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Taking Care of Things and Soul Clutter

It is easier to care for what you have if you can see it.  I’m talking to you who live in clutter and see piles, stacks, even neatly sorted bins of your belongings all over your house.  I’m in the process of selling my house and talk about clutter!  The house was in terrible shape and consequently so was I.  Living in clutter, thinking through clutter….good luck trying to thrive amidst clutter. 

Over the course of months and much help from my family (esp. dad) my home is now cleared of clutter and “staged” for real estate showings.  This morning I had the pleasure of wiping a cloth across the front of my dresser drawers.  You may find that silly, to find pleasure in a common household chore.  Maybe it is.  It taught me something:  Years of cluttered living distracted me from this simple pleasure of taking care of a beautiful piece of furniture which is no longer piled with clothes, books, belts, lotions, and anything else that needed a home.  I can see this piece and appreciate its lines.  I had access to it and could give it a quick wipe with a soft cloth.  I took care of it.

I couldn’t help but see the connection to my cluttered soul.  How does one take care of their gifts, their purpose, even their dreams if they cannot see them, appreciate them, and access them?  Who knew a simple act of wiping a dresser with a cloth could render a path to address the clutter in my soul.  What is soul clutter?  For me it is at the moment actually one of my gifts:  organization and planning.  I plan my day before I get out of bed, sometimes I’ve planned it the night before or it’s part of the week I planned before that.  I almost never finish everything I plan and note in a to-do list.  So I’ve been adding discouragement to my soul clutter.  What God gifted me with and has plans to use I commandeered and did it in the name of “using my gift.”  I am learning to lay the gift of organization and planning along with my other gifts before Him every morning and ask Him to plan my day and lead me.  You have to recognize, “see”, your soul clutter before you can address it.  The best way to completely see yourself is through your Creator, Jesus Christ.  He was and is and is to come! 

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Everyone Can Prepare

We can all prepare without hoarding toilet paper or stocking up on 80 zillion rounds of ammunition.  No offense to those who do that, you have a different calling.  My call is to lead others to be prepared and support a revolving provision of donations to hungry people in our communities today, sans disaster.  If each of us is at least minimally prepared with 2 weeks of water, food, and basic supplies we can stay calm and get through a crisis or get through the first part of a more prolonged disaster.

The plans I’m sharing will help ensure that you will always have the freshest stock available for your family and your neighborhood while being able to regularly donate to local food pantries.  You can’t donate 200 hundred year old Jell-O® or evaporated milk past the “best by” date so keeping your stock fresh and rotated is key.  Canned and dried goods last a lot longer than the best by date or even an expiration date may indicate, but why hold onto something that you may need tomorrow but for sure can be used today to benefit someone?

You can start today.  If canned corn is on sale for .33 cents buy a can and put it in a special spot.  Behind your sofa, in a cabinet, under a bed.  Once you purchase your first canned good be sure you own or buy a hand-operated can opener.  You can get a really solid manual can opener for under $10 or as little as a $1 from a dollar store.  Please get one.

Get excited that you came here today for a reason!  Take an action to prepare for your family.  Click around to see budget plans, ideas to build your water supply, menus, a donation schedule, and more.