Since my mom's passing, I have been hoping for a renewal of some sort, and am waiting. The word I have been given from Him is to make room in my home, mind, and heart for His plans. So my own personal resolutions this year have been to declutter my home, mind, and heart. The funny thing is, while organizing my home has always been a challenge for me, it is the decluttering of mind and heart that is truly troublesome. I CAN organize my home, with help from my dear husband who will move the furniture and reach the high cabinets for me (Poor Bob. He is a good man. Never once has he asked me why MY new year's resolution means he moves furniture and clears out the high shelves.) But the decluttering of my heart and mind are tasks that Bob can't help me with, and I CAN'T do on my own!
That's okay. I have the promise from Him that He will do the renewing of my heart and mind, if I consent, and I do!
2 Corinthians 5:17
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!
Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.
Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 6
Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. 7