It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Week 2 Day 1 - Summer Bible Study

Our Minds are like crows. They pick up everything that glitters, no matter how uncomfortable our nests get with all that metal in them.
Thomas Merton

We are constantly trying to get rid of physical clutter in our lives. The basket of mail, the desk top, the messy house. We put things away and before we know it --everything is cluttered up again.

Our spirituality gets cluttered too. So many kinds of inner clutter. Anxiety, resentment, self-pity, mistrust, useless fears, have to's and want to's. Anything that keeps us from being aware of what God is offering, is clutter. Even things like knowledge, success, beauty and pleasure can be clutter when we seek these things and they take over our inner life. If my agenda takes over, there is not much room left for God's plans.

Sort through and discard what needs to go.

Scripture: Matthew 6: 19-21
For where your treasure is, there you heart will be also.

The inner clutter that I find the most difficult to discard is my feelings of failure. I never feel like what I do is good enough. I find dealing with the put downs of others very hurtful and burdensome. I'm too fat, I'm too foolish, I'm too ... I need to let it go--empty it out and let God fill me with His love. Just like a cold cup of coffee, we pour it out and fill it up again with some good steaming brew.

May I walk into this day with a deeper awareness of God 's light -
showing me the way.
Day by day I will discard one piece of unnecessary clutter. It takes time to empty what it has taken a life time to collect.
'On Ya' - ma

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