Decluttering

I’m not sure blogging on 4 hours sleep is wise, but I am awake at 5:30 am and have time on my hands, so here goes.

My husband and I are going through the process of decluttering the house. I don’t know if it’s that I’ve been spending most of my housework time writing over the past year or two, or if it’s the cumulative effect of having 5 jobs between the two of us, but the clutter has built up to the point where it’s time to either clean it out or prepare to become an episode of Hoarders: Buried Alive. After several frenetic cleaning sessions by my husband this week (while I was too sick to be much help), I think there’s  a good chance we will, as he gleefully says, “slay the clutter” in the end.

The process of purging the unwanted and organizing the needed can be cathartic. It feels good to see bags of trash leave the house, and bags and boxes of things we no longer need being donated to others. To see space open up that was previously filled is exciting.

We can apply the decluttering process to our spiritual lives as well. My pastor likes to say that if we are holding onto too many things, our hands can not be open to receive what God has for us. He doesn’t mean only material things, although those can sometimes get in the way of what God has for us.

What are you holding onto that may be getting in the way of growing closer to God? Sometimes our spiritual lives get stuck in a rut. We hold onto spiritual practices that have become routine and no longer have any real meaning for our lives. Sometimes we just go through the motions instead of being present to receive a word from God for our lives. Sometimes our “life” takes over and we find little time for the things of God in our schedule.

God has something for each of us this year. If this year is like any of the last nearly 30 years since I began a relationship with Him, God has a great many things for me. Let’s search our hearts to see if there’s anything we need to let go of, in order to be sure that time and space are available for that new breath of life and power to come in. Holy Spirit, come!

Jen Krausz

About Jen Krausz

Child of God, wife, mother, teacher, writer. So many roles, so little time! Due to God's insistent nudging, writing has become more than just the last role on the list, but something to which time and energy are intentionally committed. Jen writes about life experiences and how they continually point her back to her loving God.
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