Creative Bible Study Blog

Welcome to our Creative Bible Study blog - a Christian blog dedicated to getting believers excited about God's Word and all it holds.

We will update you on any new and exciting additions to our site as well as highlight items you might otherwise miss.

Have you ever wondered if you were "creative?" Well, God is and we each were created in His image. Today is your day to be creative as you let the truth of God's Word impact your life and the lives of those around you.

The dictionary defines creative as: cre·a·tive 1. having the quality or power of creating. 2. resulting from originality of thought, expression, etc.; imaginative: creative writing. 3. originative; productive (usually fol. by of). 4. Facetious. using or creating exaggerated or skewed data, information, etc.: creative bookkeeping.

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Dec 07, 2016

Christmas Countdown Devotion #7 - The Shepherd

11 - "“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."

14 - "I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me," John 10:11,14

Where I live there are not many real shepherds of which to take a photo; in fact, I don't think I have ever seen a real live shepherd in my life!

During the Christmas season shepherds seem plentiful in nativity scenes everywhere though. And what a reminder they are of how Jesus cares for each of us; He laid down His very life for us to save us from our sin!

I had thought of taking a photo of the shepherds in our Nativity scene, but since I haven't unpacked it to decorate for Christmas yet...Normally we decorate as a family a day or so after Thanksgiving, but this year we weren't able to be together. So here I am...putting off decorating by myself!

I do have my copy of Max Lucado's children's book - The Crippled Lamb.

So I chose to capture a pic from it! This is such a precious Christmas story that reminds children (as well as adults) just how special we each are to the Good Shepherd!

The shepherds were some of the first entrusted with the Good News that the Savior was born. No, God didn’t choose the rich, the well-educated, the influential. He chose common shepherds.

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Dec 06, 2016

Christmas Devotion #6 - The Word - John 1:1

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God."

The Greek word translated here as “word” is “logos” which relates to reasoning. Our English word “logic” has it’s origin here too. Let that sink in a moment. Jesus is the Word. He is reasoning. He is meaning. He is logic. Jesus makes life make sense! And truly – Jesus is the reason for the season!

A word is not just a bunch of random letters. Each word has order and gives meaning. What in your life right now is bringing meaning to your existence? This was one of the greatest things that changed in my life when Jesus came into my life; my life now has meaning and purpose…it makes sense!

A word whether spoken or read shares a thought; it references something beyond the letters. The letters – V, R, R, E, I – have no meaning in and of themselves, but when they are arranged as – RIVER, they bring to mind a picture of water running through a channel. Even though God reveals Himself throughout creation, He wanted to make sure we understood Who He is…so He sent His Son, Jesus, as The Word – Who was in the beginning with Him and is God Himself. We can know Him.

There are words all around us everyday – from the cereal box or newspaper ...

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Dec 05, 2016

Christmas Countdown - Devotion #5- LIGHT

"Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

I love the light from candles; the flame seems to dance and almost come alive! This little candle is special because a dear friend gave it to me one Christmas; therefore it earned to become a photo for my Christmas devotion countdown.

Have you ever thought about how the tiniest of lights can dispel any darkness, but darkness can never extinguish the tiniest of lights? Light is powerful! It exposes what may otherwise stay hidden.

The first chapter of the Gospel according to John is one of my much so that I have worked myself silly memorizing the first fourteen verses!

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Dec 04, 2016

Devotion #4 - Your Bible - 2 Timothy 3:16

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

I love that the word “inspired” here literally means “breathed”. All Scripture has been spoken or breathed by God Himself. Communication is key to any relationship; it’s the way we get to know each other. The Bible is one primary way God communicates to us about Who He is, His love for us, what’s best for us, etc.

2 Timothy 3:16 explains how the Bible can become God’s GPS for us in life. It’s profitable for: teaching (telling us how to get to where we need to be), reproof or rebuking (telling us when we have taken a wrong turn), correcting (getting us back on track going the right direction), and training in righteousness (continuing to guide us towards God’s best for us)!

Take out your GPS App on your phone and type in destination “Heaven”.

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Dec 03, 2016

Christmas Countdown - Devotion #3 - Letter "J"

Dec. 3rd - Letter "J" - Matthew 1:21

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

Look a round today and notice all the letter “J’s" you see. They may be in books, on signs, on grocery items, etc. Whenever you see one though speak the name of Jesus out loud; it may be a whisper or a shout of praise!

We used a photo of an ornament which hangs on our Christmas tree with the word "Joy" for our Letter "J" photo. There was so much joy that first Christmas!

Joy echoes through every stage of the Christmas story:

John the Baptist jumped for joy even in his mother’s womb –

“When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.” Luke 1:44

The angel announced joy to the shepherds –

“I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.” Luke 2:10

The wise men were filled with joy –

“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!” Matthew 2:10

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Dec 02, 2016

Christian Christmas Ideas - Keeping Christ in CHRISTmas

Keep Christ in Christmas with these free Christian Christmas activities for children and families. Bible study lessons, object lessons, Christmas tradtions & more!

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Dec 02, 2016

Christmas Devotion #2 - God's Creation

"For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him." Colossians 1:16

The photo for today is almost limitless of options. Take a photo of something God created that causes you to think about Him. It's even better if you choose something you will see often throughout your day or just carry the photo with you on your phone!

I chose to use a photo of clouds for God's creation. Clouds are probably one of my favorite things to photograph because they cause me to think of the majesty of God...and they are just so beautiful ... and they are everywhere!

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Dec 01, 2016

Christmas Devotion #1 - A Road - John 14:6

This is the first Christmas devotion of twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active, object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true reason for the season!

Each day snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself. It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday!

I took a picture of a road down in the country where my ancestors lived. It is a quiet gravel road with the trees almost touching above having sprinkled their leaves across it’s dirt path.

There are many types of roads that take us to different destinations. Some are paved and crowded with cars speeding by; while others are quiet and peaceful but can become muddy when it rains. Roads are a lot like life.

Think about all the roads you will go down today; each one leads to a different destination. Sometimes we may get wrong directions and go down a wrong road never reaching the destination we desire.

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Nov 30, 2016

25 Day Count Down to Christmas

Join us for a 25 days to Christmas Photo Challenge Countdown!

Each day we will be posting an everyday object coupled with a Bible verse and devotion to help us keep Christ at the center of our Christmas celebrations!

We challenge you to take your own photo and post it to your social media to encourage others or just to help you and your family keep Jesus as your focus for the Christmas season and beyond.

This is lots of fun to do with your youth group, Sunday school class, family and friends, etc.

Help us encourage others to lift Jesus above all the hustle and bustle of the season and share the hope of Christ as we become lights to the world!

Like us on Facebook to spread The Word! :)

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Nov 29, 2016

NEW Free E-book - Old Testament 101

A wonderful friend of mine and a teacher/writer of Bible lessons for all ages for over 35 years, Jodi Green, asked me to make her new Bible study lesson E-book available to our website users for FREE!

You may download, print and use all or part personally or with a group for FREE! Jodi kept all copyrights so that she may offer these at no charge; there is no price she would want to put on someone experiencing God's Word!

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Nov 21, 2016

Scripture Mystery Dinner

Add a little fun to the holidays with a Mystery Dinner where the Bible holds the clues to each item on the menu!

Use this as a fun fellowship or family time. You can even give your guests a timed Bible drill to help them locate as many mystery items as they can before ordering!

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Nov 17, 2016

Free Max Lucado Ebook

Find out how to join Max Lucado on a Bible memory challenge with four verses over a four week period and receive a FREE ebook!

Max also shares his strategy to memorize scripture along with lots of other tools to help you begin your own journey!

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Nov 11, 2016

Thanksgiving Games

Family time is precious, so add some fun memories to your holiday season together with these Thanksgiving games!

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Nov 10, 2016

Christian Thanksgiving Ideas

Thanksgiving is a perfect opportunity to teach children & teens about having an attitude of gratitude! Here are Christian Thanksgiving ideas to help - Bible object lessons, crafts, games, & more!

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Nov 08, 2016

Thanksgiving Bible Verses

Everyday is a day to give thanks! Use these 30 thanksgiving Bible verses to guide you in honoring and praising God with an attitude of grattitude!

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Nov 01, 2016

Satan - The Enemy: Armor of God Bible Lesson

Part three in the Armor of God Bible Lessons for Kids addresses Satan - the enemy and how even though we should be aware...Jesus is Greater!

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Oct 25, 2016

Kids Bible Lessons - Heroes

Using comic heroes along with Bible heroes, these kids Bible lessons teach kids how to be a hero for God!

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Oct 24, 2016

Preschool Bible Lessons

Looking for ideas, lessons and creative ways to instill the truth of God's Word into the lives of little ones ages 2-5?!

You may be a preschool Sunday school teacher, a mom of preschoolers or a grandmother like me!

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 is just one place God reminds us to be intentional about filling our little ones with the truth of Who He is and how much He loves them! We are to teach them as we sit, as we walk by the way, as we lie down and get up.

Here are lots of creative ways to make the most of every moment and teaching opportunity that comes our way. We've also found some great Preschool Curriculum that is printable and free!

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Oct 21, 2016

Christian Object Lesson - Pumpkin Gospel

Bring the light of Christ back to October & Halloween with this Christian object lesson & pumpkin prayer. Use a pumpkin to illustrate how through Christ we can get a new face and let His light shine!

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Oct 20, 2016

Names of God - Yahweh/Jehovah

Find out more about God in this short Bible study lesson and seeing His character and attributes through His name - Yahweh/Jehovah! He is relational and wants to be known!

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Oct 18, 2016

God's Headlights - Just Do What's Next

Don't worry. Don't stress. Instead, follow God's headlights of guidance and just do what's next. A short Bible lesson that teaches "God's got this!"

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Oct 06, 2016

Christian Halloween Alternatives

October 31st is still a day that the LORD has made! Several Christian Halloween alternatives that are fun and glorify Jesus - the Pumpkin Gospel lesson, free Halloween witnessing tracts & more!

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Sep 30, 2016

God's Promises

Sep 27, 2016

Christian Testimonies Around the World

The family of God reaches around the world! Here are some real-life Christian testimonies from our brothers and sisters in Christ all around the world and how Jesus Christ changed their lives.

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Sep 16, 2016

2 Timothy 2:15 Bible Lesson - You Can Be a Hero!

Using four points from the main Awana verse, 2 Timothy 2:15, students are taught how to answer God's call of who they are to be!

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Sep 13, 2016

Grooves vs. Ruts

Both the dictionary and thesaurus view these two terms as synonyms. And though they are similar in many ways, they each actually differ in both plan and purpose.

While both are considered indentations possibly caused over a period of time, a “groove” has a design of purpose while a “rut” can cause us to get stuck in routine out of habit or path of least resistance.

As followers of Christ, it is important to stop and evaluate from time to time our place of service. Are we serving by teaching that kindergarten Sunday school class for the past ten years because we fit smoothly by design or because we’ve been doing it so long it’s just become comfortable?

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Sep 01, 2016

When Jesus Moves in ...

My husband recently preached on John 20. Jesus' followers may have had doubts, but when Jesus came in, all their doubt went out!

And He does the same for us today!

Aug 29, 2016

Christian Object Lessons from Tools & a Toolbox

Find out how an ordinary toolbox can become teach wonderful Christian object lessons on how God uses different gifts and people to build up His Church.

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Aug 25, 2016

Lessons from the Story of Ruth

There are so many lessons we can learn from the story of Ruth. This lesson focuses on the fact that as she chose to follow God, and because of that she was never alone and became a part of Jesus' earthly family's ancestry. She was also a foreigner, but God demonstrated His love for her by sending her a Kinsman Redeemer named Boaz.

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Aug 10, 2016

Free Bible Lessons - Anne Graham Lotz

The daughter of evangelist Billy Graham is a godly woman of great wisdom & insight. I am presently reading her book - The Daniel Prayer.

Anne offers several free printable Bible Study Lessons for individual or small group use. She uses a three question plan of Bible study which she shares here:

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Aug 09, 2016

Miracles Happen - Kelly's Story

Miracles happen all around us every day - the birth of a child, the salvation of a soul, the earth spinning on its axis. Yes, God is in control!

We take these miracles for granted so often though. So God goes above and beyond to reveal His majesty & glory to give us hope! Kelly's story is one such miracle close to home.

Many have been praying as we've watched the progress of our young 22 year old friend. She was shot in the head and left to die. There was very little hope that she'd live when she arrived at the hospital.

But in the moments, hours, days, & weeks to follow, God has performed unexplainable miracle after miracle. You see, Kelly is His daughter, and God has not only heard, but answered the prayers of His children for her.

Read more of Kelly's Story in her husband Shane's blog, and find hope in Jesus!

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21)

“For I am the Lord, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26)

“He is the one you praise; He is your God, who performed for you those great and awesome wonders you saw with your own eyes” (Deuteronomy 10:21)

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Aug 04, 2016

God Speaks

What did you see today? What images stuck with you?

For me…I saw two squirrels fall out of a towering pine tree and land with a loud FLOP on the ground! Then they hopped up and began chasing each other again! I also saw the gleam in our foster-granddaughter’s eyes as we surprised her with a visit!

These are only two things I saw today, but both stuck with me in a special way. I find that God uses images to speak to me. I am very much a visual learner – show me something…I usually remember; tell me something…guaranteed to forget! God knows this about me!

So what did these two images tell me? Well, the two squirrels fell while holding on to each other. This made me think of how important the people in our lives are.

God says…”Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble.” Ecclesiastes 6:9-10

Let’s take time today to think of those in our life that would be there when (not if, because we all fall from time to time) we fall; they may be a friend, family member, teacher, etc., and thank them! And if for some reason you can’t think of anyone, then know this – there is One that loves you so much that He took the fall for you. His name is Jesus.

Back to my other “speaking image” – the gleam of joy and love in a child’s eyes. This reminded me of how God looks at me when I come to Him. He looks on His child with eyes of joy, love & compassion. He gets excited when we visit and draw close to Him! He is always there to welcome us into His open arms.

“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8

So take a look around, open your eyes. What is God using to speak to you? Trust me…God is speaking.

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Jul 01, 2016

Best Bible Verses by Topic

God's Word is relevant for life everyday! Let us help you find the best Bible verses for whatever occasion or topic you may need them; His Word is living and active!

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Jun 30, 2016

Family Bible Study Lessons - Free

Free family Bible study lessons that incorporate fun creative ideas for all ages as we train our children to know and love God through the truth of His Word!

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Jun 23, 2016

Bible Devotions for All Ages

A variety of Bible devotions to help you keep your focus on the eternal even in the midst of a busy life. Devotions for all ages of your family including youth devotions and children devotions.

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May 11, 2016

Vacation Bible School

Discover creative FREE Vacation Bible School ideas and lessons including crafts, games, object lessons, and more to add to your VBS curriculum or find free themed lessons to develop your own VBS!

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May 03, 2016

Bible Memory Verses

Memorizing Bible verses and the books of the Bible can be fun! We've located games, songs, activities and creative ideas to assist children in learning & keeping Bible memory verses!

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May 03, 2016

Foster Parent - A Picture of God's Love

God's love manifested through the heart of a Foster parent is a beautiful picture of His love for us!

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Apr 27, 2016

Bible Pictures & Videos with Lessons

Use pictures to teach Bible lessons - similar to Christian object lessons. Also, find resources for free Bible pictures, photos, images and Bible coloring sheets.

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Apr 15, 2016

Incredible Me! - Identity Bible Lessons for Kids

Kids need to know they matter! This series of free Bible lessons for Kids - "Incredible Me!" will help them understand they have been created unique & special and God has a plan for them!

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Mar 31, 2016

Bible Treasure Hunt

Everyone loves a TREASURE hunt! This is a great Bible activity for children, youth, or even adults! Includes printable Bible verse clues and more ideas!

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Mar 29, 2016

Free Sunday School Lessons

By locating the best free Sunday School lessons and creative Bible ideas on the web, we hope to provide easy access to everything you need to serve God's Word to anyone, anywhere!

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Mar 24, 2016

Resurrection Eggs - Make Your Own!

Make your own Resurrection Eggs to share the true meaning of Easter! These are simple to make with everyday objects; Scripture verses are included.

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Mar 17, 2016

Christian Easter Lessons & Ideas for Family & Church

Keep the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the center of your Easter celebration and teaching. Take these free Christian Easter ideas, games & Bible object lessons to teach the true meaning of Easter!

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Mar 15, 2016

Easter Egg Hunt Object Lesson

Here's a different way than resurrection eggs to share the gospel and real meaning of Easter! Use this Easter object lesson to go along with your church or family Easter egg hunt for something new!

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Feb 23, 2016

Investing - A Daily Bible Study Lesson

Be challenged by this short Bible study lesson on investing and giving that will help us daily live out the Bible for His Kingdom!

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Feb 16, 2016

Object Lesson - How to

Want to learn how to write and design your own object lesson? Here are simple steps to help you use everyday objects to teach Bible lessons for kids or adults!

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Feb 09, 2016

Media Addiction...On the Bright Side

Statistics say that the average American watches 5 hours of television a day in addition to almost 6 hours of mobile media! That is amazing...or is it really?

Time passes quickly sitting in front of a TV, one story moving into another as those images and voices fill our minds.It has almost become a more natural instinct to access mobile media instead of interacting with real people. It's easy for the time to drift away right before our eyes.

We have become a very media consumed nation. That sounds very negative, and in a lot of ways it is! But we also see a very positive trend of Christian movies, videos, Youtube & Godtube videos reaching people like never before with the Gospel of Christ! That's exciting!

These are great resources to tap into for our family, our church groups, to enhance Bible studies, and more! Let's take what can be negative and turn it into a positive!

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Feb 04, 2016

Object Lesson for Valentine's Day

Teach kids about the importance of sharing God's love with others with this Christian object lesson for Valentine's Day! Very simple using a red marker & paper towel!

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Feb 02, 2016

Time to De-Clutter! just kind of sneaks up on us. It makes it harder to find things. It can distract us from our work and productivity.

Busyness causes me to lay things down and leave them where they don't belong...where they get in the way. A project may not get finished, so it just stays there. Or a project is over but the leftovers get abandoned to the side because I don't want to take the time to deal with putting them where they belong.

How long does your clutter hang around and distract you? It may be longer than you think. Often we just get used to it and overlook it. It doesn't really bother us anymore, and we hardly even notice it until...

Well today was the day my office clutter had to go! It had gone overlooked for too long. Why if someone else saw embarrassing that would be!

How long had some of it been there? Well, there were things left from last summer's kid camps along with VBS leftovers from the year before that! There were also random papers and items from last week and even yesterday. It was all stacking up into an overwhelming mess!

How easily our lives can become cluttered too. It's easy to let arguments leave remnants of hurt and bitterness. Or God may have finished doing a great work in our lives, but we just won't take time to deal with the packing up of what needed to be put away. Clutter happens!

It's hard to clean around clutter, and things can get lost in the midst of our joy, our peace, and maybe even sight of our purpose. The clutter has to be dealt with - as in thrown away (possibly a whole garbage bag full) or put away in its proper place before actual cleaning can take place. Hopefully, we just may come across those misplaced items which have been eluding us.

It takes making the time to do it though. It takes getting alone with God and asking Him to show us the "clutter" and what needs to be done with it.

When we get the clutter taken care of, it's easier then to reorganize - get our priorities back in order. Then it's easier to see where He may be leading us. And honestly...a decluttered life just feels better! Life is then back on track and ready to move forward again!

Why even David ran into the need to declutter His life. He calls out to God in Psalm 51 as he sees the clutter of his life before him and requests - "Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me."