Helpful hints for a good spiritual spring cleaning

Well, it’s that time again. Time for a good spring cleaning! When I think about spring cleaning, I think about my house. My windows need washing, the rugs need cleaning, the ceiling fans need dusting, & the air conditioner filters need replacing. Y’all, I am just getting tired thinking about all of it!

Just think about it though.

Does our inner man need a spring cleaning, too?

What if we made a conscience effort to get the cob webs out of our hearts? What if we swept jealousy & comparing ourselves to others straight out the door? What would our God given houses be like if we just flat out wiped out hate and filled it back up with love? Like the love I have for chocolate gravy & biscuits.

James, the brother of Jesus,  talks about this in

James 1:21 Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. (NKJV)

Peter mentions it, as well, in

I Peter 2:1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,

And I can’t go without including the fruit of the Spirit (notice this says “fruit” as in singular, as in one-which means all of these beautiful qualities go together. As in you need to have all of these, not just pick which one you want to do & leave the rest out.)

Galatians 5: 22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. (NKJV)

Let’s take a look at ourselves (me included, because I need it more than anybody!). Let’s make sure we have the most important aspect in our lives first, LOVE. Then, I really believe the rest will fall into place.

Matthew teaches in Matthew 12, that if we get rid of something bad in our lives, we need to immediately fill it back up with something good. If we don’t we chance more bad coming back into our hearts.

43 “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. 44 Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. 45 Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation.”(NKJV)

Whew! Spring cleaning is hard! Especially when you have to get rid of things like being unforgiving & having bitterness in your heart. Things like this is like old baggage you have tucked back in the corner of a closet & forgotten about. It’s been around so long, that you hardly notice it’s holding you up in your walk with God.

Ephesians 4:31-32 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. (NKJV)

How about we all get to work on spring cleaning? I know I sure need it. I’m so glad you stopped by today. I presented the good news to Miss Neenee last night that school would be out next month. As in NEXT MONTH. She was just pleased as punch to know she would have a break before long. Come on summer!! I hope you have a blessed week. As for me, I have got to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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Impatient people wear on my patience & wanted: an iron that works

GOOD THINGS

Have you noticed how impatient our world has become?  And because of this impatience, it makes us question God.  Why in the world have we not got it through our thick heads that our time is NOT God’s time?  We treat God like a wishing genie, and pour all these wants & must haves out to Him.  If we don’t get what we want, in a short amount of time, we start wondering where God is.

We had a guest preacher talk about this Sunday.  Bro. David Lipe posed the question,

“What has the world come to?  What has the world come to that everything has to be instant or we are downright upset?  Hello? Have you heard of instant grits?” 

Why, yes.  Yes I have.

I don’t think he was saying we should be ashamed of ourselves for eating instant grits.  I believe he was trying to get us to see how we have reached a brand new level of ridiculousness.  Our expectations have become so that if we heard it 7 seconds ago, that’s old news.  Gimme something new to hear about.  Don’t that just beat all?  Just like our prayers to the Lord.  If our well thought out good intentioned requests don’t start coming true soon after the words part our lips, we begin losing faith in God.  We are not trusting in His timing.  Just because we may have trials & heartache does not mean God is not working in our lives.  Sometimes it may take years to realize how God has worked for good in our lives.

Let’s talk about the story of Joseph.

Dolly Parton sung her little heart out about that coat he had. Bless her heart.

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Joseph was loved by his father, but hated by his brothers.  Their daddy gave Joseph a coat of many colors.  What do you think the brothers thought of that?  You got that right, they didn’t like that either.  Also, Joseph had a special gift.  He could interpret dreams.  Which made his brothers hate him more.  He was sold into slavery by his own flesh & blood siblings.  But the Lord was with him.   Joseph was entrusted by his master with his household.  But you know what?  Since Joseph was so good looking, the master’s wife got after him & would NOT leave him alone.  She finally cornered him & he ran off.  Of course, the master’s sorry wife made up this big story about how Joseph was making an advance toward her.  That landed Joseph right in jail.   Remember I said the Lord was with him?  Just stay with me here.  When Joseph was in prison he became the prison guard’s favorite.  Before long, Joseph was over the prisoners.  Pharaoh’s chief butler was put in prison, under Joseph’s care.  Joseph interprets a dream for the butler & asks him for only one favor.  He asks that the butler remember him & mention to Pharaoh what he had done for him.  That way, Joseph could show his innocence & get out of jail his own self.  The butler told Pharaoh what the dream meant.  But low & behold wouldn’t you know it,  only TWO years later, the butler’s memory finally got jogged.  Pharaoh needed a dream interpreted & the butler remembered, ya’ll, & had Joseph taken right out of jail to tell Pharaoh what his dream meant.

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Well, after that, things got A LOT better for Joseph.  So much better that he became 2nd in command in Pharaoh’s army.  Now you tell me Joseph didn’t have all kinds of problems.   I will say his life had a happy ending.   When a famine struck the land, he had the opportunity to have a blessed reunion with his brothers.  Wonder what Joseph made of all of this, that happened over the course of his life? Do you think when he was in jail he was thinking,

“Boy, God sure is working for good in my life.” 

Probably not.  But he was faithful anyway.  He loved the Lord.  He didn’t give up.   He didn’t get anything instantly.  Do you remember it took the butler 2 years to tell Pharaoh about him?  Sheesh.  Write yourself a note, will ya?   In the end,  Joseph’s faithfulness was what made the difference. True story.  I read it right here in Genesis 37-45.

Are you sinking in problems?  Keep your eyes on God.  Don’t quit.  He will not forsake you.  Just keep your head down & keep climbing the hill.  At the end of the day, God is in control.  He is always working behind the scenes with our best interest at heart.  Before you know it, you will be sitting on the mountain, once again.

I hope ya’ll are having a wonderful week.  My iron quit working around Mondayish.  So, my husband & I have been spraying our clothes with water & prayerfully hoping the dryer will get most of the wrinkles out.  Some may ask why I have not purchased a new iron yet.  See below to find your answer.  Until next time I hope your clothes are starched & pressed just like you used a new iron on them.  As for me, I have to be going because I should be washing clothes.

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