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Her Light Will Surely Shine

My Granny is such a beautiful example of a child of God committing herself to the Lord.  She has recently been diagnosed with cancer.  In the next week or so, she and Granddaddy are preparing to go to Houston to see the specialists at M.D. Anderson.  Though many of us who love her are taking it quite hard, expressing our grief in tears, in frustration with her doctors and in disappointment that we didn’t do anything about it sooner, Granny is her ever optimistic and faithful self.

If ever a saint did trust in the perfect timing of our sovereign God, Granny does.  She is determined to share the hope of Christ with as many members of the hospital staff as possible.  She wonders, with the faith of Mordecai, whether she has not been brought here “for such a time as this” and lives in expectation, that God will move in the hearts of the people she is to come in contact with and that they will be saved.

Her light will surely shine as the noonday.

As we pray for Granny Martha and Granddaddy George, whose heart is surely hurting beyond words, let’s also join in the prayer of my Granny the evangelist.  Pray that she and Granddaddy would touch lives for eternity as they share Christ along this excruciatingly difficult road.

My prayer for the rest of us is that we would somehow find rest in the Lord and experience the peace that so evidently reigns in Granny’s heart through any and every storm.

Commit your way to the LORD,

Trust in Him, and He will do it.

He will bring forth your righteousness as the light

And your judgement as the noonday.

Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him.

Psalm 37:5-7


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Am I A Hoarder?

We just moved.  Those of you with any experience moving know that packing is often accompanied by questions like:

  • How did we accumulate so many books?
  • Why do I need 3 pairs of black dress shoes if I only ever wear one?
  • Do I really need 2 crock-pots?

And if you have moved with kids:

  • Do any of these puzzles actually have all of their pieces?  (Answer: no.)
  • Where on earth did all of these stuffed animals come from?!?
  • Why do my kids insist on making tents out of their bedding all over the house on a daily basis when they have 12 BOXES OF TOYS they could be playing with?

And most importantly…

  • Do we really need all of these CLOTHES?

not really me

Pre-move, I thought I was doing a good job of donating our excess.  When I discovered clothing my children had outgrown, I tried to find a friend to pass it on to, and other friends, in turn, passed their clothes on to us!

During the move, I did my best to only pack clothes that currently fit my 3 lovely girls or that I expected them to grow into during the next year.

Post-move, well…

I keep finding myself fighting the laundry battle (or Mt. Washmore, as FlyLady likes to call it).  No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seam to conquer it.  Sure, I will win an occasional battle of wash, fold, put away.  But more frequently, I have an overflowing basket of dirty clothes in the closet, a folded basket at the end of the hallway, a load of very wrinkled clothes in the dryer, and since the move, a couple of tubs of yet-to-be-unpacked clothes in the middle on the room.  Finally, I got fed up!  This week, I concocted a solution.


Here’s what we have been up to.

  1. I laid out all of the girls clothes and let them each pick out their 8 favorite “everyday” outfits and 3 “church” outfits.  Mom has veto power, of course.
  2. I scanned what was left and added any must-haves to the keep pile.
  3. We put what we had picked out away.

Then came the moment of truth.  The moment when I looked at what was left and realized that we could effectively clothe an elementary school with our excess.  The moment when I looked at my husband and said,

“Honey, I think I’m a hoarder.”

Seriously?!?  Why have we kept so many clothes?  The answer is simple – Fear.  That might not make a lot of sense to some of you, so let me explain.  Fear causes us to hold onto things we don’t really need “just in case” we might need them in the future.  I am afraid one of the girls will need that exact color shirt for something someday.  I am afraid the kids will stain the clothes we have and we won’t have enough money to replace them.  I’m afraid…that God won’t provide?

I am determined to replace Fear with Trust.

Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

So there. No more hoarding.  Today, several plastic tubs and lots of plastic bags full of perfectly good clothes were dropped off at a donation center down the street.  I feel hundreds of pounds lighter!  It’s amazing!

Ronald McDonald House Charities provided me with a comfy room near Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka when my twins were in the NICU.  I was happy to find one of their donation centers near by.

What about you?  What do you hoard?  What’s keeping you from letting go?