With spring on the horizon, this is when we start deep cleaning the house, decluttering the closets, and organizing the shelves/cabinets. This is the opportune time to clear out all of the junk and clutter we have accumulated over the past year. After several days of labor-intensive work, we can finally sit back, take a deep breath, and feel refreshed!
It’s always feels good when we are able to get our homes where they need to be… but what about our hearts? When was the last time you gave your heart a good “Spring cleaning”?
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalms 51:10
I know in my personal life, it’s so easy to allow trash and clutter to build up everywhere. In our house, I am known to be a bit of a pack rat…. Typically, when my husband wants to throw something away, I have no problem finding a reason to keep whatever it is. But I have realized, the more that I let these things pile up, the more stressed and overwhelmed I become!
If this is true in our homes, wouldn’t the same also be true with our hearts? What things have we accumulated in our hearts that are causing us to feel stressed and overwhelmed?
Have we allowed so much of the world in, that our hearts are beginning to get hard for the things of God?
With the Coronavirus going around right now, it’s so easy to let our hearts become full of fear and worry. As humans, we are always scared of the unknown! What’s going to happen? Will I be able to find the things that I need?
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – II Timothy 1:7
God doesn’t want our hearts to be full of fear and worry… He desires for us to simply trust in Him and know that he’s got everything under control. We need to make sure that we don’t allow fear and worry to enter our hearts and take control of our thoughts and actions.
Have we allowed our hearts to become full of bitterness and unforgiveness?
If we aren’t careful, we will find ourselves carrying around the weight of bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts. Maybe someone said something to you that you didn’t care for… or maybe they did something to you that rubbed you the wrong way and you have never fully let it go. This resentment, although small at times, can really weigh us down!
“(23) Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
(24) And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” – Psalms 139:23-24
If we want to give our heart a good “Spring cleaning,” we need to pray to God and ask him to search our hearts. We need to ask him to show us anything that we have in our hearts that doesn’t need to be there. Once he has shown us what doesn’t belong, we need to be willing to get rid it!
These past couple weeks, I have spent a good amount of time cleaning out our house and getting rid of excess junk and clutter. It has been a long, tiring process… but the reward is sooo worth it! It feels like a giant load has been taken off my shoulders! I can actually walk in my house and not feel overwhelmed by all the clutter. I can finally feel refreshed and relaxed when I am home with my family.
With our hearts cleaned out, what can we do to keep them clean?
If we continue to allow worldly things into our hearts and minds, we will never be able to keep them clean. The only way we can succeed in keeping our hearts and minds clean is by filling them with the things of God! We need to read our Bible daily and have an active prayer life with God. This communication will strengthen our relationship with God and naturally help us resist the things of this world.
Too often, we only want a relationship with God when we are in trouble and need help… but we need to be working on our relationship with God every day, so that when trouble comes, we are already close to Him!
If I never communicated with my husband, then our relationship wouldn’t be very strong, and he wouldn’t be able to be there for me when I needed him the most! I want to encourage you to spend at least 5 minutes in God’s word each day. You will be surprised what these 5 minutes can do to your heart and mind as you go about your day.
“The words of the Lord are pure words:” – Psalms 12:6a
God’s words are free of contamination and trash! Reading God’s word will help keep your heart pure! You will be able to see a clear difference in your life and how you feel, just by adding prayer and Bible reading to your daily schedule (if it’s not on your schedule, it won’t happen!). I encourage you to add Jesus to your day to day life for a daily refreshing of your heart and mind!
Give your heart and little “Spring cleaning” today!
Married, mother of one daughter with one more on the way, Pastor’s wife
Life Verse: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” – Philippians 4:13