How do I manage to do it? I live in a one hundred year old house with only one closet, and only chifforobes, and drawers to stash, cram, and sometimes fold my stuff! I spent the better part of the morning yesterday dividing said stuff into two piles, trash and GoodWill. My husband says I have a special arrangement with GoodWill; buy things to use, hang, or stash for a while, then return months later! I say it’s a win/win for GoodWill and exercise for me! I only shop in thrift stores, as the savings make me proud of my thriftiness, the variety is endless, and dancing in the aisles is permitted!

De-cluttering my hiding places follows my golden rule; if I haven’t used it in a year it goes out! Would that de-cluttering my mind, heart, and soul could be that easy! What if I could delve head first into my inner hiding places and remove those cluttering thoughts; rid myself of feelings I’ve stashed, crammed, and stuffed into my heart, mind, and soul, that serve no redeemable purpose-redeemed meaning: make amends for; to deliver from sin and its consequences? A rhetorical question that can be answered through Your example, Your Word, and Your guidance. Dear Lord … would that I follow it! 

It seems easy at the outset, yet some have been hidden for years, festering, infecting, polluting. I need de-cluttering, purging, and cleansing! My written conversations with You, my Dear Heavenly Father, help me tremendously they truly do! I see the screen before me filled with my ponderings; words truly appear before me, from whence they come only You know! I keep asking some of the same questions over and over again; surely the changes, transformations, will straighten out the folded, twisted, and useless.

I thank You, Dear Father, for Your patience with me! I thank You for Your presence, companionship, and tutelage! You alone will receive All Praise for the de-cluttering I so need! Bless You! Thank You! I love You!  Amen


Psalm 42:1-11  International Children’s Bible

42 A deer thirsts for a stream of water.
    In the same way, I thirst for You, God.
I thirst for the living God.
    When can I go to meet with Him?
Day and night, my tears have been my food.
People are always saying,
    “Where is your God?”
When I remember these things,
    I speak with a broken heart.
I used to walk with the crowd.
    I led the happy crowd to God’s Temple,
    with songs of praise.

Why am I so sad?
    Why am I so upset?
I should put my hope in God.
    I should keep praising Him,
My Savior and  my God.

I am very sad.
    So I remember You while I am in the land where the Jordan River begins.
I will remember You while I am near the Hermon mountains
    and on the mountain of Mizar.
Troubles have come again and again.
    They sound like waterfalls.
Your waves are crashing
    all around me.
The Lord shows his true love every day.
    At night I have a song,
    and I pray to my living God.
I say to God, my Rock,
    “Why have You forgotten me?
Why am I sad
    and troubled by my enemies?”
10 My enemies’ insults make me feel
    as if my bones were broken.
They are always saying,
    “Where is your God?”

11 Why am I so sad?
    Why am I so upset?
I should put my hope in God.
    I should keep praising Him,
    my Savior and my God.


As the Deer  A praise and worship song by Martin J. Nystrom in 1984

Refrain  You alone are my strength my shield to You alone may my spirit yield. You alone are my heart’s desire and I long to worship Thee.    

Verse 1
As the deer panteth for the water
So my soul longeth after Thee
You alone are my heart’s desire
And I long to worship Thee   Refrain

Verse 2
You’re my friend
And You are my brother
Even though You are a King
I love You more than any other
So much more than anything   Refrain

Verse 3
I want You more than gold
Or silver
Only You can satisfy
You alone are the real joygiver
And the apple of my eye   Refrain





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