"The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Thomas Moore

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Spiritual housekeeping ~ Hosea 6:1...


These past few weeks I've taken a little time to look carefully around our home at the areas which need to be re-organised, freshened, simplified and thoroughly scrubbed. It is a delight to brighten our living space and I do so with gusto, but the more I gave my time to these tasks the more I began to ponder how much more important it is to give our spiritual lives a seasonal spring clean too.

Re-organise...

Have we crowded our lives with so many 'extra' relationships, hobbies, media and social commitments that time in heartfelt prayer and meditation on God's word has been pushed aside or given only a cursory few minutes each day?

Write out all the things that fill your day to day life. Cross out the things you can (or should) drop, take note of which ones can be scaled back, and underline the things that deserve more focus and diligence. Organise your days to include special one on one time with your Heavenly Father.


Freshen...

What bores you about walking out your faith? It's okay to admit this because most of us at some time fall into a rut with our Bible reading and Scripture studies - even our prayer life can feel stale for a season or two. Have you forgotten what that first love with Jesus felt like and how you simply couldn't get enough of Him?

Buy yourself a fresh new Bible and a great book study, then make a regular time each day to light a candle, brew a cuppa, and settle in with Jesus for some inspirational "He and thee" companionship. Start with just 15 minutes if you're time poor and I assure you, your heart will soar and you'll feel His pleasure because He loves to spend time with you. Write out a verse that stood out to you and stick it on your fridge door. Read it every time you open the fridge door that day and ask Him to reveal deeper understanding of it to your own life.

Simplify...

Don't put off time with God because you falsely believe you need to get face down for hours and pray with heavy tears and angst whilst reciting all the Psalms. Okay, maybe that's an exaggerated example, but many people think if they can't give God an hour or three each and every day then they have failed Him and may as well not even try.

Jesus showed us simple love, simple faith, simple prayer. Right now I'm going through a season of just reading His word and nothing else, and honestly, some days I can't get past two or three verses because there's so much to ponder in them, so much to consider in light of my own life and values. If you're overwhelmed by the thought of reading the whole Bible or doing a Christian book study, step back, open at the first Gospel and just read until you want or need to stop. Maybe you'll read a chapter, or perhaps a verse, but rest in the beautiful simplicity of Him speaking directly to you through pages written from Love. 

Scrub...

This is the hard one. Have you pulled away from God because there's sin in your life that you just don't want to face or repent of? Maybe you wish His Word would miraculously change and 'update' for the 21st century so you can accept the ever increasing world view which runs in opposition to the Bible and its clear and undiluted truths? Perhaps you believe you've committed sin that He just couldn't possibly forgive so you've veiled yourself with shame and cannot face Him again?

Only God knows the full scope of our sins so laying them before Him open-handed, open-hearted, contrite and repentant - even when we don't understand or agree with His ways - is the only option we have to be scrubbed clean and set free from the burdens that have weighed down our spirit and separated us from falling into His open arms and knowing the full measure of LOVE He will pour out on our lives. 
Sin is muddy and over time it distorts our view of who He really is. The longer we wait to stand under His heavenly shower of forgiveness, the heavier our heart and the weight of shame we carry. He will forgive ALL your sins because He does not lie, so don't hide from Him anymore. 
Run to Him. He will catch you, He will heal your sorrow and your shame with the blood of His Son, and make you whiter than snow. 
Scrubbed clean. Redeemed and forgiven. And He will remember your sin no more. 

Is it time for some spiritual housekeeping?


Download the printable Scripture card and devotion HERE.

7 comments:

Melody said...

You write so beautifully, so eloquently, dear Jenny.

camp and cottage living said...

This is very inspiring, Jenny, and good advice too!

desertskyquilts said...

There's always room for improvement, I think. Good inspiration for a Sunday morning pondering. Thanks, Jenny!

Brenda said...

Jenny, How wonderfully you have brought the problem of studying and praying into the topic today. It is easy for each of us to lose ourselves in a daily routine without finding the necessary time to spend with our Lord and Saviour! I know that what you have written is something that I definitely need to do! Thank you for sharing with us and helping to lead us into a better relationship with our Lord and Saviour! Have a wonderful day Jenny!

Jackie said...

Thank you for such a beautiful post....

Sharon - creativity and family said...

I find that quiet time with the Lord and my bible so special now. There was a time when it was more of a duty but now it is food, I need it and I love it. I too have recently found myself spending the whole of my 'quiet time' just pondering two or three verses and it amazes me how much God can teach us through a few verses when we ask Him to open it up to our hearts. I love how the Lord uses you through these little posts. God Bless You Jenny. x

Pam said...

I love the verse Isaiah 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God" By meditating on His Word everyday I can more clearly hear that still small voice when He speaks to me and that way I am more in tune throughout the day when I feel that gentle nudge at my heart that says He wants to spend time with me! I love that the God of the universe wants to spend time with me.
Have a blessed day!