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Out with the old, in with the new

January 3, 2014

DSC_0459I look around me at all the things that have found their way into my home during these past couple of months. Some I treasure and some have now joined the existing clutter. I am way passed the “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure” phase and beginning to look like the dreaded hoarder. This year’s resolution has much to do with purging myself from unwanted and unneeded things. I also realize that the outward appearance is probably more symptomatic of inward emotions that must be dealt with, a purging needed there as well.

If I were to go through therapy I would probably discover some deep rooted reason that causes me to hold on so tightly to things. I have boxes of stuff that I am determined to store until I’ve gone through each and every one to see what is worthy of keeping. The problem is finding the time to do the process justice. I know many who would say “just throw it away. If you haven’t thought of it in over a year, you don’t need it.” Though they may be right, often times I find treasures throughout the “junk” that I really want.

Since this purging has begun I have found photographs that bring a smile to my face and warm my heart. These either find their way into my scrapbooks or on my wall.  I have found letters from friends and family, notes from my daughters and husband, and keepsakes that I knew when I stored them away, that someday, I would be glad I did. I was right and I am thankful I kept them all this time. And yes, I have also found lots of junk that should have been thrown out long ago.

Now, truth be told, I wish I had taken the time to go through these boxes earlier, much earlier.  They have been a small stressor in the back of my mind for a long time; a task I knew needed to be done but was just so much easier to put off to another day.

I have discovered I do that with my emotions too. Instead of dealing with something that has a negative hold on me, I often allow it to linger only to face the same negative emotion each time the old thought surfaces. This year’s resolution is to do a complete purge inside and out. I know it will take a lot of time. I know sometimes it will hurt. But I also know, my God will be with me every step of the way to guide me and get me through it. After all, He’s been urging me to do this for quite some time. Now, I’m ready and I have a feeling that once I conquer this purge, resolutions from years past will also be achieved. 

I have a lot of mixed emotions about finally doing this but three things I know for sure. I am not relying on faith in me to be successful, but on my faith in the power of God who raised Christ from the dead.  Secondly, I am standing on God’s Word that says, “…for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose”. And most importantly, I am counting on God’s grace to get me through. It’s is going to be quite a journey.

If anyone has any encouraging success testimonies to share, I would love to read them!

Scriptures:

Phil 2:12-13

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.”

Col 2:11-12

“In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.”

 

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