Thursday, April 7, 2011

Spring Cleaning~

"Create in me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right spirit within me." Psalm 51:10

I love living in Missouri because I like change. Just when I get bored with a season the new one comes rolling along just before I think I am going to go crazy. (The past two winters have been way too long!)  Each season brings a little spring to my step. I change my decor and welcome it with great anticipation.  I just love getting out my Springy things. We have been cleaning out all the nooks and crannies and even had a Garage Sale last weekend. (Oh my~ I forgot how much work they are~ all left overs have been dropped off at Good Will.) It sure feels nice to lighten up for Spring. 

As Spring approaches I feel the need to make everything in our house clean and orderly. Everything outside is singing with new life and it inspires me to bring newness inside my home as well. So I begin turning everything upside down and inside out cleaning every square inch. I clean closets and cupboards. I frantically look for hidden cob webs and clean every dark corner. I want everything in my home to sparkle! 

Often we need to do the same thing with our spiritual houses. We need to turn everything inside out and expose those spiritual cob webs that need cleaning. After all~ God Himself is living in my spiritual house. I need to  freshen up my life so that it is sparkling and presentable to Him. Sometimes in our winter of life we allow our hearts to become cold and stale.  We tuck things into our spiritual closets that are not necessary and we need to get rid of them~things like little sins! God sees the hidden corners of our heart.  

"Thy word have I hid in my heart, that I might not sin against thee."  Psalm 119:1

After I get my home in order and my Spring cleaning is all done I stand back and admire it. I vow to be more organized and keep things free of clutter. I love the feeling of a clean and orderly home. Everything runs more smoothly and peaceful.  It is the same with our spiritual life. When we keep a short account with God and keep our minds and heart clean and sparkling then life is full of peace and contentment.

God gives us His precious Word and forgiveness as our cleaning tools. We just have to do a little work~read it and apply it to our lives! 

Here is a link to my homemade cleaning recipes~

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Do you have a great recipe you could share?


A Prayer In Spring
Robert Frost (1915)
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Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.



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