This is part two of a three-part series about creating white space in our homes and our lives. You can find the first post here.
Last week, I shared a bit about how I repurposed my “junk/project” room into a creativity space.
Purging stuff from our homes can become addictive. At least for me. As I worked through the things in my “creativity nook,” joy infiltrated my spirit. There is something about opening up space that opens up breathing room in my spirit.
I have been thinking about this whole white space concept for my spirit too. It’s one thing to purge in our homes. It’s another to purge within ourselves. How do we clean out the noisy spaces inside us?
I’m going to get a little nosy today. I’ll ask for forgiveness in advance. If these words hit a nerve, stop and ask God to show you what He wants you to see.
Please know that I am asking myself these same questions. I’m the last one to point fingers at these tender issues we each deal with.
How many of us run around all day long, doing things, making appointments, shuttling kids from one activity to the next, and filling every spare moment of our time?
If this is something you tend to do, ask God to show you what drives you to stay so busy. If you’re really brave, ask Him to strip away any excuses you’re using to justify this pattern in your life. What need are you trying to fill by staying busy? Or, are you hiding from something?
Not that having a full schedule is a bad thing. It’s just that if we stay overly busy for too long, we burn out. Become worn down.
When we don’t have white space in our days, the noise of too much activity makes us deaf to the Lord’s promptings. To hearing the words and directions He wants to share with us.
When we’re too busy to engage with Him we run on our own strength, and we will wear out. Not “If”, but “When.” It will happen.
Psalm 90:12—“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
When we are intentional about how we spend our days, we gain wisdom. We also open up white space in our minds and hearts.
What stuff in our hearts have we held onto that we no longer need?
Are we clinging to unforgiveness like some kind of life line? Do we justify certain words and actions because we have held onto a past offense?
Let’s get honest. Unforgiveness only leads to bitterness. And bitterness leads to all kinds of destruction . . . physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
What about wounds that have been pricked, scratched, reopened, and bruised over the years? I’m working my way through some of these. Maybe it’s time to hand our hurts over to God and let His healing begin within us.
It takes humility to admit to God that we haven’t trusted Him with these wounds. Either we’ve doubted He could heal, or we’ve been afraid that He would do so in a way we didn’t want.
When we choose to trust God with the stuff in our hearts, He’s faithful to remove the piled up clutter from past hurts. He works with the hands of a loving Father.
How many of us have avoided doing something because we were afraid? I’m raising my hand here. Fear has held me captive for too long.
Fear of rejection.
Fear that I wasn’t good enough.
Fear that I wouldn’t be able to do that thing I desperately wanted to do.
Someone defined fear as:
When we base our decisions on fear, our minds become cluttered with lies and half-truths. Fear films our eyes with a filter that tells us we can’t do it. Fear deceives us into thinking doing “that thing” is all on our shoulders.
We forget that God gives us dreams, callings, responsibilities. But, He also enables us to fulfill them, when we walk with Him.
And just like when waves crash on rocks and dissipate, our fear will evaporate when we think on God’s truth.
2 Timothy 1:7—“He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.”
Cling to this truth. God has given us power. He has given us love. And He has given us a sound mind.
A sound mind is not clouded by fear.
It is solid in its beliefs and about Who empowers us. We need to trade in fear for trusting God.
There may be more things occupying the shelves of our internal closets, so let’s consider those next week.
What about you? What Bible verses help you keep fear in check? What helps you to keep your schedule in balance? Or do you?