The Weekend Brew: A Love That Never Fails {Inspired Blogger Guest Post} — 30 Comments

  1. Hi Carrie!
    Nice to meet you!
    I totally get the clutter thing, that’s one of those wildly overwhelming places too. And oh I’m so glad God doesn’t sit on His throne in defeat like I sit on the couch!

    I loved “I notice the older I get, the more I approach God for the basic day to day details. I stop trying to rely single-handedly on my own merits.” This is SO what God is teaching me right now!

    And I homeschool my kiddos, too!

    • Nice to meet you too, Heather! That is a new revelation for me – I used to be awfully proud and liked to set my own course with little thought to God. After many mistakes, I am finally (!) learning life is meaningless if separate from Him. Now I pray my kids don’t make the same blunders I did! Thanks for visiting me here, at Barbie’s place!

  2. Tapping in. That’s what’s it all about, isn’t it?! Choosing to tap in and focus on God. He nudges, and we turn. If only we could never need the nudge. I’m so thankful He is relentless to nudge with love. 🙂

    • I second that! If only I never needed the reminder (sigh). There are certainly a lot of worldly areas where He can nudge me! Fortunately I learn a bit each time He does so 🙂

  3. Carrie, I enjoyed this post, as it spoke to our perspective. We all have messes that we need to clean-up. This last sentence from your post says it all:

    “As His child, I can tap into the holy energy source and tackle all the messes I’ve created. One cluttered corner at a time.”

    Thank you, for an inspiring post.

  4. Hi Carrie! Goodness knows I feel you on this one. The piles and books and clothes have clearly planned a takeover in our home. Like you I have 4 that I school at home. Our daily, hourly presence makes it hard to stay orderly and that same presence and activity make it hard to actually clean. What a catch 22. Your post encourages me to seek Him even as I plan the organization of my home. I’ll tap into the source for solutions with you. happy Sunday!

    • It really helps me to hear another mother who struggles with the upkeep. It is a daily battle especially when the kids are here and we are usually doing something (involving paper always it seems!) throughout the whole day. I’m praying for some type of answer, or system, to bring me some peace. I realize I’ll never have a storybook, magazine-cover house yet I crave more order. Thank you for sharing with me!

  5. Had never thought of the idea that we need to be free of clutter so that we can worship Him – free from the time-consuming labor of dealing with the clutter, free from worry about anyone seeing the clutter, free from the stress of thinking about the clutter, free of the financial burden sometimes caused by the clutter. What a blessing to see the lack of clutter as freed up time, resources, and emotions that can serve Him better! Thanks for a great post!

    • Yes! The clutter and messes pull the energy out of me. And every time the doorbell rings, i cringe – I don’t want to be embarrassed by all the stuff someone might see! But I think God is calling me to be more hospitable to others and so, time to be rid of the excess. Time to put that energy to much better use! Thanks for your wonderful comment, Holly! Blessings to you!

  6. Loved your post, Carrie! I remember when our twins were first born, I learned to pray to the Lord for just the physical strength I needed each day. Now that they are five, I’ve kind of gotten out of the habit of leaning on Him like I did when they were just babies. So, this is an excellent reminder for me.
    Jen 🙂

    • Oh yes, I remember those baby days especially with my youngest child. He didn’t sleep well for the first year – my first year too of homeschooling three others! – and I could not have made it through without the Lord’s help. Now my son still doesn’t sleep well so often those prayers for strength are repeated! Blessings to you this Sunday!

  7. Hi Carrie, this really speaks to me. It seems like I just can’t get handle on the clutter these days. I’m so grateful that God doesn’t take the same approach as I do.

  8. This line jumped out at me, “He wants me to be free to worship Him.” As a fellow struggler with clutter (and married to another one), clutter often overwhelms me, too! It brought to mind the Israelites as God prepared to deliver them from their Egyptian bondage. He was freeing them so they could worship Him, not just so they could be free to live any way they wanted. What a good reminder that He wants to help me with my clutter for the same reason. I’ll be meditating on that as I tackle some of my piles of books and papers today.
    In Him, Donna

    • Donna, what an insightful analogy! I love it! I shall keep this thought in mind whenever I want to quit or not face the organizing. Clutter definitely feels like bondage! Have a blessed weekend!

  9. This is such a needed message for me, Carrie. I sit here and look over at the piles of laundry that never get put away and the stacks and stacks of paper I don’t want to deal with. It’s a lack of motivation. It can simply wait. But the truth is, those things need to be tended to. I don’t always think to go to God first for motivation to tackle the daily mundane things but this reminds me He cares about all the details of our lives. Thank you for your encouragement. Blessings.
    Happy Saturday to both you and Barbie!

    • Beth, only recently have I reached out to the Lord for smaller, ‘ordinary’ things. And each time I do, He is there and the spirit helps me! Clutter can feel so defeating and I truly believes it affects many areas of my life. Nothing is too small when it involves His children! Many blessings to you!

  10. Wonderful post which I think will resonate to some degree with us all. I think the more we accumulate in life, the more clutter. All around us, we are bombarded with messages of what we must have. May we each fight back & give away those things we no longer truly need or use. That is my goal for this summer. Have a great weekend!

    • That is my goal for the year too! It is so true – everywhere the message blares we must obtain x,y or z to be happy. And for many years I fell for it. But lately I’ve come to realize how very little I need, or want. Here’s to both of us reaching our decluttering goals!

  11. Carrie, you’re kinda preaching to the choir here – I am a huge packrat and clutterhound. My messes overwhelm me all the time!

    Fortunately, as you so wisely pointed out, the Lord is not daunted by the *messes* we sometimes have in our lives (literal and figurative!) He dearly loves the mess-makers, and He is the King of order and peace.

    And yes, as I get older, I turn more and more to Him!


  12. It is so hard to keep up with everything. At one time, I faithfully followed Flylady emails, but somewhere along the way I fell of the wagon. I need to get back on that horse and ride again! Thanks for the encouragement.

    • Sadly I’ve never had a handle on organizing my home well. For the beginning of our marriage, we moved about every two years – and that is a super way to keep stuff to a minimum! Just started following the Fly Lady on Facebook and I am eager to learn her secrets 🙂

  13. Oh can I relate, Carrie! We should be neighbors… I love this post. And, the scripture? My favorite one. It got me through the delivery of baby #6 (i.e. no drugs and almost in the car). Here’s to decreasing our clutter and making more room for Him!

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