Cleaning Up The Clutter

Dustpan and brush on whiteAbide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.        John 15:4 (NKJV)

 

This weekend, with the help of the kiddos, I actually got a lot accomplished. One of our planned chores was the gargantuan task of cleaning the playroom. I have no idea how it got to the state it did but it was an absolute disaster. One bin a time, we sorted, purged, organized and cleaned until it was neat and tidy. I was amazed at how the kids wanted to help, took ownership and stayed the course. At the end of the day, they were proud of a job well done.

I am such a neat freak wannabe! I don’t know about you, buy when a room is clean, I feel so good. I feel relaxed and calm. I feel like I can breathe and I am no longer drowning in a sea of clutter. Messiness drives me crazy but it can be difficult to keep up. One toy in the wrong bin here, a few games stacked on the floor there, a case of markers spilled on Tuesday, train tracks left out on the weekend. Before you know it, you can no longer walk from one end of the room to the other and the dust bunnies are taking over. Without a conscious effort to keep on top of things, a mess can become out of control.

Our spiritual lives can be like this too. So tired today… I’ll just sleep a little later. This project is due tomorrow…I can’t focus on anything else until it’s done. A hotel room with kids? No quiet space alone. Holiday hustle and bustle…got to get it all in. Time to lose a few pounds, exercise has to come first. Going to see a friend today…

Hmmm…how long has it been since we’ve really talked, Lord? How much clutter have I let into my quiet time?

I am convinced that the greatest weapon in the devil’s arsenal is busyness. The busier he can keep us, the less focused we will be on accomplishing God’s will for our lives. When we are not spending time in the Word, in prayer, in worship, God can seem so distant and ever-so quiet. Our way can become muddled as we are preoccupied by things that are less important.

Any time I become distracted and then recommitted my time to the Lord, I have seen a difference in my life almost immediately. Just as I felt calm in the middle of the tidy playroom, cleaning the clutter out of my quiet time brings a sense of serenity to my life. When I trust in Him, my mood improves and I am able to handle stressful situations more easily. When I put quiet time first, it becomes easier to walk in consistent gratitude, enjoy His presence and feel His direction in my life.

Whether we get up a little earlier in the morning, stay up a little later at night or hide in the bathroom for a few minutes throughout the day, we CAN consciously make that decision to put Him first. It is possible to rearrange our priorities, say no to over-commitment and say yes to that special time alone with a great friend and confidante.

How do you clean the clutter from your quiet time? I’d love to hear your strategies for making sure you get to spend time in the Word and in prayer.

 

 

5 thoughts on “Cleaning Up The Clutter

  1. Great post, and so true! Martin Luther was quoted as saying; “I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer.? Maybe 3 hours isn’t reasonable in our daily lives but the point is in the busyness of our personal lives we can’t afford to not spend time with the Lord. Even on my most busy day if I put the Lord first I will then accomplish more than if I set aside my quiet time for that day…or week. Gods doesn’t work on the same time system we do–it is amazing what we can accomplish we have put Him first.

      • For me and my life it has to be first thing in the morning. I do end my day in prayer–but to get the most out of my day, I need that start of reading my Bible, focused prayer and “quietness”. Like breakfast fuels my day physically, morning time with God fuels my day spiritually.

  2. I love to have my time with the Lord in the morning but I am NOT a morning person soooo it gas to be around 8:30 or 9 am for it to be morning for me because my brain just can’t focus. So when i work my time is at night before bed. But when i am off work then mid morning it us with a tea in hand. I LOVE having tea with my father

    • Me too! I love to be in my comfy chair with my coffee. Great that you can be so flexible. I used to get stuck in having to have my routine just so before I could have that time but I’m learning that anytime anywhere works when it’s your best friend.

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