DEVOTIONAL: Organizing Life God’s Way~Keep Or Discard~Obedience Trumps Opinion

Ecclesiastes 3: 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

Am I just noticing, or have yard and garage sales always been a week long event?  I’m not talking about the multi-state ones, I mean just the average, garden-variety, neighborhood sales.  From Sunday, unfortunately, all the way to Saturday.It seems that people just can’t wait to shed themselves of their stuff!

My past neighbor and I had yard sales together a few times.  Although dragging our things out and setting up early was a little tiring, especially with people going through our treasures, regardless of what time we “officially” opened for business, we had a good time and made a little profit in the process.

My friend here recently had a clearance of  her own and invited another friend and me to the “pre-sale”.  The two of us got some freebies and really good deals on other things .  I  got a nice buffet, needs to be refinished, but usable until I get that done, for $20!  I  love entertaining, so getting another storage and surface area was a real win for me!

One person got a garage cleared out so vehicles would actually go in it, and others found neat new things for their homes. There was some casting away and finding there.

A few years ago, a friend gave me book on organizing (I wonder where that could be! Just kidding, somewhat.), and a good portion of it alludes to grouping things into a few categories such as “keep”, “donate”  and “toss”.  Somehow out of that, I typically find a new one, “not sure what to do with this”   ANK! WRONG ANSWER!  By developing this different section, I am essentially creating an automatic junk drawer and negating the purpose!

Today I saw something at the thrift store that hurt my feelings a bit.  A sweet little birdhouse, very cute, but when I turned it over to check the price, there was a little scribble in the clay reading “To Nanna”.  TO NANNA, why is it  in a thrift store?  Someone made it for Nanna and surely she didn’t donate it!  Truth be known, cynically speaking, perhaps she wasn’t around anymore and it was left over from an estate sale (tells about my personality that I would think that, right!) . Maybe she had  10 other grandchildren who “blessed” her with crafts and she just didn’t have room in her assisted living to display everything from every one of them.  Whatever the case, in good conscious, I just couldn’t buy something a child made for his beloved “Nanna”.

The  Lord calls us to leave actions, things and at times, even people behind when we come to know Him as our Lord and Savior.  He wants us not to hold on to what or who is in our pasts. 

Our Father calls, too, for a time to keep.  When we move to a new house, sometimes we purge a substantial part of what we have because it doesn’t necessarily “fit” into our place.  More time than not though, because of financial reasons, family heirlooms, antiques or whatever, we simply find some way for what we already have to  work.   

For 37 years I lived in the same city. Since then we have moved quite a few times.  I have kept in touch with my dear friends from Huntsville, of course, although I have been gone for several years.

In each location, the Lord has blessed me with wonderful, sweet friends.  The only place I was surprised by was my church in Michigan.  When we were there, albeit not long, the members were very friendly and we actually did things with couples outside of service, yet once gone, even after reaching out, we never heard from them again,

Some  situations, things and people are brought into our lives for a season, but the only  Constant we have is our Lord Jesus Christ.  He Was, Is and Forever Will Be!   We can count on Him without hesitation!  

So cast off who (I am not advocating divorce.  If you are being abused, seek help and know the Lord is concerned with your life and offers safety and protection)  is spiritually, mentally, emotionally or physically unhealthy.

Throw away old habits (if you have an addiction, please seek counseling and help) and things, standing between you and the Father.

Seek the Lord’s  will for your life.  Let Him help you determine what direction you should take.  He is the Almighty Organizer!  Our Lord does not have indecisive “piles”.  Everything He does is deliberate and perfect!

prayer

Father God
Thank You for guidance
For showing us what to do with the people, activities and things in our lives

Please make us willing to dispose of whatever may hinder our relationship with You
We know there are people we may need to distance ourselves from
Regardless how painful that may be

We give You praise in advance
Knowing You will allow peace within our hearts and spirits
From obeying our Mighty God

Please give us a disregard for actions of the past we once enjoyed
Fill our hearts, Lord, with what is important to You

Your Word shows that even Solomon and all of his wealth and privilege was not adorned even as much as the flowers of the field. In
Matthew 6:28-29And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

We ask that possessions are put into perspective
As things we own
Lessen their appeal to us, O God
Replace our desire for what we have, please
With a true and passionate desire for a deeper and more meaningful relationship  with You and others.

In the Name of Jesus we pray
AMEN

songs
“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”
“Take My Life And Let It Be”
“His Eye Is On The Sparrow”
“I Come To The Garden Alone”

**Thank you to my sister in Christ who pointed out the yellow was a little too light to read the other day!  Please let me know if there is an issue.  Also, always check me against the Word and let me know if I am not consistent with Scripture.

CREDIT: FATHER, JESUS, HOLY SPIRIT, SCRIPTURE
ENCOURAGEMENT OF THE LORD, FAMILY AND FRIENDS
VERSES AND STORIES FROM THE WORD
ABILITY AND OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE WORD OF GOD
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About voicevessel bwc

First, and most importantly, I love Jesus Christ and I trust in Him as my Lord and Savior. I was raised in a Christian home by a godly dad and mom (who planned and had me in July before turning 42 in August), and 5 older siblings. My father passed away when I was 7 and my mother (who went to be with the Lord in 2005 at 81) never remarried. As a child, I was bullied at school, so I did not have many friends. I didn't want to tell my mom this because I knew she had enough worry being a widow at 50. I know what it is like to be lonely. As an adult, God showed me the value of His Friendship and has blessed me, too, with rich relationships with dear friends who also love the Lord. My husband and I (married 31 years as of 2020), have three wonderful, adult children and son-in-law as well as three darling grandchildren. Along with many others, my husband lost his job, but we refuse to be fearful or angry. The Lord has provided for us and we are so thankful for the opportunity to express gratitude through personal contact and occasional memories I share through writing. I believe the Lord has given me a venue to engage with others and a means to share His Word. Thank you for checking out my page. I hope you enjoy what you read. If there is anything positive or insightful in the devotionals (NOT CALLING MY WRITING "INSPIRED" by any means!), I give all credit and glory to Jesus Christ! On the other side of that, when something makes no sense, that's all me
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