I’m still here…….

Oh my!   It’s been quite some time since I posted anything  here on my blog.   My last post was when I just discovered that I had pneumonia way back in November.   It took me quite a few weeks to recover from that and then there was the busy few weeks over the Christmas period.    Then came the long dark days of January and, quite unusually for me,  I think if I’m honest I felt a little depressed,  but I’m happy to say that I am now fully recovered.  

We have even seen the sun here in Scotland in the last couple of days, a little!   And despite it being cold, sunshine always has the effect of lifting the spirits.   There is a definite feeling that Spring may be just around the corner after all,  I have a sudden urge to de-clutter and do some long needed cleaning around the house. 

daffodils  

This, I have decided, is going to be the year of new beginnings …..  New beginning number one …  after some conversations over the last couple of months which centred around us deciding that our home decor was in need of a bit ‘freshing up’  dear hubby has already started the task of  painting. 

I have been assigned the job of stripping some very old wallpaper off the living room walls.  I can’t say I’m looking forward to it as I’m not sure what I will find, there may be holes or decay or even dampness  in the plaster beneath that really needs to be fixed but we won’t know until we strip away the accumulated coats of paint.  We have lived in this house for almost 10 years, the paper was on the walls when we arrived and we have painted it at least twice in that time,  I don’t know how often it may have been painted before.

That set me thinking, our spiritual lives can be a bit like that too.   The decay of bad attitudes or long held grudges can get buried under a protective coating too and it’s often easy to keep a veneer in place so that others don’t see what is really going on in our hearts.  

Spring is a good time to de-clutter to get rid of all the baggage, material and emotional, that is hindering us from moving forward and living life to the full.  So whether you need to sort out your physical space so that you can use your home more fruitfully …… who wants to invite friends round when you have to clear a seat from them to sit in!    Or whether you need to de-clutter your inner life so that you can live the life God intended for you.  Give it a bit of thought. 

What will the coming promise of Spring inspire you to do?

If you need some help to get started here are a couple of suggestions:              Physical clutter … click the link to Flylady’s website she has great ideas for organising your home     http://www.flylady.net/

Spiritual clutter … try reading Joyce Meyer’s book   ‘100 Ways to Simplify Your Life’

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