decluttering

From The Inspired Room

 

 

 5 TIPS TO RESTORE ORDER TO YOUR HOME
 

  • If you feel overwhelmed, set aside a block of time to get life back into order and balance.
  • Focus on your most dreaded task first. Once you dive in, it won’t seem so bad.
  • Look at things in your home objectively. Are they adding something of important value or are they just one more thing to dust, store or organize?
  • Not sure where to begin de-cluttering? Try removing half of the items from a cupboard, shelf or closet and step back to look. Be prepared to be amazed at how energized you’ll feel!
  • Remember there are many people so less fortunate that would be blessed by what we give away.

 

 

God’s instruction and promise for the day

Philippians 4:6-8

Be careful (ANXIOUS) for NOTHING.

BUT…by prayer and supplication WITH THANKSGIVING let your request be made known unto God.

And the PEACE OF GOD which passeth all understanding shall KEEP YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.

I was prompted by a troubled dream to cry out to God this morning as I awoke for the day.  My thoughts ran across the passage in scripture about being anxious for nothing.  I took my Bible and rather quickly found it.  As I continued reading I noticed something else that caught my attention, as I had recently heard a minister saying we needed to engage in more prayer and supplication…and I noticed the part about making my request made known to God with thanksgiving.  Tears flowed freely as I cried out to Him and also began to thank Him for specific instances where I know His intervening mercy and protection brought victory where there could have been great tragedy. 

Interestingly enough, the very next verse is about what we should think on…whatsoever is TRUE, HONEST, JUST, PURE, LOVELY, OF GOOD REPORT.   

Instructing my THOUGHTS to focus on the provisions and gifts of my Heavenly Father cultivates gratefulness. 

Thankfulness cultivates LOVE for my Heavenly Father because it reminds me of His graciousness and provision in my life.

Thankfulness wards off DISCONTENT for it focuses on the good yet sometimes overlooked things I DO HAVE. 

Thankfulness is reflected in JOY because it directs my thoughts to the truth of the goodness of God in my life versus CIRCUMSTANTIAL HAPPINESS.

Thankfulness and being anxious for nothing, coupled with prayer and supplication, produces PEACE because rather than being in a constant state of frustration and worry, I do what I can about a problematic situation (pray and make my request known to God or do whatever it is I can do on my end to make the situation better) and trust in my Almighty Father to do His part. 

When I do all I can do and trust God for the part I cannot do, that is peace.

 

 

 

The Christian’s Secret to Joy

I recently received this email from Generation Cedar and wanted to share…

 
  • Do you get discouraged over your daily struggle with sin?
  • Do your children seem to struggle with the same sins?
  • Do you wish you knew the secret to joy, peace and triumph in your Christian walk?

 

I think the Bible does reveal a secret that is simple, practical and mostly looked right over by most of us.

The secret is “instructing our thought life”.  In a word, the secret is “WORDS”.  The written word, the spoken word, the thought word.

We admit that words are powerful.  Proverbs 18 says, “Death and life are in the tongue”.

James devotes a chapter to warning us of the power of words. 

But there is a connection we miss if we’re not careful:

Words and thoughts are closely related–one often produces the other.  And the result of the pair becomes who we are.  

Stop.  Go back and read that sentence again. Remember what Scripture says:

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.”

Do you know what that means?  It means we posses the power to become the women of God we want to be.

How?

We think rightly in our hearts, letting the Word of God dwell richly in us in all wisdom, taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and then we find that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks”!

The words we read and speak are the words that form our thoughts; what forms our thoughts sinks its way deep into our hearts.  It is our choice whether we become women of negativity, criticism, joy or love.  

It’s so easy to think the worst of others while we neglect to hold ourselves to the same standard.  Another example of how Satan wishes to destroy our thought life! 

The principle applies to worrying versus trusting, building a healthy image of our husbands and children by dwelling on their positive traits, thinking rightly about our role in our home–there is no end to the “life or death” we hold in our thoughts.

Try Him and see!