Evicting Extra Baggage @ Advent

As we travel to the Inn of Bethlehem on our Advent journey, are we carrying too much baggage? Do we need to empty our pockets of resentments and heavy fears bogging us down?

Can we order up a heavenly dump truck to remove the debris of doubt cluttering up the corners of our hearts and minds? Can we take out the garbage of not-so-nice thoughts so there’s a clean place for Jesus to hang out?

My older brother calls it ‘stinkin’ thinkin.’  Advent is a good time to get rid of it.

Maybe it’s also a good time to get rid of the extra baggage of stored up hurts that still make our hearts sore: unkind things said that replay like a tape-recorder in our heads.

Wait. Some of you younger folks probably don’t even know what a tape-recorder is! What we used in the 1980s and early ’90s before CDs ruled the world. (You do know what a CD is?)

And the One who was seated on the throne said, “See, I am making all things new.”  (Revelations 21:5)

“Society may renovate, but only God re-creates.” Max Lucado

Here’s to evicting extra baggage in our lives!!

grace, peace & baggage eviction

Virginia : )

“We don’t think ourselves into a new way of living; we live ourselves into a new way of thinking.”  Richard Rohr, OFM

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13 Responses to Evicting Extra Baggage @ Advent

  1. Cindy Kranich says:

    A wonderful exhortation, GL!

  2. TMH says:

    I like the Rohr quote, the photo of a device I think I remember [;->, and this line: “unkind things said that replay like a tape-recorder in our heads.” Yep, sometimes those old tapes replay. Solution? Baking.

    • Virginia says:

      Remember how we carried around tape decks with microphones to record things? Guess that’s why I think of reels spinning like sponge recordings in our heads – soaking up the bad & the good (baking, baking!) 🎤✨🎂✨🎤🌟😎🌟

  3. arlene says:

    Tonight we start the novena masses. It’s for nine consecutive nights until Dec. 23. Sometimes we carry those baggage that are quite heavy. We must all learn to let go.

    • Virginia says:

      Amen, Arlene. Learning to let go is what lightens our heavy loads. Blessings for the novena masses as we near the end of our Advent journey. ✨🌟🙏🌟✨

  4. Ah! yes tape recorders, record player, cameras where pictures didn’t appear immediately… Oops… back to de-cluttering our hearts and minds…. great thought! Diane

    • Virginia says:

      I used an SLR print camera for years (where a magnifying glass was needed to review contact sheets & negatives.) Decluttering our minds is also a great way to start the new year. Blessings Diane! ✨😎📽😎✨

  5. Garfield Hug says:

    That device we call a cassette player must be worth a lot of money as it is an antique now LOL! Good advice as always from you Virginia! 🙂

  6. what a beautiful post-so inspiring. We must surely “leave the alter before we worship” and make things right. Thank you for your gentle wisdom and good advice. I needed this.

    • Virginia says:

      Amen, Michele! Making things right is what it’s about – cleaning, dusting, offering up our minds to a little Heavenly bleach. Much love!! ✨🌟💜🌟✨

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