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Clean Your Room

Our children’s rooms are usually a wreck.

In fact, if FEMA were called, I’m quite sure it would be declared a major disaster area.

They do try to clean them, but of course, it’s never to the level of clean I prefer. I’ve told them they would feel better about themselves if they were more organized and took the time to keep their rooms tidy. To them, it’s just another crazy mom-ism used to “trick” them into keeping their rooms clean.

Recently, I started noticing a change in my daughter. One day she decided to deep clean her room (likely because she was tired of listening to me fuss about it). Once she finished cleaning, and after my thorough white-glove inspection, I was so impressed with the difference. I praised her for the great job she did. I was truly proud of her, but in the back of my mind and based on the past, I reluctantly expected this would be short-lived.

I was wrong. 

She kept it clean. Not only that, but her attitude changed, and she felt so much better.

The more I thought about her messy room, the more it reminded me of how we hold onto the mess in our own lives. We become so busy or lazy or just not care at all.  We will find any excuse in the world to not deep clean our own lives. We continue to let the mess pile up to the point that we become overwhelmed. 

I’ve lived in my mess for so many years it felt impossible to become clean again. Fed up and at the end of my rope, I had to try something new. 

Psalm 55:22 tells us to cast our burdens to the Lord and he will sustain us.

1 Peter 5:6-7 said if we humble ourselves and cast our anxieties on Him, He will lift us up.

What wonderful news!  He is there with us in our mess if we call on Him, and this is the first step to a REAL deep clean.

However, when I slack at reading my Bible or praying, the mess starts to pile up. Sometimes the pile is so overwhelming, I just want to give up.  I must become clean each day by turning to Jesus. 

Because of the grace of God, we do not have to face this mess alone.  He is always there to help. His love never ceases, and His mercies are limitless (Lamentations 3:22). 

Just as my daughter initially deep cleaned her room, she continues to maintain it. She had to make this a habit.  Before, she would get fed up, dwell in her mess, and start feeling like a complete failure again.  Instead, let’s ask God every day to create in us a clean heart (Psalm 51:10). Scripture tells us we must be born again and be made new (John3:3) (2 Corinthians 5:17). This is only possible because of the love and sacrifice of Jesus Christ. 

I encourage you not to dwell in your mess any longer. Let’s not stay in the bondage of our sin. Trust in the Lord that He has made a new way for us. He leads us through the harsh wilderness and brings us out of desolation (Isaiah 43:19-19).

He has redeemed us, renewed us, and made us a new creation.

Let’s go clean our rooms.  You will realize that you feel better being in a relationship with Christ. You will feel clean.

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