I’ve started going through my old journals. The intent is to glean what lessons and experiences I could write about, and then get rid of the journals. At that point, I’ve already had the benefit that writing gives, why continue to hold on? There is freedom in letting go!
The journal I picked up was from 2009. That was a year in the middle of a few REALLY HARD years. We had family members that were struggling, many financial troubles, a small business that took time– but wasn’t providing enough to meet all our expenses, a stressful move and many other issues that I’ve since forgot. It was interesting to re-read about that year. I had forgotten a lot and was glad to see I’ve grown. Those experiences were no longer a source of stress and bitterness.
How freeing it was to realize I wasn’t going to go back to the place God had set me free from!
I’ve had healing in relationships that weren’t good then. The business that was struggling has been shut down. The LORD has provided steady income and we have way less stress. It really felt wonderful to see the growth, let the past go and throw the papers aside, to be burnt later. I don’t want to re-read again, and certainly don’t want others to read.
God has healed and brought us far, why would I hang on to reminders of emotional pain and struggle?
A few years ago, I started a business of helping people downsize. I take their unwanted items and sell or donate them. A lot of people don’t want to do the selling, but appreciate receiving money for the sale.
Stuff can be such a burden! I love purging and take delight in helping people to be set free!
It all started when we had a kettle corn business. We would take the crumbs from under the trays and give them to people for their chickens and/or farm animals. One of the gals that came to pick up was attempting to downsize. She had lots of stuff and didn’t know where to start. She wasn’t comfortable meeting strangers and selling her stuff. I offered to do so for her, and so it began.
My thinking was ( and is) that this is a great way to help others be set free from attachments to things. Living simple is a much-needed rejection of the world’s goal of acquiring lots of stuff and materialism. In doing without, we have opportunity to learn contentment and to trust God’s provision of our needs.
We have value for who we are —NOT for what we own!
A service like this is great for those that—
- Are ready for to clean and purge. They are done hanging onto stuff that doesn’t offer them value anymore.
- want help to get priorities inline with their values
- Don’t want to do the pricing, listing and sales meets
- Don’t have time for the work of purging, but could use the financial boost
- don’t have a vehicle to take stuff to thrift store/mission/charities for donation
- Have physical limitations that hinder such physical work
If this interests you, feel free to contact me. I would love to help you simplify!
Luke 12:15, ” Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions. “
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