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.
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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