Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Less Clutter

by Cathy Baker

{ DAY 2 }

I know, I know. The saying “Cleanliness is next to godlinessis not in the Bible, but whoever came up with it may have been onto something.

I don’t know about you, but having things neat and decluttered goes a long way in clearing my head, especially when trying to quiet myself before the Lord. I sit down to read my Bible, study, or simply take in the silence and all of a sudden a multitude of should be’s collaborate with a stack of books and dust scarred table tops to vie for my attention. 

With this in mind, I’d like to introduce you to another 31 Day writer, Ruth Soukop, of LIVING WELL Spending Less. Her beautiful Web site is dedicated to living the good life on a budget — a life not dependent on what we have but who we are. It’s chock full of creativity, wisdom, and graphics that make me envious smile. This month, Ruth is challenging us to rid our homes of the clutter in order to clear our home, mind and schedule. I’ve signed up to receive her daily emails for 31 Days but you can also order the book via Kindle.

Staying in step with the Spirit: I know of fewer things that put a hiccup in my step than distractions. We can’t control them all, but I’m asking God to show me those distractions which I can kick to the curb (or at least improve) in order to stay more in step with His Spirit. 

Father, keeping our homes decluttered seems like such a baby step but I thank You for the many ways Jesus valued the little things and how often He used them as examples.

“Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I
compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted
in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air
perched in its branches.” Luke 13:18

I’d love for you to join me on this journey in finding fresh and creative ways to stay in step with the Spirit, and if one of those ways includes a clutter free home, be sure to check out Ruth’s challenge here. 


{ Day 1 } Staying in Step with the Spirit Via Our Senses

Why I’m Taking the 31 Day Challenge


by Cathy Baker

Here’s why I’ve decided to participate in Myquillyn Smith’s (The Nester) 31 DAYS writing challenge to blog every day during the month of October:

  • I love to blog. It’s that simple. Putting my thoughts out there for all to see is a bit scary but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  • The challenge offers a unique opportunity to meet other bloggers. Who doesn’t enjoy meeting others willing to undertake similar challenges?

  • Structure is my friend. Having said that, I’ve decided to blog every day in October except Sundays.

  • Because it’s where I am right now. The theme for my October blogging is “Join In The Dance…Staying in Step with the Spirit.”

Later this week I’ll be sharing the “why” behind the topic. In the meantime, if you enjoy blogging, it’s not too late to join in the fun

Ready for a Worship-Filled Christmas?

It may seem a bit too early to mention Christmas, but consider the fact that as Christ followers, every day is to be a celebration of His love, mercy, and grace!

Beginning this Friday (31 days to December 22nd), a NEW series 31 Days to a Worship-Filled Christmas begins! Each day will offer a simple way to breathe Gospel-driven intentionality into our holiday season. We’ll kick off with Thanksgiving ideas through the weekend and then we’ll move into Christmas on Monday.

As we journey through the season, I invite you to share your own ideas—ways that your family celebrates Christmas. 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one
another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 

Colossians 3:16


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