Monday, October 14, 2013


Today was not a day I had been looking forward to for quite some time.  Today was the day that I would have to go through all our boxes in storage and get rid of most of it in preparation for moving to Swaziland.

I not only survived the day, but actually got rid of about 90% of the stuff according to my trusty mom who was there helping me.  So after several hours of hard work, the kids, my mom, my bestie Rhonda, and even Jim (after work), have boxes and boxes of stuff ready to be sold at a huge rummage sale in a couple of weeks.

Was it the most enjoyable thing I've ever done?  Definitely not.  But with the call from God clearly in mind and His provision of great help, it wasn't as bad as I dreaded.  In fact, some parts were actually fun.

I do want to share with you the verses that were waiting for me in my iPhone this morning.  They couldn't have been more fitting for the occasion.

"Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever." -- 1 John 2:15-17 NLT


us5 said...

i'm praying for you this week, Elysa. i found that the day of the sale was the hardest part for me. thinking of strangers walking away with bargains out of things that i treasured. but the prayers of God's people and God's goodness saw me through.

one of my favorite quotes is from John Piper:

'The world is not impressed when Christians get rich and say thanks to God. It is impressed when God is so satisfying that we give our riches away for Christ's sake and count it gain.'

praying that you'll be able to count it all gain, friend!

Elysa said...

Thank you for that, B! And I love that quote. It helps to know that you are praying empathetically for me. I AM packing all my FIAR books, though. ;)