With many uncertainties in our world around us today, I would like to encourage us with Hope Scriptures.
I pray these verses encourage you as you think on them.
Today the hope I’m sharing is for our clutter. My closets can sometimes look hopeless. Can you relate?
Our closets easily become a collection place if we allow it to. I think that is the first problem. It’s much quicker to place items in our closets rather than dealing with what to do with them. What I have found helpful is to have a box designated in our basement for give-away items or for a yard sale. As I clean house, rather than put that vase I no longer like or use in the closet, I put it in the box.
What about the clothes we do not like any longer or do not fit or no longer need? Month after month and season after season they continue to hang in our closets. I love clothes. Especially when I worked, wearing dresses, suits, skirts and heels. A couple of years after my last job, a friend mentioned to me about a church that takes nice clothing for a ministry helping women get back in the work place. So I cleaned out my work clothes. The best place for these clothes were with someone who can wear them. They were hard to part with but once I did I felt relief, freedom, and just an overall good feeling to be helping others.
In Matthew 6, what Jesus taught, can apply to our clutter. Verses 19-21 from The Message says, “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or –worse! —stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.”
Heart clutter is sometimes harder to deal with than closet clutter. We’d rather overlook our sin and not deal with it. Not forgiving someone is heart clutter, as well as jealousy, negativity, lying, hatred, and greed, to name a few.
“These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Matthew 15:8
We can sing worship songs in church yet our heart is elsewhere and not focused on worship or God at all.
“But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” Matthew 15:18
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. James 3:13-15
I pray my words here help you today. Our clutter can trip us up and mess us up. We can choose to be free by asking and allowing Jesus to work in our heart. You matter to me and more importantly, to God. He loves you and wants the best for you. He desires to have a relationship with us and to help us with the heart issues we all struggle with. Drop me a note and let me know how I can pray for you.
What area of your life do you need some hope? Marriage? Finances? Health? I’d like to write more on these topics. Please leave a comment or send me an email and let me know what topics you’d like to see.
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Christmas is a beautiful time of year. The colorful decorations, twinkling lights, nice gifts and gag gifts, food galore, friends and family, all enjoying time together in fun, laughter and love.
Maybe it’s not like that for you. Maybe you lost a loved one this year and Christmas is difficult without them. Or maybe low finances prevent you from buying gifts to give to your children and loved ones. Having someone close to you in the hospital, nursing home or care center during the holiday’s changes everything. I understand the feeling of “Bah Humbug” and not feeling all merry and festive.
1. Reaching out to others is a way to give of yourself. I always feel better, no matter what time of year, when I do something for another. Is there someone who is alone that you could invite to church or to dinner? Or make a small gift to give to residents of a nursing home or families at the hospital.
2. Another idea, if you can, is to give to an organization you have a passion for. One that you believe in their mission. I love Operation Christmas Child. You can pack a shoebox that will be sent to a child in poverty areas. Throughout the year I bought items on sale, sometimes at 90% off, and packed shoeboxes for less than $10 each. Or you can pack a shoebox on OCC’s website.
3. Instead of stressing yourself out over finding the “perfect” gifts for others, think about giving to an organization in honor of someone. Or give to an individual who cannot give back. Some ideas are a Church ministry, a food pantry, Angel tree, a Veteran organization, a neighbor. The options are numerous. The idea is give from your heart, not from obligation.
4. When the holiday’s are not merry, we can become depressed or have our own little pitty party. It’s ok to be sad during these times but try not let it turn into depression. Do something for yourself that brings joy to your heart. Your self will be grateful.
5. And last, but not least, read the Bible Christmas story and reflect on all that Jesus has given us. The greatest gift is Jesus. He loves you. He loves me. When we truly grasp the heart of God, much of our sadness and selfishness goes away. He understands our pain. He longs for us to trust Him. He is our only Hope.
Christmas doesn’t have to be stressful, sad or lonely. Reaching out to others is hard. If you will have a house full of family and friends, maybe there is someone you can invite to join you, someone that does not have family near them. You may be offering Hope.
What tip would you like to add to these? It may help someone reading.
I would love to pray for you if you have a hard time at the Holiday’s. Please drop me a note from the contact page at the top. Thank you and God Bless.