Keeping My Mind De-Cluttered

De-cluttering items is awesome thing, cause it really keeps my mind from being so overly occupied with stuff. I believe that's why I was drawn to this picture above. It's just enough, not too much. And,  I also don't want to overlook de-cluttering my mind, my thoughts, and my life either.

I found the more stuff I had around me, the more stressed I felt. Too much to clean, too much to be responsible for, simply too much! So, as I started really looking at how often I was wearing or using something, I realized that it was just either hanging or in a dresser or box. Immediately, I started donating and it's been a God-send! That's one way to keep my mind from going overboard.

Then there's the mental side: (a) overly concerned to the point of worrying about things (especially what I can't control), (b) thinking a situation to death trying to assess it, (c) brooding over disappointments, (d) stressing over a busy schedule; or (e) even how I plan to respond to an email. All these are mind battles like being in a war! And, I had to get a handle on that too. The first thing to do is pray to Jesus. He said it best: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." - (Matthew 11:28-29 KJV) Sometimes, it's just a matter of "letting go". Let go of the scenarios I conjure up in my head. Let go of the way I've been thinking for 400 years! Let go of trying to manipulate circumstances so that they end up my way. Just LET GO!  

I've been a control FREAKAZOID for years! And the one thing The Lord is breaking me from is having to have control over my circumstances. There's simply no way I can fix anything because half the time, I'm the one that messed it up in the first place! So, what makes me think I know it all?! If I'm going to trust God, then trust Him. Otherwise, don't pray, don't trust and good luck with that! LOL! No, I want the best that God has for me. And He wants me to have His best, but He needs my surrender. He needs me to understand that I can't control the outcomes in my life and because He always has the best answer, why should I worry myself half to death?! 

Another thing I LOVE to do that really helps me clear my head is writing in my journal. I have always liked writing but I got away from it when blogging became popular. However, there's something about picking up a book and pen and actually writing in it. I write about my day, elaborate on a scripture I'm reading and even write out a prayer. I always feel better afterwards. It's like I've emptied myself out and I'm reloading. 

I know it's not always easy to rest our minds especially when we're going through something, but remember this: you're going through it and you're coming out on the other side and God will help you get there. It's those times when we let go of what we want and let God have His way. He knows how to handle every situation in a way we can't. Easier said than done, but worth really trying :)

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