Purging and Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is fast approaching here in the USA. In many areas of our country and worldwide, restrictions are being placed on us for social distancing in preventing the virus spread. In some state’s citizens are being told how many to have within their home. This is NOT a post about the virus nor politics, but I encourage you to NOT walk in fear! I’m sure we all have our own opinion on the purpose behind this action, yet I do not believe sharing that at this time is purposeful.

No, I wanta talk with you about purging and being thankful.

Similar words to purging include removal, abolition, eradication, taking away, eliminating, removing, dismissing, ridding, etc. There comes a time in everyone’s life where purging is a necessity. Whether it be material possessions or relationships, a better job or location to live. We all will face those times.

When I think of purging, I envision going through my stuff to determine what I need to keep, how best to store what I’m keeping and what I need to get rid of, whether or not that means trash or donating.

Why do you think it’s important to purge?

For me……

  1. I can’t stand visual clutter

I’ve been in working environments where there is much stuff sitting about. Clutter. Even in my own office, if I’m not careful, I’ll soon have stacks of papers here and junk piled over there and books over there and folders on the desk. Soon, I realize my outer space is reflecting my inner self and vice versa. If I want peace within and without, I must stay vigilant in maintaining my peace! I have to guard that carefully!

Proverbs 4:23 ‘So above all, guard the affections of your heart, for they affect all that you are. Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life.’ (All scriptures used from The Passion Translation)

Thank goodness I’m learning that when I keep both the inner and outer free of unwanted clutter, I walk in much more peace. However, I’ve not fully realized or learned that yet, so I have to repeat the process. Nevertheless, I am making progress!

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Right now, the world doesn’t feel very peaceful. Then again, since I’m a Jesus follower, I’m not of this world; I’m just a passin’ through. My treasures are laid up somewhere beyond the blue. The angels beckon me to Heaven’s open door, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore! You can sing the same song if you’re a Jesus follower!

What a wonderful feeling to have Poppa God’s sweet peace that passes all understanding. The world didn’t give it, and the world can’t take it away!

In John 16:33, we read, ‘And everything I’ve taught you is so that the peace which is in Me will be in you and will give you great confidence as you rest in Me. For in this unbelieving world, you will experience trouble and sorrows, but you must be courageous, for I have conquered the world!’

How cool is that!!!

We do not have to live in fear, but we can rest assured in God’s sweet peace that He is still on the throne!

We can also read in Philippians 4:7, ‘Then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.’

Peace, His lasting, never-ending peace, is way better than living in fear!

2. Sometimes I need that release

For whatever reason, I can become a hoarder quickly. I think it may have to do with the fact I grew up very poor although I didn’t realize that. I don’t know that kids learn such things unless they are told repeatedly; they are poor. I had a very abusive childhood, but God kept me safe and allowed me to become the woman I am today.

I still have a mindset of, ‘oh, we may need that,’ so I end up saving all this or that I can get. All piled here and there.

I wonder if my purging is my way of exercising my will power instead of someone else doing so for me. If I purge when I get the urge to do so, it takes away that fear factor. I decide to let go and release, instead of being fearful I’ll be forced to do so.

John 14: 1 tells us, ‘Don’t worry or surrender to your fear. For you’ve believed in God, now trust and believe in Me (Jesus) also.’

So, I wonder if my deep-seated need for hoarding is rooted in fear, fear of never having enough. Hummmm…good question!

I’m learning to go through my things several times throughout the year. When I do, I’ve learned to ask myself if I need it, if it fits, if I’ll use it again, and I also allow myself to feel any emotional connection. Sometimes those areas need to be addressed as well. If there are negative emotions or energy, if it brings up bad memories, I may need to get rid of that item. Also, if I come across that same item a year later and haven’t used it, provided it’s not seasonal, then I probably need to get rid of it.

I’ve learned when I permit myself to feel the truth, then letting go isn’t all that bad! And honestly, it’s hard to receive something new and fresh if my hands are tightly clenched around something outdated and old and rotting!

For me, it’s a matter of changing directions, changing my pattern.

We all have patterns we follow that were programmed in our brain during our early childhood days. I firmly believe we all need to examine those patterns to discover those which might no longer be beneficial. Then we change them to where they become healthier. That’s growth!

I found it interesting, and even surprised me that the Bible talks about patterns. Here’s an example in Hebrews 8:5. ‘The priests on earth serve in a temple that is but a copy modeled after the heavenly sanctuary; a shadow of the reality. For when Moses began to construct the tabernacle, God warned him and said, “You must precisely follow the pattern I revealed to you on Mt. Sinai.”

3. Purging lightens the load

In Matthew 11:28 we read, ‘Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to Me. I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.’

Wow…doesn’t that sound delightful??

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Now I don’t know about you, but for some reason, I tend to carry all my burdens, yours and a few others, until I end up bent over from the weight of it all. Honestly, that’s not what God intended. His burden is light if we allow Him to carry the heavy end. However, many times for various reasons, we seem to believe (a lie of the devil) that if we push hard, if we beat our body, if we mentally abuse ourselves, if we hurt and struggle, then it’ll be worth it all in the end. That’s a lie, for it’s not written anywhere in His word we’re to do so. Quite the opposite, actually.

Man, I gotta get this truth, His truth, way down deep on the inside of my being!!

Psalms 55:22 tells us, ‘So here’s what I’ve learned through it all: Leave all your cares and anxieties at the feel of the Lord, and measureless grace will strengthen you.’ 

Wow how very cool is that??

I wanta learn to do better. No, not in actions or works but in my efforts to let it go and let God! In this day in which we live, we have many things, people, issues all trying to grab our attention.

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How do we stop this week and examine what we have that we can truly be thankful for?

How bout we stop long enough to look around us, I mean really look around us, and realize that wow…we do have __________ and ____________ oh, yeah, and ______________ that we can be thankful for!

I’m thankful for:

  1. My ongoing growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  2. My amazing beloved Marine husband who is my soul mate
  3. My home in the country
  4. My son and bonus children and grandchildren
  5.  

May we never become too busy or to burden down with stuff that we forget to be thankful.

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So, what are you thankful for today?

Drop me a line and share a few things.

Have a wonderfully happy day!

I’d love to hear from you!

pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com

#faithoverfear: 3 points to squash fear

Hey guys!

Hope your Friday morning has started off well. Here it’s still early. The sun hasn’t yet popped up over the Eastern hill out from my window. I do so enjoy being able to look outside as I write. Makes for lots of inspiration.

Have you ever had a morning after?

A well known reference would be like a morning after a big drunk the night before. Or a morning after a huge event you’ve been planning for months and months.

That’s how I feel this morning!

No! I don’t have a hang over! Praise God I’ve been clean and sober since December 1989! Wow…31 years! How stinkin’ cool is that! To God be the glory cuz in my own efforts I’d of failed long ago!

This week the governor of our state has issued more mandates. It really doesn’t matter if I agree or not. What does matter is the effects of his statements on the people of this great state!

We human were not created to be secluded, isolated! We were created to fellowship one with another.

In Acts 2:44 ‘All the believers were in fellowship as one body, and they shared with one another whatever they had.’

It’s hard to share with anyone when we’re isolated and shut away from others.

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But that’s not my main concern this morning. That’s not why I feel so heavy hearted!

No. What I’m sensing this morning is another wave of heaviness!

Being what’s called a ‘seer/feeler’ I often sense things, feel things, more easily than some might. It makes life challenging at times. Like this morning, when I wake up and have this heavy feeling.

So many are walking around afraid with this new virus that is now spreading around our world. However, the Bible tells us plainly all through out it’s precious pages to ‘fear not’! Do we take that as sound advice? Or do we cower back in fear lashing out at anyone and everyone who does not do what we believe they should be doing, just as we’re doing?

This morning I feel a heaviness in the spiritual atmosphere. So many are afraid!

I myself struggle with fear at times but I know it’s a lie of the devil. It’s one of his top tools in tearing folks down. Fear also brings along with it many other little demons that try their hardest to infect people, much like a virus.

Fear breeds insecurity, chaos, anger, a demanding attitude, gossip, emotional reactions, a do it my way cuz I’m right attitude and much more.

That’s not what God has called us to do. We’re commanded to love one another! In John 13:34-35. Is that easy? Well, for me nope! But I do choose on purpose to follow hard after my Poppa God. I know what it feels like to believe I’m not loveable and also to live in constant fear! That’s horrible.

I wanta share His love, goodness and mercy! I want to help ease this spirit of fear!

What can we do to ease that fear even a little bit?

  1. Be kind
  2. Offer an encouraging word
  3. Make a personal connection

We do not have to stoop low and carry this heavy burden. God’s word tells us His yoke is easy, His burden light in Matthew 11:28-30!

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Isn’t it great knowing we’re not alone and that someone is always ready and able to help us carry such a heavy weight!

My friend, I am praying for you this day. That you will find His peace which passes all understanding…that’s in the Word too!

I’d love to hear from you. Shoot me an email at: pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com

Have a great day on purpose!

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3 Steps Overcoming Fear NOW!

It’s a sunny morning. My desk sits in front of the window facing east here in the office. I have the curtains half-way pulled to block the sun from shining directly in my eyes. I will not complain, though, for I know there are days ahead where a layer of thick clouds will block out the sun. 

And how often that can apply to life around us!

On days like today, the sun is bright, and we can see clearly. I don’t know bout you, but there are those times if I go for days not seeing the sun, I begin to get depressed. I learn to change my perspective and try to focus on the positive around me, then even though I may not see the source of that bright light overhead. 

No matter what will happen, the sun will never stop shinning. However, there will be many times that storms will invade our lives and the clouds will try to block out the sun’s warm glow!

I grow concerned for our country, yes, even our world right now!

Just yesterday, the governor of our state decided to implement yet more lockdowns, mandates and such. This causes me great concern especially for the mental health of children and adults for we were not created to stay cooped up! Nor were we created to live with such fear!

I try not to bash anyone, for that does no good. And yes, a thousand times yes, I do pray for our leaders as we’re told in God’s word. And when my mind gets all jumbly with the ‘what-if’s’ and the fear, I must take control of that thought pattern and choose on purpose to put my trust in God. It’s simply not always easy!

Fear is a very real and present danger!

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In my 60 years, I have never seen fear so rampant! Nor the ease of which this fear seems to infect those around me! One can not turn the news on without being bombarded with some form of fear-mongering! Anxiety will negatively affect the body as well as twisting one’s emotions totally outta sync. I believe that the evil one uses his fear as a massive tool to cause folks to wanta cower down and hide!

The Word of God says in 2 Timothy 1:7 – 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind!

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For me, I’ve had to practice taking down those thoughts of fear! In fear’s place, I put peace and hope. I’ve had to learn to take my thoughts can see how well they line up with Philippians 4:8.

In Philippians 4:8 we read, ‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.’

 We do have a choice! We do not have to live our lives in fear, cowered like some beaten animal or person in the corner curled up in the fetal position! That is NOT who we were created to be!

No! If Jesus Christ lives in you, then you have His same anointing! 

You have the power over the enemy!

You need to start practicing that more and more each day!

So, here’s what I encourage you to do!

When you begin to realize you’re feeling afraid!

Three steps to help overcome fearful thoughts.

  1. Check your thoughts.

>If you need to, then write down at least three thoughts you are having.

2. Compare those thoughts with Philippians 4:8

  >Are those thoughts noble, pure, praiseworthy, etc? If not, then get rid of them! 

3. Change your activity. 

>During this craziness of 2020, I’ve realized when I get to thinking negative, fearful thoughts, I need to change my trajectory. 

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Get up! 

                        Do some jumping jacks! 

                                    Go for a walk! 

 Brush your teeth! 

                        Clean the fridge out! 

                                                Make your bed! 

                                                            Write a thank you card! 

 Balance your checkbook! 

                                                Sweep the floor! 

                                                                                    Play with the kids! 

            Sing!

                                    Dance!

                                                            Praise the Lord loudly!

 Anything to redirect your mind onto something positive!

You can overcome fear with His truth!

You are not alone either! That’s another huge lie the devil wants us to believe! Many near you are struggling as well. Reach out, if possible, to others and offer encouragement.

I’m here to listen to your story! You can reach out to me at: pamelajwoodall@yahoo.com

I am praying for you this day!

Massive blessings!