Spring cleaning for the soul

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Spring cleaning!  It’s that time of year!  Doesn’t it feel so good to purge and get rid of all that stuff you thought you had to have?  I know it does for me.  It always amazes me how I can accumulate so much STUFF! I’ve been getting rid of things in waves because, for some reason, it’s hard for me to let go of some things even though I haven’t used or worn them in who knows how long!  I think to myself, “I MIGHT want to wear that again” or “This COULD be useful at SOME point”.  It feels really good when I finally come to the realization that it’s time to part ways and that someone else could get much better use out of this or that.

As I’ve been cleaning out closets, I’ve realized I’ve let some “junk” take up residence in my mind and heart that needs to be cleaned out and purged.  It’s been extra challenging lately as I have been sleep deprived more than normal and longer than normal.  I don’t know what “normal” is because sleep isn’t the same once you have kids, but lately it’s been more than my “regular” sleep-deprivedness.  I have found myself in a bit of a hazy funk lately.  This morning my daughter called my name 3 times before it processed that “Oh, she is trying to tell me something…whoops, I just spaced out for a minute”.

So in this “funk”, I’ve let a short temper, negativity, impatience, pride, and regret visit and stay way too long.  It’s those times when you know you are making the wrong decision or reacting poorly but continue on anyway.  Thank goodness, Jesus meets me in my weary downward spiral.

I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Lord: “Lord, save me!” The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the unwary; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.  Psalm 116:3b-7

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:20-23

Yes! It’s time for spring cleaning for my soul! It’s time to rid my mind of all the negativity and replace it with these spiritual truths of God’s Word.  When I put my hope in Him, He is faithful to carry me through.  In my quiet time with Him, I bring Him my heavy load and repent where sin has occurred. I feel refreshed and rest in His mercy, grace, and peace. Praise Jesus for making my soul well.

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him. Psalm 62:5