Some people like spring cleaning. Me? I like to clean in the fall.
Maybe it’s watching how the leaves start fading into melancholy orange-yellows or feeling the air bite crisp and chilly in the mornings that injects the urge to clear out space.
I suspect it has something to do with getting sweaters inventoried and resurrecting comfy old jeans. As I turn from making lemonade to stocking up on honey and chamomile tea, each autumn ritual reminds me winter is coming.
Not only will I need the space for new books for cozy reading and holiday cards, Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. The house needs to get decluttered, after summer survival break with the kids at home.
As a recent mom of two, I’ve acquired a gazillion number of new things to store and put away.
As a recovering pack rat, however, I’m faced with the final frontier of purging what isn’t needed any longer.
It turns out, the closets in my home aren’t the only places I’m finding cluttered.
God’s been urging me to clear out things I’ve let gather dust in the cramped quarters of my heart.
Sometimes I take them out, brush off the cobwebs and peer into what might have been.
I’ve got some old, worn rags called sorrows and hurts that I hang onto, not knowing how to let them go.
On the shelves of shattered dreams, I continue to ask God, “Why?” and “When?”.
Sometimes, in order proceed onto a new path, we need to leave what’s familiar behind.
I’m currently trying on some new attitudes, and I’m finding it is easy to end up back where I was, with old habits.
But, I’m not turning back. I don’t want to go back to the way I was.
Jesus doesn’t condemn me. He doesn’t hold regret either.
He waits patiently and assures me, It’s never too late, Bonnie.
Jesus answered and called me to lay down yesterday and make room for new blessings.
“No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old one. If he does, he will have torn the new garment, and the patch from the new will not match the old.
And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined.
No, new wine must be poured into new wineskins.” ~ Jesus (Luke 5:36-38)
Faith waits for me to clear out the clutter to receive what God has in store: abundance, fulfillment, and joy.
As we enter into a season of toasty fireplace evenings, let’s pack some old things still stored in our closets.
New wine is waiting to be poured into our lives.
Newness will enter, one faith change at a time.
Will you excuse me now? I need to go clean out my closets.
What is something new God is pointing you towards?
How Is God calling you to make room for something new?
Today marks the first post in a series titled, "What's New With You?". Be sure to catch the entire series: Introduction: Your Best Days Are Ahead Of You Part 2: Faith Isn't Sci-Fi: Change Takes TIme Part 3: Sink or Swim, God's Love Won't Quit Part 4: A Faith Intervention Part 5: The Bloom of Becoming Part 6: The Beauty Of Whitespace Would you join me and share what new things God is doing in your life? Please comment. It would be wonderful to be encouraged by sharing in your current faith walk. Your experience would weave fellowship into my spirit. Subscribe now. Receive this series directly in your mailbox via email (click here) or RSS (click here) news reader.