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Anna is the author of A Moment of Christmas and Pumpkin Spice for Your Soul. She's worked at (in)courage since 2012, and lives in Minnesota with her husband and their four kids. Anna encourages others to look for and embrace the extraordinary moments found in their ordinary days.

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  1. Thank you, Anna! As I tackle projects on our home this summer, I’ll be thinking about the work that God the Holy Spirit wants to do on this fixer-upper of a heart-home for Jesus!

  2. Right on time Word!!
    I am in the process of doing the exact same things…getting a house ready for market is no joke! And neither is dealing with our spiritual “house”. May God continue give us insight and courage to deal with this “stuff”.
    Thank you for sharing!!

  3. This resonated BIG with me today. We, too, were selling our home recently and have decided to stay. And strangely enough, now that we’re staying we see all of the little things we overlooked and want to change. We’ve been purging and donating for several weeks now and have SO far to go. It’s exhausting but freeing once a spot has been cleaned out and organized as we move on to the next. It’s amazing how quickly we accumulate without even knowing what’s in front of us.

    I know that’s the same in my spiritual walk. When I let my armor down I can become a magnet for the things I don’t want to be. Suddenly I’m carrying around baggage of comparison, lack of confidence – or fragments of unforgiveness that didn’t look like unforgiveness at the time. I, too, want my heart to sparkle and not be laden with junk.

    Thank you for the words today, Anna!

  4. Good words, Anna! Such a good comparison to your home renovations!

    So good to see you last night at the meet-up in Springfield, MO!

    I’m praying for God’s will on your home sale … and purchase to follow!

  5. I’ve been going through things as well, do I really need that? I see so much clutter in my life and around the house. All I need to hoard is Jesus, but I have to share Him, too.

  6. Anna,
    May God bless the sale of your home quickly! I love purging. A hoarder I am not. Periodically I go through my clothes (mostly) and rid myself of unwanted or unwearable items. This makes room for new fresh items. God has done a remarkable work on my heart over the years. I have become less angry and more calmer. I pray He prunes and works on my heart more and more taking away all the junk that the evil one puts there and makes room for more of Him!
    Blessings:)

  7. Dear Anna,
    thank you for your article – all cleaning and housework can be so helpful in the attempt to stay praying during the day. God has a lot to do to clean our hearts and to help us to get whole again. For me it’s very important that I ask Him to show the ugly places of my heart – otherwise I too easily focus on my efforts in doing spiritually well – the things He reveales to me are possible for me to remove from my life by His grace.
    In one point I can’t agree. Think God dwells in our hearts from the moment we invite the Holy Spirit to come – He is not waiting outside of us till we are ready with cleaning – for He would never be in our hearts then as long as we live. But may be you didn’t want to say that (I’m not a native speaker and so I may have misunderstood…). It’s good that God loves us and is with us and in us – and it’s good that we are enabled by Him to change and to make Him feel at home in us and ourselves too.

  8. We are also in the overwhelming process of selling our home. I shared your article with my family, and we all agreed that the Lord definitely had you speaking to us today. Thanks for giving us a laugh and for inspiring us to look to our hearts for a tune up too!