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Aunt_A
Feb 24, 2010 9:09 PM CST
Cleanliness is next to godliness. (No, it ain't in the Bible)

I challenge you to go past what you already think about this famous saying. Can you see past the surface? Is this true or false? Why? Maybe you've believed it all your life. Question it and let's see the results here. Please post your thoughts.
\"One moment, please.\"
Imagemollymistsmith
Feb 25, 2010 12:34 PM CST
Name: Tami Smith
Valdosta, GA
Zone 8b
In biblical times they could not enter the temple unless they were clean and women could not enter if they were menstruating.

Uncleanliness shows a disrespect for others and yourself.
Aunt_A
Feb 25, 2010 7:23 PM CST
Know what mollymistsmith??? I've never thought of the famous saying that way. You are correct about the temple.

Interesting.

Any other thoughts?
\"One moment, please.\"
Imagecoconut
Feb 25, 2010 7:36 PM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
I can't imagine God being dirty, sweaty and stinky.
Melissa

Aunt_A
Feb 25, 2010 8:13 PM CST
coconut,

You are funny and quick witted. Nope, I can't either...except Jesus was when He walked on this earth.

LOL
\"One moment, please.\"
Imagecoconut
Feb 26, 2010 5:02 AM CST
Name: Melissa E. Keyes
St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands
Zone 11
And God is usually portrayed as being serious, while the Devil is often laughing. Heard this one recently.

But, in my experience, when God visits me to show mw something, he's very cheerful and smiling.
Melissa

Aunt_A
Feb 26, 2010 7:00 AM CST
God is love and love smiles a whole lot.
\"One moment, please.\"
ImageLouC
Feb 26, 2010 3:39 PM CST
Name: Christi Gibson
DeSoto Texas
zone 8a
Wonderful thoughts.
Imagemollymistsmith
Feb 26, 2010 5:38 PM CST
Name: Tami Smith
Valdosta, GA
Zone 8b
I agree I agree
Aunt_A
Feb 26, 2010 9:39 PM CST
Hurray!
\"One moment, please.\"
Imagearejay59
Feb 27, 2010 1:29 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Clear your mind of the clutter , get closer to God.
Imagemollymistsmith
Feb 27, 2010 2:27 PM CST
Name: Tami Smith
Valdosta, GA
Zone 8b
That is so true Robin. Smiling
Imagearejay59
Feb 27, 2010 2:32 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Thank You Molly.
Aunt_A
Feb 27, 2010 5:26 PM CST
That is good; never thought of it that way either. Clearing out the clutter and spending time with Him.

Thanks!
\"One moment, please.\"
Imagearejay59
Feb 27, 2010 6:24 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Smiling
ImageGymgirl
Mar 3, 2010 1:46 PM CST
Name: Linda
Zone 9a, Houston, Tx. (Hobby)
Godspeed & Good Harvest!
Before I moved into my first home, I lived in a one-bedroom apartment for 20 years. Did much world-traveling, so home was simply my "base" to eat, sleep, and go to work to earn more money for traveling. My place was always cluttered with papers and music, books, travel memorabilia, and all manner of truly IMPORTANT "stuff." After all, it was only me there.

When I bought my home, I resolved to use this opportunity to make it "decent, and in order." Unfortunately, I moved out of my apartment at the last minute and had not properly sorted & purged beforehand, so EVERYTHING moved with me to the house. But, I had a huge garage, so it all went in there.

My plan was simple. Bring one box at a time into the house, sort carefully, make a critical decision about keeping/tossing, determine a place for it. This worked like a charm! I got so good that my then-"courting" husband could ask me for a screwdriver and I could direct him to the drawer in the kitchen, on the left side, behind the thus-and-such!

Since I had so much space in the house without all the clutter, I actually had to get used to moving in uncluttered space. Unbeknownst to us at the time, we form patterns of movement through clutter that imprint on our memory -- it's how we get around in the dark -- we remember what's where...

But take away all the "junk," clear the pathways, and life feels rather strange. But, we're given the opportunity to walk more freely, into more unencumbered space, with less tripping, and much less stress about how much stuff is everywhere.

It's called freedom. And it's what God wants us to experience in life. To divest ourselves of everything that is cluttering our way, hindering our steps, and causing us to stumble and fall.

My goal now regarding "stuff" is to be like Paul in prison when he asked Timothy to bring .."the parchments and the cloak.." I'm paring down to only what is absolutely necessary to keep me focused on God. Am I there yet? No way!

But, my path is much clearer! Lovey dubby
Imagearejay59
Mar 3, 2010 2:13 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
Wow! I wish I could find more words. Brave is the only one I can find.
ImageRidesredmule
Mar 3, 2010 2:26 PM CST
Name: Charleen
Barnesville, Ga. Zone 7b-8
Walk in Peace / I'm Charley's Mom.
Inspiring? Yes, very much so...
Imagearejay59
Mar 3, 2010 2:28 PM CST
Name: Arejay aka Robin Brann
Maine
4th Annual Iris Sale going on now!
I knew you would relate with my wonder!
ImageLouC
Mar 3, 2010 3:06 PM CST
Name: Christi Gibson
DeSoto Texas
zone 8a
Linda, that is so inspiring. I had thought about taking my garden down a notch this year because it had become so demanding (didn't get that way by itself). Well, along comes winter of 2010 and practically wipes out the whole thing. Had a little greenhouse 6x8 and the 14 inches of snow in 24 hours crashed it. Today I have taken out the pots and about half are dead. I don't even feel remorse. It has begun to own me and I felt trapped. All my own fault. God took care of some of the decisions that I wasn't able to make. This spring and summer will be much simpler and more pleasant. I hadn't completely seen it like that until your post. Thank you. Thumbs up

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