Do you remember this advice from Jesus in the Gospel? He tells his disciples to go out and spread the good news, but not to bring any extra provisions. Why? Because God himself will provide for them. Wow! That’s a pretty amazing concept!
So, as most of you know, we have been on a long journey to find and move into our new home. We have stayed with family. We have stayed at a local homeless shelter. We are finally home. It’s an odd feeling having somewhere to call “home.” We spent so many months wandering that to have our own beds (or couch in my case!) is truly awesome. God is so very good! Not to mention, His plan was perfect. Was it always comfortable? Absolutely not! However, I can’t imagine how everything would have worked out so perfectly if we hadn’t been through each single step!
But I digress…what I wanted to blog about was the amount of stuff we accumulated over so many years of staying put and the direction in which I now feel such a calling. My oldest, Child #1, once called me a hoarder. I was so hurt (and honestly, she had more things than I did at her age, but not judging. Ok, maybe a little!!!)
As we were moving and packing the detritus of 25 years in the same house, I got super overwhelmed. There was just so much! So we culled our belongings. The resale shops had a complete boon from our donations. It was hard, and sometimes even impossible to get rid of enough, but eventually we were able to move anything we truly wanted to a storage unit or mom’s place, the Church, etc. Whew! Just thinking about it makes me tired!!!
So, now we’re in our new home, which is much smaller than our house was and we also have no garage or shed. Where does all the stuff go? I got to praying about this and realized that God didn’t want me weighed down by my belongings either. If I somehow gave away too much, He would provide me with what I did needed. Whoa! It opened my eyes. So, I don’t have to cart around all this stuff? Nope. I do not and neither do you!
One of the first things I did was to think about my friends from the shelter. When one of them told me that all she had was a mattress and a phone, I was like, oh heck no! I am not letting that happen. So, I dropped off a couple of things for her and then met her at the shelter to help her get a few things from their stock that they keep from donations to help former residents. They want the stuff to go to good homes (and help in cleaning out the shed!) and the former resident needed basic things like plates, cups, etc. to set up her new home! Perfect match!
I do not mind in the least donating to thrift stores, however, if I can help a friend in need, all the better! It also helped me and my kiddos. We get more space because, honestly, who needs all of this stuff? Also, the feeling of giving and less clutter is amazing! Just think…Jesus really knew what he was talking about when he gave those instructions! It took me a while to figure that out, but better late than never! Now, go give your belongings to someone who has nothing and can really use them!!! Ask yourself, “Do I really need this? Is it serving God to keep it?” Then go! Go! Go! Give! Give! Give!
5 thoughts on “No Extra Cloak or Pair of Sandals”
Wow! I’m so thrilled for you and your family! This is a wonderful blessing to be in your own space once more! I understand about losing stuff and giving it away; we are helped and provided for when the need arises. When I left my second husband I had to leave most of my furniture and household items behind after having loaded my personal effects, as he was getting more and more agitated and I feared he would explode and harm me so I cut my losses. When it came time to get my own place, I had to buy all the furniture, either used or new, but this gave me the opportunity to start fresh. Sometimes what we perceive to be negative can turn out to be the best thing to happen, but we don’t know it when we are going through the midst of it!
Absolutely! Only God knows the big, whole picture, so we need to trust in His judgement. We also never know if one of your pieces might have broken and hurt you (not casting aspersions on your furniture!) and in leaving it, you escaped hurt. I totally agree that it was the right thing to do when dealing with a violent person. It’s not worth your life!
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So happy for your family and you have a very big heart!
Thank you, Pooja! I’m so glad you’re back! I’ve missed you, girl!
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Me too, I’ve missed chatting with you too!
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