I never realized how much stuff we had accumulated and how hard it would be to get rid of it. But layer by layer, it is being peeled away. Not without tears though.... It has been hard to sort through and choose what is important and what is not, what to save and what to throw. In the long run, how much of it really is important? NOTHING really, except our relationship with Jesus Christ and our families. But those pieces of paper with childish scrawlings that say "I love you Mom" and those pictures of grinning kids with chicken pox splotches on their bodies... Each layer that gets peeled away brings tears, but also freedom because one less "thing" is an anchor keeping us from freely following God's call.
God, please help us to peel away all the dried and unnecessary layers until there is nothing left but the living and useful part of us. We want to be free of all those things that tie us down and keep us from being all that you want us to be. Help us, Lord.