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Organizing the Inside – Day 318 Her Light Does Not Go Out

17She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks. 18She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. Proverbs 31:17, 18 (NIV)

Are you passionate about God’s gifts and calling? Are you excited to wake up early each day and make progress toward fulfilling God’s plan and purpose for your life? The truth is that many Christian women never live up to their God-given potential in Christ. Many never tap into the drive and commitment it takes to follow their dreams. Oh yes! I believe without a doubt, your dreams, potential, talents, abilities, gifts and skills are each locked in as part of God’s big picture plan for your life.

What keeps your light from going out at night? What drives you? In the still of the night, what does your heart want to know and do? Are you determined to say yes to God’s plan?  Are you enthusiastic about the vision He gave? Your light not going out at night is not about exchanging needed sleep for a few more hours of work, not really. Your light not going out at night is more about the desire that keeps you productive as you live out the will of God for your life. Even through the night, the excitement and enthusiasm for God fills your life with hope and direction. Productive and profitable, God wants your work to glorify Him. Starting today, embrace your purpose in a way that keeps your light burning through the night. There is an entire body of believers who need exactly what you have been given to share.

Organizing the Inside – Day 234 Is The Past Holding You Back?

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)

Clutter and disorganization, an outward manifestation of an inward condition.
Have you ever taken a closet inventory and wanted to scream? Not your spiritual closet, let’s not go that deep just yet. I’m talking about your clothes closet. While helping a client recently, I could see how she felt tied to her past. The longer we worked on getting her closet organized, the more I came to realize that she was deeply attached to her stuff. God revealed to me that the reason for her sadness was due to her recent downsizing. She hadn’t fully accepted that her new home was not as grand and spacious as before. She seemed desperate to go back to what she felt was better times. I saw in her the same common denominator among many who have too much stuff.  She couldn’t get excited about her new closet, because she was stuck trying to hold on to the past. So it is with many Christian women who can’t get excited about what God is doing right now and in the future; they are too consumed with the past.

God wants us to put our stuff in proper perspective.
Realize that having emotional attachments to things is not what God intended. Once you lose your focus, the pursuit of things often becomes the “why” behind what you do. Even those things that have sentimental value sometimes keep us holding on to the past. Consider the real reason you have old greeting cards, clothes that you no longer can wear, or that special something that you absolutely refuse to let go of. Challenge yourself to put your stuff in its proper place. Clutter can keep you from achieving God’s righteous purpose. Whether your clutter is physical, mental or spiritual God has called us to live a life of simplicity. Clutter can hold you back from reaching your goals. Old relationships, memories and things can keep you from being productive. God wants your life to be free from bondage, of any kind. Find ways to embrace something new; it begins when you let go of the past.

If you are stuck, here’s a list of my favorite
21 Fearless Questions Every Christian Woman Must Ask Herself.

Day 46- A Simple Act of Kindness

The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”  ~Matthew 11:19

In my work I spend a great deal of time convincing women that to live a simplified life, they must let go of the things that clutter.  Whether mental, spiritual, emotional or physical, many women have too much stuff cluttering their lives and as a result are often unhappy and unfulfilled.  I teach women that having too many things on their schedules is a huge part of why they’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated.

Today, I was gently reminded by the Holy Spirit that what appears wrong at first glance may be the very thing we need.  While it seems counterproductive to add to an already full schedule,  it’s about the results that come from what you add.  It is our love that compels us to give, and there is no need to hold back when we know that God is love.

Random acts of kindness often bring about more fulfillment than marking a long-term achievement.  Surprising someone with a simple, yet unexpected demonstration of love,  fills your heart with a remarkably fresh sense of usefulness. Try planning just one quick random act of kindness, not only will your heart smile each time you recall your recipient’s reaction, but you’ll leave them wondering… how peculiar.  Be ready to explain when asked, “What is this unusual joy you seem to have?”

Feeling a little off today?  Check your fruit basket; sharing God’s love is an awesome way to change your mood while brightening someone’s day.  Also read Galatians 5:22