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My newest addiction on T.V. are the shows on hoarding. There is the A& E show “Hoarders” and the TLC “Hoarding: buried alive.” These shows got me thinking about what hoarding is and how it would be defined. So that is where I am going to start is by defining hoarding.

According to Mayoclinic.com:

“Hoarding is the excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them. Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets often in unsanitary conditions.

Hoarding, also called compulsive hoarding and compulsive hoarding syndrome, may be a symptom of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But many people who hoard don’t have other OCD-related symptoms.

People who hoard often don’t see it as a problem, making treatment challenging. But intensive treatment can help people who hoard understand their compulsions and live safer, more enjoyable lives.”

So hoarding is the inability to get rid of objects. My question is objects the only things that we can hoard? My answer is no, I think that we can hoard other things it being money , love, time. You can hoard your money by being cheap. Now I am not saying that being cheap or thrifty (what I like to call) by finding sales or going to cheaper stores for food, cloths, etc… is a bad thing actually it is quite smart. I am talking about when you never spend any money of your own. You may tell people that you are always broke so they don’t ask for money or when you never let your friends live down the fact that you paid for their dinner six months ago. . You can hoard love by not showing affection to your children or to your spouse. You can hoard your time by not taking the time for others but only for yourself. We all need me time but not all the time. I know that at times I can hoard all these things, we all can.

So then after looking hoarding definition I then went to the bible to see what I could find on this subject. After a somewhat long search found this Luke 1:13-21 NIV the Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’

18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’

21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God””

I like this because I think that it does address hoarding in the light in which God wanted us to see. That God does not want us to hold on to everything even if we don’t need it. . We have all heard the saying “you can’t take it with you”. In Luke it is also saying, in my opinion, that when we hoard we are finding the things on earth more valuable than God. As I am watching these shows I find it interesting that they are “savers” or “collectors” yet they can’t walk in their house or actually live in the house. That their families feel like they don’t matter only “things” do. I also see that many of them have health problems due to the unsanitary conditions that they live in. Their hoarding is easier to see; others are not as easy to see. All of the things that we hoard are self-destructive either with our families or with God.

My rule of thumb for my house is: if you haven’t used it, worn it or seen it in 6 months you no longer need it. Part of that rule is that my husband and I clean out our closets every 6 months,

God Bless,

Dawn

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What is your theme song?

Let me start this off my saying that I love music  from christian to country to rap.  I love it all.  I especially love theme songs. I think that theme songs say a lot about the movie or event that you are going to. I would have to say that my Theme song would be a cross between  the Black eyed peas ” I gotta feeling” to newsboys ” beautiful” . The Black eyed peas song I  just happen to love and it makes me want to dance ( warning that could be dangerous for you if you have to watch me dance) to Newsboys song that talks about all the things that are beautiful in life.  So my question is WHAT IS YOUR THEME SONG?

My next question is what is your theme bible verse?  Mine would be James 2:14-17What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. “

This is a long one but   I want to do for others.  I not only  want to talk the talk but  walk the walk. I give time to church but also to a meal site that is not in my church. I do it because I want to but also I do it because that is  what God has asked me to do.

So think about it, when you die what would be the theme that people would remember you by.  I know that I want people to say ” she was a Kick butt kinda of gal,  one that took no crap but would give you the shirt off her back and truly loved as christ wanted her too.”   So my next question again is WHAT IS YOUR THEME  BIBLE VERSE?

 I think that getting a theme is a good way to look at life on a simpler level but also to maybe get you to think that maybe your life is not exactly the way that you want it or the way that you will be remembered. I know for me a couple of years ago my theme song would have been ” the devil went down to Georgia” lol….but true.

God Bless,

Dawn

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Hello world!

Hello World! Now I know what you are thinking “who is this and why do we need another blog about religion?”

 Well I don’t think that I have anything new to say  I  just want to offer some perspective on things that I have experienced with my walk with christ. I will tell you up front that I have no religious education . I have my degree in nursing and am a wife and mother. I will not give medical advice on this site go see your doctor if you have concern. I will be blogging about all kinds of things. You can choose to read it or not that is your decision.

 I would love to have feed back but I will not respond to any kind  of inappropriate comments.  Hope you like it!

God bless,

Dawn

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