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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Closed doors in our life

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Have you ever noticed how the anticipation of out of town company coming to your house sends you into a state of panic to get areas of your house in order that haven’t been touched in months?  I’m not talking about dusting and sweeping the house.  I mean “deep cleaning” the closets, garage and attic. 

Eight years ago, we moved from a tri-level house with a basement to a one story house without a basement.  Now, we have all of this “stuff” from our basement stored in our garage and the little bit of attic space we have.  That means that we can not park our cars in the garage and it also means that we are constantly rearranging the garage to keep it in some kind of order.

Not only do we have things in our garage but since we moved from a larger home to a smaller home, we have pictures we are not using stored under beds and other accessories are in storage bins…you guessed it…in the garage.

You know what is even worse?  When there’s a phone call that unexpected company is on the way over to the house.  That’s when the real action begins.  Running around, trying to pick up the clutter or closing a door to a room because there’s not enough time to make the bed or straighten up a room.

All of these examples of housekeeping relate to how we operate within the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual house of our body.  When is the last time you stopped to assess how you are doing?  What steps did you take to make discovery about areas in your life?  In the process, did you “dig deep” and did you make some adjustments?  Are you worrying about “stuff” in your life?  Do you find yourself constantly rearranging thoughts in your mind so you can get through another day?

Or are you hiding something?  Have you buried something that hurt you and you don’t want to be reminded of it so you try to forget about it.  Perhaps you’ve got some clutter in your life, so you keep the door closed to keep others from getting too close to you.

What kind of action do you need to take, today?  Is everything in order and you feel good about where you are in your life or do you need help taking the first step to organize your life?

Does your body language say, “closed door”… “you’re not invited in” … “stay away” … “do not enter?”  Or do you welcome encounters with people who are “expected” and “unexpected” company?

Let me encourage you to open the door to your life.  Allow the light to come in and help you make discovery of what areas of your life need your immediate attention (Luke 11:33-36).

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For more about Relevant Women -

The purpose of Relevant Women:
Relevant Women exists to train women to minister relevantly, to discover and grow in God’s call in their lives and to serve in their churches as godly leaders.

RW accomplishes this by:
•Teaching life changing truth
•Building significant relationships
•Practicing spiritual disciplines
•Defining our personal stories
•Developing our personal ministry

At Relevant Ministry, our vision is to equip leaders to minister relevantly in churches that will be healthy and thriving.

Our mission, to fulfill this vision, is training future leaders - building healthy ministries - and serving on the Gulf Coast. 


  1. So True...I relate to this very well. I would like to think that I am always in a constant state of improvement...

    1. Thank you, Kim. Exciting how as Christians we are in a constant state of transformation to look more like Christ everyday.

    2. This was great Pam. Because of so much hurt in my past I often times focus on the tasks involved with ministry instead of relationships and God has very clearly said to me, "I have brought you to this ministry now lets focus on relationships." I have shed many tears over that direction from Him. So your blog hit the nail on the head for me this morning. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. Always great to hear how God speaks to our hearts through his word and others he puts in our lives. I'm grateful that this article brought encouragement into your life as you continue to serve the Lord. Blessings on your life.


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