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Shred what’s in my heart

This weekend I’m getting my new office ready, going through plastic tubs ~ putting loose pics in a new photo album, throwing stuff out, organizing books and supplies.¬†Getting organized can mean the difference between a thriving biz and one struggling to stay afloat.

Many of the¬†tubs have our kids’ homeschool portfolios in them.¬†Leafing through them has resulted in what Rhett Butler called¬†Scarlett O’Hara’s “crying jag.” (Gone¬†With The Wind¬†, Margaret Mitchell, 1936.)

I loved homeschooling our kids and really miss it sometimes. Here’s a sample from one of the portfolios of Leah’s art, as a child, of an angel and a child:

Leah's angel

Leah’s angel

Here is a picture of an elephant she drew:

Leah's elephant

Leah’s elephant

Here she was practicing her handwriting and identifying words through matching words and pictures:

Leah's handwriting

Leah’s handwriting

I reminisced looking at the homeschool portfolios, then put them away for another day. Then I began taming the paper tiger.

One of my fave office tools is the shredder. Mine is little but mighty, getting the job done.

my shredder

my shredder

So far I have an entire yellow trash bag full of shredded papers, and I’m not done yet. It feels so good to get this accomplished. I only wish Ray could catch on to this amazing idea.

Maybe you have a hard time getting rid of stuff. But it’s truly liberating.

Of course you should keep important documents (such as birth certificates, school records, tax returns, and other legal documents), but you don’t have to keep every single scrap of paper you’ve ever had in your whole life! Giving¬†things away, selling items, throwing stuff out, and shredding papers will set you free!

Shredded paper

Shredded paper

As I’ve been shredding the papers, I’ve been asking God to shred whatever is in my heart that doesn’t please Him:

  • anger
  • unforgiveness
  • resentment
  • bitterness
  • jealousy
  • envy/comparison
  • pride
  • discouragement
  • negative, self-limiting thinking.

At this new house, I want a clean slate, a fresh, new start ~ beginning with my heart.

What do you need to “shred” in your heart? Share in the comments below.