A sudden job loss sure helps you to focus on the Lord and simplify.
All of a sudden, I’m evaluating needs vs. wants more than ever. A trip to the grocery store is so much more deliberate. No impulse buys. No extras. Just the necessaries.
It’s sort of hard, but sort of good in a way. Sometimes we are stripped of comforts in order to keep our eyes on the things that matter most. I look at my kids and realize how grateful I am that it’s just a job loss…we still have each other. I look at my home and realize how blessed I am to have it. I walk up and down the aisles of the grocery store and realize how much excess really is around us.
We will be keeping a tight reign on spending right now, and on those wants. And that’s OK.
So in simplifying…and doing it once and for all…evaluate your needs vs. wants. If you were without an income tomorrow, what things could you do without? Would you look at your life differently?
Make a list and pray over how you can eliminate what is hindering you from a deeper walk with the Lord.
Is it time?
Is it the desire for material items?
Is it feeling unsatisfied with what you have already…even when it is probably more than you need?
I am choosing to fill up more and more on the Lord these days. He is the only One that satisfies. The only One that fulfills. There is no lasting joy in the temporal, but there is in the eternal. The more time I spend in His Word, the more I thirst for Him and not things of this world. It’s a beautiful thing…
So take some time and really evaluate needs vs. wants…pray over them and seek Him on this matter. It is another step toward simplifying…once and for all!
Join me on my journey to clear the clutter as I am simply living...for Him! I am a homeschooling mom sharing about my faith, family, hobby-farm life, and Jesus. I am also an author and speaker and love sharing my journey with others- and I am all about keeping it real and authentic! Join me as I seek less of this world and more of Jesus!
Karen DeBeus is a homeschooling mom learning to live more simply and keep God at the center of it all. She is the author of three best-selling homeschooling books and writes at Simply Living for Him. She speaks nationally at homeschooling conventions and recently was a speaker at the Family Bible Conference in Washington, DC. Her passion is to help others clear the clutter from their lives, seek God first, and to encourage women and families to get in the Word every day.
In 2016, she founded the Simply Living for Him Retreat, which is a time of rest and renewal for all women seeking Jesus. She enjoys life on her hobby farm with her husband and four children. Together they are a work-at-home family pursuing a simple life with purpose and, above all, seeking to glorify God in all they do.