The phrase "spring cleaning" has been tossed around at our house about every other day in the past month. Like many Americans this time of year we have been doing yard work, cleaning out drawers that have been untouched for months, and organizing. There is just something about the weather getting warmer, the sun shining and birds chirping that seems to give us a renewed sense of energy. 
     
We do our best to not live our lives directed by our feelings, but to have a firm foundation in Christ. But as I've lived through more and more years, I have started to see a pattern following the changing of the seasons. A scripture that perfectly summarizes spring is Romans 12:2, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” I love that verse. When I used to read it, I never really understood it. How do you renew your mind? By changing the way you think? So many times in my life that has been exactly the way I have been able to renew my mind. And not just my mind, but also my life. Change does not always come easy. But when you are honest with yourself and know that you are not perfect, then you allow God to be able to fix the bumpy areas in your life. We don't always know what is wrong in our lives. Our families and friends probably have a list of exactly what we need to be working on. And if we are open to change then we shouldn't mind hearing feedback from them or from the Holy Spirit. 

This spring, I want to have a clean home and a clean spirit. Like my garden, I also want to grow and flourish and be a better human being to those around me (even if my garden is only a couple of flowers). As a parent of two awesome kids, it becomes exceedingly easy to compare our life to others. To single people who get to stay up all night with no consequence. To couples without children who have the freedom to “travel.” To people who seem to have more money or more time. I think it's pretty common that we know that the life people show at church, or on social media, isn't always how their life really is. But I don't want the fact that their life might actually be terrible to be the thing that comforts me. I want them to have that great life. Another springtime scripture is II Timothy 1:7, “For God hasn't given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” We can all have a supernaturally great life. He never planned on us living a life of fear. He gives us the power to push us forward. He gave us love to give to those around us. And he gave us a sound mind so we can keep our life in order without falling apart! It's up to us to make it happen.
 

Blog by: Taylor Jordan