Spring Clean Your Heart Part 1
Spring is around the corner, and along with spring comes cleaning. In the past (especially in colder climates), wood or coal burning stoves, fireplaces, and even the tracking of the house from melting, slushy snows necessitated a good spring cleaning. Even the animals shed their winter hair getting clean and ready for spring. So what about us?
As that time rolls around why don’t we take the time to check ourselves. A home is more than just a house. Our houses may be clean while our lives are cluttered. In making a home, spring would be a good time to stop and reevaluate our focus. Are we focused on the important things?
First, are we focused on having a close relationship with the Lord. Adam and Eve dressed and kept the garden. That was their job; but not the purpose they were created. God has created man for his pleasure. Revelation 4:11. Your job may be keeping the house, raising children, etc.; but your primary purpose is to bring God pleasure. Adam and Eve walked with God in the cool of the day. Have our lives become so cluttered with jobs that we do not have time to walk with the Lord?
The cool of the day is an excellent pattern to follow. The mornings are new, fresh, and quieter than the busy midday. Why not give the Lord the freshest part of the day? Your first conversation of the day could be with him, even before you get out of bed. Maybe you like a cup of tea or coffee first thing in the morning. Have that cup with him!
Maybe the cool of the day for you is the evenings after things have settled down and the kids are in bed. Sit down and take the moment to pray and read God’s Word. There simply must be a time that we spend time in God’s Word and in prayer.
When you fall in love with the Lord it is easier for your children to learn to love him. When you pray and see God answer they will learn God can answer their prayers too. When you place an importance on his word they can learn that his word is the authority for which to build our lives upon.
A young lady asked me, “How do you have time to read your Bible with four kids?” An older lady’s wise response was, “How does she not have time to read her Bible with four kids?”
I need that time to be able to be the mother I should be to my four children. Jesus told Martha that she was cumbered about much serving, and that she was careful and troubled about many things. About Mary he said, “…one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” “One thing is needful” sounds like an important thing to me. Sometimes we place so much importance on all the other “things” and neglect the “needful thing”.
I have often found the strength, direction, and answers I needed for raising four kids in the time spent in prayer or in Bible reading. De-clutter and make sure we have time for him. Rearrange some things. Change your schedule to fit him in.
The hymn “I Need Thee Every Hour” was written by Annie Hawks. Annie was a busy wife and mother at 37 years of age when she wrote that hymn. She said while busy about her daily tasks she was filled with a sense of nearness to her Master. As she wondered how anyone could live without him the words ‘I Need Thee Every Hour’ entered her mind. When her husband died sixteen years later, the words meant even more to her. She needed him then in her hour of peace, and she needed him later in her great loss.
One thing is needful. Choose the good part that shall not be taken away from you. John 15:3 “Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.”
This is a good way to begin “spring cleaning”. Begin inside and work your way out. What a difference it will make in your home!
Abby Sightler Logan 4-1-15