Cleaning and Renewing

I am excited to have my blogging friend, Caroline, joining us on The Scenic Route today. I encourage you to check out her blog Under God’s Mighty Hand after reading her encouraging words today!

I wish I could get “life” right and keep it right. Do you?

This faith calls us to active renewal.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” -Romans 12: 1-2 (emphasis mine)

But sometimes I just want to renew my heart and mind once and for all! To keep God’s love, His truths, His compassion in my active thoughts – never allowing those elements to escape with my frustrated sighs.

The state of this age never allows such perfection.

The natural state of this world is chaos. We need constant renewal – every day, every minute – for our actions to follow His footsteps. Renewal takes captive our thoughts to make them obedient to His purposes.

I liken this constant need of renewal to cleaning my family’s very-much-lived-in house. I swoon over and even ache for clean surfaces, minimal clutter, and organized spaces. And I can usually establish decent systems for various areas of our house. But it’s keeping those areas clean that’s the tough job.

I clean. I organize. I de-clutter.

A few weeks or days (or hours, if we’re talking about the dishes) later, piles appear, dust settles, and dishes multiply. I glance around and wonder to where my clean, clear spaces disappeared.

My heart and my mind unfortunately revert to a similar chaotic, messy state. I read, I pray, I revel in His Word. Then, I turn to the next day, the next hour and forget some essential truth. My attitude sours to someone I disagree with, I lose energy to serve, or I attempt a to-do list without praying throughout.

But our loving, grace-giving God offers many more “second chances” than I deserve. He allows reoccurring opportunities to renew our everything to Him. To run to Him, cling to Him, and follow His guidance.

C.S. Lewis said: “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.”

So while I long deep within my heart for the day when this renewed state will become a constant state, I readily accept the grace God so lovingly gives me each day.

I pray for His perfect, pleasing will to act through me, not my own.

Caroline is a wife, mother of a beautiful and charming toddler son, avid reader, and writer. You can find Caroline at her personal blog (Under God’s Mighty Hand) and on Twitter.

11 thoughts on “Cleaning and Renewing

  1. arnyslight

    "But our loving, grace-giving God offers many more “second chances” than I deserve. He allows reoccurring opportunities to renew our everything to Him."

    I once heard a song say….

    He is the God of a Million 2nd chances…

    i like that…

    Good thoughts Caroline.

    God bless!

  2. Jenifer

    Great to see you here Caroline! This is great encouragement. I praise God that His mercies are new every morning.

  3. Caroline

    Arnyslight – Ooh, I like that too. He definitely is the God of a million (and more!) 2nd chances. Thanks for sharing that!

    Jenifer – Praising God for those new mercies right along with you! Thank you for your encouragement!

    Tracy – I was definitely talking about me, so I'm glad to know I'm not alone and others can identify! Thanks for your support and kind words!

  4. Lisa

    This is beautiful and I love the C.S. Lewis quote. I'm so glad that God gives second, third, and fourth chances. The analogy of the clean/dirty house does describe the daily renewing of our minds – one time just won't work.
    Many blessings, Caroline & Eileen!

  5. Tiffini

    and often in a day:) I so relate to this post. This is the way God intended it and it will be once again but in the interim…to be filled with Him moment by moment. Building my relationship with Him.
    good stuff Caroline:)

  6. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Absolutely wonderful post Caroline. As you noted, finding the daily renewal in Christ's presence isn't always obvious, or easy, but it's absolutely what we're called to do.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  7. Caroline

    Lisa – I love that C.S. Lewis quote too! It both comforts and encourages me as well as convicts me to continue this renewal! And no matter how much I wish just "one time" would work, you're so right that it won't! Thanks for your kind comments.

    Tiffini – Thank you for your encouraging comments. You're very right that this renewal continues to build our relationship with Him.

    Phather Phil – Thank you for your kindness! No matter how easy I wish it was to renew, I'm thankful for the repeated opportunities God graces us with. Thank you for your support.

    Allison – Me too! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Caroline

    Eileen – Thank you so much for hosting my words today. I'm blessed to be here and a part of this encouraging and thoughtful community participating with you on your blog!

  9. Eileen

    Caroline, so glad to have you here today! Thank you for your willingness to share with us. And, I can so relate to the house cleaning analogy. It's so easy for clutter and dirt to invade and take over…just like our minds.


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