Thursday, September 13, 2018

Tossing Out the Junk Part 1

A few days ago the Jewish New Year began. Yom Teruah also called Rosh Hashanah. This is my first year learning about and celebrating the Biblical Feasts. This time of year is for us to reflect on our lives and let go of bad habits and mistakes we have made. It is a time to seek forgiveness from Yah (God) and others. It is a time of prayer and scripture reading. It is a time of celebration and seeing the goodness of Adonai (Lord).

(Going through my cd collection)

Part of my personal reflection had to do with cleaning house. Not in the traditional sense although I am doing that too. This is a spiritual cleaning. I have asked for the Holy Spirit's guidance in what needs to be removed from my home, my life in order to have no stumbling blocks or hindrances on my walk with Yah. At least those I bring on myself.

I love music! I have used music to help me through hard times, enjoy happy times, and remember moments. I have also used music to reflect feelings of loneliness, depression, and hopelessness. These are the songs I have clung to because they spoke the words in my heart during dark times and memories I haven't been able to let go and let Yah help me heal.

Something shifted in my mind and heart on the first day of this new year and it gave me the strength to trash over 100 cds and counting. Yes, you read that right. I haven't listened to most of them in years but they were there taking up space and reminding me that all I had to do was listen to that one song on repeat when I began to feel those same emotions from the darkest times of my life. I finally realized those songs, as much as I love the sound of the guitar, the voices, relate to the words just keep me stuck and don't allow the wounds to mend and heal. It is time to let go.

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct,because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” - 1 Peter 1:13-16 

Over 100 cds ready for the trash.

More to go through.

I know many people may not understand the need to throw out the cds instead of giving them away or selling them but when God puts it on your heart to do something a certain way, you do it. If I give something that has no place in my life because they aren't in line with God's Word and give it to someone else - that just doesn't seem right.

I will be doing this same thing with movies and books soon. 

Have you ever done anything like this? How did it bless your life?


K. Ann said...

What a wonderful thought to ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in choosing what to get rid of and what to leave in your home and life! Of course our faith should affect all of life, but for some reason I never connected the spiritual component to decluttering.

I also love music and find it brings me back to the season in which it was enjoyed, but I've only had positive memories and emotions when I hear it. Even in times of stress and hardship, music has helped lift my spirit and soul, and that's the positive part I remember and feel. I totally respect your decision to throw stuff out; my husband as a youth had a similar experience when he first recommitted his life to Christ, and also burned or threw out many albums that were part of his old life.

Thanks for sharing your heart and encouraging others to clean out the unnecessary things from our lives. :)

MoonDove said...

Thanks for stopping by!