credit card because they can’t quit emotional shopping. 

So today I’m owning my mess! Please excuse me while I intentionally work on each piece that makes up my pile of mess because I agree that there are better things to come. 

How about you? How are you going to own that mess so you can grow from it and experience a better life? If you can’t do the work alone, please get help! Better things are to come!


Hi! I’m Jenny! I grew up on a farm in between the 2 small towns of North Loup and Scotia, Nebraska. I spent my childhood chasing cattle, laying out irrigation pipe, bottle feeding bucket calves and racing turtles at Popcorn Days. My husband, Jason and I live on a farm south of Kearney and I am blessed to be a stay at home mom to 5 energetic kids and wife to my favorite farmer! Our oldest daughter is 11, our boy/girl twins are 7, our son is 5 and youngest daughter is 3. I created my blog, Women With Intention ( where you will find tools for living your purpose, managing your home, saving money, simplifying, growing your faith, loving your family and relationships, and embracing the season of life you are in. I believe that each woman can have it all, but not necessarily have it all at the same time! I'd love to connect at my blog, Facebook (, Pinterest ( or Twitter (@womenwithintent).