40 Bags in 40 Days!

Let me start by saying I am not Marie Kondo, not even close. I’m just a girl…standing in front of a house….asking it to be clean and organized.
but seriously πŸ™‚ …

40 bags in 40 days.

let’s back the train up for a sec and start with a History & Current Events lesson
(it’s the teacher in me yall)
Today is Ash Wednesday, which is also the 1st day of Lent. For some, Lent is a 40 day period of giving up chocolate, caffeine, sugar or something else after Pancake Day (see previous blog πŸ™‚ ). Traditionally, it’s seen as a time in which to reflect upon the life and death of Jesus.

The number of the day is 40!! (ah ah ah)
The 40 days of Lent represent the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness at the start of his ministry. Jesus fasted during this time in the wilderness, so the concept of giving up something during the 40 days of Lent comes from this as a way to understand what He went through and as a way to prepare our hearts for Easter Sunday.

so how does 40 days become a 40 bags thing…

We have filled our house – overly filled- with things we have to have(!!), that we think we NEED. These “things” can weigh us down on so many levels- physically, mentally, even spiritually. Our stuff can literally keep us from doing what God has called us to do. more stingy feelings- man this is tough for me even to type!
i don’t know about you but i don’t want to live that way!!!

so here’s what we’re doing!!
every day for 40 days, Lu and I are going to fill a bag- most days it will be a grocery-size bag- and get rid of them! Some bags will be trash, some bags will be donations. you may be thinking 40 bags, that’s a lot!! no way I can fill 40 bags… but break it down! one day you clean out a drawer, the next is your pantry, then your car (you know you can fill a bag with those empty starbucks cups still in there am i right?!), and then under your sink, etc πŸ™‚ Make a checklist of places in your house, then make a chart to check off a bag a day!
The point though is not about cleaning out, organizing or patting ourselves on the back for a clean house (although that is a serious accomplishment for us)…
our focus for these 40 days is to declutter our lives- inward and outward. We don’t want to be held down or back from what God has put us on this Earth to do. We’re gonna take these 40 days and remember what matters – and that’s Jesus. Stuff doesn’t matter.

It’s just stuff.

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