I am very excited to be posting today as part of a link up that I was invited to join earlier this week!
This link up, Little Life Lesson, is being hosted by the sweet Lindsay Dryer over at Lindsay LaDon.
Saturday night, Shawn and I got home from our date night and I immediately went into clean mode. Romantic, I know.
But what can I say? The mood struck me. I began bustling around, organizing and re-organizing, picking up clutter, tossing mega loads of laundry into the washer, etc.
A messy house (or in our case, apartment) drives me nuts! I understand that clutter is going to happen, there’s no way around that. But we had just recently gone through our closets and purged. We had grand plans to get everything sorted and folded so that we could donate it. Let me just tell you, that mountain of clothes, shoes, hats, etc did not get sorted and folded and donated. Instead, it sat.
It sat in the corner of our bedroom, taking up space and mocking me.
Something I have come to realize about myself is that a home in dissaray stirs up anxiety in me. When clutter and mess begin to take up space and take over the areas and places that are meant for order, I find it very unsettling. I often times have difficulty falling asleep when a mess abounds, and I am not exaggerating! It’s difficult for me to be able to relax peacefully amidst a mess.
As I was cleaning our home and purging it of things we don’t need, I realized that my heart reacts to “clutter” the same way my mind does. Of course, I’m not talking about piles of laundry, dishes, or things to be donated.
I find that when I have allowed my heart to become “cluttered” with things that don’t belong, such as fear, worry, anger and the like, that it too becomes unsettled.
It is only when I surrender to the Lord and allow Him to come in and “clean house” that I am able to find rest and peace.
In the same way that a chaotic mess doesn’t belong in my home, dissention and anxiety don’t belong in my heart.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts… – Colossians 3:15a
(I have included just a few photos of my “re-organization” to share with you, only because I’m proud of what I accomplished. Enjoy!)