At the start of the new year I had this brilliant idea to declutter my house. It seems many others had this same brilliant idea. All of the stores had their storage bins out and on sale, I had that new year new motivation going for me, and lots of inspiration from the show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo on Netflix. Just like how our houses can get disorganized and decluttered, our spiritual lives can get the same.
Our minds and our hearts can go through a lot- pain, heartache, loss, sadness, anxiety, responsibilities and the list goes on. Have you ever felt so at disarray in your heart and thoughts? I have! Sometimes it feels like I can’t get a single straight thought, my heart feels heavy, lost and confused. We can get overwhelmed in the chaos of the things that our crowding up our mental and spiritual well-being. That’s why we need to declutter our minds and hearts just like our homes.
When things start to feel decluttered in our lives, it can throw our focus off. We can isolate ourselves from those that are closest to us and it can distract us from what’s important.
Let God show you the areas in your mind and heart that need to be decluttered.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24
Listen to what God has to say. When the heart and mind become cluttered it can be hard to hear what God is telling you. He wants us to stop what we are doing and just be still. Which is very hard to do sometimes. I find it best first thing in the morning or at night. My phone goes on silent at 10 PM and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I can slow down my day and start to be still.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
Let go. God doesn’t want us to hold onto the negative things that clutter our hearts and minds. As we get rid of some of the things that our cluttering our homes, we have to let go of some of the things that our cluttering our minds and hearts. It’s time to throw away the hurt, toss the anxiety, get rid of doubt and negativity that we put on ourselves and on others.
But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12
It’s time to replace the things you need to let go of with JOY. Happiness is fleeting but true joy from God is everlasting. Spend time growing your relationship with Christ, the one who gives the REAL and everlasting joy!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him. The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. Psalm 28:7-8
Decluttering our homes doesn’t happen over night (at least it didn’t for me) and it won’t happen in our hearts and minds either. It may not be an easy process, but it’s worth it. A crowded space can block us from our full relationship with God.
Today’s Prayer: Show me areas in my life, mind, and heart that need to be decluttered, Lord. I want to be able to let go of things I don’t need to be holding onto, and I want to replace them with joy, with You. Amen.
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