We are having one tomorrow and Saturday.
It’s been a plan for a while now, but being this close to the reality is a bit disturbing.
Mostly to my house.
Dragging things out of the closets, out of storage in totes, it out of the hutch and cabinets means stuff everywhere!
I don’t like it.
But it needs to happen.
Because to go through our stuff and move it on is both wise and generous.
It keeps us from becoming over whelmed by the “things”.
Helps us keep our priorities straight and it places items out for others.
As I’ve been going through all this stuff it’s caused me to reflect.
Going through “stuff” shouldn’t be kept to the physical, but it’s important for me to allow the Lord to do this in my heart as well.
To take time to open the closet and drawers and cabinets of my life to Him and be sure there’s nothing I’m treasuring which doesn’t belong there.
Just like the items accumulate, so can bitterness.
Even more important than cleaning out old clothes I don’t wear, is cleaning out old habits or unhealthy thoughts.
But it takes time, effort, and attention to deal with stuff, physical or internal.
I praise God for His Word.
Daily, reading, and prayer sustain the soul.
Study, teaching, and time away from the regular routine give the Lord opportunity to “deep clean”.
So, as we prepare for our yard sale, I’m praying.
I’m expectant that the Lord will use this activity.
I’m also seeking Him for a “deep cleaning” within.
Matthew 23:25-26 NKJV — “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.”
I want to be clean, everywhere.
John 13:8-10 NKJV — Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!” Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for Your Word. Thank You for reminding me how important it is to get rid of things. To let go of stuff, both inwardly and outwardly. Lord, I know You have washed me completely in Your blood and redeemed me. Lord, please continue to cleanse my heart and mind for living in a sinful world with a sinful nature means I get dirty and sometimes I don’t even notice. Lord, I don’t want to sin. I want to be set apart for You. Please continue to help me hear Your voice and walk in Your ways. I love You, Jesus. Amen.