We’ve all heard the term spring cleaning. This past week I’ve been doing a lot of introspective thinking and I realized I have some areas that the Lord wants me to organize and clean spiritually.
Here are the five areas in my life where the Lord is showing me to spring clean:
Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
If I am being completely honest, I am not the best at being patient. Recently, I have been the worst at being patient. I feel like I’ve been put in a prolonged season of waiting. There have been times when I’ve been good at practicing patience and other times, like now, where I have been everything but good.
But, what He has been showing me is that there is a reason we need to learn patience. If we want to be a true reflection of Him and His love, we must learn to be patient even when we don’t want to be. It’s not easy, but living a life that reflects Christ isn’t always that way. When we learn to lean on Him and let Him teach us to be patient in our everyday lives, it will help us in every other aspect of our lives: relationships, careers, friendships, with our families; even with the simple act of driving.
Trusting the process:
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
In a way, this goes hand in hand with patience. It’s hard to trust the process without patience. In this season of transitioning from different schools and states, there have been many times when I struggled trusting God with my future. God’s plans are sometimes too big for my human brain to understand. I quickly go into realistic-mode trying to figure out how everything will work out and come up with my next ten steps to stay ahead of the game.
I’m learning to throw out the mental agenda where I usually write out every move of my life because I know at some point God will tell me to do something that I didn’t originally write down, or lead me somewhere that I didn’t expect to be. Although it doesn’t make sense, and it goes against my “plan everything” mentality I am learning to trust the process and enjoy letting God be the writer of my plans.
Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
I’m not always the best at finding someone to hold me accountable. It’s usually something that always crosses my mind but I never take initiative on. But, I’m realizing just how pivotal it us for us to be accountable and find community with other brothers and sisters in Christ. He did not make us with the intention of us “doing” life alone.
A sweet friend of mine once shared on her Instagram that we can get to a certain extent in our relationship with God alone, but friends that push you will take you farther than we could ever imagine. There could not be truer words about this subject. I am discovering the beauty and strength in finding someone to “do” life with, and be transparent and vulnerable with; where we both push and sharpen each other in our walk with our Heavenly Father.
Matthew 22:39 “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”
This is something that I wrote down as a New Year’s resolution and for awhile I stayed on top of being intentional with my relationships but as school work piled up, and my own life got crazier, the less I became focused on the ones around me and the more I became focused on myself. While it is important to love and take care of yourself. It is also important to love the ones around you just as much
Being intentional begins with our relationship with God. If we can’t learn to be intentional with Him, how can we expect to be intentional with anyone else? Taking each day to spend time in His word and with Him has been so precious and necessary for my everyday life and maintaining a positive attitude as well as affecting how I treat the ones around me.
Controlling my Thoughts:
Proverbs 4:23 “Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.”
The way we think and what we allow into our minds has a direct influence on our hearts and what we produce in our lives. Recently I have found that there have been a lot of battles going on in my head and because I am the female I am, I sometimes don’t do a real good job at stopping those battles. If I start thinking about things that bring me down, I quickly find myself in bed early listening to sad songs and eating junk food. Obviously not good for my mind, body or soul.
One of the best metaphors I have ever heard about the way we need to confront our thoughts is this: “We need to post a guard on what we allow into our hearts by being careful about what we choose to keep thinking about. Since I can’t control my feelings very easily, I’m careful about what thoughts I let in and keep thinking about, because I know those thoughts will ultimately influence my feelings. Two requirements for a thought to get past the guard of my heart is that the thought has to be true and pure.” – Kim Vollendorf (author of Loving Your Husband Before You Even Have One)
Wow, wow, wow! Definitely something that God keeps reminding me to practice in my everyday life. Not everything that pops into our hearts need to stay there. When a thought shows up, we have a choice: Do we keep thinking about it? Or, will we intentionally start thinking about something else?
Things like this don’t happen over night. They are daily decisions we must practice and choose to do. These five items aren’t just things that I need to work on and clean up this spring, but in every season of my life.
My prayer for myself and for you all is that The Lord will continue to reveal to us areas where He can improve us and that we allow Him to. Love y’all, praying for y’all and I believe in y’all.