Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Clean Slate

All the Christmas decorations are down.
Actually, when I got home the tree was gone.
Well, sort of, but not really.

It was in the corner of the guest bedroom,
leaning against the wall. 

Mr. H really does try.

Time to put it all away and start again.
Don't you love a clean slate?

Put away the old, bring in the new. 
In my case, it's usually put away the new, 
bring in the old.

I like the elegant among the rust

and the old among the new.

My son and DIL gave me the new birdcage.  
I've already found a home for it.

This got me to thinking.

Sometimes it's good to start over.
Sometimes it's good to purge, just get rid of all the junk.
Kinda like a detox, it's good to just get it all out:)
Yelp, that too.

Been thinking about that today and my need
 to let God just come in and get rid of all the crud, 
all the mess that doesn't need to be in my heart.
You know, give me a clean slate. 

That's what's so great about a new year.
To me, it's a new beginning.

My prayer today, 
"Lord, help me to see through the holes.  Through the torn.
Let me catch a glimpse of you and that you will bring grace
and glory through my broken and unfulfilled dreams.
Help me to see that you wipe the slate clean 
and you give new vision.
Thank you for new beginnings, a clean slate to start again.
When all is not perfect, allow me to see beauty among the rust
and wholeness in the brokenness."

Thank you again, Lord for a clean slate,


  1. It is amazing what a move and change can make isn't it. I hope that this helps you. xx

  2. Love you insights and your devotional thoughts. So true to my heart too. I long for that. And I have a birdcage, and you have given me a new purpose for it. Love your arrangement. You have such an eye for beauty and putting things together that look so lovely and unique. Hugs

  3. Beautiful....I wish I could tie things in like you do...my thoughts never come out right. I loveeeeeeee your design skills....you need to come here, wink. Blessings

  4. Bonnie, This is a wonderful post. I love your white things with those pops of blue. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  5. Great post, Bonnie...I know exactly what you mean. Not sure if you saw my post with the poem "Start Over" a couple of weeks ago. You may want to go check it out if you didn't. I love your new birdcage too :)

  6. I love new beginnings -- a fresh new day, the turnover of a new month, and definitely the start of a new year!
    Something very refreshing about the thought: "A new day wit no mistakes."

  7. Clean slates are a wonderful thing. xo Laura

  8. LOVE the birdcage and what resides within in now. VERY CREATIVE!

  9. Bonnie, I love your decorating style! SO pretty. Love the picture of your grands on the side bar! They are adorable...and yes, clean slates...new beginnings ....they are very good things.

  10. I like a clean slate too. After the holidays it seems to be a good time to do it! I've been wanting to clean out a few cupboards, but haven't had time!

  11. Yes, I like clean slates. I like to re-evaluate what I have, what I really need and what I can get rid of. I really enjoy getting things back to normal after the holidays and I have begun decorating with things I already have rather than buy anything new.

  12. I enjoy the clean slate of the New Year! I have been digging out and throwing out things, taking stuff to Goodwill and it feels really good! Your birdcage is perfect, the H too:) Have a blessed day dear friend, HUGS!

  13. Love the birdcage. I kept an old one that was in our attic for years....still haven't decided what to do with it. It's chippy red. Guess i should clean it up and decide already =)
    Love your collection of pitchers! Beautiful display!

  14. I too like the bird cage. perfect. Sweet deco you create.

  15. Yes!!!! So thankful God's mercy is renewed each day. Each day we get a clean slate. His forgiveness and mercy each day is ours! Your home is always beautiful. I love the old with the new too. Have a great day. Blessings!!!


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