Spring Fever

ClosetI know, I know…way to early for Spring cleaning.  That’s what I thought too.  However, after writing the last few postings, I started to feel very weighed down in life.  It encompassed every area; physically, mentally, and spiritually.  I couldn’t understand what was going on and why I was being attacked so heavily.

If you have ever been in a deep spiritual battle, you know how difficult it can be to keep your mind focused in prayer.  You will start off well and then find that your mind sways to different topics or you’ll start thinking about what you need to accomplish for the day; and so forth.

Well, that is exactly what happened to me.  While I was seeking God’s guidance over the situation, He gave me a completely different answer than what I might expect.  I sure wasn’t ready for what God had in mind.

He asked me to go on a cleansing frenzy.  He showed me that while I was re-focusing my thought life, I also needed to cleanse my surroundings.  The next thing I knew, I was trying on every piece of clothing, every pair of shoes and every coat I owned.  Whatever didn’t fit, ended up going BYE BYE!

And, THAT’S WHEN IT HIT ME LIKE A TON OF BRICKS!

With all the difficulties we face in our lives, we tend to hold onto stuff.  It’s kind of like a security blanket that is attached with so many emotions.  God showed me that it was time to not just let go of the past mentally, but, also physically.  Now, before I go any further…I had cleaned out before but this was the biggest undertaking I ever encountered.  Not only did I go through my clothes, shoes, and coats; I also went through my purses, magazines, papers, books, knick knacks, pictures, and furnishings.  Basically, everything I owned.  GOD WAS ASKING FOR A TOTAL MAKEOVER!

I couldn’t understand why God felt this was so important.  But, what He showed me was that all these “things” were weighing me down heavily and it was time to let go of it all.  Now, let me just say, it was not easy by no means.  There were things that I was emotionally attached to, things that I wanted to keep.

Jumping for JoyBut, guess what?  God had other plans.  Let’s just say that Proverbs 3:5 continuously played in my mind…“trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.

Basically, what God is saying to us all is that He has a specific purpose for everyone of us this year.  I don’t completely understand the logic nor will I pretend to.  However, I do know that if God should ask you to let go of some things that are no longer serving you, please do it without hesitation.  Because I can tell you that it is worth it in the end.

For what I found was that the more I let go, the lighter I felt.  I found a youthful, pep in my step.  Yet, even a deeper outcome sprang forth…my personal relationship with God was magnified tremendously.

So, JUMP FOR JOY for all things are new!  I pray that God will open your eyes to what might be holding you back.  For this is a new year with new opportunities.  EMBRACE THE NEW!  (See Philippians 3:13) God Bless!

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