From Melissa ~ I love (and think of often) the principles and organization skills you taught, but again I think more about how each room/lesson had a biblical message for my Christian walk, heart and life. I can’t go in my closet just thinking about how it needs organized again or just to pick something to wear – I’m reminded of Colossians 3:12-17 Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, forgiveness… and let the peace of God rule in your hearts and be thankful. Wow, I haven’t read the whole verse for a little while… I think I’m gonna put this verse in my closet so I can read it all more often! A great reminder for me! So thankful for you, your teachings, your godly example, encouragement and love. Blessings to you!!
From Donna ~ I’m honored to share with you about the class, Home Matters, led by Sue Wilson. Home Matters was about learning how to better create our home’s environment the way we want it to be – a place of peace, laughter, acceptance, and praise. Not the kind of place where stress and clutter have control. And along this journey we looked at scriptures that applied to the rooms in our heart. Before we began looking into the different areas of our homes, Sue offered some guidelines to encourage successful evaluations of our rooms – mottos such as “It’s a Cinch by the Inch – Hard by the Yard.” and “Eliminate and Concentrate” – eliminate the mess and concentrate on the rest, good reminders for me, a person who likes to think I need to empty an entire space to organize it. We learned to ask questions like “Will this add or relieve stress from my life?”Sue shared the overall strategy for each room – boxes labeled Throw Away, Give Away, Put Away, Store Away and Not sure. The boxes give us a way to evaluate items and find the best place for them – our rooms, someone else’s room or the trash. We traveled from the entrance, to the living room, bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry room, office, media spaces, kitchen, closets, and even to our purses and cars. Each week practical tips were shared for easing stress in these areas. And then what I found to be the most important was the spiritual applications. Just as we looked into the rooms of our homes we looked at the different areas of our hearts that might need some de-cluttering; such as un-forgiveness, priorities, serving God and others, seeking truth always with scripture. In the Laundry Room we were reminded to clean up any language not honoring to God, such as gossip. Ps 19:14 reads “May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to You, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.” In the Office we looked at de-luttering our minds of all the stuff that leads to poor choices. 2 Corinthians 10:5-6 reminds us to bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. It’s lassoing every impure thought with the power of the Holy Spirit. All that we learned brought clear to me the truth – we can clean our homes for guests and still have a mess in our closets and drawers – it’s just not seen by the guest. The same applies to our heart – we can look good on the outside and still have a heart cluttered by stuff not dealt with. I found I did more throwing away and storing away in the rooms of my heart during this class. Now I’m really ready for my bedroom closets!!