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Spiritual Spring Cleaning

April 11, 2015 by

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I love spring cleaning!

There is something about clutter in a small home that distracts me and causes a lack of peace. Chaos makes me uncomfortable.

Spring cleaning is a lot of work. I don’t enjoy the process, but I do it because I know the result will be worth it in the end.

This reminds me of my faith.

We all seek a stronger faith and a closer walk with God, don’t we?

Like spring cleaning, it means first realizing that there is a problem. Perhaps we have attitudes that need rearranging, priorities that need reorganizing, or junk that needs to be dumped.

It’s never fun.

It’s never comfortable.

It’s never easy.

Whether we are examining the condition of our homes or our hearts, the process is bound to get us dirty.

Whether we are on our knees scrubbing floorboards or on our knees before the Lord, there is a cost, but yet this truth remains…

sacrifice always brings reward

The reward of spring cleaning my home is a sense of accomplishment for my hard work, satisfaction in a job well done, and the counting of endless blessings in the things I have been given, as well as a renewed sense of peace.

The same reward is found in the spring cleaning of my heart. When I dispose of the things that I know add no value to my life, I make room for those things that do.

When I discard bad habits, I make room for healthy ones.

When I choose to do away with sins that keep me from God’s best for me, I grow in relationship with Him and those around me are benefitted as a result.

The beauty of spring cleaning my home is that it only happens once a year.

The beauty of cleansing my heart is that it can happen day by day, moment by moment. I don’t need to wait for the calendar or time of year to remind me that an annual cleansing needs to take place.

God’s word promises me that He is always waiting for me to come to Him.

In faith.

In repentance.

In humility.

I can boldly approach the throne of grace to find help in my time of need knowing that His mercies are new every morning.

So when my heart becomes cluttered with thoughts that are shameful, words that are hurtful, or actions that don’t bring Him the glory He is due, I can stop in that moment and seek His face.

His grace awaits me.

His forgiveness changes me.

His promises challenge me.

His blood cleanses me.

Each spring and every morning.

So as we clear out the old, let us welcome in the new.

Let us count our gifts and give generously.

Let us do away with the things that are not noble or worthy of praise.

Let us scrub away all that keeps us from God’s best for our lives.

May we scrub and scour, discard and destroy.

Let us relinquish and release all of the things that threaten to crowd Him out of our homes and our hearts.

Let’s clean up and clear out so that we can invite Him and others to live in the center of our homes and our hearts.

Thank you, God, that Your mercies are new every morning! 

“Behold, I will do a new thing,

Now it shall spring forth;

Shall you not know it?

I will even make a road in the wilderness

And rivers in the desert.” –Isaiah 43:19 (NKJV)

What do you think? Are you doing a spring cleaning of the home and of the heart?

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24 Responses to Spiritual Spring Cleaning

  1. Carol

    I am energized to get started. One day at a time and I spread it out these days. Used to wiz through the whole house in one day. Crazy, at least as I look back, I had all Spring.

  2. bonniesteinborn

    Beautifully stated and truly a great comparison! Another thought. When company is scheduled to come – I look at my house more critically. The dust and clutter I am used to suddenly needs to be addressed. Being aware daily
    of God’s presence in my life helps me see anything ‘out of place’ or not pleasing to Him. Blessings and HIS Peace

  3. Deborah

    Oh I love Bonnie’s statement in addition to yours Heather.
    I have always love cleaning (and spring cleaning). I look forward to the growth Jesus brings be through as well. Some of these times are hard, but other times I can look at them with thanksgiving–if He didn’t love me so much, He wouldn’t help me through it all–that’s something worth celebrating.
    Happy spring cleaning Heather 🙂 .
    Blessings,

    • Heather

      That is something worth celebrating, Deborah! We have so much to be thankful for. May He continue to fill your cup to overflowing.

  4. Lisa notes...

    I think it’s great to associate our physical spring cleaning with a time for spiritual spring cleaning too. Thanks for the encouragement to press through with it, even when it’s hard.

  5. Joanna Sormunen

    I hate spring cleaning, and cleaning in general. I used to enjoy it a bit more, it’s always fun to see the result. And I also enjoyed the process of seeing how everything around me changed and how my home became a place of rest instead of stress. Sadly nowadays cleaning is just physically too painful to me. But I guess that happens with spiritual spring cleaning too. Sometimes it’s too painful for us to do it personally and we just have to leave it in God’s hands.

    • Heather

      I’m so sorry to hear that cleaning has become painful for you, Joanna. I can’t imagine what that is like. Know that you will be in my prayers. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. Blessings to you and yours.

  6. Laurie Collett

    Exactly what I needed to hear today! May He create a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me! Thank you for this beautifully written reminder to clear out the clutter that keeps us from God’s best. Linked up with you at Titus 2 Tuesday — hope you’ll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,
    Laurie

  7. Jennifer 'Miner' Ferguson

    I so love the results of spring cleaning, too. The spiritual spring cleaning is HARD and I have to take it in bite-sized pieces, kinda like my house, too. I’m thankful for God’s grace in the process and that He is patient while I examine my dirt. 🙂

  8. latisha2015

    You are absolutely right a clean home and spirit brings a sense of peace. I long for that peace, I long to get my spring cleaning started -home & spirit. Thank you so much for sharing with TGI Saturdays. Looking forward to seeing you this weekend. The party starts at 8 a.m today. Blessings to you and have a great weekend.

  9. tmpresser

    Thank you Heather for sharing this great post with us at Good Morning Mondays. We are coming into winter here but all this talk of spring cleaning has me doing some early. I think we can all do with spiritual spring cleaning too and I pray that we don’t wait until spring. Blessings

  10. Johanna

    Absolutely beautiful post! So good Heather! I love hearing how the Lord reveals to us as we seek His face. Thanks so much for being open to helping others through your writing 🙂

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