It’s Spring! Spring fever has arrived with a vengeance in my home this past week. I decided that my broke down kitchen was not going to get remodeled anytime soon. Watching HGTV, it looks so easy to 24 Hour Divine Design on a Dime, just put my head down and Fix this Old House. After all, I’m handy, crafty, pretty good with a paint brush, and definitely NOT afraid of hard work!
During this than we imagined, hat will not most likely end for another 2 weeks, I discovered that:
i am blessed by God
i am blessed with a BIG kitchen
My cupboards are full… and i mean FULL! MAXED OUT! There is NO ROOM for anything else! This got me to thinking as I look around at this beautifully big house that we are blessed with – we are FULL. We are completely, corner-to-corner, edge-to-edge full. We want to do big things here, but it’s too full to let anyone in and there are too many things to keep up with to have time for inviting, gathering, playing here. Our possessions own us.
Mark 10:21-22 Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” He told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this, the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Is Jesus saying I should sell EVERYTHING? No. He’s saying that my possessions own me and there is no room for me to let go and do or become what He has created in me and for me. The stuff in my life takes so much time to clean, organize, constantly becoming something more than what it was ever supposed to be. There is no room in life to praise God for His wonderful blessings because we are constantly overwhelmed taking care of things that He has blessed us so that we could be blessing others. How can we make room to give praise and thanksgiving?
So it is purge time (or as the Flylady would say, “Time to FLING IT!”)! Today i pray for OPEN HANDS to give and to bless others. i pray that we might have open hands, giving hearts, praise on our lips, abundance in our life! i pray that we would take these things that hinder our praise and give them freely away, knowing that the life that Jesus has promised is so much more abundant than things could ever be to us. i pray that we would praise God for every blessing – big or small – and remember that each moment with friends, family, loved ones everywhere is a blessing that cannot be replaced with a thing. Today i prayed that we would open our hands and give up everything to follow Him.
Today i prayed for YOU to be !