Thursday, March 29, 2018

Adventures in Spring Cleaning - 2018 Edition


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**This blog post has been updated since it was first published. Please see addition at the bottom**

I have a bit of an embarrassing confession to make about spring cleaning: I used to not do it! Yeah, I know... ewww! But, once my family and I started trying to better walk out the Torah (aka Law, Instructions, Old Testament) including observing Passover and the other Biblical Feasts of the LORD, spring cleaning became a yearly thing.  I am so glad that the Father opened our eyes to the importance of His Feasts! I have learned, and continue to learn so many things during them all.Today, the day before Passover in 2018, I am going to share a few things.  These things range from helpful hints, to gross analogies, to hopefully something that you will find humorous.  

I am almost done with this year's spring cleaning! I actually thought that I already was, but I remembered a couple of kitchen cabinets that I have not yet cleaned out. 

Now, onto my Adventures in Spring Cleaning - 2018 Edition! 

Disclaimer: Some viewers might find some photos gross, so proceed with caution!

First off - helpful cleaning hint 

The glass oven door was proving to be a pain in the neck for me to clean. No product that I had on hand was cutting through the grease stains (those little brown streaks & spots):

But thanks to my genius husband, who gave me a great idea for how to remove those stubborn stains, the oven door is now super clean. Here was his idea: 





He told me to try using a razor blade edge.  It worked beautifully! 

Now - the gross analogy 

I considered not cleaning out the drawer underneath the oven.  Since I use the pots and pans that are stored there on practically a daily basis (which means I have seen the inside of the drawer regularly) I didn't think it would be all that dirty.  At least I had not noticed it being dirty.  But, I decided to go ahead and clean it out anyway, just to be thorough.   




Yeah, I know! Ewwww - again! That was so gross! But I saw this as a spiritual lesson for myself.  Even though I thought this space was going to be clean enough to leave alone, I didn't realize how filthy it really was until I pulled everything out and got down on my knees with a rag in hand and got busy wiping it out.  I really do need to make sure that every day I get down on my knees in prayer to the Father and ask Him to reveal any filth that has built up in my heart! 

This morning one of the first things I said was a word of thanks for a new day, which comes with His new mercies!! 

 
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV) 


 Last - a humorous reminder





 
One of the last things I clean out each year is the toaster oven.  Because we get into our daily routines (which makes us sometimes feel like we move on autopilot) I added this sign to the toaster oven - just in case! Hopefully it will do the trick. Tomorrow, whatever bread/pastries/breaded (aka leavened) products are left over will be thrown into the trash. However, over the past few years we have learned to start cutting back on buying those types of things the closer we get to Passover, so this time around we didn't have all that much to consume or throw out.  Our first year was a different story! It feels good to learn and to grow each year. 

Like I said at the beginning of this post, I thought I was finished with the spring cleaning, but remembered a couple more kitchen cabinets that I missed.  So, I am going to learn from that gross analogy and go ahead and clean those suckers out! Right after I finish my coffee break! 

Tomorrow after all of this cleaning is behind us, we can sit back and enjoy the clean house.  Then when our friends come over we will begin our Passover where we will read Scripture, remember the Exodus account of how the Father redeemed His people from slavery and led them to Mt. Sinai where He and His people came into Covenant with one another! We will also remember and discuss how because His people broke that Covenant, Yeshua (Jesus) came in the flesh to show us how to live according to that Covenant. He also came to take our punishment for breaking that Covenant, and because of that, we are redeemed as well! Halleluyah! What a Savior! 

I hope that you are observing Passover and Unleavened Bread as well.  If not, and you aren't familiar with what that is, please take the time to read the Bible and look into these things.  I have written a little bit about them, so if you are interested, please read those posts of mine as well (links below).  

Blessings to you and your family
Happy Passover! 


Here is a link to my Youtube Passover playlist.

Here are links to some of my other blog posts: 






**Additional thoughts since first published** 

After I initially published this, and went back to finish the spring cleaning, I learned something else! I cleaned out the overlooked cabinets, and then I realized I had also overlooked the utensil turn-about.  It is a round thingy that holds all the serving spoons, etc (sorry, no picture).  I removed all of the utensils and had another Ewwww! moment! (no picture here, either, and you're welcome!)  I thought, "How in the world does this get so dirty? After all, I only put in clean utensils!"  But then I realized that stuff is in the air.  Some things can't be helped.  Dirt happens!  I thought of the Bible verses: 


For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 6:12 (ESV) 

There are some physical things that we don't often notice, and over time they build up.  But more importantly there are spiritual things that are around us, and influence us on a daily basis.  We need to be paying attention to those things, calling on the Father to help us through the power of the Holy Spirit.  Sometimes because of where we are currently living - in the world - we can't help what surrounds us - but we can help allowing it to linger and build up in our lives!  

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Ephesians6:13 (ESV) 
 



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