“Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.” Daniel 9:3
Most everyone’s answer to the question, “How are you?” is “Busy!” That may be the cultural norm but I cannot operate that way everyday or I suffer in all the areas that end with “-ally” physically, mentally, spiritually. I seem to have a disorder again clutter and chaos. I cannot operate well when I am in a room that is cluttered or messy. I feel stress and agitation. I feel this same way when my life gets too busy and chaotic.
I remember as a teenager, reading a magazine, I saw an add for Noxzema face cream. (If you grew up in that time, did you just instantly remember the smell of that stuff?) I remember seeing the add and my attention drew to how her room was decorated. Her bookshelf was clutter free and clean. Of course, that was not real life, but it struck me how peaceful I felt. That began a change in me to try to be clutter free and organized. I began to freely donate items and give things away to friends. My best friend, to this day, calls this action, “Going Quaker”. Did I always stay clutter free and organized? No, I still like stuff and wanted to have more. I didn’t curb the desire to want less. So like, many of us, I would realize how messy things are getting again, do a big purge and clean out and donate. I would feel light and free and calm. Then I would see a sale ad and go buy again. This happened not just in the physical but in the psychological. I would hold on to resentment, bad relationships, and eat my feelings. Vicious cycle.
As my relationship with Christ matured, I started putting Him first. It started by taking part in the fast that our church would encourage to do every January. Whether it was food, coffee, t.v., social media, it had to be something that had a hold in your life. Something you were doing too much of. I knew if I wasn’t on Facebook or watching t.v., I would achieve reading the entire Bible. I remember one of the things I chose was fasting from reading or watching anything to do with celebrity gossip. If gossip was wrong to do amongst ourselves, how was this right to care about celebrities? I stayed away from it for the month and it changed my view on watching it forever.
I believe that when things get out of balance, God sends that feeling of conviction to purge out the bad, fast and then reset. It is overwhelming to start with everything. Prayer is what I use to determine what my fast is for. God will tell you what you need to let go of (purge). It may or may not be difficult. He will equip you with instructions on what to do. But with all major changes, it will be hard and the enemy will do everything to tempt you. But like it says in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.” Then you fast for that time. See what He is trying to show you, why this is not needed in your life at this time or forever. Lastly, you reset. You see where you stand and live your renewed life.
“Dear Heavenly Father, help me to recognize the areas in my life that need to be removed. Give me the motivation and the desire to live the life you meant for me. Thank you for your instruction and guidance. When I purge something that is not letting me live my best life, fill it up with your promises for me. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”