I was fortunate enough this holiday season to have the entire week between Christmas and New Year’s off work. In a super rare turn of events, I found myself at home alone for several of those days. Our nephews were in town visiting, and both of my kiddos wanted to spend every waking moment with them at their grandparents’ house.

I decided to use this time as an opportunity to de-clutter, organize, and clear out some of the spaces in our home that had gotten slightly (or more than slightly) out of control. If you will, imagine a “Monica from Friends” level of excitement – I was giddy. From the spice cabinet to the closets to the bathroom drawers, I cleared, wiped, arranged, gave away, and trashed until it felt like I was finally able to take a big, deep, cleansing breath.

It was in the middle of my laundry room where I heard what can only be described as a whisper… “revamp.”

Revamp: to give new and improved form, structure, or appearance to; to change or arrange something again in order to improve it.

I knew immediately that this was a word for me… not just for my closets, cupboards, and drawers. I was reminded of Psalm 51:10: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. I’m learning that the beauty and the invitation in fasting is found in intentionality, and the gift we receive in return is the ability to breathe deeply in the Presence of our Friend and Comforter, Jesus.

Maybe this is a word for you today as well, my friends. If you find yourself hungry for a revamp, let’s pause together right now and take a few intentional moments with the Lord:

– First, take a deep breath. Ask the Spirit to make you aware of His Presence and His voice.
– Next, ask these questions: Holy Spirit, what is one area of my life that You are inviting me to partner with You in revamping? What is one practical, daily rhythm that will continue to move me in a positive and active trajectory toward a clean heart and a right spirit? (Be sure to write down what you sense the Spirit speaking to you.)
– Finally, close with another deep breath and a few moments of gratitude. If you don’t have to rush, I encourage you to linger and enjoy His Presence. He’s in no hurry!

May you be blessed today in the revamping, the de-cluttering, the cleansing, and the renewing. You are fully known and deeply loved.

Jamie Williams

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