Clothe Yourself

Last Saturday I had pretty much all day to do whatever I wanted. Mr. Canada was at an all-day church meeting/retreat and I was home with Moose and Zeus (pupper of friends who were staying with us for the weekend). Said friends were also at the meeting, so it was just me and the Doggos.

In the days leading up to that CHILLY Saturday, I could not wait to spend all day sewing and blogging. Then Saturday hit. I was excited to sew – and I did sew a bit. I did some Pinteresting. I relaxed. But I could not bring myself to write. I wondered what was wrong with me.

I knew going into blogging that I wasn’t going to be really inspired when I wrote EVERY post, but I was peeved that it was happening on the FIRST post since the launch of the site. I didn’t end up writing anything that day, but I decided after work on Monday, I was going to go to the craft store and do some research for an upcoming post.

Then Monday afternoon came. I realized I needed to write a big report that was due in a couple of days. I got so into my work that by the time I closed my computer and went to warm up my dinner before heading to yoga, I didn’t have the extra time I thought I would to mosey around the craft store.

So rather than getting further on any blog/sewing stuff, I hurried to Hope Yoga. This yoga class is much like others I’ve been to, except that it is Christ-centered. The yoga practice is all about spending time with the Lord and the exercise is a big added bonus.

This night, my prayer/intention for my practice was to pray about the discomfort and stress that I felt toward this week at work as well as the fact that I had a post to write and had no ambition to get it done.

As we went through the flow, the bible verse from the beginning of the session kept replaying in my head:

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

(Colossians 3:12-14)

I realized that I had been so focused on “I must make so many clothes” “what happens if all my clothes look too frumpy and homemade?” “maybe I should add other non-clothing items to my list of things to not buy.” Basically I was letting my anxiety get the best of me.

As I meditated on the verse, something I already knew struck me again like I had never known it before. God says to clothe ourselves in those good personality characteristics – he doesn’t care if my clothes turn out frumpy, or if I end up caving and buying a new shirt. In fact, in the area of clothes, less is probably more. Too much is going to bog you down. God is simply excited that I took the leap and decided to challenge myself in this area. Now, I know that God will still push me to be better, but He is also going to help me continue to be successful as long as I keep asking him for help.

Maybe this year will be a lessen in simplicity. Lessening the amount of STUFF I have in every area of life: particular clothes and other material stuff, mental chatter and anxiety, etc. etc. etc… We all have STUFF. Is God calling you to take stock of any of your STUFF? If you are comfortable, post in the comments – I’d love to be with you in your quest to simplify the STUFF in your life.


2 thoughts on “Clothe Yourself

  1. Kindra says:

    When it comes to clothing, less IS more. I prefer nudity. It’s simplest. Glad we’re on the same page 😉 Kidding!! “Chatter” in my head catches me up. I’ve been trying to ‘concentrate’. I think of the way orange juice is ‘concentrated’. All the water is filtered out. All the weak stuff. All the important stuff remains. (Okay, the water is important, too, but you get my metaphor, right?) I’m trying to simplify both the physical and mental. Less IS more.

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