SPRING CLEANING, GETTING RID OF THE CLUTTER, REORGANIZE AND PLAN
Published by Deborah Negron M.A.
March 30, 2021
So, soon enough will be be in the process of Spring Cleaning.
You know the time of year when we take room by room. We de clutter. We throw away old things. We revamp the foyer. We get to the high corners of the home and make sure we dust off the areas we do not always get to.
We clean out the basement. We organize and set goals for maintaining our homes.
Well, this brings me to thinking about two areas of our lives we so often neglect.
Let’s be real.
We mom’s take care of everything in the home and the kids. We may even check the pantry for old cans or outdated foods.
But how many of us take Care of Our Bodies?
Its time for that Check up.
Its time to get your blood work in.
Check for these Levels.
HEMOGLOBIN- FERRITIN are affected by your Iron levels.
These help us transport oxygen throughout
Not Enough – Iron can cause weakness, lethargy, low energy, respiratory problems etc.
It can also cause Brain Fog.
So Important for our Bodies. It is a nutrient that helps keep the nerves and blood cells functioning at their best.
Vitamin B12 works with Iron to prevent Anemia. It is related to not having enough red blood cells to help carry oxygen through the body.
A lack of it can cause lack of memory retention and lower test and response results on tests. It helps us think better, and helps our focus.
Is necessary for Bone strength and for mental stability. It has been called the “Sunshine Vitamin”. It enables us to have healthy skin and bones. It helps the heart function well and helps to boost our mood. Deficits of it can bring a Depressed outlook and a sense of being disoriented.
Exercise and Sunshine
These go hand in hand. Walking in the sunshine can strengthen bones, muscles, the heart, and help the Vitamin D production in the body. This helps us absorb Calcium. We need this to have strong bones for a lifetime.
Movement brings us a sense of well being. Taking walks, dancing, riding a bike, swimming, hiking, can all help keep us healthy.
We can revamp our closet. Change colors and bring about some outward and physical changes that can give a boost of energy and a sense of well being. Changing our diet and our water intake can also help. We can also get some rest time in. Making time to rest from the hurried life we often lead can do wonders for us.
Eating properly and taking a Multivitamin, exercise and enough rest can do wonders for our focus, direction and to help us perform the duties of life well.
There are Some Other things we Overlook.
Our Personal Walk of Faith
How often do we…
Sit and read the Word of God.
Is it part of our Daily Routine?
How often do we share Conversations of our Faith with others?
How often do we Pray and have a consistent communication with the Lord?
All these are as essential to our Daily Lives as The Oxygen we breathe and the Food we eat.
This is not some new Doctrine. It is quite simple.
The more we are engaged in an activity, the more grounded we become in the ability to perform in it. Exercise, practice, continuity all produce progress, growth and stability.
No rocket science here.
This is to say, as we form new habits for health and longevity we better our outcomes. We need to form new habits of setting apart time to spend with the Lord.
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. Psalm 119:105
Jesus spent time away from the crowds and his disciples. He set apart time to pray to the Father.
As our greatest example, He himself took the time necessary to build on his relationship with the Father.
When we seek the Lord and know his word, we empower ourselves with the knowledge of that word.
When life comes with the troubles that we all face, we are better equipped to navigate the storms. We understand that, “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
When we know the Lord and his word we are able to practice the things that draw us to a stability based on our faith in Christ Jesus.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
We seek Him first and he provides for us. We see that the Lord is able to carry us through the days and comfort us in each moment in life.
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
Matthew 6:28-31, 33
When we have an active thought of Spring Cleaning this year, Let’s also consider what we can do to energize our commitment to Christ.
For some a new devotional book might help. For others a specific time to set aside to communicate and spnd with the Lord is key.
Still for some it also helps to take out time in fellowship with other believers. During this past year of a pandemic, many have been isolated and away from a church fellowship. Ways to share faith have become more difficult for some people.
It’s time to make those faith connections. Build on those conversations that help us refocus, reorganize and revamp our commitment to Jesus.
We can do this: perhaps buying a new Bible or participation in an online Bible plan may be a good option. Reading a Christian book and sharing that with others may be an option. Such as a book club.
Let’s revamp our faith this Spring. Let us take care of our bodies. Let’s take care of our souls. Then we will be better equipped to handle the rest of those things we must take care of.
Spring Cleaning can be a time of not only projects for the home improvements, it can be time to improve our hearts and souls too.
Perhaps starting a Family Bible Plan together may be a great option.
Perhaps calling those friends who lift up our faith can help us in this time of taking out the cobwebs and cleaning the closets. We can also restore our hearts and give a new purpose to our faith walk too.
Just in time for the Week we Celebrate Our Lord’s Resurrection we can also see the Tomb is empty.
We can have our thoughts on what matters not only here and now, but in eternity.
Happy Holy Week. May the God of Order, order our steps and our times so that we can be Lights that shine for the His Glory to a dark world.