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40 Days Lighter – Day 4 Update

So first, let me apologize for missing yesterday’s post. In my effort to give the necessary attention to my seminary studies, I wrote my Day 3 post, but never actually posted it! Reason #857 that I NEED this decluttering process (inspired by the 40 bags in 40 days Challenge).

I do have some good news! In the last few days I have been productive in the pursuit of a clutter free existence. This is what I have accomplished so far:

1. Deleting unnecessary or unwanted or “this was never going to see the light of day” photos from my phone.

2. Reviewing emails and actually unflagging or hitting “complete” on emails that were marked important, dealt with…and then left in my “Important” folder. Probably a good idea – helps the urgent to actually look…well…urgent.

3. Being intentional with my time, reserving time to pray, read, meditate and write before starting anything else for the day. It has made a HUGE difference in my perspective on my priorities for the day and the attitude with which I approach them.

4. Cleaning out my wallet – I’m always shocked at how many little pieces of paper can accumulate in such a tiny space. Next stop, my oversized purse…

With the cold weather we’re experiencing, today is probably a good day to stay inside and finally sort out the clutter at the bottom of my closet. I’ll be honest, the prospect of this one overwhelms me a bit, but imagining the sense of relief I will feel when it’s done makes it worth it. 

Inspired by conversations with an aunt and a friend, I am also spending some time examining my emotional closet. Taking time to be still and allow the Lord to sift through my “stuff”, as I meditate on Hebrews 12:14 & 15 – 

“Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬

My prayer today: 

Lord, please weed the garden of my heart and uproot anything that isn’t from You. Remove regret, resentment, anger, unforgiveness and bitterness. It’s hard to admit that they are still present in my garden, but I refuse to ignore it any longer, lest they choke out the good seeds that have been planted and keep me from bearing good fruit. Help me to be honest with You and with myself. Amen.

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