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Cleaning Out Cobwebs

No time better than the end of a year to clean out the cobwebs. When Mike and I got the things out of the warehouse it was time to have it cleaned. I know there were cobwebs that had been in some of those corners since we moved in. They swept the warehouse and straightened but never pulled equipment out to get in the corners. I know there were cobwebs back there but it was too exhausting to have to deal with. Out of sight, out of mind.

Isn't that how we are with our cobwebs. If we keep the basic things straight and swept up no one knows. No one looks behind our refrigerators or washing machines. But we know. Everyone has cobwebs. Our cobwebs come in different forms. Forms of shame, guilt, fear, selfishness, addiction, holding onto things we need to give to God, bad relationships, not forgiving, not asking for forgiveness, dishonesty, control issues and so many others. We know but it is too exhausting to tackle them.

It is good to reflect on the past year but do not stay focused on our failures and regrets. God wants us to bring all our anxieties to Him. Philippians 4: 6-7, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." God wants us to learn from our mistakes and grow in our faith. This is how we will gain wisdom. We cannot stay focused on the past and move forward.

He knows we are not perfect and never will be. If we ask Him for forgiveness and turn from sin He says He will remember it NO MORE! Hebrews 8: 12, "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." At the same time, God expects us to forgive others. Matthew 6: 14, "For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you."

As this year ends let's prepare for the new year! First by cleaning out the cobwebs that we have not wanted to deal with. It is a great time to start over. We know God likes new things. 2 Corinthians 5: 17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" God wants what is best for us. Jeremiah 29: 11, "'For I know the thoughts that I think toward you', says the LORD, 'thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.'” 

Ask God to help you find your will in His will this coming year. Whatever that is commit to Him. Proverbs 16: 3, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." Philippians 4: 13, "I can do all this through him who gives me strength." You have all the help you need. We have a lot to be excited for this coming year! Out with the old and in with the new!

What is hiding in the dark corners of your life? Isn't it time to let it go?

Exodus 12: 2, "Exodus 2: 12, "This month is to be for you the first month, the first month of your year." This is your year!"

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