Hidden Messes

Uncover Hidden Messes to Find Jesus’ Healing

I’m excited to share with you words written by my dear friend Stephanie Adams from Real Women Ministries today. I believe you will be so encouraged to uncover hidden messes to find Jesus’s Healing.


Hidden Messes

Hidden Messes

The house was a mess as the time grew closer for the women to arrive for Bible study.

I tend to procrastinate when it comes to chores I don’t enjoy so I began that frantic ‘throw-everything-in-a drawer-or-closet’ method of cleaning.

As I jammed junk into every available hidden space, I prayed no one would have a random need to go into the pantry…or closet…or back bedroom.  And I especially hoped two people didn’t need the restroom at the same time because my second bathroom just wasn’t going to get cleaned.

I plopped in a chair, took a deep breath, and began to pray.  I prayed no one would notice all the ways my house falls short, but more than anything I prayed Jesus would be our focus for the evening.  I wanted His presence to overwhelm our hearts. 

In that moment of prayer, Jesus gently spoke – it isn’t just the hidden places of your house where junk hides, it is also in your heart.  Ouch, Jesus!

Heart Messes

But He was right. Just like I had done with all the clutter in my home, I had taken emotional junk – hurts, struggles, doubts, and fears –  and crammed it into hiding places within my heart and closed it off so others wouldn’t see my messy struggles. 

Here’s the hard truth: when I shut the door to my heart to keep others from seeing, I also keep Jesus from getting in.

It wasn’t until I heard Him whisper to my heart that I realized I had thought I was hiding it from Jesus, too.  Somehow I had convinced myself if I stuffed it far enough away and shut up that part of my heart then God wouldn’t see it either. 

However, God tells us HE is clearly aware of what is going on in our heart and mind

“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind…”
Jeremiah 17:10a ESV

And even though He knows all the messes I am hiding away, He will stand at the chambers of my heart and patiently wait for me to open the doors.

Hidden Messes

Invite Jesus In

Jesus is ever willing to come into those cluttered, messed up places and clean it all out.  But we have to be willing to let Him in.  This isn’t a process He does to us but rather He does with us.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.”
Revelation 3:20 ESV

And just like when we clean out our closets and it seems to like the piles multiply before it gets better. It might feel a little messier before Jesus is done sifting through the clutter in our hearts.

Prayer and Repentance

It takes time for hurt and disappointment to collect and become unforgiveness and bitterness.  So the cleaning out of the heart isn’t always a fun experience when God asks us to deal with tough, deep-rooted issues. 

It is through prayer and repentance that we are able to allow Christ to cleanse our heart, He does a thorough sweeping, making sure to leave nothing behind and restores the spirit within us.

“Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. ”
Psalm 51:9-10 ESV

As we allow God to restore our hearts and fill it with His love, peace, and joy, we find freedom from the fear that others will see what we were once trying to hide.  We will find it easier to be open and show love, forgiveness, and to serve others.

It is only when I willingly open the closed places of my heart that Jesus can bring healing into the mess.

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Pray With Me

Jesus, help me to open the closed doors of my heart where I have unknowingly tried to keep You out.  There is so much junk in the hidden places and quite honestly, I am ashamed for You to see it.  Thought, I know You already know it’s there.  Lord, be patient with me as You work with me to clean all the mess I have made.  Create in me a clean and renew a right spirit within me, Jesus.  Amen.


Meet Stephanie

Stephanie Adams Hidden MessesStephanie K. Adams is a writer, speaker and founder of Real Women Ministries, where a community of women gather to grow their relationship with each other and God through encouragement and accountability to studying the Bible, and cultivating a love for His Word.

Stephanie’s writings have been featured at The Blythe Daniel Agency’s Blog Spot, LifeNotes Cafe, Sweet Jesus Ministries, Sweet to the Soul Ministries, 818 Ministries, and Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation. 

Stephanie enjoys reading, a good cup of coffee, and Saturday breakfast with her husband, Rick.

To join a community of real women sharing real live together, visit www.RealWomenMinistries.org

You can also connect with Stephanie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Hidden Messes


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15 thoughts on “Uncover Hidden Messes to Find Jesus’ Healing

  1. This is so true of all of us, I think. It’s true of me for sure. I’m so thankful God sees the messiest messes of His children and “there is no condemnation.” The condemnation we feel comes from the enemy. Jesus simply stands at the door knocking, waiting and hoping that we’ll open the door and let Him in. He’s already seen the mess and He sees how beautiful we are despite all of it. You are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing this, Stephanie. xoxoxo

  2. Liz, Thank you for sharing Stephanie with us on your site. I too have stuffed things into drawers when people are on their way over and yes hidden my true self from others. I had never thought it was crowding Jesus out. But when I look back I can see it was. Thank you for the truths in this post.

    Loved have you share over on Grace & Truth. I have just joined the team of hosts and look forward to reading more of your posts. Maree

    1. We all do it! And I love how Stephanie points us back to what God has promised in Jesus, no matter how many times we crowd him out! I do link up at Grace& Truth! Excited you’ll be hosting there now, too! Blessings!

  3. Thanks Stephanie. I have been found to stuff things in closets. So trying to get everything organized but it’s so hard with so many things pulling at us. I tell myself “what if Jesus came to visit today”. Well He does and He sees and it keeps me working to clear out all these messes.

    Love you words and they tugged at my heart.

    1. Debbie,

      I am so glad to know I am not alone in stuffing things away at the last minute! But, this lesson Jesus spoke to my heart really made me aware of not doing that with Him when it comes to the uncomfortable places He wants to mold into His image.

  4. Amen, Stephanie. Just like my house gets dirty regularly, I need to clean my heart regularly. I love in Ephesians where it talks about “washing with the water of the word.” Jesus is getting His Church ready. (Hi, Liz!)

  5. This messy girl loves this post! I’ve invited Jesus into my heart messes, but I hadn’t thought about inviting him into my literal messes. Thank you for the inspiration! Sharing on Pinterest and Twitter.

  6. Yep. Haha. I am someone who is very focused on putting my best foot forward. I don’t like sharing my messes with others. But being able to acknowledge them with the Lord and share my struggles with others will not only bring me healing, but it may help someone else begin the healing process as well. Thanks for sharing.

  7. How true, Stephanie. The sting of that revelation hits us all at times, I think. Thanks for sharing this honest word today. Nice to see you at Liz’s place. 🙂 I believe we met at She Speaks last year, if I’m not mistaken. You seem familiar to me. 🙂 ((hug))

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