Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bread for the Journey



Hebrews 12:11 NIV

" No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have trained by it."

The last few months I have been intent on de-cluttering our home and as a new year is upon us I am even more eager to get it done. The stuff falls into different categories..to keep, give away or throw away. It's encouraging as I go along because as each area gets de-cluttered I feel a new zeal for life!
As important as this is to me I believe that it is even more important to de-clutter emotionally and spiritually as well. When we get rid of the baggage that we carry around in all areas of our life we will become more excited and energized to be able to follow God's will for us.
We need to simplify life from inside out and when we do this we will have more time for studying the Bible and for prayer.
I pray for a closer walk with our Heavenly Father and less distractions to keep us from His Word.

The 'frost on the window' in the photo above is a beautiful work of art by God.

16 comments:

  1. I am completely with you in this project: decluttering inside and out. It is amazing how much of our time, our possessions demand.

    Thanks!

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  2. Thanks xxx that was just the reminder that I needed, I'm feeling sorry for myself today as the journey ahead seems long and I can't find the map today - you found the map for me. Jane. Cornwall, south west UK.

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  3. THIS IS SOMETHING i HAVE ALSO BEGIN THIS YEAR AND WHAT A FREEING FEELING IT IS!

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  4. Beautiful picture! I live in a tiny apartment (I call it "the cave") so I don't have a lot of clutter. But that being said, I know there are things that I could get rid of!

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  5. Lovely work of art (Thank you God!) ... lovely reminder of how freeing decluttering can be (Thank you too! ;)

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  6. De-cluttering. something I have been doing in our home. Thank you for the reminder to also do that in our spiritual and emotional lives.
    the ice on your window is like lace. Beautiful!

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  7. I did some "cleaning out" in my bathroom a few days ago and it IS such a good picture of what I need to do spiritually on a regular basis as well... I don't know why I hold on to some of the old things. This reminds me of the verse .. "Create in me a clean heart, Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me." God alone can cleanse and heal ... and create a beautiful spirit ... like with the frost.
    Thank you, Betty.

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  8. Betty, I can well relate to the verse. Thank you for the great visual lesson.
    Indeed God is faithful to produce a harvest of righteousness and peace. The first part of the vers is not nearly as pleasant as the outcome.

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  9. Exactly what I needed this a.m. Thank you. Thank you.

    I began last week to declutter my office and my bedroom...and the next 21 days as I go through the Daniel Fast http://www.ultimatedanielfast.com/ I am trusting that with the strength of the LORD to guide me, I will be disciplined enough to not only begin, but also maintain, the decluttering of the mind, soul and spirit!

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  10. This decluttering is something else.
    Thanks for the visual and your heart.
    That is my goal...is that others can see the harvest...

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  11. Thank you for this great challenge Betty!

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  13. Beautiful post & picture - God is so good. Our possessions can certainly rule us more than they should, and it's always freeing to declutter - I'm with you on trying to get that done in the new year. God bless you richly!

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  14. This is the fire of your "Bread for the Journey" that I have read. I won't miss another one. Thank you.

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  15. oh and by the way, amazing picture!!!

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