This week I read a Proverbs 31 devotion (http://proverbs31.org/
For several weeks now I've been thinking of dumping some things, but the idea remained a thought. Then I read this devotion and felt I should just do it. As God would have it, some people I knew in college are adopting (read their story here: http://weleftourheartsindrc.blogspot.com/) and to help raise funds are holding a garage sale; they're asking for donated items.
So Friday night before I went to bed, I asked God for the motivation and help to purge some things -- a very hard thing for me to do of my own volition.
I did pretty well. I boxed up (about two boxes) some movies I don't really want, including some boxed TV sets I'll probably never watch again (The OC and Felicity). I'm getting rid of some books I've read that I feel no need to keep. I didn't bother going through the clothes in my closet this time or some of the older boxes in the garage -- gave myself a break there.
I found a few things I'd been looking for too, things I knew were somewhere in the bottom of the those boxes in the garage that I couldn't bring myself to dig through -- my movie ticket "scrapbook" and my study abroad photo album. Finally found my copy of Lady in Waiting -- one of the gals in my Bible study has been waiting for someone to bring her a copy. And I pulled out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows book to read. Also found the Part One movie version of this, which I thought was lost. Pulled out my old Britain and Ireland travel guide to look through as I'm planning a trip to London next late spring/early summer (anybody care to join me, seriously speaking?).
I felt pretty good about the amount of stuff in the give-away pile. Normally, as I told my Bible study gals, I attempt to purge and am very discouraged by the pitiful pile of "get rid" items. But I did well this time by God's grace. And it didn't take all day like usual either. Well, it kind of did, but only because I stopped for breaks -- you know to eat lunch and all. I watched This is 40, which really made me laugh despite the abundant overuse of the F-word. It also made me appreciate my dad more. Haha.
So, overall, a good purge day. I'm exhausted though. Overslept this morning for 9 AM church service; thought, I'll go to 10:45 service. Finally dragged myself out of bed into the shower. When I got out the clock said 10:47; so I guess going to church today is a bust. I'll do church at home today (i.e. find an online sermon). I decided I'd go to Starbucks for an hour of writing, which has become part of my Sunday routine.
As I was getting ready to go out, I picked up my old Britain and Ireland travel guide to take a look at the London neighborhood I want to explore next year, and there among the pages -- my passport.