Oct 31

In Other Words: Cleaning out the Corners of My Life

 “ We need to walk out of our worship time with God lighter than when we came in. Lighter because we left behind at the foot of the cross the things that needed to go. Left behind in preparation to learn and  lean on the promises of God.” 

~ Wayne Corderio

One of the big projects we are working on around our house this fall is cleaning out closets, cupboards, and drawers. We started painting this past spring, then took a break from painting over the summer, and now it is time to finish up those projects!

This past weekend we worked in the girls’ room  ;o) and once again, I am amazed at how much JUNK little girls can stash in one bedroom. They shared a bedroom when we first moved into this house, and then they wanted separate rooms for a while, and now they want to share a room again. So, we haul everything out of the room, dump it into the middle of the living room, and start cleaning.

With everything out of the room, I can see the change in the girls’ outlook on life! They spin and twirl in the middle of the room, delighted that there is nothing for them to trip over. All of the trash that they shoved under the bed has been thrown out, all of the clothes that were stuffed into the corner of the closet have been retrieved and washed. The mis-matched shoes and socks have been reunited, and the gum wrappers and empty boxes have been relegated to the trash. Amazing!

As we have been going through this process of letting go of all the “stuff” that trips us up, and throwing off the burden of all that “junk,” there has been a feeling of freedom. Even a sense of renewed joy without the nuisance of so many things dragging us down. We have a ways to go to finish up, but we’re on our way! Once we get the painting done, wash the windows and curtains, finish up the closet and dresser drawers, we wil be ready for the holidays.

This experience has reminded me so much of the way in which we can let go of all the “junk” that clutters up our minds and our hearts every day. We come to our time of worship and give it to God. He is the Great Junk Collector of our souls, and He knows just what to do with all that stuff! If we will just let it go, give it up, lay it down, and trust Him to clean up all of the messes in our life, He gives us peace and joy in the place of worry, anxiety, and fear. Pretty good exchange!

Charles Albert Tindley is known as one of the “found­ing fa­thers of Amer­i­can Gos­pel mu­sic.” The son of slaves, he taught him­self to read and write at age 17. He was a driv­en young man, work­ing as a jan­i­tor while at­tend­ing night school, and earn­ing his di­vin­i­ty de­gree through a cor­re­spond­ence course.

In 1902, he be­came pas­tor of the Cal­va­ry Meth­o­dist Epis­co­pal Church in Phil­a­del­phia, Penn­syl­vania, the church where he had ear­li­er been the jan­i­tor. At the time of Tindley’s death, his church had 12,500 mem­bers. The Tind­ley Tem­ple Unit­ed Meth­o­dist Church in Phil­a­del­phia was named af­ter him. Tindley’s “I’ll Over­come Some Day” was the ba­sis for the Amer­i­can ci­vil rights an­them “We Shall Over­come,” pop­u­lar­ized in the 1960’s.

 The story is told of a visit Tindley received one day from a fel­low who was a con­stant wor­ri­er.  Af­ter list­en­ing  to this man’s concerns for a while, Tind­ley re­plied:

 “My ad­vice to you is put all your trou­bles in a sack, take ’em to the Lord, and leave ’em there.”

” Take Your Burden to the Lord and Leave it There”

by Charles Albert Tindley

If the world from you withhold of its silver and its gold,
And you have to get along with meager fare,
Just remember, in His Word, how He feeds the little bird;
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.


Leave it there, leave it there,
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.
If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out.
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.

If your body suffers pain and your health you can’t regain,
And your soul is almost sinking in despair,
Jesus knows the pain you feel, He can save and He can heal;
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.


When your enemies assail and your heart begins to fail,
Don’t forget that God in Heaven answers prayer;
He will make a way for you and will lead you safely through.
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.


When your youthful days are gone and old age is stealing on,
And your body bends beneath the weight of care;
He will never leave you then, He’ll go with you to the end.
Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.


Psalms 55:22:
“Give your burdens to the Lord. He will not permit the Godly to slip nor fall.”

If you would like to participate in this week’s In Other Words meme, please visit Karen at her blog, In Love W.I.T.H. Jesus, where you can find links to the other participants’ blog and you can leave a link to your blog, too, if you choose to write on this quote. Have a great Tuesday!

~~ Nina




  1. Andy Smith

    Nina – I miss you, my friend! You need to stop by CU and say hello when you are in the neighborhood. I pray all is well with you and yours. Where are you living nowadays? Wasn’t it Hastings or some place like that many years ago? Take care, and let me know how you are doing.


  2. Karen Gillett

    Speaking of painting, you painted a perfect picture today of freedom and getting rid of the things that trip us and weigh us down. I want to be able to twirl around in my house like that physically and spiritually. Thanks for sharing today.

  3. Loni

    Thank you so much for sharing . . .. and what a great “picture” of the messy rooms and things we hide away, and forget, just like our relationship with God. So appreciated your thoughts today! Glad you joined in! 🙂

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