April 17, 2008

Changes Wrought

I made another trip to the consignment store yesterday. I've lost count, but this was the 4th or 5th SUV-load I've taken since I started purging in January. I know we've had 3 truckloads of trash (and more to come!) In the process, I've "earned" $130 from cleaning the downstairs, and another $50 in coins I found in a sand bucket in the attic and took to the bank (boy, does loose change add up!) I can't wait to see what the attic loot brings!

There's still one area left to sort. If I get to it before the attic gets too hot, that's fine. If not, it'll keep til Fall. We will finish the garage (R & CJ started that on their own, WITHOUT any prodding from me...see, it's contagious!) I do have some things I want to fine-tune in the house, but I'm definitely winding down.

I've received comments from other bloggers who say I've been an inspiration, a "hero"...which makes me want to shout, "BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ME!"

I know me.

I know that it is all because of Him. Believe me...BELIEVE ME...when I tell you that absolutely none of the changes in my life would have happened without His guidance (and in some cases, I've gone kicking and screaming). I can't take any glory here, because I know myself too well.

This isn't false humility. It's the unvarnished truth. As I think back on the past year of my life, I can't believe what He has done.

The working wife has become the wife who happens to work.

The busybody has become a homebody.

The hoarder has become a minimalist.

The one who couldn't slow down (for fear of looking at herself) has become the one who cherishes and anticipates the Day of Rest.

And the one thing I hope each of you knows is that if He can do it for me, He can do it for anyone.

I will listen [with expectancy] to what God the Lord will say, for He will speak peace to His people, to His saints (those who are in right standing with Him)--but let them not turn again to [self-confident] folly.
~Psalm 85:8 (AMP)


His Girl said...

*deep sigh*

I love this story- watching someone else walk down this path makes me feel this sense of camaraderie- like, that this simplifying thing isn't a solo war... that I've got support from Him through encouragement in others...

not explaining myself well... perhaps you know what I mean anyway!

Melissa said...

His Girl,

I DEFINITELY know what you mean!

Mrs.Naz@BecomingMe said...

Wonderful post Melissa. To Him be all the glory. Thanks for sharing your journey. He is doing Great things in and through yoU!

Tracy said...

I came to your blog by way of Becoming Me. What a tranquil, beautiful site! Your post today was beautiful in its humility I'm going to print and post that verse (so that I see it often!) Looking forward to stopping by again soon.

Anonymous said...

Great post. It is wonderful to read about your transformation. It is possible!

Alana said...

That is so wonderful. I love when changes are made in our lives that we can in NO WAY take credit for...because then the credit can only go where it deserves!

Alyce said...

You've done really well with simplifying.. Keep up the good work!..Then come on over here and get into my attic ;-)

Mary@notbefore7 said...

What a beautiful verse..."not turn again to self-confident folly" - Oh i need to hang that somewhere.

It is all because of Him and I love the changes you shared. I love hearing what you were and have become because of His grace.

Lisa Spence said...

How great is our God! He is All Sufficient!