A Clean Slate

Are you carrying around a lot of excess baggage and unfinished business? When life closes in around us we find freedom in a clean slate? 

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I have been thinking and talking and writing about it for months, but now we are down to less than 72 hours before the packers begin wrapping and boxing our worldly possessions. For the last couple of weeks I have been slowly cleaning up and organizing My Messy Desk in preparation for the move. Yesterday, I actually made some visible progress. My punches and paper cutters are put away. All my jewelry making supplies are neatly stowed in a repurposed tote. All the stamp sets are cleaned, sorted, and stored. By far, the biggest achievement is that my desk is cleared of all unfinished projects, paper scraps, embellishments, and assorted bling.

My Messy Desk is a clean slate.

I have to admit, that even though my brand is based on having a place to come and craft and make a mess where you can just leave it, a clean desk feels pretty good.  

At the risk of sounding overly dramatic, I have to say it is somewhat liberating. It seems like the possibilities are endless… 

I could start a project and actually find what I was looking for. Perhaps, I could lay the pieces of a card out and actually be able to see them on my desk without worrying that they would get buried under mountains of scraps or ruined by a stray ink pad. Or put out a selection of beads and not be concerned that they would roll under something and get lost. I might even get my soldering iron out without worrying I would burn the house down.

How often does life hand us a clean slate?  

It seems most of us carry around a lot of excess baggage and unfinished business that just keeps accumulating and compounding in our lives. I’m not talking about papers to file and craft projects to complete. I’m talking about suitcase loads of grief, guilt, sin, sadness, distress, and pain that litter our hearts and minds.

But our God has a disposition to be forgiving and kind to us. He is merciful.  Over and over again in the Psalms, we read:

Oh, give thanks to the Lord for his mercy endures forever,”

as the authors praise God for what He has done for His people throughout history. In Psalm 51, King David begs God to forgive him for committing adultery with Bathsheba and then sending her husband into battle to be killed. Imagine his guilt and shame over what he had done. With a truly remorseful and contrite spirit, he cries out in verse 10:

A Clean Slate

“Create in me a clean heart, Oh God…” 

David did suffer great hardships in his life, even after confessing and receiving a clean heart, but his relationship with God was restored and he would go on to praise Him for all the wonderful things He did accomplish.

For me, the only thing better than knowing I can have a clean slate, is knowing that I can have it as often as I want.

When ever I recognize that my heart is becoming a little messy, I can call on God. Lamentations 3:22-23 says:

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.  They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”

No matter how messy our lives get, God’s grace gives us a clean slate.

God does not harden His heart toward us, no matter what our clutter, but begs us to call upon Him to lighten our burden, to remove our baggage, to give us a clean slate. And once we allow Him to do that for us, the possibilities are endless!  Jeremiah 33:3 says:

“Call to me and I will answer you.  I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know.” 

What promise for our future! He desires things for us that we cannot even fathom in our own cluttered life.

I would venture to say that my heart is more likely than my desk to be cleaned fresh every morning, but I think that is as it should be!

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Do you wonder if your sin really matters or about the importance of daily (or more often) repentance? Check out these great posts. 

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7 thoughts on “A Clean Slate

  1. Good morning, Liz!
    I just have to ask: are you putting all of these wonderful ‘musings’ in a book that you can publish or are you considering going into the ministry?? What you have to say is so inspirational, Bible-based & refreshing! Your messages should be shared across even a larger population than you have here on your blog. I thank God for you & all that you have to say…
    Love you,
    T~

  2. I agree with Tonya! Somehow I feel that when the Army is in the past the Lord will lead you & Matt into work for Him:0) Love the messages in Lamentations & Jeremiah…sent them onto Dorie. Love & hugs, Holly/Mom/Grammy

  3. I just noticed the photos…..am utterly amazed, having seen your crafting area in Feb.! Wow & bravo:0) Happy packing!

  4. Yes, God will lighten our burdens if we let. Praise be to God for the reminder. I found your blog through a share made by Jane Giertz. I’m from the ‘burg, too. Prays for a safe and successful move. Pam

  5. Liz, your writings are such an inspiration to me and so uplifting. I am so thankful that my God can forgive and give me a clean slate each day. We don’t start the day planning to sin, but when we do wrong HE is always there waiting for our confession. Love HIM and you all to.

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