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Being a Stay-At-Home mama who lives in a rural part of Colorado that gets its fair share of snow in the winter gives me a great excuse many days for me and the kiddos to not venture from our home. This has given me the opportunity to begin our ‘Declutter Crusade’. I literally started by organizing the junk drawer in our kitchen. It was about a 30 minute project. A triumphant baby step in the war I am waging against clutter.
I then began looking around our house and discovering items that were tucked away under beds, in closets, in piles, collecting dust and haven’t been used or admired in a long time. I realized my family and I had a lot of clutter! A lot of ‘stuff’ we didn’t need that needed a new home. I have made a decision that if no one in our home has used an item or admired it in at least 3 months it is time for it to go. Family heirlooms and pictures, seasonal usable items and craft/school supplies not included.
Smart phones are pretty darn cool, aren’t they? With the press of a finger I can take a picture of an item I want to sell and in a matter of a minute or two have the picture posted on Facebook with a description of the item and a price. Within a few hours of posting my first round of 'stuff' I had several items posted and lots of mamas in line to buy these items. It was so empowering and refreshing to find new homes for some of our ‘stuff’ and a little extra cash to boot.
The type of items I sold was all over the map, from a pair of nice curtains we no longer wanted/needed, to a pair of Steve Madden red patent leather heels worn once almost 9 years ago! For some reason, every time I saw those beautiful pair of heels I thought to myself, "Someday I will wear them again." After 9 years of living in that shoebox, the odds of those beautiful red heels on my feet again was looking pretty slim.
Decluttering and simplifying feels so good. It is something we should do on a regular basis.
Just like decluttering our homes, God wants us to declutter our hearts. As human beings, we are prone to sin, prone to give into fleshly desires and attitudes, which ultimately clutter our hearts and push out the love of Jesus.
In the same way we declutter and clean out our homes, as Christian women, it is vital that we declutter and clean out our hearts. By seeking God and digging deep into our hearts, we can find the sin we need to deal with and get it out of our lives.
When we repent of our sins, we acknowledge our sin and ask God for forgiveness. And when we ask forgiveness, we can be sure God will forgive us.
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9 NKJV
Just like decluttering our home refreshes the environment around us, decluttering our hearts will transform our mind to a new way of thinking and acting. We can ‘redecorate’ our hearts with God’s word so that it is always at the forefront of our minds. Just as the psalmist says, ‘I have hidden your word in my heart, so I may not sin against you.’ Psalm 119:11
The world we live in is full of sin and evil and the spirit of this world, Satan, wants to grab hold of us and he will do anything he can to succeed. When our hearts are cluttered with sin, we cannot be the light God calls us to be. And when our hearts are not filled with God’s word, we can easily succumb to sin. God’s word is truth and when truth is not written on our hearts, our minds are vulnerable to believing lies from this world.
Decluttering our homes and our hearts is a continual process. A continual process well worth the time and effort.
Hi! My name is Mandy.
Thanks for visiting my blog! Being a mom in this modern age is a pretty difficult thing. So many expectations are imposed on us and it can be overwhelming and often discouraging.