If you are in constant search of a bigger and better house, stop now and look no further. The home you have can become larger just by getting rid of all the clutter. Spaces will open, and the calm will return. I am in the middle of this process and thought what a drudgery this would be, and then, the more I donated, the more I realized the house was becoming roomy, airy, like living on the water.
The dream home I wanted had been buried under years of yard sale attending, thrift store shopping and the list goes on. And as the clutter disappears, ideas about painting and improvements seem easier and less stressful. So today, when you give your clutter away, be thankful for what you had, know someone else can use it and be glad for the new life and new home you have created.
I love the prayer of Jabez from the Book of Chronicles:
The Prayer of Jabez
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother named him Jabez saying, “Because I bore him with pain.” 10 Now Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.
So pray today that your home will be bigger, as your heart becomes more generous.
I like to listen to Robin Sharma on YouTube. He has a lot of motivational videos about willpower and having a better life. I think he says that it takes 66 days to form a habit. So, I think for the next 66 days, I’ll set something aside to donate, give money to things that are worthy and become more generous, the opposite of stingy, self-centered, and greedy. For these, I see as deadly sins, they take on a life of their own, and I forget why I am here. Am I here to make a difference or worry only about myself? Opportunities come my way every day and here goes those 66 days to become a better me and let go of those things that would hold me back.
“God loves a cheerful giver”. So, today, I’ll work on being not only a generous and mindful giver, but a cheerful one too, knowing that this is God’s work, so join me if you will.
Isn’t it funny (o k maybe this is just me) how sometimes it can be so difficult to part with “stuff”? These are the things that we trip over, move around, stress over, yet sometimes, it is very hard to let them go. Why is that? And, be careful, and don’t give away the “good stuff”, right? Yet God tells me that he “loves a cheerful giver” and here is a definition of what comes up on Google:
noticeably happy and optimistic.
“how can she be so cheerful at six o’clock in the morning?”
synonyms: happy, jolly, merry, bright, glad, sunny, joyful, joyous, lighthearted, in good spirits, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, exuberant, buoyant, ebullient, elated, gleeful; More
And the list goes on. Funny, it says nothing about hesitating, mulling it over for long periods of time. And I know God will provide everything I need when I need it. So, why do such deep analysis on the same stuff that got in the way of our peace and calm? And why worry about the stuff that stole our time? I know I can never, never, never out-give God!!Happy Saturday!!
I heard that we all live an average of 25,000 days.
Though, that may be an old figure, that would be under 70 years
25,000 days to make a difference to someone
25,000 days to make choices for good, choices for bad
Time to choose your God-given path
But it is hard to do
When you trip over your own stuff
That you gathered up over time
Time That you really didn’t have to waste
So, today, as I realize I’m not using something
I’m giving it away, some to people I know may need or simply love it and I mean love it
Or to a charity and there are many
Stop Tripping over things that don’t mean a thing
Simple Generosity just for today.
WHY KEEP ALL THIS STUFF?
it is so:
And I’m tired of it all
I want and use very little in life
So today, I’m working on what is important
Spending time with family
But most of all, spending time with God
And as this verse says, “God loves a cheerful giver”
2 Corinthians 9:7
7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
For today, make me present and as time goes on, let me give away what I thought I needed. Make me a cheerful giver, and I will have more time for you, more time for my family and all that really matters.
In Jesus name,
First of all some background,
I grew up with about two pairs of shoes per year
My feet were hard to fit and our money was slim
And now I look in my closet and realize
I made up for lost time – Now I have too many
I have too much of everything
And I want to downsize and that is just not easy
I’ve picked up some nice items along the way
Some I used and some I never used
So the journey begins, the journey I feel God wants me to take
Get rid of what you don’t use and be a joyful giver
Find more time to study the scripture
Find more time for others
They need me and I need a clean and organized home
Hope you will join along
On a journey out of clutter
And into being so generous
English Standard Version
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
For today, let me find that solace that comes solely from you. I just can’t be happy with one more pair of shoes, one more handbag. They seem nice but are so temporary, but you are forever. Help me find my way, every day. Help others who may suffer and distress over what to give what to keep. There are those who need what I call clutter. Forgive me and make me a new giver, joyous and generous.
In Jesus name,