"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight. " Proverbs 3:5-6

My garage serves as a storage warehouse for things we have collected over the years, and have no place to call home, in our house. It is filled to the ceiling, and frankly, I am embarrassed to open the door for the neighbors to see the huge clutter. Now, to make matters worse, there is a 27 foot flat bed trailer loaded with what appears to be a ton of "stuff" to be moved out. Being in the process of putting our house for sale, has opened my eyes even wider to all that has been accumulated and deemed invaluable. The packing up and out process is overwhelming, to say the least! Their are many years of baggage, literally, to dispose of. Deciding to give away, throw away, or move it yet to one more house, is challenging, not to mention, anxiety producing. For me, trusting oneself to make the best decision is far from easy.

-How long do I carry around "stuff"?

-When is it time to let go ?

-Is my trust in God, enough?

-Do I "walk by faith, not sight" as stated in 2 Corinthians 5:7 ?

Our hearts and minds can be a lot like that garage- they accumulate lots of clutter. Rubbing shoulders with the world, inevitably, perhaps unknowingly, we pick up ungodly thoughts and attitudes. Doubt, fear, loneliness, loss of hope, and bitterness clutter our life. Before long, our hearts and minds are no longer clean and orderly. And while we think we can try to hide the mess, eventually it will show. If we set time aside for a spiritual workday and, with God's help, get to work clearing out the clutter... Discard the bitterness, bag up and throw away the hurt, fear, and anxiety. We need to fill our heart and mind with the beauty of God's Word. Make it clean and shine, and then leave the door open for all to see.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7.

Linda Culberson

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