Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Surprises At The End of Letting Go

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts ... Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road  ... Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."   ... Deuteronomy 6:6,7,9


It's wild the way many lessons grow hazy in our heads and so we must be reminded of them again. I'd forgotten the one which says we must let go of some dreams before we're given new ones and well, only when I released considerations of buying a new house did I receive fun, creative ideas for this present one. 

It's as though either I could have my impossible dreams or God's possible ones--there wasn't room for both. Only true faith enables us to let go, creating space for better things.

And now, egads! So many ideas swirl inside my head, in fact, that I'm reminding myself of earlier lessons on how not to become overwhelmed.

See this?

That magazine photo has charmed me since I lived down on the farm and now--don't laugh--I'm considering turning my own closet into a tiny spare bedroom. No, really. Rather than spend traumatizing nights out on the recliner again when Naomi comes to visit, I could stay in my own tiny closet bedroom.

Clearly, I march to the beat of a whole different drummer. 

But hey, I would paint the inside of my closet a pale shade of old-fashioned dusty-rose since the outside is wrapped in this wallpaper:

... and I'd buy a child-size bed or just mattresses and rig something up. I could hang some mirrors on a wall to reflect the lamplight and I already have a cute little dresser in there. I'd keep it simple. Sweet.

And oh boy, would a ton of junk in there ever have to go! But that's ok. It's time and besides, I'm one of those women who wears the same few clothes, yet has an entire closet filled with dusty-shouldered stuff she'll never wear again.

So many dreams, so little time! How lovely to be reminded to release time-wasters in order to be given something so much more. New direction, ideas and energy.
Letting go: I highly recommend it.


That photo of my grandparents on my dresser? Each night with my fingers upon the lamp switch, I pause, smile at my grandparents, recall amazing times with them and then picture them in a bright Heaven.  And then I tell them, "I'll see you both soon."

And I go on to dream sweet dreams all night long.


"And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it,” when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left."   ...Isaiah 30:21


Judy said...

Oh! I think that is an AMAZING idea! I'm always looking for a way to sneak in one of those Dutch cupboard beds. It just looks so cozy to me.

Bonnie said...

Clever idea!.....and couldn't some of the closet contents go into the basement?

Anonymous said...

Well, that sounds like a neat idea...look forward to seeing how it will all come together!!
Elizabeth soon on the way back east

Ann said...

But why does letting go seem so hard?

Debra said...

Judy--thanks! And I'll definitely look up Dutch cupboard bed to see what one looks like! :)

Bonnie--I think I'd rather store some things in the two small attic spaces off of my room since it's drier in those areas. Our basement *looks* dry but actually isn't. Sigh.

Elizabeth--I'm looking forward to getting it done, too, but I certainly wish it could all be done with a wave of my hand. heh.

Ann--I think letting go is hard when we haven't grown to trust that God wants to give us something so much better. I've found that I overcome those doubts faster the more I get to know God personally for myself and as He becomes the most important thing to me in this world.

Thanks, Ladies! Blessings, Debra

Dolores said...

Debra, this post was a soothing balm to my scrambled brain this morning. I was very stressed out when I read it, but, by the end I was feeling peace. Thank you for your beautiful writing and charming pictures, my dear friend.

Storybook Woods said...

Ohhh what a brilliant idea and a cleaver use of space. I do not think you are crazy at all and should go for it xox Clarice