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What your purse can say about your life | Moms

Last week I was forced to go buy a new purse.

I say forced because purse shopping is one of my least favorite things to do.

That’s probably because I use one purse at a time.

I don’t have a bunch of options to interchange depending on the outfit I’m wearing.

I find a purse and use it until it dies.

My last purse was a monster of a bag.

It was beautiful in the store and I splurged a little getting it.

It kind of reminded me of something a celebrity would have – you know, those big leather bags with shiny buckles.

(Disclaimer: My bag was NOT in the price range of a celebrity bag. Dave Ramsey would not approve of that for me right now!)

I loved that bag. It had pockets for everything. I was able to organize to my heart’s content.

It looked “trendy” with its light color scheme.

I could haul everything I needed in that bag, and I did.

When the straps started fraying and tearing holes where they attached to the bag because of the sheer weight I was carrying, I knew we were getting close to the end.

But it wasn’t until I started being poked by support boning that I finally relented and went shopping.

Knowing my habit for trying to carry everything needed for every contingency, and bordering on breaking my back, I chose to shop smaller.

It was a hard decision to make, finding the perfect bag that could carry what I needed and I knew I would have to make some choices about what I should carry around from now on.

As I cleaned out my purse and sorted what should go in the newest model, I was amazed and a little embarrassed at what I found.

Unnecessary receipts from months ago, jewelry taken off and stowed away, multiple shades of lipstick (most of which are not a good shade anyway), broken pens, a lost checkbook – the list goes on and on.

Needless to say, my streamlined purse is a wonderful change. I’m choosing to carry less, and finding a place to store what else I might need in other places.

I made some hard decisions about what was important enough to carry around, but it will be worth it.

There was so much stuff that was weighing me down and hurting me physically because I was not getting rid of the inessential items.

We do that in life, too.

We carry around “bags” filled with stuff, like offenses and grudges.

We hold on to hurtful words from others, which have made us feel less valuable.

We lug all our problems with us wherever we go.

Why do we make that stuff essential?

Why do we choose to carry this load?

We have to make the choice to clean out the bag.

Some things need to be thrown away, like unforgiveness.

Other things can be cleaned up a little and made lighter, like hearing the bit of truth in something hurtful someone says and throwing away the heavy part that was said with negative emotion.

And we all have problems we are going through.

Most of the time it really isn’t crucial to have them right there with you, is it?

Can’t we put them aside until it’s time to work them out? (In other words, stop worrying about everything!)

God doesn’t ask you to carry all that around.

In fact, in Psalm 55:22, we are told to give Him our burdens, and He will take care of us.

“Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.” (Ps 55:22, NIV)

I’m ready to stop hurting, carrying around more than I need to. How heavy is your bag?

I hope you are able to streamline and live life without all that extra weight.

We have to make the choice to clean out the bag.

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