Whether it's a conversation with a friend, a word that is penned, or a craft that is made, everything we do leaves a stitch in the fabric of time. Join us as we investigate the stitches of the past and present...
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: ... a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak" (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7).
But whatever were gains to me I now consider
loss for the sake of Christ.What is more, I
consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ
Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage,
that I may gain Christ and be found in him…
This summer was all about clutter. My life is full of it.
There’s nothing like a total shake-up to make dealing with clutter a necessity.
With the news that my husband would be working from home in a few months, I
realized something had to be done.
I spend hours each week preparing to lead a weekly Bible
study. I write. I do family history. Over the past few years there has been a
lot more of those things than housework. With two grown children, out of the
house, but not totally settled, a lot of stuff is hidden in closets that no one
has seen in years. In order to create a home office, a lot of paraphernalia
would be coming in. There simply wasn’t room.
Cleaning out clutter has a snowball effect. What you remove
from one area must be either thrown away or recycled for someone’s benefit. A
few years of neglect, and every available space is full, but not everything
there is good or useful.
My spiritual life is the same. Without regular housecleaning
and attention to detail, stuff piles up, creating a mess that must be dealt
with if I am to grow spiritually and serve God effectively. Sins pile up like the
cobwebs and dead bugs in the back of my closets. Lack of daily self-examination
and confession lead to messes I prefer to hide from God, just as I prefer
visitors not look into my closets.
An orderly life makes time for Bible-reading and prayer,
accompanied by close scrutiny to see if I am living in line with God’s word.
Continual neglect of the confession of sin, and failure to replace it with
right behaviors, leads to a messy spiritual life.
Hauling bags of trash out of my closets and donating items
which can be used by others is just like keeping on track with God. I must rid
my heart of the garbage of old habits and sins. I must replace it with new
insights about walking with Jesus which deepen my spiritual life and enable me
to offer godly wisdom to others.
Lord, create in me a heart that is free of the clutter of
sin and neglect, but full of your wisdom and purpose. Enable me to keep my life
and my house free of unsightly clutter and full of things which glorify you.
Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, released in April 2014. She has led weekly
women’s Bible studies for 20 years. Her devotionals and poetry have appeared at
ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She
is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, FaithWriters, Romance
Writers of America, and the New Mexico Christian Novelists. Norma is a former
RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 39 years. They
have two adult children.