Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Empty Spaces

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

6 comments:

Paulette Insall said...

i'm so glad to hear things are finally starting to calm down for you sweetie!! and we totally have that clutter bug thing in common and i'm wanting to simplify too this year...had wanted to last year, but i don't think my mind was quite ready to tackle it yet. wish i had someone to help keep my in line like you have janene. :D

are we still on for coffee this thursday? i sent ya a message on facebook last night about it. can't wait to see you (and your new do)!!

much love!!
paulette

Tara said...

Hey Teri,
I know what you mean about the quiet. My life has totally changed since my kids moved out. Also, when God gave me that word SIMPLIFY a few years back, I truly let go of a lot of things and obligations in my life. Somedays it is so liberating and sometimes I feel like I have lost a part of me. I just have to keep reminding myself that this life is not about me, it is how I can help others.
Can't wait to see your new do. Always love a new haircut. I would go once a week and get mine washed and fixed if I could get a way with it! LOL
Hugs,
Tara

Mary said...

Hi Teri, I know you are liking the quiet, but I know you are missing your little grandson too!! I hope they did not move too far away!!

Can I come with for coffee????
I wish!!

Teri Leigh said...

Tara, great advice to remember. It is about loving others and not about us.

Paulette,
Yes we are on, can't wait!

Mary, Come anytime you like. Seriously, come anytime :)

Paulette Insall said...

woo hoo!! i can't wait either!!

mary, i wish you could join us for coffee too!! if you ever get over here near portland, you'd better let me know ok? :D

karin said...

Praise Jesus-glad you are able to relax and I can't wait to see you and hear all the news. Good luck on the decluttering and I love the green bracelet!