Messes in our lives . . . seasons of life
“We make such messes in this life, both accidently and on purpose. But wiping the surface clean doesn't really make anything any neater. It just masks what is below. It's only when you really dig down deep, go underground, that you can see who you really are.” Sarah Dessen
This is the way we wash our clothes, wash our clothes, wash our clothes...every Monday morning.
Deep-cleaning comes with the seasons.
Our grandmothers did not work outside the home often, but they kept a calendar for everything.
- Twice a year, wash those windows. That is usually late Sept or October to wash off the dust and grime of the hot summer winds, and then again in April or early May to wash off the rains and snows of winter. That still works today. So many of us do not realize how dirty the windows are, and that is inside and outside.
- At the same time you wash those windows, change the furnace filters. Well, that is what Grandma did, but we really need to change our inside house filters quarterly or monthly. When you have seasonal allergies once a month is the best.
- Once a year purge that closet. I actually do it twice a year. When I move the winter to the back of the closet and the summer to the front. Keep clothes you like and wear but do not keep things you stare at saying, "Maybe next time I can wear this." I am the WORST about hanging onto thing I will never wear.
When I lost about 40 pounds I had to purge my closet. At first I hung on to the comfy jeans that brought me through that seven year heavy season of my life. I was down three sizes. Finally this last winter, I purged the jeans and rewarded myself with four pair of stretch skinny leg jeans for studio and fun... three comfy boot cut jeans with embroidered flowers taking me back to the sixties and high school...and lastly some regular leg cut wear anywhere jeans, some with holes and ragged and others just neatly pressed. (The all came from Grace in LA. I have never been able to wear jeans this comfortable and long enough for my 36 inch inseam!) I wear them daily and never have before.
So whatever the list is for you, make it part of your calendar and do it.
Deep-cleaning comes Daily with your spiritual life.
Of course I firmly believe in deep cleaning in my life daily with my conversations with God. We all tend to carry a lot of rocks in our pockets we pick up every day. If we are not careful, they are still in our pockets when we wake up for the day....and after so many days you are overburdened and beat down by the weight.
John 1 :29 "The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"