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Hello reader! Happy New Year! Let me first apologize for stepping away from my blog for so long. I was getting so caught up in trying to "exhaust" posts from start to finish, which would call for extensive thinking and take longer than necessary to put out posts. In 2011, my approach is going to be different and there will be more posts. So, here we go!

In the above picture, you see a lot of STUFF. I'm pretty sure everyone is familiar with the term "hoard, hoarder, or hoarding". If not, there's a show dedicated to this concept and the people who do it. To hoard means "a supply of accumulation that is hidden or carefully guarded." The person who does this is called a hoarder. The show, "Hoarders", highlights people who have a hoarder lifestyle. Their houses are filled with stuff; so much so; you can't even get more than 2 people in there at a time because there is only room for one person to maneuver through all the stuff. And more times than enough, it's the accumulation of unnecessary things.

Are you a hoarder? Do you have an accumulation of stuff that you truly guard? Here's the twist though. We may not hoard inanimate objects in our households, but we may hoard things INWARDLY. We may hoard things of our past, hoard feelings, hoard bitterness, hoard emotions, or hoard resentment toward someone. The worst thing about hoarding is that it limits you from PROGRESSION. Just as the hoarder can't move around but so much in their house; being an inward hoarder limits us from moving forward in life. The inability to be moved emotionally, the inability to love, the inability to GROW, and the inability to experience what God has for us because we cannot release the junk we've accumulated and guard so dearly. LET IT GO.

My aunt said something so funny to me one day. I told her she was a hoarder and she responds, "No I'm not. I keep this stuff real good." Hmmm?

Are you a hoarder?

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