|This photo has nothing at all to do with my post. I just wanted to show off my new haircut!|
It's my second hair cut since my hair grew back, and I am blessed to have a friend from
church who is a licensed beautician that cuts it for me.
I have hidden three words within this text, these words are from three other blogs that I enjoy reading...Can you find them, and recognize if they are from your own blog post, or a blog post you have read recently?
Life is ever changing.
Once again I am laughing at myself!
It's Ok...I'm actually laughing with me, not at me, lol!
I did an earlier post where I was very excited about the idea of de-cluttering my home, but once again I had forgotten that I am not the only inhabitant of this home, and the sparser environment is not necessarily favored by the other.
Having said that, I will now attempt to explain why I think we humans tend to want to change our environs from time to time...
We may feel the lack of control over things that are happening in our lives. I have noticed in my own life when things are not going as planned or I am at a low point, I want to take action, some action, ANY action in order to feel like I have some control over SOMETHING.
So, I start rearranging the tangible things in my home...the things I can put my hands on. The truth is, the things that I constantly rearrange, are not what is bothering me. The fact that I have two, three, or five throw pillows on the sofa is not the issue...The problem is that I sense there needs to be some change in my life, but I am not trusting God to take care of the details. I am not willing to patiently wait for the answers, or to accept that sometimes I may never know what the answer is to why things are the way they are.
So, I turn to the one thing I THINK I can accomplish on my own...CHANGE the furniture, the décor!
Well, I'm not saying that is wrong in and of itself, not if we are doing this in order to clean things up, or make room for something new, but if it becomes a nearly daily thing...Well, then something is not right! And that is where I am now. I have literally worn myself out, and worn out my poor husband's patience in the process!
The truth of the matter is, I cannot affect the change that I want, that I am seeking, by changing my exterior world...I must decide that only God has any real control in my life, and I must be patient and willing to listen and hear from the Holy Spirit on what gives my life meaning, and what I must work at in order to "accomplish" anything worthwhile....And...
I mustn't stay busy tinkering around with unnecessary distractions all the time, I MUST get busy with the things that the Lord is putting on my heart; things like Bible study, listening to the Word, and to good Christian music, listening to the elder Christians who are wiser...gleaning from their godly counsel the things The Lord wants me to learn....I must learn prudence!
Looking around on the internet, I see clearly that it's not just me. It's actually quite a trend lately...Just Google the word 'De-clutter' and you will see many websites and many books or items being sold on the subject. Another key word is 'minimalism'...The idea is that by emptying our environment of clutter, the clearer our minds become...only this can be taken to the extreme when the goal is to rid your house of most of your possessions, many of which are actually necessary items, items like furniture...a bed for instance. Well, I suppose some people don't need a bed, but most of us do. The point I'm trying to make is that there are folks out there making money by trying to sell us an idea that living in a bare room somehow makes us mentally or spiritually healthy. This is just another way of replacing a relationship with Jesus with some type of religion or spirituality. The scary thing is...I have seen this in some Christians, myself included!
The Lord doesn't want me to abandon my domestic responsibilities, but He is showing me that I must learn contentment, and temperance when it comes to my home and that begins within my spirit...not on the outside environment. It is within that He wants to change and rearrange in order to make me more mentally and spiritually healthy.
My body has grown weak, too weak to rearrange the furniture, but I am growing stronger spiritually in Jesus...for He alone is my strength.
So whether my home is cluttered, or bare...My mind is full of treasure from the Lord, and my heart is content to be under His control
Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.…
*The words are: "tinkering" from 'Sharon Sharing God', "strength" from 'Lighthouse Vision" and "prudence" from 'Crown of Beauty'!
Thank you, ladies for your inspiring posts this week!
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~Blessings & Love~
and always remember, we are...