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What view do you want me to see?

All of my cupboard doors are closed. I will let you come in my kitchen and visit. I will serve you tea or coffee. Don’t open the cupboard door. Do not look at the mess I have hidden.

I will not show you the spice cupboard where I spilled cornstarch six months ago. I haven’t cleaned up the mess yet.

Open the door, take out the cornstarch and brown sugar and ginger and basil. Clean out the mess. Open all the cupboard doors and be transparent.

You want to be my friend, but you only want me to smile and tell you of the good things in my life. You don’t want to know what I have hidden behind my smile.

My life is open now. I have opened the cupboard door. I am cleaning out the spilled cornstarch. Cleaning up the mess I made.

The view from my kitchen

Getting my life organized, not afraid to show who I am behind the mask.

Are you hiding? Do you have a mess in your cupboard? I will still be your friend if you tell me you are not perfect.

Who am I behind the cupboard door?

What view do I show? What view do you want to see?

Everything in my kitchen cabinet has been taken out. I will let you look in my cupboards; I have nothing to hide.

Do you hide behind a smile? What view do you want me to see?

Please let me know in the comments. I would love to talk to you. The real you in the spilled cornstarch.

This post is part of five minute friday. Today’s word is – view. Set your timer and write for five minutes. I do correct spelling. can’t seem to spell when I am on the clock. 



About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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  • That hits very very close to home. Everything is hidden behind a cupboard door, no a safe door with a combination. Do you know the combination? Then I will let you see what is inside the safe. It would be better to live with an open cupboard and more like Jesus asked us to live.

  • Beautiful picture and post from precious (and real about the spills) Pamela. Loved, loved your thought, challenge, and example to reveal what’s really going on in our lives.

    I believe in authenticity. If you came to my home right now. If I could show you my Iphone pictures. You would see photos of beauty AND messes. Pics of smiles, flowers, clean, and happy. But also pics of dirt piled high. Messy counters and floors. Dog vomit on my living room rug. A broken, potted cactus and sand on my entryway floor. Kids tantruming, frowning, pouting. The package deal. I photograph the beautiful and the messy. I do not want to forget what is REAL.

    No, I’m not perfect. I do not wish to convey a wrong view of me. But I do hope that when a person encounters me, they see the presence of the One True God. Only He is perfect. I view myself as covered by Jesus’ blood. Alive by God’s grace through my faith in His Risen Son. A woman growing to be more like my Jesus every day when I yield my will to His.

    No, neither I nor my cupboards are perfect–but with God’s help, I (and my closets and cupboards) are being perfected. Still not sure why messes congregate on rugs. But I believe in God, His grace, His workmanship in me. And I believe in Philippians 1:6. God will keep perfecting us as long as we’re willing until Jesus returns or we die–whichever comes first.

  • Spouse Dates

    An open cupboard. What a great picture for self disclosure. It is so easy to hide behind a smile. Being transparent is a challenge but necessary in order to get clean inside. Thank you for your thoughts. Thanks for opening the cupboard. Thanks for the inspiration to do the same.

  • Denise Oldham

    We are thinking alike today.