Thursday, January 5, 2012

Out with the Old

Stock photo from the web.  
Have you ever felt like the little girl in this photo?  At the start of every year I begin thinking about the clutter in my home and what needs to go, what needs to stay, how I can better organize.  This morning I am thinking about the clutter in my life and the cleaning out of my heart I need to do.

In Numbers 33: 51-53 Moses shares this word from the LORD, "When you cross over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured stones, and destroy all their molten images and destroy all their high places.  And you shall take possession of the land and live in it, for I (the LORD) have given the land to you to possess it."

In considering how this section of Scripture might apply to me I began thinking about the things I have allowed in my life that do not honor God.  Things I have kept in my life that pull me away from a life that brings honor and glory to Him.  Many of those things are attitudes deep within my heart such as old hurts I have held on to or areas in my life that tempt me in ways that are harmful to my life and walk.  Others are activities that I engage in, things that ask for my time.  It can be a struggle at times to find balance in these areas.
And have I told you about my weakness for chocolate and what that does to my waistline?  I tell myself it is just that "over 40 weight gain," but there are things I should be doing, and things I should stop doing, that would really help me obtain and maintain a healthy weight.

How overwhelming it can be; looking at the big picture of my life and identifying "inhabitants" I need to drive out.  There are things in my life I feel the Lord has been calling me to destroy that I have been stubbornly clinging to. When I really stop and think about it, I am amazed at how much control some of these things have over me.  I am not pleased with that realization.  So, in my desire to become all that God wants me to be I am going to start taking steps to be rid of these things.  It is not something that can be done all at once.  As I prayed it over with the Lord this morning a couple of things kept coming to mind and I made a commitment to Him to start right away cleaning out those areas.  If I am brave I will even make an actual list this week of all those things I need to drive out or destroy and keep it tucked away in my prayer journal until next January.  If I am brave enough...there is something about writing specific things down that makes them very real, that makes it hard not to deal with them since I have actually acknowledged that they exist. Hopefully I will be able to celebrate a year of successes in my campaign to be the woman God desires me to be.

Grace, Peace, and Mercy,


GrammaGrits said...

Wow! I just finished a piece of fudge from Christmas but know it's an area that needs to change for me. AND the attitude part is a sure need of examination, confession, and change for me this year, too. Thank you, Debra, for listening to the Lord.

Deb said...

I actually lost count of how many batches of fudge we made this year- seven I think, though most was for parties and gifts, still, a lot found its way to my mouth. And then there was the neighborhood gift exchange, more cookies, candies and chocolate delights- goodies from folks at the college- a goodie box from my brother filled with three boxes of chocolates- I am very generously letting each of the kids have one even though they are a favorite (truffles!) And with Samantha considered one of the kids that takes care of all three boxes.
When I think about it though, the chocolate may end up being one of the easier things to get control of. Love ya "GrammaGrits" and always appreciate your support and encouragement!

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed reading this.

Deb said...

Thanks Perry.