Spring Cleaning: Purging Our Homes and Our Hearts
Ahhhh. Spring. Does anyone else get an itch to not only clean everything in sight, but also to get rid of ALL THE THINGS as soon as March and April roll around? I'm suddenly tired of all of the "hygge vibes" and want everything to feel as fresh, clean, open, and simple as possible. I want to paint everything white and suddenly become a true minimalist (which I, unashamedly, am not).
...I want to BREATHE DEEPLY.
That's what Spring Cleaning really does in us, isn't it? That's what causes the itch - the need to be able to breathe in deeply and feel refreshed and full of life.
This year, I've been realizing that Lent has the same effect on our souls. We purge the unnecessary things in order to find space again. These things aren't even bad, just unnecessary. And in return, our souls have more room to breathe, more room to move and dance and enjoy life. More importantly, more room to enjoy God. It's like our souls are suddenly free of the heavy boots and cumbersome winter coats and thick scarves that we use to cover ourselves without even noticing. Our internal clutter is cleared away and the corners of our hearts are cleaned. Suddenly, we have room to breathe in deeply and with that comes more filling of the Holy Spirit.
If you haven't celebrated Lent before, that's ok. You can do this any time of the year. ;) Here are some practicals for clearing away our internal clutter that we practice here at Beholden.
3 Practices for Quieting and Clearing your Soul:
- Morning Quiet: We love to sit in silence with the Lord in the morning, even if just for 10 minutes. Before the kids wake up, before the world starts talking and the hustle begins. We usually make our coffee first ;), but other than that it's just us and the Lord - communing together in total silence. We might mention some gratitude for the coming day, but that's about it. It's solely about communion with the One whom our souls love.
- Evening Meditation: We don't remember where we learned this or what type of Christian meditation this technically is, but we love it. Before bed, go back through your entire day in your mind's eye. During this process, first thank the Lord for every little blessing that you missed. After that, repent of any sins that you committed. We've found that in doing this, we recognize that we are far more self-centered and judgmental than we would ever want to admit. But realizing and repenting of that has been SO beautiful!
- Fasting: Take some time to ask the Lord if there is anything that is stealing your attention away from Him. If there is, fast it for a season! Whether it be a form of food, Netflix, shopping, music, podcasts...ANYTHING that steals our attention away from Him. 1 Corinthians 10:23 tells us that all things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. Let's commit to being followers of Jesus that desire our lives to be filled with the things that are beneficial to building our relationships with the Lord and building the Kingdom!
These are just a few of our favorites! We'd love to hear from you if there are other things that you find help in your own spring cleaning of the soul!