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Junk in the Basement

Today’s Reflection

WE MAY DISCOVER a lot of junk in the basements of our inner selves. Old wounds, past losses, and shameful deeds may lie covered, out of sight most of the time but still bothersome. A good housecleaning may be needed—not just the living room but the basement as well; not just tidying up a bit but getting rid of accumulated stuff.

Unrepented-of sin prevents us from welcoming Christ into the center of our being. Harmful attitudes and behaviors can obscure the grace of God for us. Metanoia in Greek, “repentance” in English, means a change of mind, a new mental state. We exchange the self-centered mind for the power of the Spirit to free us from harmful practices and attachments.

– J. David Muyskens
Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer

From page 36 of Forty Days to a Closer Walk with God: The Practice of Centering Prayer by J. David Muyskens. Copyright © 2006 by J. David Muyskens. All rights reserved. Used bypermission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What needs to be tidied up in your spirit? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for your neighbor. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (April 17).

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  • Jill April 17, 2018, 4:29 am

    The area that needs tidying up is my attitude regarding my sister. Last week I thought a lot about her and was able to do some ridding up. It did indeed start with introspection and confession, recognizing my lack of compassion for her in our “new normal”. I had not been praying for her, her feelings during all of this. My heart was cold, bitterly cold towards her. I would now say it is thawing – and much progress is still needed. And while things likely will never be as they once were between us, I can still pray for her, ask God to continue to work in me regarding my thoughts towards her and what our relationship will look like moving forward. I think He is asking me to accept her as she is, to love her…bottom line – glorify Him – whatever that looks like in each and every situation. Also – it came to me, my being very intentional regarding my sister is yet another way I can honor my parents.
    Grateful for many tasks accomplished at school yesterday – a very busy day. Went to bed with a headache, but grateful to be pain free today. Longing for spring, but still experiencing snow and cold winds. Grateful for your words, Julie – regarding my mom and her perspective. I try to tread very gently and need the reminder.

  • robert moeller April 17, 2018, 5:19 am

    Working on my relationships with Erich and Anneliese. Providing support the best I can and trying to find ways to resolve issues that cause problems. I can’t change the past, am trying to help create a better future. I think tidying up should be a regular and frequent activity.

    Thankful for a walk and more progress on the shelf project yesterday. An internet problem was also resolved. While we are able to solve some problems, the ability to do so comes from God who enabled us. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for ALL of our neighbors. We all need each other, God wants us to love one another, Christ filled it can be done. Thank You, Lord.

    Each of you and the needs you have expressed are in my prayers. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for me, Erich, Anneliese, and even Pearl.
    Trust in, believe in God and all will be well. While our bodies can and do perish, our souls, our essence is with God in our real home. Thank You, Lord.

  • Betsy April 17, 2018, 6:45 am

    I also confess to some issues with family members that have resulted in hurt feelings. Praying that I can be more open with my siblings, many of them nonbelievers, about my journey and theirs also. Judging them when I don’t always know where their heart is. I pray for God’s help with that.
    Thank you, Robert, for that thought about where our real home is….our spirit is with God. Prayers for all my UR friends in all circumstances this day.

  • Connie April 17, 2018, 7:47 am

    Not only my house, but my mind needs a thorough Spring cleaning! Help me, Lord.

  • Julie April 17, 2018, 8:01 am

    I have so many regrets including my marriage and quiting my job. My brother is stationed in Japan and we have never been close. Not sure that this is something I would or could change. We are two totally different peope and never had a relationship even in childhood.
    Prayers for all of our neighbors, especially those in Syria who are caught in the conflict. My pateranl great grandparents both came to Amerca from Syria.
    Blessings and prayers for and thank you to the UR family
    Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.
    Henry van Dyke

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling April 18, 2018, 8:02 am

    Father God, i uplift my neighbours into your hands. May you bless them with the joy of salvation and the joy of knowing you intimately

    Blessings to all

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