Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cleaning out the Closet

~Tracy Frederick

So, I kidnapped my husband, or is it hijacked? for an hour or so to dig into the downstairs closet. It was time…past time. We waded through boxes of Christmas decorations and our daughter’s baby clothes. As we worked through the “stuff,” scriptures came to mind (of course!) about how we feel overwhelmed sometimes with so much junk, leaving little time for what is important, what is needful -soul-needful. I thought about all of this stuff we’d been avoiding dealing with, but just cluttered up a good closet, room  that could be used for important things. So, today I let go of the size four acid washed jeans that I wore in 1985. Today I let go of those little dresses I sewed so lovingly for our daughter when she was two. Today I let go of her sweet pirate costume I made her when she was five. I let it go. It is time to look forward. Our Father, through the Hebrew writer tells us: “let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” 12:1b. Sin can be different for each of us- holding onto past good deeds and retiring from the work of the Lord's church now, too many wordly things keeping us from doing good we know is needful. All of those keep us burdened, weary of doing good. Time to clean it out. For me, now, the closet is cleaned out, the weight is laid aside and it is time to RUN, sisters! (And NO, I will not come clean out your closet, so don’t ask. ha!)~Tracy


  1. Tracy, Your notes to me (that's how I read them) are always so uplifting. I love you and I am so glad to be acquainted with you, rather than just briefly meeting you so many years ago. Thank you for being such an encouraging sister and friend! May God bless you both in this New Year!


    1. Deaer Debbie,

      You will see that they are usually directed toward my shortcomings and failings. You are too kind and am encouraged by you as well. This is why our Lord designed the church, why He told the apostles to go out in twos or threes- it is too hard to make this journey alone.