Edit- The Word for the Week

The word for the week is Edit…what does that mean, you might ask?

Webster’s says this about the word:

a : to prepare (as literary material) for publication or public presentation

b : to assemble (as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging

c : to alter, adapt, or refine especially to bring about conformity to a standard or to suit a particular purposeedited the speech> <edit a data file>

: to direct the publication of <edits the daily newspaper>
: delete —usually used with out

Ah, alter-  adapt- refine- delete.  Love these words and the power behind them.
So gals, what does that mean for us?   I have beed doing some editing around the house.  I used to call it cleaning out.  Getting rid of stuff.  Purging.  A friend introduced me to this word as she told about helping to clean out her mother-in-law’s house and then her own house.

Edit sounds so glam.  So streamline.  So chichi.  We are going to embrace this word, friends.  I want you to edit your closet. Your kitchen.  Your bedroom.  Your picture frames!  And more.
So freeing.  A friend told me recently that we won’t be remembered past two generations.  All of our stuff won’t mean anything in two generations.  A good reason to edit.

 Another friend reminded me that we need to be storing up treasures in heaven. Editing is the key.
Isn’t it sad to go to a flea market or antique mall and see portraits from the 30’s and 40’s?  Who is that gorgeous gal with the Veronica Lake hair or the studly soldier in his dress garbs?  Who buys those portraits?  Who puts them in the antique mall in the first place?  Questions for another day because today we are editing.
See the lipstick I used on her eyebrows?
Hope I have learned something since then about make-up application

sad little empty frames

I have been going through boxes in the garage and found this! Ack!  I loved Gretel as a little girl,  but her head has been off for YEARS.   It is TIME to EDIT and let go of her.  Freedom.

I also found loads of baby pics.  All of my favorites of the boys.  I don’t want so many frames standing around now, so I will EDIT and pick out my favs and put these shots in a new grouping to hang on the wall.  Ahhh,  simple and clean.

As I have been doing this I thought about what else we need to edit.

 How about our thought life?  
 Our words? 
 Our time?

The Lord tells us to edit our thought life.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:8

He tells us our speech needs to be refined and adapted for the moment. 

Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.  Colossians 4:6

He asks us to edit our time.

making the most of your time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:16

Let’s do some editing, gals.  It is a SURSEE with a reward…
~a clean house with less clutter~
~a thought life with no lies~
~speech that is life-giving~
What are ways you find a SURSEE through Editing?  Or more importantly, what are you going to EDIT today?  Do tell.
I dug Gretel outta the trash.  I just know I can do some craft with her. Thoughts?


  1. Hollow out her head and put in a succulent 🙂 maybe not

  2. Ha! I love succulents, but have such bad luck with them. Everyone I have ever bought has cratered. I think I will take Gretel to the shoe repairman I use, and get him to reattach the head and set her in my Creative Room…she is so cute.

  3. I love your writing! I’m so glad to find this blog. You crack me up! I’m about to go “edit” my refrigerator. Heather (Live with Flair)

  4. Oh gal, I am so honored that you came over here and found me. Woo-Hoo! Thanks for the words of encouragement. xo

  5. You have inspired me to put “purge the house” on my to-do-over-winter-break list.

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