A few days off and being "unplugged" does something great for the soul.
I cashed in -- if you will -- some of those wonderful things called vacation days this past week. I wanted to go out of town and really had planned to paint my master bathroom. Neither of those things happened and I am OK with that.
But what I did get to do was spend some precious one-on-one time with my husband Kevin and that I wouldn't have traded for a million trips.
We did some deep cleaning out of the stuff we don't need, haven't used or haven't even looked for in a while. Some of those things we threw away and some we donated.
Although it wasn't a completely unplugged couple of days off, I was conscious of trying not to check my phone and work email. It helped having to leave my laptop at the office because our information technology department had to install some updates on it.
So, all of that is to say this -- it is good to get stuff cleaned out from your life as well, those things, situations or even sometimes people that hinder you and do not make you a better Christian.
It is OK to get the clutter out of your life -- and your definition of clutter may be different from mine. Different things affect people in different ways.
But I ask you, what muddles up your walk with the Lord? I've said this before -- often it is those small things that get in our way or blind our eyes to the sight of the Lord.
Computers, Internet, phones, TV -- those things we don't think clutter our minds do so and often we never see it coming.
There is something wonderful about de-cluttering your life. You feel refreshed and renewed. You feel like you can breath again or at least that is how I felt. It felt good to get the house back in order.
So this is my encouragement for you this week. Take a moment to examine your life and get rid of the things that are weighing you down. Pray for God's guidance and strength to do what you know you need to do. And then do it.
Even though Kevin and I were not on some tropical beach, it didn't matter to me anymore, because we were together. I wouldn't have traded sweatin' up cleaning things out this weekend for anything in this world.
God doesn't desire for us to have so much, to do so much and to be so much, that we can't see what is important. He only desires for us to be -- to be with Him.
Here is a great scripture for you to rest easy in this week: "Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalm 91:1)
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.