310 days remaining after today.
I am fresh here at my temporary desk from prayer journaling in one of my favorite places on earth: our still in the process quiet room. I am here with thoughts yet to be sorted within the lines of this screen.
I was praying about the stuff in this house. Lots of stuff, more stuff than we have used in many a year, stuff and more stuff that I have grumbled over more times than is holy (you know what I mean). This morning I prayed differently, acknowledging that obviously I had been going about this the wrong way. So we (I say We because I’m pretty sure it was not me alone here that) came to this kind of praying: ‘The stuff in this house needs a home; either here in this home, in someone else’s home or in a trash bin somewhere so I pray for You to help us sort this stuff in our house.’ And that did it! I was off with if my house needs this so do I. The stuff in me needs sorting.
And since thoughts birth actions, lets begin there. Some of my thoughts I need to keep, ponder, expand, let them ripen until they are ready to share or not (some thoughts never need to be shared 🙂 if you know what I mean); some just need to be trashed at the onset. And there you have the key to sorting stuff – in the house or the sanctuary.
Keep it. Share it. Trash it!
Item by item we must decide: does this need a home inside these four walls? Or is there someone else that would REALLY benefit from it? Or is it just trash, period?
There is a Scripture that came to mind when this post was embryonic. . . . and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Here’s the whole of it:
3 For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; 4 because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments 5 and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah. 6 And when you have become completely obedient, then we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience. [source]
For though I live in a cluttered house, I do not handle it in a messy way – I handle it beginning today with real weapons that will be effective – the weapon of prayer over my stuff, all my stuff! I could take those verses one by one and paraphrase to fit this sorting business but perhaps you’d like a try at it.
Who would have thought you could take 2 Corinthians 10: 3-6 and find a message for cleaning house? HE DID! 🙂
Happy Thursday my Friends!
What an AWESOME post. I have so much stuff in my house that needs to be given away, and some that needs to be trashed. Likewise with my heart. This is a wonderful, wonderful post, Kathie!!
Kathie, I love, love, love this! The Bible really does have an answer for everything – even cleaning house!
Seriously, though, I love the way you applied your mantra of “Keep it. Share it. Trash it! ” even to our thought life. It’s so important what we dwell on!
Thanks for sharing at the Loft!