I have waged an all out war on dust bunnies!!!
At first I let them just you know hang around the furniture legs. They looked so cute, so fuzzy so warm. so I let them move in under the furniture. No problem. After all who looks under the furniture? I made friends with them and we lived in peace for a good long while.
Well no one told me that those little critters multiply!!! Before long I had families of dust bunnies under dressers, in corners of closets,under couches and then boldly living in corners of all my rooms in clear view!
So….. friends no longer….. I grabbed a broom, vacuum, mops and sponges and rid my home of the little critters forever.
So beware my friends and family…. they may start out cute and cuddly, but it doesn’t take long for them to totally take over.
Ask yourself: Have you dusted today?
Our thoughts can be like this. We can be thinking peaceful thoughts in one moment and then we allow a little thought of anxiety or fear push its way in. It’s just a small one so you can let it sit for a bit, it won’t really hurt you will it? Possibly you were thinking something innocent, like, “what will I do with all the baby furnishings, if I never can conceive.” It is too much to think about so you just push it into a corner. No time to deal with it now. Later while you are folding laundry, another thought hits your brain, “You know you may never have baby clothes to wash and fold.” Where did that thought come from? You push that one aside as well. Then you are watching television and you see a commercial on diapers and it has gripped you right in the throat. You change the channel. On and on it goes and before you know it these thought ‘dust bunnies’ have invited friends for a sleepover.
Then it happens, your husband mentions that money is a little tight this month and he doesn’t know how he can continue to pay for all the organic food and supplements! You are thrown into a rage and the thoughts of the days and possibly weeks come pouring out on your poor unsuspecting husband. He has no idea that you have been allowing these thought bunnies to take over your mind.
Wait! Rewind the scene before the big explosion. Before it all goes downhill, take a moment. Let’s do some housecleaning! You need a mental break!
Take a moment right now! Yes, right now. Go and get a pencil and paper. It’s okay, I’ll wait.
Now I want you to write down every thought that is troubling you right now. Make a list and after you are sure you have gotten it all written down, stop. Now take your paper and wad it up so it fits in your fist.
Throw it away… just give it a good heave-ho (Now not at your husband, he is not the enemy!).
I wanted you to have this very mental and physical picture of what it is like to cast away your anxieties.
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your care on Him (Jesus) for He cares for you.” Collecting the negative thoughts, cleaning out your mental dust bunny closet is healthy and calming to your soul, (your mind, will and emotions). A little salt water tear or two might help the cleansing process along with some deep breaths. It’s okay, God loves you and many others do too.
Replace those thoughts with words that bring brightness back in. “I’m doing my best and I’ll be fine” “I know I can do this, God gives me strength.” “I’m taking one step at a time” Just take moments like this to bring hope back in your heart. If you haven’t had the opportunity, ask Jesus to be the Lord of your broken heart and heal it and lead you in your journey. He wants to.
I have found that there are moments where I need to stop, take stock, and rid myself of emotional dust bunnies from time to time. To allow myself the pleasure of dusting the negative away and enjoying the entrance of peace. Don’t we all long for that? This process is “casting your care.” Do it today.
So grab your brooms. Let’s unite for a dust bunny-free life, both mentally, and emotionally!