1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
Thought for the Day: What can bring you peace today?
Many years passed after my mother passed away before I could begin going through her things, sixteen years to be exact. She passed away and my father gave me many boxes of her things and I put them in my attic. A year later, we moved and the boxes went with us to a new place in the corner of another attic. As time went by, more and more “other stuff” was placed in front of that corner and I could not even get to her things. Before we moved two months ago, I had all of the boxes brought down from the attic where I could go through them. It was a daunting task, but ended up being a blessing. As I opened boxes, I opened memories. I opened memories of my mother, my brothers, my daddy, and memories of my childhood. The task was huge as I knew I had to give away or throw away most of what I had. Surprisingly, I enjoyed the time. When I pulled an item out of a box, I looked at it and remembered. I remembered in my mind events and times the item was used or played with. Then, I took a picture of the item and placed it either in the throw away pile or the give away pile. Only a few items were packed to move with us to our new home.
My husband is still going back to that house as he continues his daunting task of going through items preparing the house to sell. As he watched me go through the boxes, he said he heard me giggling and laughing, and often whimpering as I had special memories. Then, he saw me take pictures of the items and then place them in the throw away or give away piles. It touched him that after my time, throwing away much, I seemed happy and filled with joy. My time “with my mother” brought me great memories and gave me joy. I realized when I was finished that I didn’t need the things, I just needed the memories. What a blessing!
Today, I am still happy and still feel joy when I think about that huge task that I challenged myself to finish. It took three days of constant work, but I made it through all of the boxes. I threw away a lot, packed up a little, and gave away much. Today I look back over the 16 years, those years when I kept saying, “I have to go through my mother’s things” but I kept putting it off. There was a part of me that always felt guilty that her things were in the attic and that I was too overwhelmed to begin going through them. Today, I feel a peace, a true peace that the task in now behind me. I Corinthians 14:33 says, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace”. I feel peace.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for bring us times of peace when we have decluttered something in our lives and have felt peace and joy in our hearts. Be with us as we declutter other areas of our lives, such as an anxious heart, because you have shown us that we should feel peace. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those Decluttering