I spent Labor Day cleaning. A labor of love. We got back from Nebraska after a short trip to see Lisa's family on Sunday...spent the rest of the day resting and got up Monday in a house cleaning mood.
Danny started out helping vacuuming and moving furniture in the front room yesterday morning while I did laundry and cleaned on the dining room. I shampooed carpets in both rooms and furniture rearranged in both rooms. Where does all the dust come from? A highway runs by, not a dirt or gravel road, we have had the air on and the house closed up most of the summer but I am constantly dusting. I know part has been from the remodel in the kitchen and bathroom...which both are slowly progressing. I am so ready to be done with both. I want instant gratification. (note to self...pray again for more patience.)
Danny delivered some of his watermelons to his good friends from his job that he retired from and then he got home in time to help me put the furniture back in the dining room and the next thing I know, he is loading up more melons to take to some neighbors and friends. He loves to share his watermelon crop.
After doing the chores and taking a shower, I sat down in my recliner and did a little facebooking, reading some blogs and felt very contented to have two rooms of my house clean from top to bottom.
I also know that I need to clean my heart and mind. I feel so contented when I am in The Word.
I thank God that I had the health, the energy to clean our home and that I am blessed to have this sweet old farmhouse. I give thanks for the many blessings that He has given us and ask that he opens my heart to share with others that might have a need that I can share with them. I ask him to give me patience and energy to finish all the kitchen and bathroom. I give thanks for the rain we received and continue to pray for rain to fill the ponds. I pray that we will have enough hay to feed and nourish the animals this winter. I ask daily for God to bless this home and farm. I ask God to be with Donnis and John, both battling cancer. I pray that God will give them and their loved ones peace.
In all things I pray in Jesus Name,
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
- Hebrews 10:22
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. (NIV)
Spiritual cleansing requires deep cleaning -- it is housekeeping that goes beyond what others see and hear. It's a cleansing from within -- inside and out. As your heart gets clean, your language should follow. This is not just talking about bad language, but also negative talk and pessimistic thoughts that contradict the Word of God and faith. This includes the challenge to stop complaining.
- Luke 6:45
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. (NIV)
- Philippians 2:14
Do everything without complaining or arguing... (NIV)
- Removing the garbage from our minds. Garbage in equals garbage out. We must feed our minds and spirits the Word of God instead of the garbage of this world.
- Romans 12:2
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)
- 2 Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)