"We are what we repeatedly do, excellence therefore is not an act, but a habit."
Now that we have done the heavy duty work of spring cleaning we MUST come up with some good habits and routines to KEEP our hearts clean and fresh.
Just like with our houses, things will begin cluttering up again if we let it go.
We need to create practices that will keep us free of the clutter in our hearts.
Just like you notice your house is getting dirty when you see the fingerprints on the walls, or dust on the shelves or cobwebs forming in the corners....
There are warning signs for our soul house as well.
We need to recognize the "warning signs" that our soul houses
are getting messy.
Negativity, anxiety, worry, depression, irritability, bad attitude, frustration, bitterness, envy, jealousy....
You need to take time on a daily basis to maintain all the work you have achieved.
DAILY QUIET TIME
is one of the very best ways to accomplish this.
Schedule it in like you do other important things in your life.
What works is different for everyone, so you will need to find what works for you.
Also, what has worked for years may not be working anymore if you are finding yourself failing at finding the time, so re-evaluate to see what you can do differently.
When I was raising my children I had a practice of getting up early each morning to go for a quiet walk for a time of prayer and getting myself armed for the day.
Now I don't necessarily have to get up extra early because I no longer have kiddos that are distracting my days, but I have to be sure I do it first thing or I tend to let it slip.
While you are taking the quiet time...commit yourself to the day
and to the works God has for you.
Put on your armor....
Ephesians 6:11- 13
"Finally, my bretheren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
Put on the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood,
but against principalities,
against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God,
that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,
and having done all, to stand."
The word goes on to tell us to "gird our waist with truth
put on the breastplace of righteousness
shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace
above all taking the shield of faith with which you are able to
quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one
take the helmet of salvation
and the sword of the Spirit
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
being watchful to this end with all perseverence and supplication for all the saints.
You are fresh and clean now that you have taken the time and made the effort
to do a little spring cleaning.
You are sure to have a spring in your step and a smile on your face!
It feels good!
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ Jesus, He is a new creation; old things have passed away behold, all things have become new."
Thanks for going on this Spring Cleaning journey with me.
Love & Blessings!