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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

EMOTIONAL HOARDERS

Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name.” (Psalm 142:7)

Most of us have seen the show Hoarders, where individuals go to severe measures to hold on to keepsakes, memories, fads, or anything else of interest to them. Some store items in bedroom closets, basements, drawers, and cars. In extreme cases whole houses are filled to the brim with stuff. You heard right, stuff. It may have sentimental value, it may not, but the hoarder is just not capable of letting it go. For the sake of drama, exposure, and intervention, this television show has helped several individuals clear out the mess and live clearer, freer, cleaner lives.

Emotional hoarding is holding in feelings, holding grudges, or holding on to hurts. The issues and the emotions that follow (i.e. hurt, trauma, or nostalgia) could have happened years ago or just yesterday; whatever the time frame these emotions are carefully tucked away in the spirit.

Although the spirit is full to capacity, emotional hoarders need a place to harbor bitterness, lay down unforgiveness and store up wounds and pain. The psalmist describes it as your spirit being in prison.

I’ve had days where I’ve knowingly gone into my spirit and picked up some guilt from a past situation and I feasted on and rummaged through it all day. I’ve brought up my hurt feelings and blamed another today for the hurt I felt years ago. Holding on to my past is unhealthy to the future state of my soul.

Have you been there? Are you there now?

Are you aware of anything you’re holding on to that needs to be released? Is there something within that is so comforting and familiar, yet it’s keeping you from experiencing freedom? It could be fear of telling someone how you really feel about him or her; it may be the hurt of being abused or talked about as a child; it could be the injustice you faced on your job yesterday.

If it’s choking the life out of your spirit, let it go (Ephesians 4:30). If you can’t function because it’s always resurfacing in your mind, give it to the Master and let Him resolve and dissolve it.

Watching the show Hoarders can be disgusting, seeing how items from 15-20 years ago are stored in a place and never removed. The homes are usually moldy, infested with mice and insects, and run down. Holding on to old emotions is nasty. Your attitude begins to stink. Your insides become full of unnecessary baggage that runs your body down. You become contaminated with complacency, apathy, and an obscured vision. It’s altogether a critical situation that needs exposure and intervention.

Release your spirit from the imprisonment of emotional hoarding so that you may praise the name of the Lord! Unpack years of hurt and seek help from friends, family, and most of all Christ.

This is your Hoarder Alert: Stop holding on to unnecessary junk! Forgive and free up some space in your life! Get rid of dangerous, lingering emotions and think on the great divinity of God…beginning now!


Melanie Joyce Johnson


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8 comments

  1. Beautiful!! A lot of hoarders out here holding up progress!! But I got it, LET IT GO for your own sake. Wonderfully said. THANK YOU!

    LOVE ALWAYS!

    Juanita

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    1. Amen! Thanks for those words Ms. Juanita!!! We hoarders have got to let it go!

      Love you always,
      Melanie

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  2. That was great!

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    1. Thank you Mel Bates! Praying it is a continual encouragement to your life!

      Blessings,
      Melanie

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  3. Thank you so much for that mini sermon, It really spoke to my heart. I release the hording in Jesus Name. Amen

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    1. Thank you so much for reading and being a part of this ministry. Let's release the hoarding!!

      Bless you,
      Melanie

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  4. Mel,
    Love you, Keep up the good work in the Lord! Keep Yuntie, Uncle Blanks, and family in your prayers as we keep you in ours. We love you! Always,

    Yuntie

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    1. Hey Yuntie!! I am praying for you and Uncle Blanks and the family right now and like always. I love you all...and thank YOU so much for keeping in contact with me, it means so much!

      Melanie

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