Sunday, April 21, 2013

Time for a Declutter?

Today there is a definite chill in the air.  The sun is dull and provides little else but light.  Today is Friday – a busy day in the Gray household.  Friday is housecleaning day.  Everyone has their ‘zones’, areas in the home that are assigned to their management.  Each person is in charge of cleaning their zone for the coming weekend.   Mom also decided it was high time to begin some winter decluttering:-( 

If there is one thing I decidedly hate, it’s a messy, cluttered house.  Somehow I cannot function properly – I get horribly stressed trying to find my way around.  Putting things in their rightful places becomes a mammoth task because they have no right places!  Of course when one starts the decluttering process, it usually means that for the rest of the week you’re going to be sorting, cleaning and doing more sorting.  (Sigh...)
I dislike it immensely, but it is needful and good.  Organising and sorting is a very liberating process.  I don’t enjoy the actual decluttering part (who does?), but I do so love the end result – a beautiful clean area in which to live and work.  I believe it is a good thing, something that should be done every once in a while.

And what about our hearts, minds and souls?  Surely our very lives need to be ordered and decluttered once in a while too?  Are there areas in your life that could be sorted, organised and cleaned?  Are there any areas that may need improvement, prayer or help?

Let us think on that today.  What might the Lord be telling you about the things in your life...?  Pray and ask Him to reveal to you anything that might need to be cleaned, dusted or destroyed.  If the Lord lives in your life, in your heart, then allow Him to ‘declutter’ you.  If He lives in you, He needs a clean heart to work with. 

I love the verse in Ephesians 1:7 which says:  “In Him we have redemption through His blood, forgiveness of sins in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”  How beautiful is that?!  We can be forgiven, redeemed and cleaned because of God’s glorious grace!

Let us all think about this while we sort and organise our homes, rooms, cupboards, etc.  Let us allow the Lord Jesus to work in our hearts and to help us!  He loves us so much, may we never forget that!

P.S.  My heart needs as much work as anyone else’s!  There are constantly areas in my life that need improvement.  I comfort myself with the verse “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion, until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Phil 1:6)  This reminds me that we will always need forgiveness and grace – we are a work in progress - until the day of the Lord!



P.S.  I decided to play with different shutter speeds at the beach the other day.  I wanted to try different settings to create different effects...  I have a long way to go till I reach my 'perfect' water photo, but this is a start!  Xx


Ginger Girls said...

I love the Water pictures. What you said sounds like me and its true even I like the point after you clean it feels good to have it clean and we do alot of cleaning around are house. You encouraged me to know that I'm not the only who sometimes feels that way[about the not liking to organize].
Good post:)
Hair Stylist

Kelly said...

Thank you for your comment, Hair Stylist:) So glad you enjoyed the post and the photos...think of me this week during our big clean up! Haha! Much love, Kelly xx

Zim said...

We have sun in Cracow, south Poland. And I have two cleaning days - because I have big, hairy dog :) Greetings for You.

Kelly said...

~ Zim: We also have dogs (and cats) which like to shed a lot! Enjoy the lovely warm sunshine:) Blessings, Kelly

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