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Deep Cleaning

For the past month you may have noticed I have been AWOL from blogging. What has kept me away? Oh, you know; just life in general such as work, a new grandbaby (and “BOY” is he grand!),

CAM00180and completing a remodel project that took twice as long as anticipated when I began tearing out all the pepto-bismol pink.

photoThis week, I have been DEEP cleaning trying to rid my house of the multiple layers of dirt and grime that came from the remodel and the lack of cleaning. From top to bottom and in nooks and crannies, the dust bunnies are doomed! They are being sucked into the sweeper and washed away.

This is also a great time to do some deep cleaning within oneself. Galatians 5 has the To-Do list already made for us.

“When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these.”

Cleaning supplies needed are: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

  • Use LOVE to overcome hostility and envy
  • Use JOY to get rid of quarreling
  • PEACE will clean out jealousy and division
  • PATIENCE will sweep up outbursts of anger
  • Get rid of selfish ambition and replace with KINDNESS and GOODNESS
  • Wash out idolatry and sorcery with FAITHFULNESS
  • A good dusting of GENTLENESS will take care of dissensions
  • A firm scrub of SELF-CONTROL will get all the grimy stuff from sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, drunkenness, and wild parties

To really deep clean, we must not overlook the corners of our heart and the nooks and crannies of our attitude. Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s get started! Clean; clean; clean!

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Heaven Ponderings and a Sneak Peek

Pastor has been leading us through a study on heaven, and yesterday our text was Revelation 21. This chapter is chalk full of specific descriptions down to the measurements. Though I tried to picture heaven in my mind, I simply could not wrap my mind around it. All I can say is that heaven is going to be AwEsOmE, and I am not using that loosely. Before we got to the structure we read of things that will affect us more personally. The first verses to really grab my attention were Rev. 21:3-4.

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Rev.21:3-4 ESV

I believe these spoke to me because of some of the trials and heartache I’ve seen and felt in my  family.  To begin with, God “will wipe away every tear from our eyes!” My tears often come from frustration and hurt, usually emotional rather than physical.

“Death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning.” Hubby’s parents both died in a span of two years. For each, our mourning began before their last day. Dad S was not well for many years, and we mourned throughout that time as we lost him little by little. We also mourned the fact that the younger grandchildren never knew the grandpa the older ones knew. They did not get to tag along to milk the cows, feed the baby calves, ride the tractor, or go fishing in the farm pond. They did not get the pony rides upon his back, hear him recite poetry that always had a moral lesson, or hear his prayers of blessing. Yes, we have mourned for many years.

Mom S was a fighter, but cancer got the best of her. She always enjoyed the beach, and would have enjoyed the ocean scene at her granddaughter’s beach wedding. Grandchildren brought her much joy; I can only imagine the twinkle in her eyes and her laughter if only she would have been able to meet her great grandson. The younger grandchildren will never experience Scrabble with Grandma. She usually beat us all, soundly! When she canned peaches that September, we did not think she would be gone in a few short weeks. Cancer – it can be so cruel. As long as she was able, Mom S enjoyed the sunrise view out her kitchen window. This was the view the morning God called her home.

sunrise

Heaven -there will be  no more pain. Mom B has suffered pain – intense, burning pain. Nearly ten years of it which doctors seem to have no cure. Pain – more than an ache or discomfort; pain – agony and torment. What a glorious place heaven will be, no more pain!

In heaven, these things will all pass away.  They will not be there!!

“He (God) will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Rev.21:4 ESV

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P.S. Here’s a sneak peek of my closet transformation. I’m putting on the finishing touches! Full review coming soon.

closet