Saturday, March 12, 2011

Less is More- Goodbye Mount Stuffmore

Purge, Purge and Purge some more. That's pretty much our life motto right now as we have been painstakingly going through the boxes, bags, drawers, cabinets and closets that are now full of random items and junk we have accumulated over the past ten years and are now overflowing (well I should say were full).  How did it get like this?! -We ask each other this over and over as we sift and throw away bag after bag.  It's amazing the things a person will keep, for example:  A box full of old High school spiral notebooks chocked full with - you guessed it - notes from high school classes...hmmm glad we held on to that, but wait! there's more - my bedspread from when I was a teenager, seriously? who keeps that?  Especially when it's old and ripped.  Also on the list, a box full of lighthouse bathroom items - towels, soap dispensers, even a half-used border from about 9 years ago.  I'm almost embarrassed to admit that one, how overly "themed" was that bathroom? and, I'm even more embarrassed to say it was so hard letting that box go - Luckily I had my sweet husband and kind sister there by my side lending some encouragement as Justin exclaims (demands), "NO MORE LIGHTHOUSE BATHROOMS!" and my sister laughs and remarks - "Seriously, throw it away".  But, I finally see the ridiculousness of this and let it go and feel good about it later.  And, I hereby make the promise of no more lighthouse or any themed sort of bathroom in our new house or new houses hereafter.  Letting go and starting fresh is such a wonderful feeling.  Sometimes it can be a hard thing to let go of something that we have been holding onto for a while, something that really is just junk.  We tend to do that in our spiritual lives as well - hold onto sin, things that are just junk that are cluttering our hearts and taking up space that should be filled with good things - things that matter.  So as we purge our house of our junk we can't help but look at our spiritual house as well and find what needs to be thrown out and given away to God and replaced with his grace - the good stuff.

"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace" Ephesians 2:7

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