Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Cleaning House

I have been really busy this week trying to clean my house. I'm not talking about the general stuff, I'm talking about the wipe down the walls, take down the curtains, vacuum under the cushions type of cleaning.

Our lives have been so busy the last 2 or 3 weeks that I've done good just to keep things picked up.

I can only stand that so long and then I go off the deep end. I have got to get things clean.....really clean.

I've already attacked the main bathroom and hallway as well as the living room. Today looks like the day of the dining room and tomorrow---well I'll figure that out once the dining room is done.

This has gotten me to thinking about my spiritual house.

Satan can keep me so busy that I just do enough to get by....reading my Bible a little here, praying a little there...just enough to keep me going. Just enough to keep me from feeling guilty. Before I know my house...I'm under layers of filth and clutter and things just keep piling up and I finally reach a crossroads:

Do I go to the left and just keep doing what I'm doing, or do I go to the right and clean this mess up?

Oh satan's good~~I'll hand him that. A call here, a visit there, crisis in the lives of my teens, friends in and out (mine and the kids)...even VBS--you know....3 or more hours at church every night for a week...just let things keep piling can catch up this weekend...even though this weekend is packed as well.

The fact is though, that I can't keep doing what I'm doing. I can't keep running full force down the path of doing just enough. I have to stop, do an about face and get down to business--God's business.

If I don't keep my spiritual house clean, then before I know it, the clutter of everyday will take over. Before I know it, I will have spent so little time alone with my Father, that I can't even remember what He sounded like. I won't be able to remember what it's like to feel His presence.

Sadly I've been there before.

Even though I've been deep cleaning my earthly house this week, I've made sure to make my spiritual house my first priority. It hasn't always been easy.

DH leaves for work, and my time with my Father is usually the first thing I do, but satan has made sure to remind me that the day will pass quickly and my earthly house is a wreck.

I admit that a couple of times I have allowed myself to get busy on my earthly house only to hear God gently whisper that I haven't chosen the wisest thing~~thankfully I can still hear Him in my busy mind!!

So I've stopped right away and sat down with Jesus and spent some time with Him.
It never ceases to amaze me that when I stop and spend time with my Father, that He'll make sure I get done all I intended to and most of the time, even more!

Let me encourage you to ask yourself how's your spiritual house looking?? If, like mine, it's dusty and cluttered with the worldly things, stop, grab the hand of Jesus and clean that up first. I promise that after that, God will give you the time to get the earthly things in order.

"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in Heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, the desires of your heart will also be." Matthew 6: 19-21, NLT


Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Deb great post! My house is a tip and so is my spirtitual house. My kids are so wee and I am always making excuses for not spending the time I should with God. Why do we do that? Like you said when we do actually spend time with him we always benefit greatly!

Love Collettex

mom-2-4 said...

Oh my- I can not tell you how timely this post was for me! I know the feeling of having so much to do (and not necessarily bad stuff), that spending real time with the Lord gets pushed aside. And so true for me that when I don't spend time with the Lord, then nothing in the house gets accomplished even though I feel like I've been at it all day.
Such a wonderful reminder for me, thank you for posting!
Julianne :)