Home - Cleaning the Nest by Jennifer Waddle

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Home - Cleaning the Nest
Series: All My Ducks in a Row
Jennifer Waddle

I believe with all my heart that we need to take good care of the things God has given us.

And as a naturally messy person, I struggle with this area the most!

I believe when our homes, cars and property are in disrepair, it can be a sign of ungratefulness toward a loving and generous God.

I don't know about you, but every time I have stuck to a consistent cleaning schedule, there has been more peace in my home. It may sound silly, but when I walk down the stairs in the morning to a tidy living room and kitchen, my whole outlook is a little brighter. I've come to realize that when things are extra messy, there is a lack of priority in my life and it's time to stop and re-evaluate.

Now for all you 'Cleanies' out there, you can probably skip this chapter. But if you choose to keep reading, know that we are amazed by your self-discipline ?For the rest of us 'Messies,' I am with you Sister!

Last year I signed up for a 14-week house cleaning challenge. At the beginning of every week I got the email detailing what part of the house to focus on and how to really get it clean. And you know what? I diligently read the emails and all the wonderful tips... while not implementing any of it So, so sad.

However I am convinced I need to take good care of the things God has given me. Not perfect care, but good care. I've figured out that in order to have a reason to clean, I need to be reminded of the major benefits of being organized.

For example:

If my house is tidy, anyone could drop by unexpectedly and I would feel free to invite them in. Hospitality is a great reason to keep up the house work. In fact, I remember one Pastor saying that having a messy house, but inviting someone in anyway, was true hospitality. Hmm...

If things are in order, I will know where everything is. No more looking endlessly for something important. A place for everything and everything in its place.

A clean house teaches our children the value of caring for what they've been given. (Won't their future spouses be grateful)

A home that has been made into a haven is welcoming to all. I think this is the most important reason to get our nests in order. We will be more likely to host Bible studies, neighborhood parties, holiday events and social visits.?I don't know about you, but I want that kind of freedom!

These are all great reasons to keep our nests clean. And when we have a purpose, we are more likely to get it done. What motivates you? How determined are you to make your home a safe haven for all who enter?

There are several practical things we can do to keep our heads above water. These are daily things that can be done in just a few minutes....a few minutes to a little more peace.

The morning ''Sweep Through'' is a must in our househ ...


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