Moths destroy. And does anyone really enjoy the thick smell of moth balls, woven into their sweaters?
I’ll disappoint my bug loving readers and say that this isn’t about moths or about moth balls. This is about possessions, physical and emotional. Things fill your sotrehouse, which is your life.

What is in Your storehold?
Litterally, begin with what things are in your life. If you were to die right now, would the people going through them find them useful or would the items become burdens of clutter? We seem to have a problem as humans that we fill our lives with stuff. Poor or rich, city or rural – we buy stuff. Honestly, do we really need or use half of the things we own? We build storage rooms, buy storage containers, build storage buildings – just to put our stuff. Come along side of me, and be honest with your possessions. The more we try to keep often costs us more to keep. Sell it, trade it, donate it – get it out of your life. It is, after all, just stuff.
I understand that many items become like family. Truly emotionally valaubale items deserve a good home within your home – and the rest needs to be put into perspective.
Perspective has been a reoccuring thought with me lately, and I attribut much of that to recent lessons from GOD. All-be-it that I am a simple country hayseed, I myself have become stuff-oriented. I want it to be about relationships – both with GOD and with the people in my life. I know that when I come to the end of my days, I do not what my children burdened with the clutter of my selfishness.
Take inventory of it all.

Excess to Bless
Now that we know what we have in our storehouse and what is really necessary out of all of that junk, we both must decide what to do with the extra stuff. My choice is use my excess to bless. That means that I have chosen to give all of my extra ‘junk’ to help my church or to the local homeless shelter. My ‘junk’ that I am not doing a good job caring for can go and bless far more people.

About those moths
Moths happen because of two things: lack of maintance and lack of prevention. What things we decide to keep must be kept with full commitment to maintain what we have. Since we are human, it makes since that the less we have the easier it would be for us to maintain. Prevention happens by being diligent with what we decide to fill our storehouse with. Whether through thrifty or simple living, we must be thoughtful in all the things we allow to fill our lives. If Aunt Georgina gave you 3 pairs of orange and black socks that you know that you will never wear, don’t allow them to collect dust in your closet. Gifts or purchases, be conciencience in wht you decide to allow to fill your home, your life, your mind.

SACRIFICE.
When Most Christians hear that word, they tend to think of the sacrifice that GOD made in sending down HIS one and only SON to die for our sins. It is true that JESUS death on the cross for us is the essential sacrifice of all time.

Has it crossed our minds though that sacrifice is our duty as well? We may or may not be called to physically give our lives for the GOSPEL of JESUS CHRIST. We are called to give of our time, our energy, our petty earthly possessions as a sacrifice of praise to GOD.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of [our] lips giving thanks to his name. {Hebrews 13:15}

It begins with a prayer, but it must not end there. Pray seeking GOD in what HE would have you to give in sacrifice to him. Maybe it is giving up 2 hours of tv to address cards to shutins. Maybe it is giving up that $20 you were going to blow on junk food to a local food ministry. Pray. and then ACT.

 

GOD first.
     WHY?
GOD is sovereign over heaven and earth, – over all things. HE has given me all that I have, and has saved me to the uttermost. GOD is my JEHOVAH RAPAH. HE should be supreme over all of my life
      HOW? The 10 commandments tell us “Thou shalt Have NO OTHER gods before ME.” I need to make all that I do ultimately about serving HIM first. No more excuses. NO more laziness. GOD is worthy of all my praise and offering. HIS word should be what I read most. When I sing, I should be singing to HIM.

MY HUSBAND SECOND.
     WHY?
As a wife, my secondary job is serving my husband. I am not talking about crawling around on my hands. I am talking about being a helpmate to my darling hubby. My relationship to my husband should only be second to that of my relationship with CHRIST JESUS.
     HOW? By spending more time actively engaging with my husband. By making and taking time to build and deepen the relationship we have. By being willing to just listen, and not critic.

MY CHILDREN THIRD
     WHY?
I have the blessing of having two wonderful young sons. It is my responsibility to help build them in the Word of GOD The character I build in them now – will determine the kind of person they will grow up to be.
     HOW? By spending more quality time with both of my children. For being the kind of mom to them that I have always wished I could be. By reading GOD’s Word to them EVERY night, no matter how tired I am. By taking the time to teach them about GOD. By playing more, and worrying less. By being determined to create happy memories for my kids.

Suggested reading on priorities:
Whatever happened to ‘No Other gods’ by Gather Little by Little

For Today

May 5, 2008

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall
take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day {is}
the evil thereof.
~Matthew 6:34

Knowing & doing are two different things

I suppose I have known this verse most of my life, and have heard it taught on my numerous
Pastors and Bible Teachers during my life. However, I have been a Worrier. I am famous for
utterly worrying myself to illness over stuff. I know that I know that worrying will not change one
iota of the situation. Worrying certainly hasn’t made things go easier, or life better.

If not worry, then what?

It really has to be about today. What can I do Today? Can I save some money on gas by not going to town today? Can I do spend a few more minutes one on one with my children today? I know that I cannot spot clean my entire house today – but I can clean the bathroom counter today. Little things today add up, and make a difference if & when tomorrow comes.

Where I stand..

As of today, I two of my small debts from over my head. WOO HOOO!!!! Today, I packed my lunch and cooked my other two meals at home. Today, I worked on one sketch for the VBS committee. That isn’t much, but it is progress. My day isn’t over yet, either. What will you & I do today?