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Good morning and welcome to the Big Red Sofa! I had hoped to be coming to you on video this morning but life interrupts sometimes. I’m grateful for all of you who prayed for my mother and our family this weekend as she underwent another heart catheterization. The doctor said we avoided a major heart event and we are grateful for that. I’m just so appreciative of all the support that we received. Check back in tomorrow for Testimony Tuesday and I’ll have more to say about God’s people!

Life these past few weeks has been a little crazy and January has breezed past in a hurry. I traveled some, got snowed in for a weekend, and started grad school. Throw in a couple of evening meetings, and a lot of work, and all of a sudden, my apartment looked like a tornado had ripped through it. Now I live in a little three-room apartment (well, four if you count the bathroom!). And I live alone. And I’m pretty neat. But it seemed like for days or weeks, I’d just come in and dropped everything…and then left it where it landed.

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It occurred to me one day…I have 14 chairs in this house and no place to sit or to set anything down. I don’t really have 14 chairs in a tiny apartment, but the ones I do have were all of a sudden filled to overflowing.

Life’s like that sometimes, too. We go along thinking we are handling everything just fine. Until one day, we look around and it’s gotten kinda crowded in here. We’ve said yes to too much. We’ve picked up a habit or two that weren’t there before. We step into some situations that leave us with some emotional debris laying around. And then there’s no room for the things we want to have in our lives.

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One day, I’d had enough. I had to stop just dropping stuff where it landed. I had to make the effort to put things in their rightful place. And make room in the chairs to sit down. A good housecleaning is good for the soul too. It helped me think about other things in my life that might be taking up the space that God usually occupies. And it helped me identify those things that needed to be swept away.

So I just wanted to encourage us all today to look at the chairs in our lives. The physical ones as well as the metaphorical ones. Have we got them all so loaded down, there’s no room for anyone to sit? Have we crowded out the place where God used to reside? Scripture tells us that He is jealous for us and He doesn’t want to share us with anything else. Maybe you’re like me, and you just need to take a day to clean it all away. Let me encourage you to do so. Not only will your house be clean, but you’ll have much less stuff sitting around to distract you.

And maybe you’ll have a place for God to sit too. 

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