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Struggling with clutter?
Going forward with God's help
Have you ever had the feeling that you were drowning in clutter? Piles of unread magazines on every ledge. Batteries and light bulbs (used or unused?) in the fruit bowl. Cords or plugs relating to computers, television sets, or toasters in every corner or even under beds. Believe me, you’re not alone! Whenever I mention my work as an organizer to others, someone always pulls me aside wanting to talk about the struggle with clutter in his or her life.
Sometimes it’s just about finding a better filing system for the bills. Other times it may be a need to dig out from the tsunami of paper flowing into a home. The challenges with clutter are as individual as we are. Of course there are many magazines these days that are filled with practical steps to sanity. Clear one tabletop a day. One cupboard a weekend. When you buy a new jacket, make sure you let go of an old one. But while such practical steps can be useful, I find that they’re not really the most important place to start.
In my study and application of the truths in the Bible and Science and Health, I’m learning that the foundation for transforming our spaces and dealing with clutter has to be laid in thought first. I’m seeing more and more clearly that clutter and disorganization are not any part of our true nature as expressions of God, and they can have no hold on us when we pray and listen for His direction.
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About the author
Heather Woodman lives on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and considers her organizing work an exhilarating part of her daily practice of Christian Science.
M.M. Bennetts, Carmen Louise Votaw, Carol Logian
On your marks...!
Kim Shippey, Senior Staff Editor
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Completeness and fulfillment
Shining like stars
Prayer in a former war zone
Janet Cowgill Distel
The immediacy of healing
Betsie Ellington Tegtmeyer
Struggling with clutter?
Golf goals and God
'Pa' for the course
A debate deserving deep prayer
Disarming ethnic terrorism
Rely on spiritual reasoning
A healing support to family
Christians and Muslims working together
Returning to religious roots
Cathy Lynn Grossman
Healed after a trampoline fall
Pain stops; resentment toward mother fades
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