The Big “P” Word (Book Give-a-Way)

For me to focus on God...

The “P” strikes me down again!

I know. I should do it.

I am completely aware the pile in the middle of the floor needs to be cleared away. But I don’t. I will do it later. When I feel like it. When the urge strikes me so that I can’t help myself.

Foolish thinking on my part.

My dilemma. I’ve lived this way my whole life.

My problem is the one pile grows into a bigger pile and soon I have piles everywhere.

It’s called that “P” word. The word that no one wants to admit they have. Oh, and it can be contagious, especially if more than one of you have it in your family.

The craft room cycle continues.

I have a craft room that is usually the throw-all room. Don’t know where to put it, shove it in mom’s craft room. Anything that doesn’t’ have it’s own place, the craft room it goes.

The craft room cycle goes on and on, never ending, always trying to find it’s own place, but never measuring up.

Christmas comes and goes, and wrapping paper is strewn across the floor, cluttering the countertops. Valentines finds tiny hearts stuck in corners I never knew existed. Easter boasts candy wrappers, misplaced chocolate eggs and the never-ending confetti grass. Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations and celebration parties add to the growing heaps.

By the time 4th of July arrives, we are too busy enjoying the sun and who wants to clean a craft room anyways? Before we know it, it’s fall and I witness the disaster of my life. My craft room. My getaway. My peacefulness. My space. It’s nothing but.

Chaos surrounds me. My heart sinks every time I enter the doors and try to push through.

“P” is procrastination.

Procrastination.

It’s what gets me into trouble every time.

My need to shove so many activities in not enough time doesn’t allow me the luxury of putting items back. My problem. But it affects those around me too.

Allow pruning into my chaos.

I’ve been thinking a lot about pruning lately. Maybe because I read a book where the main character prunes his vines to produce quality wine. Maybe because the guest pastor today spoke about “Foliage or Fruit?” Pruning has been swirling around in my head as I look at my own life, my chaos around me that is unavoidable and often monumental.

“We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” (Colossians 1:9-11 NIV)

My procrastination dilemma keeps me from experiencing the kind of life God would love for me to have. Joy. Peace. Bearing fruit. Living a life worthy. Pleasing God in every way. Strength. Endurance. Patience.

When I allow the piles in my life to build and build to an eruption that cannot be ignored, how is God pleased? How am I living a life worthy of God?

When I pile it all on, and never take away, am I pleasing to Him?

  • The piles in my craft room keep me from doing what really should be done. Being creative.
  • The piles in my life keep me from doing what God has called me to.
  • The piles in my heart keep me from experiencing God in a supernatural way and find my ultimate pleasure in Him.

Put away my distractions.

I look and try to scope out the fruit. I see something useful here and there. A project started, but not yet finished. Books lying on my table, unread and unfinished. Memoirs to read and study that lay bare with dust. Notes of my “to do” list and not much crossed off.

I realized my life needed pruning. For me to focus on God I need to put away the distractions that are getting in the way.

And so I did.

I took procrastionation

I took Procrastination by the “P” and threw him to the curb.

I spent the last week cleaning and organizing my craft room. It not only looks clean and organized, it really is! My closet has not been this neat since my daughter and her husband moved out about 3 years ago. Amazing! The space I discovered. The ease I now move around in without the guilt tripping me up.

My task is complete. And now I can move on and create. My laptop is ready, my desk is clear and my vision is focused. For the first time. I’m pretty sure.

I believe I am pleasing to God who designed me to be creative with objects and with my words.

And now with my newfound freedom, I can write unhindered. I can start bearing fruit in my work efforts. I can live a life worthy of God. I can now be strengthened in His power and lean into Him for the words He wants me to write. His words. And then He will give me the endurance I need to run this race and the patience to persevere and not give up.

I most likely will struggle with procrastination until God ushers me into heaven and I can sigh with relief. But I sure do like it when the procrastination bully takes a back seat and eventually there’s no space for him in this room!

He’s now moved over to our home office. A task yet to be completed.

Do you need some pruning done? Usually we think of cleaning out in the spring, but now is a perfect time. Too much time watching television? Too much time on the internet? Is there something in your life that you know you need to take away but it’s scary?

What about in your heart? What are you thinking that is hurtful, spiteful or just plain unnecessary?

My prayer.

Father may You be the one to prune whatever needs to be cut down in our lives. May we hear Your Sprit whisper, the wrong attitude, the rash words, the rising of the eyebrow is not pleasing to You. May my craft room and all our rooms, not only in our homes, but in our hearts, be open to Your pruning so we can then please You, bear good fruit and experience Your power and strength as we do Your will.

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23 Responses to The Big “P” Word (Book Give-a-Way)

  1. Carlee September 8, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    Thank you for this timely reminder! Needed it today. This week. Think we might be kindred spirits in more ways than one… 🙂 blessings!

    • Diane Samson September 8, 2014 at 10:42 am #

      So glad this was what you needed today. We need to encourage one another instead of judging or creating expectations that are too difficult to maintain. I love being a kindred spirit! 🙂

  2. Cheri Gregory September 8, 2014 at 6:45 am #

    Diane —

    WOW! What amazing before-and-after shots!

    Fabulous illustration of something Gretchen Rubin said in an interview with Jeff Goins: “outer order contributes to inner calm.”

    Looking forward to reading more of the writing that comes from this beautiful space!

    🙂

    Cheri

    • Diane Samson September 8, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Taking the photos was fun. At first I though, “What am I doing, taking a photo of this horrid room?” But God knew. Thanks Cheri and blessings! 🙂

  3. Gale Weithers September 8, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Dear Dianne,

    One word: WOW! From the moment I saw the first photo I was like: “that room looks exactly like mine but at least there’s walking space …” As I read on, I could so relate to the procrastination shawl wrapped so comfortably around my shoulders. I know there’s too much clutter and I know it needs to be sorted out but why bother? And of course you are right: pruning definitely is necessary and your post echoed the words by Bruce Wilkinson in his excellent book entitled “Secrets of the Vine”. My take away today is yes, pruning may be hard but in the end it’s soooo worth it. I’m off now to work on my store room – thanks for the push! Wish me luck!

    Gale

    • Diane Samson September 8, 2014 at 10:48 am #

      Funny you would bring up the walking space. I think I may have cleared a few items off the floor before the photo, but I know exactly what you mean. 🙂

      The procrastination shawl…I love it! We cover ourselves with it and it becomes a part of us. It is so worth it though. Prayers your way as you tackle your store room!! 🙂

  4. Lisa J September 8, 2014 at 9:53 am #

    The results are impressive and lovely. Great Job!

  5. LindaLou September 8, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Thanks for sharing this Diane! You expressed exactly what is in my heart…procrastination seems to have gotten hold of me so I feel overwhelmed and avoid doing what needs to be done by spending too much time playing on the computer. You’re words and action are motivating me to get started pruning some things in my life 🙂

    • Diane Samson September 8, 2014 at 11:46 am #

      I’m so glad my words motivated you Linda. It’s my own difficult journey but I think we all have to do some pruning now and then. If we don’t “stuff” gets piled high and low and all around and before we know it consumes us. Inside of us. And outside in our physical lives. Thanks for sharing Linda!!

      Blessings! 🙂

  6. Abra September 8, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

    I hide my procrastination “stuff” in bins in the top of my closet and under my bathroom sink — thank you for the needed exhortation to tackle them and meditate on what God wants me to quit procrastinating on conquering in my heart.

    Blessings!!

    • Diane Samson September 8, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      So true Abra! Yesterday our guest pastor said,”Are we focused on the foliage or the fruit in the our lives?” Meaning, do we want to appear we look good on the outside, but inside we may be full of yuck. Or our vine may look a bit bare, the foliage may not look as green as others, but our fruit is luscious and we are producing quality tomatoes. Made me think of myself and the angst of battling what I think I should be to what God wants me to be.

      Thanks for sharing! 🙂

      • Abra September 8, 2014 at 8:14 pm #

        Great food for thought! You inspired me and today I cleaned under my sink and 2 junk drawers and got rid of a trash bag size of clothes! Thank you!

        • Diane Samson September 8, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

          Awesome! Now you are inspiring me. Worked on my new project today in my clean and organized craft room. it was nice!

          • Irmalee Gampp September 9, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

            Thank you for the blog The Big P Word – I am so proud of you and your writings. You have a God Given talent and it is just wonderful you are using this talent to serve God.

            I have a designing workshop I call The Hen House. Sometime ago I wrote a blog about my Hen House. The Hen House workshop is in an old chicken house where Wayne’s family raised chickens years ago. There are so many memories in this shop when I go out to work on my projects. Children bicycles, grandpaw’s tractor, scooters, wagons, old family baskets and wood boxes, Christmas trees and lights and of course all the things I have collected over the years to use in my flower arranging designs need some serious pruning. I do a lot of meditating in my workshop when working on my crafts. I am a happy designer when I take the time to clear some things out and do some Pruning and get rid of the trash. How much happier we are and would be if we took time to prune our time to more worthwhile God Agendas and shorten our vines that grow so fast. I am so thankful for my workshop and a place to collect my junk and meditate.

            Thanks again for your blog and the idea to do some serious pruning in our hearts. Love you. Aunt irmalee

          • Diane Samson September 9, 2014 at 10:21 pm #

            Thanks Aunt Irmalee! You are a great source of encouragement to me. It’s great knowing that there is family reading my blogs all the way in Ohio. You are a blessing to me. That’s pretty cool you have The Hen House to work on your projects and then meditate too. It has such great meaning. I try to surround myself with meaningful items so they create an inspirational space.

            Blessings to you and your family! 🙂

  7. Rachel @ Mason Jar Values September 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm #

    Isn’t amazing how much more we can focus without clutter? Even if the focus has NOTHING to do with needing physical space to get something done. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

    • Diane Samson September 9, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

      That is so true Rachel. Now when I have time, I would like to do our home office and…the list goes on. But for me, my craft room was the priority. Now I have this great space every day to write. Blessings!! 🙂

  8. Cindy September 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    Hi Diane,
    Loved the before & after pictures. This is something that I am working on in my life too. I am learning it is ok to let go of things, not have a perfect house & find time for prayer. Thanks for sharing this story! Be blessed, Cindy

  9. Diane Samson September 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    The perfect house syndrome! How did we ever learn that? So glad you are learning to let go. Me too! Blessings! 🙂

  10. Gracie K. September 12, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    Dear Diane,
    Your post so intimately reflects the lessons that we have been learning this past week! You are correct, the “P” word creates more chaos as it festers! Thank you for the follow on twitter, and for the needed encouragement today!
    Love, Gracie

    • Diane Samson September 13, 2014 at 11:55 pm #

      Thanks Gracie! As I’m looking at my bedroom and meant to clean some of my own chaos today, I did not. And it does fester. It looks at us, deep in our souls. And never leaves us alone. Always lurking around. Tomorrow is my day!! Blessings to you and your journey!

  11. Susan Irene Fox September 16, 2014 at 9:29 am #

    So impressed! I have to do this often, as I’m ADD and cannot work in any kind of clutter. If there is clutter in my physical space, there is clutter in my brain space. You did an amazing job.

    It’s difficult when there are several projects at once to work on; that’s my predicament. I have to create an organized system for myself and schedule disciplined time to work on each one so they all get done without jumping helter skelter from one to the other. Otherwise, I tend to feel kind of wackadoodle. 😉

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