5 things to do for a Spiritual Spring Cleaning

Y’all, the 1st day of Spring was this week. And we have seen glorious sunshine for several days. Let me tell you, that does a number on your winter blues. It’s hard to be too gloomy when you have some bright sun beating down on your face. Don’t get me wrong. I am not mad at winter. Bless his heart. But he brought with him a lot of cold and rain. This needs to stop. I would like to say to winter, as my sweet Mama Boyce would say to a nosy neighborhood dog getting in her flower beds,

“Git out of here! Don’t make me take a switch to you!”

But that might be weird, because winter doesn’t really have ears to hear. Oh well, good idea, though.

When I think of spring, one of the things that comes to mind is spring cleaning. Spring cleaning may consist of washing windows, cleaning out closets, clearing out cabinets, dusting ceiling fans, pressure washing the outside vinyl, knocking down all the cobwebs (I get tired just thinking about it!). But you know something to consider, too, is cleaning out our God given house. Spiritual Spring Cleaning is a purging of the dirt in your heart & life. It helps to cleanse your soul of the trash, that may have accumulated. What’s a better time than spring to get rid of the mess? What kind of messes am I talking about?

Consider these-

  1. Complaining
  2. Gossiping
  3. Envying
  4. Comparing
  5. Consuming
  6. Doubting
  7. Fearing
  8. Hating

These things we should avoid doing and even hanging around places where these things are commonly practiced. They do not lift us up in any form or fashion.

Here are 5 things to help spring clean your spiritual life:

1.  Take a good inventory of your heart. What are the things that need bagged up and trashed first? Start by thinking or “studying” about what changes you need to make. It’s always a good idea to think things through. The apostle Paul suggested this to Timothy in  I Timothy 4:15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. (NKJV)

2. Make a plan. I have always heard it is wise to plan your work & work your plan. We need to plan ahead on how we are going to react when someone starts gossiping to us or about us. We should decide, ahead of time, to not let the little things irritate us. Plan on how you will decide to handle hard situations, before they happen. Plan on how you will handle a know it all. This way, you will have thoughtfully made an effort to change how you view and react to things in advance. 

3. Take action. One way I love to take action is by making lists. Nothing is better than crossing something off my list. My list might look something like this:

  • Count my blessings
  • Give sincere compliments
  • Study the Bible
  • Thank someone
  • Share with someone how the Lord is working in my life.
  • Sit in the sun
  • Love
  • Be humble and kind
  • Remember if you can’t change it, let it go.

4.  Pray about it. This goes without saying. We should pray always, about          everything.

5.  Practice it daily. Y’all, let’s do our best to have a clean heart. I believe it will not only be a blessing to us, but to everyone around us. It will encourage others & help them to see Jesus through us. God is always working for our good. I love the quote:

Practice makes perfect, so watch what you practice!

Let’s make sure we are practicing things that encourage and not tear down.

I sure hope everyone is ready for the weekend! I know we are. It’s been a long week. My dad had surgery on Wednesday. Then, we’ve had others in our family not feeling so very good. Prayers are appreciated. On a good note, I got to see my big brother this week. It’s always a fun time when we are together. Until next time I should be going because I should be washing clothes.

If you are still wanting more ideas on a Spiritual Spring Cleaning- just click here for another article I wrote.

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What is really necessary & holiday hair loss

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Today’s post is just as much for me as it is anybody.  With it being such a hectic time of year, sometimes our time gets away with us.  Things need to be done, trees are being trimmed, Christmas cookies & candies made, present bought, elves on the shelf are back with a vengeance, Christmas parties to attend, parades to watch,  this list of things going on will run rampant if you let it.  Then, along with the excitement of the season comes the daily things.  You know the things that need doing no matter what.  The dishes need washing, the clothes laundered, the floor swept, bathrooms cleaned, beds made, kids taken care of & with all the other Hoorah, sometimes, just sometimes our time with God slips by us.  With all the stuff we have to do, there are times I fall into bed at night & barely get my prayers said before I am fast asleep.  The next morning I think, I didn’t study my Bible yesterday.  That’s not a good thing.   So that brings me to this question, “What really is necessary?”

There was a lady in the Bible that got a wonderful lesson about what is necessary.  There was a time Jesus went to visit with His sweet friends Mary & Martha.  Now, I can imagine what a serious tiz I would be in if Jesus was coming to my house.  I would be just like Martha.  I would be running around trying to make sure everything was just right.  Martha got caught up, just like I would, with things not really necessary.

Luke 10: 40

 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.”(NKJV)

Jesus did not tell Mary to get up & help her sister fix dinner or clear off the table, so they could eat.  He was there to teach & fellowship with them.  Not be concerned with things like is the floor vacuumed, dishes washed, and the throw pillows aligned properly on the couch.

Luke 10:41-42

 And Jesus[l] answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”(NKJV)

Jesus was trying to tell Martha what was necessary.  Serving him in a physical, earthly way was not that important to Him right then.  He wanted her to sit with Him & her sister & listen to what He had to say.  That is what was necessary.  When my Daddy drops by my house unannounced, there are times it may appear there has been cyclonic activity happening inside my home.  I always start out apologizing for things being in a mess.  His response is always the same, “I came to see you, not your house.”  I think this is what message Jesus was trying to drive home to Mary & Martha.  When you get so busy doing stuff, that you don’t have time for God, you have to be reminded.  Is this “stuff” really necessary?

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While it’s Christmas time or anytime let’s make sure we don’t overdo ourselves on the unnecessary, that we neglect the necessary.  At the end of our time, will it matter that no dirty dishes were left in the sink or that we took that time to sit down & study God’s words & spend time with the Lord?  I’m not saying don’t clean your house.  I’m saying make your time with God a priority.  I do want to share with you one thing I try to do.  I have a Bible app on my phone.  When I am in my car, I turn that thing on.  If I don’t have anything specific I want to listen to, I will put it on Matthew 5.  This starts the sermon on the mount.  I love hearing the words of Jesus.   Something in that sermon seems to always be what I need to hear.  It just makes my day go better.  It helps me to remember what is really necessary.

I am so glad you came by to visit with me today.  There are a lot of things we have going on for the holidays.  Parties, get togethers, cooking, baking & Christmas shopping.  Gracia, our elf on the shelf, is just everywhere this year.  She’s a busy little elf for Santa, that’s for sure.  I hope you have a plan for your holiday.  Me, not so much.  Thus, the falling out of my hair.  Which I hardly notice for my queasy stomach & frequent heartburn.  You see, I’m an off the cuff type of gal.  Let me tell you, Christmas at my house is not an off the cuff kind of holiday.  There’s lots of preparation.  And I have a big family.  No pressure.  Anyway, I hope all of you are having a blessed week.  I have to be going, because I should be washing clothes.

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