Friday, September 23, 2011

Weekend Bliss: The PURGE

Thank you all so much for praying yesterday ~ God honors prayer and we experienced showers of his peace throughout the day.  Our little one did well during the testing, but had a rough night with high fevers and some breathing issues.  We are continuing to lift her up as we wait for the MRI results (hopefully early to mid next week).  So grateful for each of you!

For the weekend...

This is my public commitment to the anonymous blog world:

My family will be making one trip per week to the local hospice thrift store with no less than 3 large bags of donations from our home for a minimum of one month.

We have accumulated a ridiculous amount of “stuff”…there is no other way to say it. We are busting at the seams, cabinets too full to be organized, and a garage with a pile larger than the van who wishes it could be parked there. It could be described as sad, lazy, or as my husband like to put it…just plain gross!

It has become difficult to teach our children the discipline of organization and tidiness when areas of our home demonstrate exactly the opposite! How can I ask them to pick up their rooms when behind the closed doors our master bedroom has a pile in 3 of its 4 corners?

How can we hold them to a standard that we ourselves are not living by?

This very sad and humbling realization has motivated us to de-clutter and purge.

And there are so many good and moral reasons beyond just living in a neater space…contentment being a huge one. The heart will always strive for more until we train it to be satisfied with less. But first we have to make the “less” a reality. So here we go…

Our weekends will begin with a trip to our small dairy to pick up our milk, say hello to our friendly cows and thank them for their bounty. Then home to sort and bag up the surplus, while we talk about the clutter that crowds the good out of our home and hearts.

We need space in our hearts to see, hear, and most importantly store God’s truth.

Proverbs 3:1
My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart.

There will be no room for God’s righteous Words to enter if it already full with things that are not from Him!

Proverbs 2:10

For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Care to join us? Any Purging in your family's home or hearts that need to take place?

Post your family’s commitment here and we’ll do this together!


  1. HAHA I feel exactly the same way!!! I just got rid of 4 large, black trash bags FULL of stuff. Feels so good!:) Jaime

  2. What a great realization to come to: that you cannot hold your children to standards that you are not demonstrating yourself. There are areas in my home that are well purged, and still a few others that need to be purged, but that I have been procrastinating on. May I choose to start in again and follow to completion in His timing! :)Maureen

  3. We've been purging for weeks, Jen. Garage sale this weekend AND the closest hospice thrift store has been blessed by several van/truck loads of donations. It is so freeing. I am almost ready to take on the attic. Scary, but it is time.