Well, spring is here! The sun is shining here in Ohio but it still feels like fall in April! The birds are singing praises to God, which lifts my spirits most days as I sit by the window anticipating 80 degree weather. Just as the seasons are changing, my life has changed so much since I’ve shared on this platform. I’ve had so many health challenges. Honestly, I’ve battled sickness a large portion of my married life. But God healed me multiple times and I’m anticipating the same results this time around!
During this time of year I have the urge to spring clean and create a fresh start. I’ve spent the last few weeks organizing my drawers and closets, donating and selling gently used items, removing clutter all around. While spring cleaning is commonly associated with cleaning one’s home, it can also be applied to our spiritual journey. In the same way our homes become disorganized and cluttered, our hearts can do the same and we may lose sight of what is important and stray away from spiritual discipline.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James 4:8
In my current season of health challenges, I’ve found myself in a rut because my my mind wants to do one thing but my body refuses and depression has been a constant, unwanted companion. So I needed a spiritual detox! I decided to join a diabetes support group, which has been pivotal. I was trying to manage my emotional stress on my own but I was not progressing. I finally realized I do not have to go about the spiritual or mental cleaning process alone. When we bring our burdens to the Lord, He walks alongside us. Through Him, we can become clean again and find forgiveness. In addition, reading His Word can help us become stronger in our faith. According to Psalm 119:105, the Word acts as a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. What I am most happy about is that, through this group, I am encouraging others by sharing JESUS with them.
So, during this season of spring cleaning, I encourage you to renew your mind and draw closer to Him. Your struggle may not be illness, it could be parenting, finances etc. Whatever the stronghold is that causes you to shift your focus from God to your struggle, I want to encourage you to go back to your first love and spend quality time in prayer and in God’s Word. Maybe it’s even time for you to consider joining a support group, so you can get realigned and live in a way that is honorable to God.
Until next time- please leave a comment or prayer request. I would like to know if this short entry has blessed you and also how I can stand in faith with you. Remember we overcome by the word of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony.