Clear Out the Old

I was up at five, (thank you time change), and turned on the swag light over the kitchen table. It flickered.

I pulled the cord out and it sparked! I yelled for David. I had the curtain in my left hand and the sparking cord in my right hand. The light was plugged in behind the stove. David moved the stove and unplugged it.

I’m heartbroken. This is where I work, read, paint, sew, craft, dream, plan. I just added a crystal garland to this light and decided it was finished.

I moved to the couch and started my devotions.

“…clear out the old to make room for the new,” Leviticus 26:10.

Christian Standard Bible

This light was a Christmas gift from my in-laws after our first child was born. It started life as a brass light. I wrote about my improvements here. Yes, it is old!

I wonder how many other “old” things I am holding onto that I should be releasing. I keep painting, improving, and dressing up things that I should replace. That light came close to starting a fire!

Since then, I am looking at things differently. Is my basement full of old things that I should just throw away? (I’m thinking of a bag of towels.) How can God bless me with new things when my home is stuffed with old things?

Please tell me I am not alone.

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