Life has been extraordinarily busy lately. And whether in answer to that or in rebellion of being busy with so many things outside our home, I have rearranged my daughter’s room last weekend and my son’s room today. They both are more age-appropriate and less cluttered. This needed to happen. In addition, I cleaned out the art corner. Wow, that was a job! Also, my daughter’s hair and mine are now shoulder-length bobs. That also needed to happen. And now my home feels cleaner, less cluttered, and I am so content the house is better, decluttered. It is an enormous blessing from God. And I get now why some people of older wisdom said that “cleanliness is next to Godliness”. You feel calmer and can accept God’s peace easier and better somehow. 😄❤
This week begins spring break, which means spring cleaning for me. I started with helping unload our equipment from the gig last night after sweeping and mopping all the floors in the house. That took a minute and I am still tired from a great gig last night and getting up same time early to walk the dog. Next on the docket is cleaning my mom’s house and then starting the pantry cleaning.
Now, I tell you cleaning is not my idea of a good time. I like working hard outside in nature, but indoor cleaning to me is not fun. I do it anyway because I don’t want to live in a pigpen and I believe God expects us to take care of what He has given us. Good stewardship is what that concept used to be called. In addition, my husband likes a very clean house and feels loved when I clean it. So there are all my reasons. So my goal is to get all the cleaning finished as quickly as possible so I can finish the quilt and maybe take the kids swimming or to the park and play a little too.❤
Today I got bit by the cleaning bug. I swept and mopped, vacuumed, neatened, cleaned bathrooms, and even found time to grocery shop and watch a movie with my daughter. It is amazing how much I get accomplished when it is just my daughter and I. And I am thankful. Love a clean house but it is hard to keep it so on such a busy schedule. It will be better come May but I am very grateful for this catch up day. Thank you, Lord!!😄❤
I grew up in Michigan and loved carpet because it was warmer than hard floor. There was a softness and cushion (ours was worn out but you could imagine it there and see it when furniture was moved lol). To me, it was warm and beautiful and cozy. In Florida now, where carpet is hard to come by, it is also now thought of as super ugly. Because it stains, can hold smells, holds dirt that cannot be retrieved by normal vacuuming, and holds heat.
Of course I was thinking about this and realize that those things about carpet that make it ugly are also in our brains. Yes, I am weird, let’s move on and hear me out. Our brains are collectors. We collect memories- good and bad- we hold them with their stains and dirt and smells. We have a trap door for all the garbage we put in there. And we vacuum to tidy up a bit but that pesky dirt is still there. When we get really convicted, we ask God for a thorough cleaning to get all the dirt out we cannot reach, and by His grace He removes it “as far as the east is from the west.” Them we let the rabble in again to put more dirt back in- filling our brains with more distractions and worldly lusts (maybe even porn), entertainment that glorifies humanity or demons rather than God, bad scenes, arguing and bickering, video games that glorify self or evil, social media that is narcissiatic, glorifying self. And all the while God longs to thoroughly clean us and keep us clean so we can spend time with Him and enjoy freedom and peace and joy and all the fruits of His Spirit and be beautiful again eternally.❤
I get into this cleaning mode now and again. When this happens, I accomplish so much in such a short period of time and so well. It is cleaning up the things I usually dread and go into automatic pilot and charge into it all. It is very useful. So my daughter joined me today in my cleaning, as my son is at grandma’s. We got the house clean, did extra projects, did some yard work, so on. This cleaning mode goes on internally also. I sort through mental issues, spiritual matters. I throw out the things cluttering my mind and heart and life. I dismiss it. Of course prayer releases it and allows forgiveness so it is beautiful. My new goal is to much more often live in this cleaning mode. ❤
Warning: going deep here. Today’s illness had less to do with the dizziness and fatigue and more to do with vacating my present space to do some mind cleaning. I virtually and mentallu toured the halls of my mind and found clutter in its halls and rooms. I walked through and threw out the clutter. I let go of things held onto that are no longer relevant to the present or future. I forgave what needed forgiveness. I removed leftover junk from the past. I am a very visual person, and visualization is a very powerful too, often as real to me as real life. So visualizing this cleaning process has enormous value and the inviting God’s Spirit to dwell there in the newly clean house. Incredible and powerful exercise. Maybe that helps someone or you, friend. Love you! ❤
We have a system, my mom and I, where she teaches piano lessons (something she has done for 40 years or more) and I clean her house in exchange. This gives me an excuse to clean for her (for she cannot do it herself anymore) while maintaining her strong independence and dignity. I could teach the kids myself but this works and gives the kids more time with their Grandma. Sometimes we have to be more creative with our helping but it is worth a little extra effort and creativity to allow her to feel useful and important and independent. This is so important when taking care of another human being, especially a parent you wish to show respect and honor to. ❤