Day 267 of Donate:365 – Let’s Give Up COMPLAINING!

So it seems as though I am on a different phase of Donate:365. Instead of giving up physical items, I’m moving on to bad habits. 

Five days ago, I gave up all my stress to God. Check out the post here if you’d like to learn more. I gave it all to God. I am living in the moment — in today — as He intended. 

Matthew 6:34 states…

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

God has shown me recently about complaining. And, how much His children do of it. 

Philippians 2:14-18 states…

Do everything without grumbling or arguing, 15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky 16 as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.17 But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.

Today I give up complaining. Complaining does three things, and it does three things well:

1) Makes us feel bad about everything

2) Makes others feel bad about everything

3) Makes us always look like a big o’ jerk. 

I give up complaining. So, it’s hot. Or, I feel tired. Or, my house is messy. 

So? 

I’m alive. I have friends and family to love. I worship a BEAUTIFUL and FAITHFUL God. 

Life is good. Give up complaining. Try it for today. And, see how many times you have something to complain about. Why don’t you turn it around? See what happens :) 

I love y’all. Thank you always for reading. God is good!

~Chelle 

Day 262 of this blessed journey of Donate:365

Blue Butterfly by Archangel Productions

Sometimes we just gotta sit back and watch how mighty, big, and strong our God is.

I had this huge post ready. I saved it a bazillion times. I had everything spell checked and edited. I even published it. And, when I went to view it…

It was gone.

Only my snazzy title and my sweet little tags remained.

Oh well. Guess God didn’t like that post. LOL

So here I am again to tell you that this journey is amazing. Getting rid of stuff and seeking God is the only way to live. I’m growing closer to God every day as I relinquish my stuff to Him. Today, I’m getting rid of stress. I can’t handle it anymore, and it’s not my burden to bear.

Lord God, I cast all my anxieties on you for you care for me. You bless me. And, wish for me to have an abundant life. I want to walk in strict obedience to your will and your ways. Amen.

I need to call on Him tonight. I have a lot to do. He is stretching me and I love it. TRUST HIM. If you are in a place where God is seriously working in your life all I can say is TRUST HIM. It may be painful. Change usually is. He promises to be by your side. He always is.

He loves us. SO much. He only wants what’s best for us. And, if we truly trust Him and allow His will to be done, He promises to reward us. I want all His rewards.

God bless y’all today. And, keep posting and donating. Chime in in the comments section and let me know how you are doing. I’ve gotten rid of 262 things!!! Can you believe it??!?!?!?

~Chelle

Day 260: Check In

I’m alive.

And, kicking.

I just haven’t gotten rid of anything.

I think.

I have company visiting. So maybe tomorrow I can get my act together. But, I wanted to at least check in. :-)

Be encouraged and keep donating!

Love you!

~Chelle

Donate:365 – 14 Days Ago!!!

I can’t believe it’s been 14 days since I last posted!

Well, actually I can. 

Ya see, I’ve become somewhat overwhelmed on this little adventure. I seem to dwell in a hoarders paradise. Please know that I by no means intend to diminish the severity of hoarding tendencies or make light of them. I’m simply stating that I –in fact–seem to be a hoarder. 

But, I don’t like it, so…

I’m debating on some further tactics to tackling all this stuff. 

1) I will continue on and be better motivated to get rid of one thing a day and post a photo for encouragement. 

2) I may implement new techniques to enhance Donate:365, including boxing up items for a specific period of time to see if I use them/miss them. 

3) I will continue to encouragement myself in knowing that I am at my own pace and no one else’s. :) 

I love what God is doing through this. I love that I have something to post about. I love that I can pass along our treasures to someone who will love them. 

We have a lot of treasures. LOL 

But, God is so much bigger than all this stuff, and HE will help me get through it. AMEN!

Have a blessed and joy-filled day today! Keep donating! Be motivated and Donate:365!

~Chelle 

To learn how this all began, read my first post here. 

Day 241 of Donate:365

I must say…today I am a little frustrated.

You see. I have too much stuff. Well, actually my family members have too much. I’m so annoyed and frustrated.

I read a brief tidbit of a post yesterday that spoke of walking through your house with boxes and filling them up with everything you don’t use regularly. Then you tape the boxes up for 30 days. At the end of 30 days you see if you actually needed anything out of them. I’m going to try this. I feel the need for a batch cleansing. I can’t handle this anymore. I have donated several things since we last spoke.

Day 236: a headband

Day 237: Green shears

Day 238: Kid’s clothes

Day 238: a yellow tank top

Day 239: A lap desk

Day 240: A book that I’m taking to my church for reference. (Hey! It’s out of our house!)

Day 241: Today. Oh, what shall I get rid of today? Let me look around….

I found it!!! The chair at my vanity lost a screw and somewhat fell apart BEFORE I hilariously fell on my rump. Thank God! So, I replaced it with another chair that I will keep because it was my grandpa’s, which made me think –”Why didn’t I replace it years ago??!?!” I love how God downsizes for me!

I have so much to do. There is always more clothes to wash. Always something to put up. I can’t do this anymore. I am discouraged :( But, I will be uplifted soon! Jesus is with me!

God bless y’all! Get rid of one thing today! You will feel better for it!

~Chelle

 

Day 235 of Donate:365

Today was a good day. But, I read about Project 333, and now I want to get rid of more clothes! Ha! (I’ll post a link to her the 333 Challenge site ASAP. I’m on my phone and this app isn’t very user friendly.)

I actually feel like I’m getting somewhere with this whole minimalist thing. I used to feel like I was trudging through mud. Now, I seem to have momentum. You can do this, too! Don’t be discouraged!!! It’s taken me years, plus 235 days to finally accomplish momentum! Praise Jesus! It’s a process, that’s for sure.

Be blessed tonight, and keep donating! Tonight, I release a book on non-profit management that I probably should read but never will. I’m just being honest. God bless!

Day 234 of Donate:365

So much going on!!!!

I donated two blankets to my mom to use for “pet use,” a bunch of Little Girl’s books to our church, and two shirts I found in a misfit pile on the floor.

YAY!!!!

WOO HOO!!!

PRAISE JESUS!!!

I love donating!

I have more to donate, but tomorrow is another day. :)

I’ve been cleaning, organizing and going through things most of the day. I feel free and useful. I feel like I’m actually getting the hang of this. Like my life is renewing. Like I can now focus on the things that matter and not on all the stuff/junk I need to store. God is good and faithful and awesome. :) Praise HIM!

Keep donating. You WILL get there! I will, too. Sometimes — most of the time — I’ve spent on this journey I didn’t see an end result. I just kept seeing more junk. But, now I see it! I see empty places on the carpet that I no longer have to be concerned about. I can wash my clothes in one load! I can wash Little Girl’s in one load! I know exactly what is in the storage bin at the foot of our bed. I’m getting there. You will, too! Just keep reaching for the goal. :)

God bless and be free from your stuff!

~Chelle

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