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Thursday, September 16, 2021 by Barbara

We moved from our home of 38 years, downsizing to one-floor living. Our knees are relieved, but we quickly learned moving is not for the faint of heart. The purging and packing process has clarified my perspective—especially about the transiency of my earthly existence. I share my thoughts in this series of Moving Moments.

For years my husband told me to purge our stuff and it finally caught up with me. I could procrastinate no longer—I certainly didn’t want to move 38 years of accumulation. I released emotional attachments and did indeed purge. Our garage sale, which spread from the living and dining rooms to the deck and driveway, yielded pitiful results. Amazingly, no one wanted my treasures! We carted bags and boxes to donation centers and put others on the curb as we uncluttered our home and our lives. Clutter—more than we need, more than is beneficial.

Cluttered closets and shelves, attics and basements. It was easier to let go when I realized that divesting myself of what was tired and old, freed me to replace them with something fresh and new and pretty.

Cluttered lives—emotional ties, defunct dreams, harbored disappointments. Why do we store these things? When we release their hold, we are free to embrace fresh dreams and new adventures—something undiscovered and new and inspiring.

Maybe you, like me, feel challenged to trust God on a new journey. Let’s release the old and discover a plan only known to Him.

He excels at exchanging the old for a new thing He’s doing. This is true not only for salvation but when growing our gifts to fit us into His plans and use us for His glorious purpose.

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.
See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:18-19

Read more thoughts about this in my book, I Was Broken, Too, chapter 5.


Comments

Debbie Grant From At 9/17/2021 11:22:13 AM

This truly spoke to my heart and spirit. Realizing after spending so much time clearing out my dad's house and my mother-in-law's apartment that treasures should be in your heart and your mind. Thrift stores hold treasures that your children care nothing about. Take pictures then release.

Reply by: Barbara Higby Author

I love that, Deb -"Thrift stores hold treasures that your children care nothing about."

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