Women of a New Season: Time to clean your spiritual house


Deuteronomy 23: 14:  Because the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and to give up your enemies before you, therefore your camp must be holy, so that he may not see anything indecent among you and turn away from you.

Lately I’ve been trying to get organized to “clean my camp” so to speak.  My house has so much that has accumulated over the years that I need to pare down my “stuff.”  Too many sweaters, too many shoes, too many knickknacks. As I look at the task before me it seems overwhelming.  It makes my house feel cluttered and that causes unrest in my spirit believe it or not.   Do I think this natural clutter is a sin? No, I’m not a hoarder, it’s simply a matter of downsizing houses while keeping most of the “stuff” that fit perfectly in a bigger house.

As I thought about this, I began to realize that our spiritual life can be that way.  Too many things on our spiritual plate.  It gets overwhelming, so we have to reorganize. We have to declutter every aspect of our lives.

 At any given time, I have 3 to 5 books on my nightstand that I’m reading.  I used to read for pleasure, but now that I’m pastoring a church alone, I haven’t the time for pleasure reading, and that isn’t good either.  We need time to relax.  

So, along with my list to pare down the “stuff” in my house, I’m also going to work on my spiritual “stuff.” Maybe some of you feel this way too.  When I lost my husband, my workload doubled, because now it was all mine to deal with, and that isn’t fun. This includes my spiritual camp and my natural camp.  I don’t want to be displeasing to God by being a Martha and being too busy, I want to be able to read some good fiction, take a long walk, do the writing I so love, as well as keep up with my home and especially my spiritual obligations, which have never felt like a chore to me.

Once we pare down our load, we are free to do more for God, and free to do more for ourselves. So, as I always do, I’ve made my lists, where to start and so on.  I can remember the freedom of not feeling burdened with the mundane pieces of life that we must all deal with. I want that feeling back.

When your house is neat, when you can find things in your closet or drawers. When everything has a place and is in that place, your spiritual man within is more at peace.  You have more clarity of thought. You don’t misplace things as easily and you even sleep better.

Our spiritual minds are like that.  Clean them out.  Sort them, toss out those things that overwhelm you.  Stop watching the news so much, drop that show on TV that flaunts lifestyles you know aren’t pleasing to God. If you feel convicted about a thing or action, heed that feeling, stop and walk away from it.  This includes negative people, when you hang around them a lot, they sap your spiritual energy.  Choose your friends carefully.

It’s time to make more room for God in our lives, and also more time for our own personal lives.  Let’s start cleaning our camp.  Until next time!

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