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Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. Robin,

    This post reminds me of John 3:11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” The first church in Acts 2:45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Even in the beginning people were sharing their stuff. God wants us to help other believers by sharing what we have. Just yesterday I went through my clothes again & got rid of a few more. Every task I do is for God’s glory. I don’t bemoan doing anything anymore. Jeff & Sheri Easter have a song “I Get to”. The lyrics talk about having to go to church, help his dad, or say I love you. Now after dad’s heart attack & his wife’s cancer scare he gets to do all those things. As I age I’m seeing each job as an undertaking for His glory. It may not seem like much to me but to someone else it could mean the world. So glad God takes, uses messes like us & makes something beautiful.

    Blessings 🙂

    • Oooo, I’ll have to track down that song! My #OneWord is “Get-to” this year!! Doesn’t the beginning of a year spur us on to cleaning and clearing? Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Beth :).

    • Awesome summary Beth! I like you last line “So glad God takes , uses the messes like us & makes something beautiful!’ Likewise, asking God’s hand in my messes makes them seem so much more easier to deal with in times of so many struggles.

  2. Robin,
    Isn’t it awesome how God can use any and every incidence to relay or reinforce His Truth to us?! If we are willing to have “teachable” spirits, God can use so many opportunities to bring majesty from the mess we live in. I have not read that book, but my husband and I are in the process of what we call “10% Tithe & Toss”. At the start of a new year, we reevaluate our tithe to our church and our additional charitable giving. Are we giving enough? Can we tighten our belts and give more?? We also go room to room together (misery loves company). One room at a time, we go through it and say 10% of what’s in here needs to go. We don’t actually “toss” it, but if it can be donated and bring someone else some comfort or joy, and we aren’t really using it, then it’s time to part ways. It really is cathartic to lighten the load. Knowing these items could be used and enjoyed by someone else, gives a sense of joy to let it go. I, too, have some tangled jewelry. You’ve inspired me, Robin, to give it a go. Love this analogy!!
    Bev xx

    • Bev, what a wonderful first-of-year practice. I’ve never thought about going room by room to see what might be best used by someone else. Hmmmm…you have me thinking now :). DO let me know if you get your jewelry untangled; you’ll be thinking of God and His word the whole time you’re working on the mess, I bet :).

  3. Love, love the spiritual analogy you’ve made here for us….don’t we all have a tangled mess of jewelry, cluttered closets, and a makeup drawer that needs purging….and SO MUCH more!

    This reminds of a another related favorite scripture: Colossians 3:23.

    Thank you for sharing and reminding us Jesus is guiding the mundane and most intricate tasks every moment of our days!

  4. Oh, Robin!!! I love this. It is such a timely reminder for me. These words are powerful and this might be one of my favorite things you have written.

  5. Hello Robin! I’m all over this post! Me to a tee:) I’ve realized my mess is comfortable but God is a God of order.. sooo on I go too, purging and untangling here & there. Trying this with a relationship or two also… untangling is my problem usually not others.. busy brain syndrome runs away and I think more than I act.. thanks for the encouragement and when I tangled up the bowl I did the same job only a straight pin or needle removed knots like magic! Blessings and happy Sunday \0/

    • Your words made me smile, Sadie. I imagine if I had had a straight pin nearby, it would’ve become a useful tool, too. Glad I have an incourage Sistah who gets this from the inside out!!

  6. I have a mountain of laundry that has been growing since I decided I needed to reorganize my daughter’s dresser. It feels insurmountable, so I have been avoiding it. I’m going to try and tackle it with the thought that I am doing it for the glory of God. Hopefully, I can at least make a dent!

    • Elizabeth,

      Tell me if you tackled that laundry TO THE GLORY OF GOD, and if your changed heart-attitude made a difference :). I really wanna know–yes, no, or whatever!!

  7. Here is a continuation to the Resolution That Matters by Dawn Camp as we heard our pastor’s sermon regarding the theme “Reset”,and it was about self identity, especially PRIDE, to ponder on:

    By God’s help I aim daily to practice forgetting myself by remembering whose I am.

    By God’s help I aim daily to practice forgetting about myself so I can be free to treat others the way God treats me – like family.

  8. I love this, and it will actually help me with a project my husband and I have been tackling this month. Our boys are in college and we’re finally cleaning out their childhood playroom with plans to repaint, pack up and store the special toys we want to keep, and give away the rest. I find memories of the boys in every bin and box. Now I can move beyond the sentimental and make it a spiritual exercise to give praise for the past and present and pray over the present and future of my boys. This will take a chore that I avoided for years and make it a joy and delight to get closer to God in the process.

    • {{Gretchen}} I still think you need a hug; the perspective shift will help you, but I feel every bit of those emotions. The truth is, you’ll be glad you’ve done this, and THEY will be glad. I’ve gotten rid of so much, but I still could purge a little more.

  9. Love this post and the analogy! I must confess my tree is still up…and I don’t hate it! I, too, am going through and purging/donating as Christmas decor gets packed away. I’ve done this with every season and am anxious to rid myself of all the excess. (Where does all this stuff come from??!!) I’ve read Marie Kondo’s book and it is a real eye opener. While I haven’t used her methods exactly, her process is extremely helpful. If I’m on the fence about keeping or ridding an item, I ask myself if I would take it if I were moving. Most of the time the answer is no! And when it seems insurmountable (again) I time myself 20 minutes and start something-anything…and those 20 minutes add up. Oh, to be able to rid myself of all those “squirrel” moments…lol!

    Thankfully God’s not finished with me yet!

    • Indiane, I wrote my entire book using the Pomodoro Method–setting a timer for 25 minute increments with a short break between each, and a longer break after four segments. You are absolutely right, those 20 minute projects add up! Still, I’m squirrely, so I feel you :). Indeed, praise God He’s fine that we’re works in progress :).

  10. GREAT post! I find the connection between the sorting through and letting go of household items and the sorting through and letting go of things in my heart that God would not want there facinating. I too have been doing that sorting and letting go thing while de-Christmassing. I found there to be a line at the donation door at Goodwill. I’m not the only one I suppose. Praying that God will help me as I also do the sorting through and letting go within as I purpose to be more and do more for Him in 2019. Thanks for posting this!

  11. Robin, thank you for this timely reminder. I must have read something else you’ve written because I remember this necklace story, but this came on a day when I needed to hear it again. Thankful that God isnt surprised by or needs time to process the messes we make or simply have to deal with.