A Problem of Clutter — Donevy Westphal

Today I’m happy to welcome author Donevy Westphal as she shares some great tips for dealing with the clutter of life.

“Human History is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” C. S. Lewis

2018 is now history. We have arrived in the New Year. That should not be surprising, but I have begun sixty-five New Years, and I’m as ill-equipped this year as I was on the very first one. I wonder—when will I get it right?

I spent several weeks cleaning, painting, and renovating my office, which quite a few years ago was our youngest son’s bedroom. Last week he began cleaning out his closet, a long overdue project, but he left the junk he didn’t want on the floor of my newly cleaned office.

Sometimes my life and undertakings seem to be like that. It is like finding my way through someone else’s clutter.

Sorting through the clutter of life, be it clutter we make or clutter we inherit, is a challenge. In this stage of my life some things I’ve discovered are:

• If it isn’t broken, give it away
• If it is broken, throw it away
• If you don’t need it, sell it or give it away
• If your heart needs repaired take it to God
• If you have a broken relationship take it to God
• If you need to forgive, take it to God
• Never lose faith, take it to God

The New Year will bring its share of problems, we can be sure of that. As each problem raises its ugly head remember to take it to God in prayer. Then become content with His answer.

Ecclesiastes 3:14 “I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be forever: nothing can be put to it, nor anything taken from it; and God hath done it, that men should fear before him.”


What genre(s) do you write in and why?

My favorite genre is historical fiction. I’m fascinated by the early 1900’s through the early 1960’s.

What is your favorite part of writing?

I enjoy research, although I’m not as proficient at it as need be, I end up chasing rabbits and finding dead ends.

What kind of books do you write: what is your next book and when is it going to be published?

I’m currently working on a series that is set in the Vietnam era forward. That is slightly out of my preferred range, but it is part of a family puzzle that begins in my preferred range. It is currently in a (hopefully) final edit, and should be published by October(?) this year.

As of present, I am working on a series ‘Ebenezer’. The first book, If I Should Die, follows detective, Julius Armstrong, part of an elite group, on his last case as he tracks a crime boss.


Donevy is a primitive artist who has worked with raw materials in many different mediums. An artist with paint, canvas, clay, etc. and a mother, a teacher, a Bible class teacher, and a writer. She has homeschooled seven children; writes a blog at deborawephraim.blogspot.com; has an author website at https://deborawephraim.wixsite.com/donevywestphal and you can reach her on her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DonevyWestphal/ . Donevy is a member of ACFW. ~When you only have words~


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