Getting Your House in Order

By Kimberly Taylor


Stop for a moment and take a look around your house, your desk, or in your purse. Is it neat, clean, and uncluttered? Or are things dirty and in disarray?

Time to get your house in order!

There is a saying that goes “a peaceful house equals a peaceful mind.”

I think the reverse is true too – a cluttered house equals a cluttered mind.

I’ve proven this over and over again in my own life. If I am feeling confused or depressed, then I stop and look at my environment.

It never fails: My outer world reflects my inner world.

My desk is cluttered, papers are piled up, or washed clothes remain unfolded in a heap.

Now back in the day, I’d ignore the mess for days, sometimes even weeks.

But I’ve learned the quality of my life depends on maintaining peace and order in my environment.

So now, I clean up messes immediately.

The funny thing is, as I learned to stop ignoring the messes in my environment, I learned to stop ignoring myself too.

Getting your house in order not only applies to your outer world but your inner world.

Here is a wonderful scripture that teaches you how to do it:

Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.

–  Proverbs 24:3-4

Let’s look at each component of getting your house in order.

Wisdom

Think of wisdom as the cornerstone of your house. A cornerstone is the strength of the house and holds two intersecting walls together.

In the Bible, Jesus is described as the chief cornerstone.

You derive strength from your identity in Him.

From His perspective, you are secure in Him the moment you accept Him as your Savior.

Jesus connects you to the Father.

When God looks at you, it is like a sculptor looking at an unformed block of stone. He doesn’t see you as you are; He sees you as He created you to be.

The Lord had you in mind before the foundation of the world! Think about that. You were not an accident.

He has established your destiny, which is to be conformed to the image of His son Jesus. It is the Holy Spirit’s work in you that is transformational:

being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”

– Philippians 1:6

The Bible makes it clear: Living a life of wisdom is the key to happiness. Making wise health choices is part of that.

Understanding

Think of understanding as the support beams and roof of your house.

Understanding comes from the revelation of the Holy Spirit as you study God’s word.

The Holy Spirit instructs you day-by-day, moment by moment, as to what to let into your house and what to keep out.

This is especially true in your thought life. Do not yield any mental real estate to the enemy!

NEVER let the enemy’s lies go unchallenged. I think of it this way:

Suppose you’ve bought a nice, new carpet. The enemy shows up at your front door with a wheelbarrow full of manure and wants to dump it on your new carpet.

Would you let him? No!

Failing to to take your thoughts captive is like allowing the enemy to take a “dump” in your mind. Unfortunately, some people allow him to do it.

No wonder their lives stink!

Again, your outer world reflects your inner world.

That is why it is important to examine your inner voice and discern the Lord’s voice from all others.

If you ignore the Holy Spirit’s voice, your ears become dull and it gets harder to hear Him.

But the good news is that as you seek God with renewed energy and commitment, you will begin to hear the Holy Spirit more fully.

As you listen and follow the guidance He gives, you will walk in step with the Lord more and more each day.

Knowledge

Think of knowledge as the furnishings that add richness, beauty and life to the home. Knowledge is the knowledge of God and Jesus Christ.

As you renew your mind through prayer, praise, worship and study of God’s word, you grow in knowledge and experience unspeakable joy and peace.

This is the very definition of abundant and eternal life – personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

He is the source of life.

When you leave your body behind and move to your Heavenly address, you will have even more life because you’ll have more of Him!

As you embrace the Lord through choices that honor Him each day, you embrace life.

You come to know God’s character not just intellectually, but through personal experience.

I hope that you will commit yourself to getting your external and your internal house in order every day.

Monitor the state of each environment and handle any messes immediately.

As you take these positive steps, expect to live in an environment of strength, peace, and joy!

Be blessed with health, healing, and wholeness,

Kimberly Taylor

Author of the Take Back Your Temple program

P.S. When it comes to weight loss, do you often know what you should do but have a hard time doing it?

I struggled with this issue on my own weight loss journey, but I discovered the truth of this statement:

“Nothing is different until you think differently.” – Pastor James MacDonald

In the Take Back Your Temple program, you will discover how to win the Spiritual and mental battle that often causes us to become inconsistent and get off-track on our weight loss journey.

Join a community of other Christians losing weight and keep it off.

Click here to learn more about the Take Back Your Temple program

Kimberly Taylor

About the author

Kimberly Taylor has a heart to encourage others struggling with emotional eating and weight loss. Once 240 pounds and a size 22 herself, she can testify of God’s goodness and healing power to overcome. She dropped over 85 pounds through renewing her mind with Biblical principles.

  • My husband has cancer. It was misdiagnosed for almost 2 years. We have only been married for a year and a half. As I type this, he is in the hospital after 2 surgeries and will begin radiation and chemo next week. Still, we praise God! But, my house is a mess. Running back and forth during the last 4 weeks of tests as left a toll on me. Thank you for giving me the ” picture” of what I need to do.

    • Susan, you have my prayers that your husband has a complete recovery and be healed in Jesus name. I am glad this message was a catalyst not only to take care of your outward environment but your physical self to because that will help you to better minister to your husband. May the Lord strengthen, help and uphold you during this trying time.

  • Thanks so much for the great article Kimberley! I love how you relate the 3 components to a house! My husband has Parkinson’s and Dementia and is now in permanent aged care. It seems to be taking me a long time to get my home in order but I feel like I’m getting there. Thank you again! God bless!

    • I am praying for your family during this challenging time, Wendye! May the Lord strengthen, help and uphold you day by day. He is walking with you as you do what is needed to get your house in order in all respects!

  • God is so good and merciful. I have come to realize this as I battled with depression, whenever I had an episode all I had to do was look at my environment and it definitely would reflect how I had been feeling. All of those 3 components have helped me identify and understand why I was exhausted and overwhelmed because my space was extremely unorganized. I’m generally an organized person but during that season it was only his strength that pulled me through Very timely message. Thank you

    • Hi Nikeita – thank you for confirming this word! Whenever I re-organize and clean the house, it feels like a weight lifts off me. I was talking with my husband about how it is so much easier to MAINTAIN the house in order rather than get it in order. So I am diligent now to pay attention to any small messes each day and clean them up so they don’t grow into big messes. It is the same principle for caring for our bodies! Once we get them in order with God’s help, let’s remind ourselves each day to do the work necessary to keep them in order 🙂

  • Thank you for blessing me with this knowledge that I ll follow through .I need this so bad to get closer to the Lord. To put my house in order spiritually and also in the outer side.God bless you.

    • You are welcome, Anamarie – even if you start with something small each day, it gives you energy to start tackling bigger things. Try it and see 🙂

  • I’m glad I read this. There are some parts in order and some parts in disarray. Inconsistent. That’s what my relationship with God has been: inconsistent.

  • Funny this showed up today I had already decided to day be the day to get rid of stuff have three rooms need my attention from Christmas junk and taken a baby bed down been there ten years my last grandchild here turns seven next month not sure when I see my ten month old lives in Nebraska. Virus don’t want me to visit. Other grandkids live out of state as well. When I get all this mess done I know I feel better.

  • This one is right on target: message received! I’m visiting my friend and her house is immaculate. There is such peace. My house is a wreck and has no peace. God’s been whispering to get my house in order and I keep procrastinating. Now, the handwriting is on the wall. I can live in peace and order or chaos and unrest. My choice. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    • That is wonderful, Ruth! And just remember – you don’t have to do everything at once. Just pick a corner, or a table, or 1 room to start with and work on it a little at a time. Put on some praise music and make it a praise party! As the old saying goes, “By the mile, it’s a trial but by the inch, it’s a cinch.”

  • I love your ideas and have been profoundly blessed by them. Stop saying “be blessed” and start saying God bless you. There is a difference.

    • Thank you for the kind words Mary.

      Your comment regarding “Be Blessed” vs. “God Bless You” is intriguing to me; would you care to elaborate?

      Personally, I see little difference if any at all.

      My reasoning is that ALL blessings comes from God alone in the name of Jesus.

      Therefore, if we say “God bless you”, that sounds like either a request to God to bless an individual or a statement of encouragement to an individual that confirms God is still in the blessing business and will/is blessing you.

      Now to say “Be blessed” sounds like a confirmation to the latter statement made above, that an individual indeed realizes that their blessings come from God in the name of Jesus and an order/command or instruction has went out for the individual to receive the blessing.

      Now I can certainly be off base with my understanding or observations as it were but nonetheless, I simply love this topic and looking forward to your explanation and from others as well.

      My sign-off signature is:

      To God be the Glory!

      Mike Taylor
      TBYT Membership Coordinator
      Virtual Assistant

  • WOW. Yesterday I had a dream that basically told me to “get my house in order” before I do anything else. I was stuck between going outside to build a pile of valuable gifts to leave with versus getting my unlocked house secured & in order. I nervously kept running back and forth between the two, never able to accomplish either task without having something valuable stolen from me. This is a confirmation. Thank you for continuing to share these articles!

  • I really needed this email today. I have been so tired this week (I have learned grief is exhausting) and have let things at my house go and I know the clutter has caused me to have less focus which has spilled into my quiet time with the Lord. Time to refresh and renew my outside environment. I know this will refresh my spirit as well. I love your emails thank you for your ministry. May God continue to bless you as you serve Him.

  • Good morning Kim,
    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I spend most of my time regretting things I did not do, it starts when I open my eyes and usually goes all day. I spend time in the word, but leave meditating on the word out. I am a good starting of things, but following through is where I fail. I want the best the Lord has for me, but participating was left undone. Only I can change this. The Lord has equip me with every spiritual blessing that I need to live a life that pleases Him and benefits me. So I am setting things in order starting with my mind and my office.

    Nancy

    • Praise God, Nancy! Put on some praise music and clean off a table. Make it a praise party and you will be done in no time 🙂

  • I totally get it with the white carpet and devil showing up with a wheelbarrow of manure analogy! He just needs our permission to come on in and start dumping it around. It’s up to me to say, “Oh no you don’t! You’re not putting that mess in my beautiful house!” I’m going to call Jesus instead, and ask Him to bring His treasures of love and strength! Amen!

  • I always found that the clutter of stuff caused a distancing of my relationship with the Lord.Once I decluttered His peace would rule again..This Corona virus has certainly opened my eyes as to what is truly important verses just being busy with activities that rob us of time spent with Him..

    • Wonderful, Angie – I am glad this gave you insight. Expect to see change as you put these principles into practice.

    • Jan, I recommend asking the Lord in prayer to open your Spiritual eyes so you can see what He means. It could mean many things from relating to your physical house, to your finances, to your family, to your health. He promised that if we lack wisdom, we can just ask Him and He will give to us liberally and without reproach (see James 1:5). Expect Him to fulfill His word.

        • Hi Pat, I am delighted you have found us!

          First let me say that the Take Back Your Temple Program isn’t for everyone and we ask that perspective members
          ask and answer five questions for them (not us) to see if the TBYT program is indeed a match. The name of the person or their answers are NOT recorded by us. The questions are designed for personal assessment only.

          Regarding accountability, we have a private Facebook support group where you can make yourself accountable to others.

          Regarding what you should do on a daily basis is entirely up to you with guidance from the program and suggestions from members in the private Facebook support group.

          Regarding where to begin, I will suggest you visit http://www.takebackyourtemple.com/program to see what we offer.

          The five questions you should ask “yourself” are found at http://www.takebackyourtemple.com/cq

          To God be the Glory!

          Mike Taylor
          TBYT Membership Coordinator

    • Hi Jan , I realize this is a bit over a year this post but I had to reply because I too, heard the holy spirit speak to me about getting my house in order . I was a bit taken back by the thought but I had become a bit of a wreck somehow over the past few months . I was crying over my circumstances and not taking my God given authority over my situation . I basically realized I wasn’t trusting God . I allowed alot of confusion get in from the enemy and negative thoughts to creep in thus causing my confusion and sadness. God is so good though in how he helps us. I hope your situation has turned around and your house is in order spiritually and physically. God bless you sister ❤

  • Thanking God for divine and natural order in my life. It can be overwhelming, but I’m believing Step by step. Thank you. Keep allowing God to use you

  • Thanks so much for your emails. They are so encouraging and informative. I don’t have the memory to download you’re ebook right now. Do you have this in printed form?

    Faye

    • Hi Faye,

      Thanks for your compliments on the emails! To answer your question, the TBYT ebook and the other eBooks are only available in electronic form.

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