“The Lord is in active communication with every part of His vast dominions. He is represented as bending toward the earth and its inhabitants. He is listening to every word that is uttered. He hears every groan; He listens to every prayer; He observes the movements of every one; He approves or condemns every action. The hand of Christ draws aside the vail which conceals from our eyes the glory of heaven; and we behold Him in His high and holy place, not in a state of silence and indifference to His subjects in a fallen world, but surrounded by all the heavenly host,—ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, all waiting to go at His bidding on errands of mercy and love.”
Signs of the Times- Nov. 17, 1898
We have been in this home 13 years. We’re thinking we’d like another home with a few more acres. Not right now, but soon. Looking towards a future sale, I thought, “Why wait?” Let’s get started now on clearing the house of things not worth packing up for a move. I challenged myself to fill a certain number of bags and boxes for donation or trash each week. It seemed like the more I decluttered the house, the more clutter surfaced. It became a frustrating never-ending battle. The Lord put it on my heart to stop and give this problem some deliberate thought. How could a seemingly frugal household constantly produce so many bags of clutter? I’m not a shopper. I don’t go to very many stores, especially the home goods type stores. I’m not even a good window shopper. Where was all this stuff coming from?
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes. Song of Solomon 2:15
The answer came one afternoon as I picked up a sweet little fall decor item. So pretty! Only $1! It will look nice on the mantel! There is your problem, the Lord told me. You don’t buy big ticket items, but you think nothing of throwing a few $1 items in your basket each week. They add up. You don’t notice it at first, however slowly but surely, you are building a collection of clutter. Then suddenly you are overwhelmed .
Then the Lord said to me, This goes way beyond knick-knacks, Ann.
“It is the little things of life that develop the spirit in men and women and determine the character…. In words, in tones, in gestures, in looks, you can represent the spirit of Jesus. He who neglects these little things, and yet flatters himself that he is ready to do wonderful things for the Master, will be in danger of failing altogether. Life is not made up of great sacrifices and wonderful achievements, but of little things.” -My Life Today, p.172
“Our religious obligations begin in serving God faithfully in the home life. I am urged to bear earnest testimony to parents in public and private, that they may be led to devote all their powers in sanctified service for Christ. I am instructed to urge upon our people the need of being imbued with the Spirit of God. This Spirit will teach believers to work in harmony with Christ whenever and wherever opportunity offers. As different families among our people have been presented before me, I have been shown their great need of the converting power of God.
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that we might have a pattern of true holiness. Let parents study the pattern, that they may become true laborers together with God for the salvation of their children.”
Letter 90, 1911
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm,
and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3