Simply...Living For Him

He Makes All Things New

You know the feeling we all have when we get something new? Maybe we waited for it for a while. Maybe it was an impulse buy. Or maybe it was a guilty pleasure. Regardless, there is that excitement and initial delight when we get something new.

But like all things in this world, the newness soon wears off, and the novelty of the thing fades away, and that new thing becomes just another thing. Eventually, even an old thing.

The excitement of it is gone, and most likely replaced with something else. A new desire. A new want.

The beauty of this is that although every single thing we see on this earth is temporal and it will fade away, we will not. God declares us new creations, yet instead of wearing down and fading away like those new shiny objects, we are becoming sanctified and holy and working toward something even better. Our bodies are wearing away but WE are new and we will not fade. 

While the world and all that is in it slowly fades, those who are in Christ are being sanctified and rather than fading, we are being transformed into something even better.

Oh, the comfort in knowing that we will not wear away, we will not wither, we will not die! We are growing toward a new life that God himself has provided for us.

for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. 1 Peter 1:24-25

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:15

When he made us new creations, we were completely renovated. Our old selves were torn down, not just prettied up or fixed. But completely and utterly transformed and changed! We do not have to live as the old, but as our new creation in Christ. The one that is free and the one that will exist for eternity.

Oh, how beautiful a thought! May we rest in the fact that as the life we see around us is broken, wearing out daily, and full of trials, we ARE new creations.

We are new and we will be whole, complete, and restored forever!

This summer let us celebrate simple, spiritually refresh, and unplug even for a bit…refresh, renew, and refocus.

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Coming Clean. My Journey From Messy Little Girl to A Simple Life. • Podcast Ep 53

Guess what? Those Instagram accounts of simple folks with the perfectly organized shelves and matchy-patchy systems? Those aren’t me. My methods aren’t so pretty 🙂 Today I am coming clean!

Recently an incident in our basement had me on a purging binge, and it got me thinking about how far I have come from a messy little girl to a woman now seeking the simple life. I am not naturally organized or tidy, but God has changed me in so many ways over the years.


Join me as I talk about my journey to live more simply and what it truly means to me. (and it’s not about the stuff!)


Oh, and why all the stuff in my house better steer clear of me and my big Hefty garbage bags! 😉

 

This summer let us celebrate simple, spiritually refresh, and unplug even for a bit…refresh, renew, and refocus.

Join me as we encourage each other for simple summer—>Videos and Blog Posts

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Celebrate the Simple This Summer

 Simple Summer

I posted this picture from Instagram this week. It was just a snapshot and a thought in the moment, but it seemed to resonate.

Weeding the garden earlier today. It was a quiet and peaceful time. Rather than see it as a chore to complain about(which I am prone to do) I decided to embrace the time. I prayed. I sang. I thought about how I continually have to weed out my sins. They are so quick to grow and choke out the good fruit of my life if I don’t get a hold of them. I absolutely love summer and the heat. I was sweating out there and thinking how that is used for good. Sweating out those toxins and letting each drop be a sign of hard work. It’s a good thing. Summer is a gift of time to slow down. Embrace the simple. Take time to reevaluate, renew your spirit and slow the pace. Soon enough cool breezes and fall will be back and we will be running around busy (and most likely complaining how about how busy we are!) So for now, I weed. I sweat. I praise. #postureofpraise #simplesummer #enjoythesimple

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As I thought more about it throughout the days following I realized that many can relate because:

  1. We all have weeds that choke out the good fruit in our lives.
  2.  Many of us tend to approach a chore with the mindset of complaint.

Raising my hand. 😉 I do both of the above.

First, let’s talk about the weeds. Just like those pesky little plants that grow in my garden and threaten to take over the beds if I don’t daily pluck them, the sins in my life do the same. I need to constantly keep in check those things that want to choke out the good fruit in my life. For me those sins will be different than yours. But for instance, I struggle with anxiety- just when I think it’s under control and I don’t really have to check on it, it threatens to overtake me. Like a garden bed left unchecked.

The best way to keep those sins under control is to keep the garden watered, filled with nutrient-dense soil, flooded with sunshine, and then I must persist in plucking the weeds that will inevitably grow. For us, we are well-watered with the Living water, we are flooded with the SON, and we have His Word as our vital nutrients. See how God does that? Beautiful life picture right there in His Creation!

And then there is the sin of complaining, which brings me to point number two. We all tend to look at the daily tasks in our lives that are not pleasurable and complain. But when we stop and put these things into perspective, we see that we do not need to complain. We can take time to approach the chores and tasks and thank God for them. It’s all about perspective.

We live in a complaining culture. Let us not be a part of that. Let’s embrace each moment, each task, and each breath-even the hot and sweaty ones-all for His glory. Chores are a part of life. They help us to grow and help us to work hard. All for His glory. Let’s practice a posture of praise in all things.

Join me?

This summer let us celebrate simple, spiritually refresh, and unplug even for a bit…refresh, renew, and refocus. 

Join me as we encourage each other for simple summer—>Videos and Blog Posts

Be encouraged this summer on the Simply Living for Him Ladies Retreat!

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Check out where I am speaking in 2017—-> SPEAKING

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