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I was desperately looking for a way to manage my home in peace. 

Please note that I say home and not house.  My house is the physical space. My home is where the physical, relational and spiritual collide!

For the last month I have read and re-read Philippians. True to God’s form of leading in my life, meditating on Philippians coincided with ‘finding’ and reading a book:

“The House That Cleans Itself” by Mindy Starns Clark.

So God made sure that the physical space was addressed in “The House that Cleans Itself” while the spiritual was addressed in “Philippians.”  Logically the relationships happen in between!

Mindy Starns Clark challenged me to begin looking at the ‘stuff’ of life differently.  For everything that I own it requires time to keep in the right storage area, to clean, to maintain.  So with every ‘thing’ that I currently own I needed to ask myself;

“Do I have the time for this thing?”  And before every new purchase I needed to ask “Do I have time to store, clean and maintain this?” 

In essence – I was learning to question:

“What is Vital to my home?”

Philippians 1:10 became a living passage, a mantra in my life. 

So that you may surely learn to sense what is vital and approve and prize what is excellent and of real value…..

And I began to see that learning to sense what is vital did not stop with the stuff of my house but applied to my eating, my exercise, my weight, my marriage, my writing, my witness, my job… You get the picture.

What God had given me was a place to start.  Start on the house.  I have heard that if you want to understand a person look at how they keep their house.  Stuff was controlling me.  And that was the tip of the iceberg.

My Second Lesson:

I learned that the stuff was controlling my relationships.  The relationships were sacrificed to care for the stuff and the spiritual simply disappeared into anger.