Monday, August 11, 2008

Cleaning Off the Shelves

In preparation for my first semester of college, which starts on the 25th, I've been cleaning out my room. I want to have plenty of room for BOOKS, and I also want to start the year in an organized fashion.

So today I cleaned off my bookshelves and re-organized my closet. I threw out some junk, and packed away lots of old books...Nancy Drew, Elsie Dinsmore, Boxcar Children, Little House...:-( It's almost hilarious how much shelf space I had after putting those books away! Aren't my shelves beautiful?!?!

All that cleaning reminds me of how I need to ask God to clean out the junk that's in my heart. I know that I must not become complacent in my spiritual walk; if I want to stay close to God and bring glory to Him, I must allow God to scrape out all of the "gunk." I've seen a lot of "gunk" and "junk" in my heart lately. Even though I can become overwhelmed by all the stuff I need to work on, I'm also grateful for this evidence of the Holy Spirit in my life. I'm grateful that He's shown me my faults, and that I know what I need to work on.

Just like cleaning off my shelves enabled me to use the space more efficiently, allowing God to clean out my sin-filled heart allows me to be more powerfully used by God. Isn't that so cool?

Psalm 139:23-24~"Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way."


Meshaay said...

That's a great analogy!

Laney said...

Wow! Your shelves and your desk look AMAZING! Doesn't it feel so good to finally be done?! That is a great analogy! I am going to save that one! Have a good week!

Maddie said...

In still can't get over how incredibly cute your blog is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love always,

Julia said...

I love your shelves! And the green walls. :) :) And I loved Nancy Drew and the Boxcar children too when I was younger!! :) :)

Your blog is TOO CUTE!

I finally finished my biblically feminine post, if you're interested.


Anna said...

What a good analogy... I need to work on a little of both right now. :)

Maddie said...

Don't you just love new school year cleaning!:)

Love always,

SSA said...

Yes, wonderful analogy. The Lord certain has been many things to clean our of my heart. I must willing to open it up first though.

Your room looks great, and many the Lord continue to dejunk your heart!

Sara said...

Ooohh, I love that analogy! Sometimes I try to pretend that there is no sin in my heart, that I'm doing just fine. I guess it's hard for me to admit that there IS a problem and I need to confess it to God.
I hope you have a wonderful year at college! I have to start cleaning my shelves for some of my college books too. I'm starting 3 days after you. Do you have a major yet?