Feb 06 - Clean House + Clean Heart

As Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I am reminded of stories of couples carving their name + their loved one’s name on the outside of a tree to represent the two belonging together.  February is a celebration of love, romance, and hearts.  What would our lives be like if we combined our desires and goals for a clean house with a desire for clean heart?

The Psalmist King David wrote:  “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Psalm 51:10).  We may or may not need assistance with cleaning our homes, but we must have assistance with cleaning our hearts.  God is the only one that can truly help us have a clean heart.  We just need to sincerely ask Him to clean our hearts.  Let us look at a few other things scripture has to say about our hearts.

“A heart at peace gives life to the body” (Proverbs 14:30)

“A happy heart makes the face cheerful” (Proverbs 15:13)

“the cheerful heart has a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15)

“A cheerful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22)

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh”. (Ezekiel 36:26)

 As we focus on cleaning our homes, let us also focus on cleaning our hearts.  As we purge the clutter, the dirt, and unwanted things in our homes let us ask God to apply this to our hearts.   The peace and freedom that comes from a clean home, is even more prevalent with a clean heart.


 TIP: One way to celebrate Valentine’s Day with our loved ones with a focus on hearts is to make a heart shaped cake or quiche.   This is a fun project that can be done with your kids.   Use any recipe that calls for a 9” x 13” cake pan or two round or two square cake pans.  Pour half of your recipe in a 9” square pan and half into a 9” round cake pan.  Bake per instructions.  Once baked, cut the round  in half.  Remove your cake or quiche from the pans.  Position the square as a diamond on your serving board; then place each of the two halves of the round cake or quiche on the top two sides of the diamond.  Decorate with icing, cheese, etc. and enjoy!!!


Jan 26 - Get Rid of That Excess Weight

As we begin another New Year many of us, once again, make New Year’s Resolutions.  One of the top resolutions is to lose weight.  What about instead of focusing on losing just body weight, we set out to also lose other types of weight?  How about shedding the excess clutter and baggage in our homes, as well as in our lives?  The Lord said:  “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light”. (Matthew 11:30)

Why do we keep holding on to those things that are not edifying in our lives?  We have so much clutter and unnecessary things in our homes that we are consumed by them.  So much valuable time is wasted in shopping for more.  Why are we never content with what we already have?  We waste so much time looking for things that should be easily found.  We fall deeper into debt and the burden of paying our bills becomes even a larger stress factor in our lives.  And then, of course, we have to attempt to maintain the mountain of things we accumulated.

Why not instead de-clutter and be thankful and content with what we already have?  Why not simplify our lives to allow us to spend our time on much more positive things like our families, friends, neighbors, others in need, and most importantly our time with God.

We also hold on to the clutter in our minds, such as negativity, unforgiveness, and even bitterness.  Imagine what it would be like to live a stress free life without all this excess.  Let this year be a new beginning of letting go of the things, thoughts, and attitudes that bog us down.  “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you”. (I Peter 5:7).

Let us ask the Lord, Jesus, for His contentment and help to get rid of the excess weight.  “But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (I Timothy 6:6-8)

Wishing You A CONTENTED New Year!