It has been so quiet at my house. We are down to only one son at home since two of my kids and grandchild moved out last month. For me the quiet is therapeutic and yet foreign. With all that is going on in my heart I find that I want to just sit back and rest in the solitude. I am craving the empty cup of my being to be filled and it has started to happen, slowly. My pursuit of faith and love and peace and simplicity is moving forward as well. Removing obstacles to those pursuits is mostly saying no to more stuff and time fillers. But saying no leaves empty spaces. The empty space is good.
Yesterday I cleaned out the bathroom which included six drawers and two cupboards. I made it through three drawers and the two cupboards and cleared off the counters. Plugged in the air freshener and washed the rugs. Today, I will finish the remaining drawers. The clearing out and cleaning up just feels so good. There is something very freeing to have the space you live in be welcoming and smell and look fresh.
Some fun stuff going on around here: I got my hair cut really short. If I can get a decent picture I will share. Love it! I also got to spend a few hours art journaling with my niece. I didn't get much done but she organized my art bag. It is much more functional now. I am such a clutter bug and I can take any space and clutter it up in no time. She keeps me in line. I'm sure this won't be the last time I ask her to help me out with organization. The only way to keep the clutter at a minimum is to not have much to work with. I have seriously thought that I should limit my art supplies to what fits in my carrying bag. Just get rid of everything else and be forced to work with a limited amount of stuff. I don't know if I can do it though. I'm sure my studio will the last room I de-clutter for this very reason.
My verse for today:
Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful :) Colossians 3:15