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Spring Cleaning Of The Heart

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When spring arrives with a gusto of green splashed across the once dormant
landscape the air becomes more vibrant and life seems larger. Yet inside our homes
the air is stale and the place screams 'help!' Yes, spring-cleaning season has arrived. There are probably some favored and some not so favored tasks that mark this rite of passage to summer. One of mine is changing the wardrobe from warm, long
sleeve, bulky clothes to light, short sleeve, cooler attire. Spring cleaning also means
getting rid of stuff. Whatever you do, it’s work. All of this made me think about the
wintery flab of my own soul. There are probably plenty of possibilities if we ponder
a spring-cleaning of our heart. Some words come to mind: de-clutter, prioritize and
sanitize.


De-clutter
Emotional clutter accumulates if left unattended. Hurt turns into anger. Anger can change to shame and despair. Disappointment can turn into selfishness when we take the loss of our expectations and give ourselves the freedom to feel like we deserve something. We feed our disappointment through shopping, binge eating, watching excess TV or a host of other escapes. These examples are the warning signs that we have lost our true focus. When we lose focus or take our cues from the wrong source, our emotional state deteriorates. That's why we read in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep in perfect peace those whose mind is stayed on You, they trust in You.” Losing peace is an indicator that other emotions are cluttering up our lives and the best way to de-clutter is to return our attention to the Lord. Spending time with Him through prayer and His Word are daily habits that fortify our soul.

Prioritize
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to
you. Matthew 6:33

Some of the simplest Bible verses are the hardest to live. Life gets in the way. Doctor visits, soccer practices, church events, and the list gets endless. Soon the hectic pace screams for realignment. The wheels of our life are careening us on the wrong side of the road. Our limited daily time can be filled with a lot of good things that can detract from the best. Answer this question if you had the next 24 hours freed from your normal responsibilities how would you fill those hours? How much priority to you give to
the things that grow your soul? Do you know what it is that enlarges your heart?
This time inventory might have revealed some areas which need prioritizing.


Sanitize
That nasty old sin-filled nature loves to stain our relationship with the Lord by
caving into “the sin which so easily entangles us.” Confession and change are the staples of sanitizing the blemishes of our heart and scouring the cobwebs of our soul. David showed us the way after his sinfest with Bathsheba. He committed murder, conspiracy, cover-ups, and adultery. Yet with his straightforward confession, He asked the Lord, “Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.”
God’s grace is always greater than our sin. There is no sin too big or too trivial that can be brought to Him for forgiveness. What is God urging you to confess in this spring cleaning of your heart?

There is no better time than today to start changing the condition of your heart to match the “son”shine that Jesus wishes to fulfill in your life.

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