Detox, Baby. Detox.

Detox, Baby. Detox.

Okay, so I’m a big fan of Pinterest, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. My DIY craft projects don’t always come out looking nearly as amazing as the ones on there.

*Gasp*… but Natasha, you’re so crafty.

I know, I know. But hey, it has to stop somewhere right? I’ll give you a moment to recover from the shock…
In fact, my projects vs. the original projects actually remind me of those baby photo memes that say NAILED IT. Like the one where there’s a photo of a precious baby curled up on a beautiful plush blanket and below that, there’s a photo of a baby in a diaper laying awkwardly face down on a Walmart rug.

Long story short, I decided to take on another DIY project: Make something to display our Christmas cards on. Every holiday card we receive from friends and family means so much to me (especially the ones with family photos included). I never know what exactly to do with them every year though so I figured it was time to make something special.

After getting some ideas from Pinterest, I dug out an old screen frame, some twine and headed to Ace Hardware for green spray paint.  (Shout out to my “uncle” Preston who works there and always helps me find what I need when I set out on these random endeavors.)  As I joyfully sprayed the frame outside, I wondered if it was weird that I was having so much fun.

A few days later, I blew my nose and my snot (sorry), was forest green. A few days after that, still green. I held the can at a distance, sprayed in the opposite direction and yet, it still got into my system.
A friend and I were talking a few weeks later. As we were discussing the importance of guarding ourselves from negative things that could potentially harm our walk with God, the Holy Spirit reminded me of the spray paint. If we aren’t careful enough, the things around us can get “into” us. They can become a part of who and what we are. Sometimes it happens quickly, other times it’s settle.

This is why it’s so important not only to wear the armor of God for protection, but to do spiritual detoxes as well. Ridding yourself of toxic things and sometimes people, is critical in life – especially for us Christians.
Pray for the Lord to reveal who and what is toxic in your life. We need His insight because sometimes we allow our human emotions to get in the way and then what is meant to be clear and defined, becomes blurry. That’s how so many of us end up justifying the act of keeping toxic people around. And even more important than that, sometimes we rid people who actually aren’t toxic, but because they challenge us and we don’t like it, we scream out with the trash! I’ve definitely been there before, oops.  But again, we need His insight concerning all things.

Make it a point today to take inventory of your life. Pray about it and fill yourself up with something good, whether it be with the verses I suggested below or even by watching a good sermon online.

I love you, beautiful people!
Have a wonderful evening 🙂

The bible is rich in powerful wisdom, beautiful analogies and inspiring stories that help us to better understand God’s character and successfully grow in the midst of life’s ups and downs. There are so many more scriptures that tie into what I shared today, but I will leave you with these for now.
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” – Proverbs 4:23
“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” – Proverbs 13:20
I encourage you to mediate on it throughout your week. Study the context. In addition, pray for God to show you exactly how you can apply it to your life now. Nothing is too small for Him to use; you just never know what He’s up to! And as always, I am on this journey with you so let’s do this!
2018-07-18T02:30:33+00:00 3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Rebecca January 7, 2018 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Amen Natasha, I so love how you write , you jad me laughing at the begining and by the end really thinking about my own life and who I allow or not to be in it …
    I so agree with you that bad seeps in when you allow yourself to be around certain people ..it hinders you instead of moving you forward .
    I do believe every struggle and any pain we go through in life is never in vain and the Lord always uses it for his glory and a blessing .
    But keeping our selves in harms way and in negative or abusive relationships really can make us sick mentally and physically and steal our growth and joy in the Lord ..
    I always just pray for his will and what ever that is that I will see it and know it is of him and what he wants of me …His way is always the Best ..thank you for this Blog post , it blessed me greatly , God Bless you Sweet Sister

    • Natasha Grantz January 7, 2018 at 2:26 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, your encouragement means a lot!! I’m glad it inspired you to take a second look at who and what is in your life too . “Detoxing” can be quite a painful process, but necessary in order to maintain spiritual health. I learned the hard way that it’s vital to have God guide the process. There’s been too many times in my life when I held onto the toxic stuff and threw away the valuable things. We can’t go wrong when we put things in His hands! I’m praying He leads and guides you along in the process and that you thrive and flourish like never before. Many blessings to you, my beautiful friend. xoxo

  2. Stephanie Grosick February 24, 2018 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    I love this! I stopped for a few minutes after reading this and looked back on my life and how much it and I have changed . My life as I look at it now is “cleaner” and “simpler” if that makes sense, as I have come closer to God over these last 10 years he has helped me clean house so to speak. That sometimes meant people and for sure things of this world. Thank you for this very real , funny and meaningful story.

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