Housekeeping

I moved into a smaller house, and enjoy it very much. It only takes an hour and a half to completely clean! The problem is, I’ll confess, I don’t take that hour and a half. I look around and think it’s so much easier to do that I’ll just catch up later.

Housekeeping has never been a favorite activity. But an hour and a half a week would be so simple. And because the space is smaller and I have less stuff, I’m less distracted by the little things-the drawer that needs organized or the spare rooms I never knew what I wanted to do with. And still I procrastinate.

It’s the same spiritually. Jesus has made life in him so simple. I only have to receive what he freely offers by faith. Yet it becomes easy to put off the “cleaning”-to let go of little things that hinder my relationship with Him. It becomes simple to overlook this or that, thinking I’ll tackle it later. The difference is, He’s standing there offering to do it. All I have to do is allow him to do it. And maybe that’s part of the problem. Letting Him do it means letting Him in, letting Him see the dusty corners and the dirty dishes, and letting go of the fear that he will see the box of clutter that should have been thrown out but might have something useful in it.

There’s an old question that teachers sometimes ask, “What person from history would you like to eat dinner with?” It was always easy to say, “Jesus.” But going to dinner with someone is different than inviting them into your home. Would we be willing to let him come in, if he stood knocking on our doors today? He is…

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About thrugracealone

I'm a country girl raised city. I prefer open windows to AC, love a good thunderstorm, and enjoy hearing the owls and seeing lightning bugs. A bit old-fashioned, maybe, I can recognize many trees by name, resent elms and weeds, wish for a large garden and canning skills, and hope someday to downsize and get a few acres in the country. I am blessed with a terrific church, a good job, a sturdy house, two cats and a yard full of strawberries and mulberries in the right season. Some of my other favorite things to do are spoiling nieces and nephews, reading, swimming, biking, long walks, and blogging, of course. One of my favorite stories is creation. My abbreviated version goes like this: 1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth wasa formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters... And God moved... And God said... And it was very good. If God can speak to darkness, to an earth without form and void, and make something like this that we see everyday, and make it very good (and it was even better before the Fall!), He will surely make something wonderful out of the dark, void situations I sometimes find myself in. He has, and it's been very good. Two top posts: Can a Person Lose their Salvation? http://wp.me/p1CY5z-1R Baptism! http://wp.me/s1CY5z-baptism

Posted on January 13, 2013, in Meandering thoughts. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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