Do you have excess baggage that is weighing you down? No, I'm not talking about your weight, I am talking about material things. Why do Americans accumulate so much stuff? This question has been weighing on me for the past 18 months. Is it because people have voids in their life that they are trying to fill? Are these voids not being filled by their spouse, their past, or most importantly, their relationship with God? In the past 18 months, I have been donating and thrifting things in our house and our storage shed. Would you believe that each month, my check covers the cost of one or two tanks of gas for our vehicles? I am finding that getting rid of the clutter in our closets and elsewhere is not only improving my relationship with my kids and husband, but I am growing closer to God. It is so true that material things weigh people down, hence the term "baggage". What voids are you trying to fill in your life? I encourage all of you to clean out your closets, drawers, but most importantly you heart. I pray that all of you will find the, "peace that surpasses all understanding..." (Philippians 4:7), and that God, "will give you the desires of your heart" (Psalm 37:4b).