Spring Cleaning: Sorting it out

     If you can personally guarantee a successful conclusion to the assignment you face, what need is there for faith? {from Moments of Peace in the Presence of God}

 

So the idea of decluttering feels so overwhelming to me that I have literally procrastinated doing this forever. I’m so accustomed to multitasking that following a guided step by step, one room at a time plan makes me anxious. The other day I attempted to decluttering a closet and found my mind wandering to another closet and the possibility of awesomeness. And wouldn’t you know it I wandered away from one closet to the next only to find myself standing with my hands on my hips nauseated at the mess I made, literally ready to throw everything out on the curb.

Isn’t that what we do with our lives?

We make a decision to clean up our diet, get a grip on our emotions, finally follow a budget and we go in with well meaning intentions. But more often than not, our approach is all or nothing and when everything doesn’t turn out perfect in the first week or worse, in the first day or hour we start feeling like we’ve failed. And it usually doesn’t take much time before the enemy sneaks in to whisper those words of doubt that say just quit. Then comes the comparisons. Then the negative self talk. Then the proverbial look in the mirror as we pick ourselves apart wrinkle by pimple by blemish by stretchmark by grey hair…and on and on it continues.

So how do we get past this?

Do you remember those house crasher shows that use to come on HGTV where they’d bring in a home organizing expert to help the home owner de-clutter and reorganize their homes? We have an expert. His name is Jesus. Call it corny or cheesy but seriously, He gets this. He knows the patterns of the person who never wants to give up those old items that are kept in that box because there’s too much sentimental attachment. He’s seen it all. Even the person that says “NO I CAN’T GET RID OF THAT” and even when you try to think of the reason you still have it, the rationalizations make absolutely no sense. So like the home makeover expert, He smiles; without judgement and says now are you ready to start sorting this out?

We actually want the help right?

We prayed for it.

We asked “Lord give me the next step, my next move, the right words to say”, forgetting that when He answers; it probably won’t be in the way we expect.

The home organizing expert will give us a few plastic bins to start organizing our junk.

Three containers, labeled:

Keep 

Give Away

Toss 

 

 

God’s “sorting out” advise may come in a variety of ways; such as endurance training, lessons in patience, the opportunity to choose peace, teaching us to deal with anxiety, detoxing us of selfishness or overcoming unbelief.

We can trust that whatever the path we’re on, if we’ve consulted with God He has promised to NEVER leave us AND to meet EVERY SINGLE ONE of our needs (look back at the things I just mentioned).

Each container He gives us allows us to sort through the stuff we’re carrying us that may be weighing us down. He helps us to determine what goes in each container based on the value.

Philippians 4: 6-8, 19 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

KEEP: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭6-8, 19‬ ESV)

GIVE AWAY: Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

TOSS: 1 Corinthians 10:23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is beneficial.That “junk” is old, moldy, raggedy, ready for the garbage and not worth any value to keep. That stuff is heavy and it affects our decisions. Today allow Him the opportunity to do some #detoxing and get rid of the #toxic stuff that’s cluttering your life! 

How can I pray for you today? What “toxic junk” do you need to get rid of? What room needs decluttering?

What’s taking up space in your life? 

Need more help sorting this out?

  • We started this conversation a while back here’s some resources for getting organized: Deep Cleaning
  • I’ve compiled tons of recipes, workouts and motivation on the Spring Cleaning Pinterest Board: Pinterest inspiration

Spring Cleaning your eating habits doesn’t have to be boring and bland. My friend Justine at Alo Wellness shared this amazing fresh recipe with us. 

 

Alowellness nutriton photo:recipe

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Cleaning:
 
Citrus Salsa-Topped Crusted White Fish
Author:
Cuisine: Seafood
Ingredients
  • 3 blood oranges
  • ½ grapefruit
  • 2 tangerines (or mandarins)
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 4 endive leaves, chopped
  • juice of half a lime
  • 1 cup shelled pistachios
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 4 white fish filets
  • Sea salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1-2 tablespoons organic, cold-pressed coconut oil
  • 1 avocado, diced
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Zest the blood oranges and collect 1-2 tablespoons in a dish. Peel and segment the oranges, grapefruit, and tangerines over a bowl to collect the juice. Add juice to the reserved zest and set aside.
  3. Combine the segmented citrus with the jalapeno, shallot, cilantro, endive, and lime juice. Season to taste with sea salt, toss gently and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Use a food processor to finely chop the pistachios and almonds.
  5. Add mustard to the reserved zest and juice mixture in a shallow dish. Put nut mixture into a second dish.
  6. Season fish with salt and pepper. Dip in citrus-mustard mixture and dredge in nut mixture.
  7. Heat coconut oil in a large fry pan. Fry each piece of fish for 2-3 minutes per side or until the nuts start to brown. Transfer to oven and cook 5-8 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork.
  8. Top with citrus salsa and avocado. Serve immediately.
  9. By Justine Campbell with Ashley Huisman
  10. Adapted from E is for Eat

 

3 Thoughts on “Spring Cleaning: Sorting it out

  1. Brooke on April 2, 2015 at 1:15 pm said:

    you are speaking to my soul!

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