Like many saved, single, young women, I constantly profess to be “In Preparation!” I am putting myself in a position to get “CHOSE”…as the expression says! I am constantly asking God to show me ME, seeking God to remove anything not like Him. My constant prayer is that He clean me up spiritually and help me to let go of anything and anyone that is not connected to the destiny I have in Him. I am involved in church; I keep myself busy at work and pursuing my personal interests. I am doing everything the singles’ books say to do. I am living a successful single life RIGHT?? I wish I could say yes but unfortunately I cannot.
While pursuing all these wonderful endeavors, I drive around in a messy car, work in a messy environment and live in a cluttered house. It has become the running joke among my friends that I live out of my car. My co-workers have justified my messy, paper-strewn classroom with statements like, “Well there’s REAL learning going on in there!” OH and my house?! I reached the point where I justified the clutter by saying, “Well my kitchen and my bathroom are ALWAYS clean, and that is all that matters!”
God is a God of ORDER!!! From the time of creation, God set everything up in divine order (See Genesis 1-2) Later on in the book of Leviticus, God set up the order of the church. In the New Testament we are told, “…that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s spirit lives in you…”(I Corinthians 3:16 NIV) If God required order in the Old Testament church where His spirit dwelled, it makes sense that He would also require order from us today.
This order goes beyond the spiritual. While I was going after the things of God I was dismissing this simple but VERY important fact. God also revealed to me that I was also holding up some things and divine connections that He has for me. How do I connect you with this influential person and you let them come visit you in your messy classroom? How can you drive up to a black tie event with papers strewn all in the backseat of your car? Better still, how do I send you a mate and you have not learned how to organize a home yet? “For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace!” (1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV)
This realization was a hard pill to swallow especially with how I portrayed myself to have it all together! I’m a woman of God, a prayer warrior, I.N.D.E.P.E.N.D.E.N.T. etc. etc. blah blah blah!! However, I had to accept this truth about myself in order to move forward. I have made a commitment to clean and organize my car, my classroom and my house. Being in preparation for what God has for you, whatever it may be, is more than just getting your heart right! Your habits and behavior must line up with where God is taking you. God must know that He can trust you and that you are ready. God needs to be able to say, “…You have been faithful over a few things…I will make you ruler over many…” (Matthew 25:21 NIV)
God said to me, if you are faithful in cooking, cleaning, and organizing when its just YOU, you let me know that if I bless you with a husband and children your home will be in order and your husband and children will be taken care of. With the behavior that I displayed, my actions were telling God the exact opposite. I am on the road to being prepared for the next phase of my life, with not only a clean heart but a CLEAN HOUSE!!
Thank You for being a God of order. Thank You for ordering our steps. Thank You for knowing the plans You had for us even before we were born and knowing exactly how You were going to lead us to our destinies even before we took our first steps. Thank You for always being a loving Father that not only convicts and corrects but also leads us in the right direction and remains with us as we go on our journey. We ask that You continue to show us the areas in which we need to grow. We bind laziness and we ask that You give us the strength and energy to do what we have to do to get and maintain clean and organized surroundings. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Sisters I EMPOWER you today to clean and organize your surroundings:
1) PRAY and ask God for guidance and wisdom as you start this process
2) Trash and/or Recycle anything you do not need
3) Break out the bucket and bleach, clean and disinfect
4) Invest in organizational materials (file cabinets, bookshelves, storage bins etc.) If you don’t know where to start www.lifeorganizers.com is a great resource; it has wonderful ideas that are also very inexpensive.
Ms. Katrina Richard is an up and coming professional residing in Chicago, IL. She strives to incorporate knowledge and life-skills to teenagers in her profession as a high school history teacher. Katrina is very active in her church community where she serves in the prayer ministry as well as in the nursery. She has a passion for serving in the lesser known areas of ministry because she believes every facet of ministry is important to kingdom building and spiritual development of the believers. Her favorite scripture is Jeremiah 29:11 — “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”