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Last week I wrote about the book Radical that I am reading. To be honest, I can only read it in small snippets because it is just that powerful. I can only read a chapter at a time and then really must digest it before moving on.  
As someone who desires to live more simply, this book is just hitting home on many levels.  It in convicting and eye opening.
My desire for simplicity often tugs at me because I think about other people in this world suffering, while this country is indulging.  So part of my quest comes from the desire of my heart for hurting people.
So, this week my reading in Radical has really hit this nerve:

More than twenty-six thousand children today will breathe their last breath due to starvation or a preventable disease. 
As a mom and as a human being,  that is heart wrenching.

Every Sunday we gather in a multimillion-dollar building with millions of dollars in vehicles parked outside. We leave worship to spend thousands of dollars on lunch before returning to hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of homes. We live in luxury. 

Meanwhile, the poor man is outside our gate. And he is hungry. In the time we gather for worship on a Sunday morning, almost a thousand children elsewhere die because they have no food. If it were our kids starving, they would all be gone by the time we said our closing prayer. We certainly wouldn’t ignore our kids while we sang songs and entertained ourselves, but we are content with ignoring other parents’ kids. Many of them are our spiritual brothers and sisters in developing nations. They are suffering from malnutrition, deformed bodies and brains, and preventable diseases. At most, we are throwing our scraps to them while we indulge in our pleasures here. 
~Radical, David Platt
The church is not a building, it is a body.  And while we strive to make things more comfortable for ourselves here, people are dying from lack of simple necessities.
How does that happen?
How do we live in a country where obesity is a problem, when billions are starving?
How do we live in a country plagued by debt, when over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 dollars a day?
How do we spend money on storage units to hold all of our “stuff,” when people are living in a meager tent with just the shirt on their back?
How do we hoard, when others struggle to live…
How do we indulge, when babies die?

It is not an easy issue to wrap your mind around, but as Christians one we must.
My heart really hurts over these issues.  As Platt states in his book, we have a “blind spot” to these issues.  Like if we just pretend its not there, it is ok. But as Christians we can NOT do that. We must have a heart for the poor.
Proverbs 3:27-28
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow” — when you now have it with you.

Matthew 25:34-40
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'”

Acts 20:35

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

1 Corinthians 10:24
Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.

James 2:5
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?

James 2:15-17
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

I do not know how to reconcile all of this, except to pray. Pray that I will follow God’s leading in my response to this, as well as the church’s response.
I was not saved for myself. But to live for HIm. And He calls us to help those in need.  

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simplicity, simplify, Simply...Living For Him

Simplicity Redefined

What does a simplified life look like?

Simplify is certainly a buzzword these days.  Everywhere I see articles of people looking to live more simply.

Simplifying to me at the core is getting rid of the things that burden us to give us false sense of joy.  Getting rid of things that get in our way of true joy-the joy that come from the Lord.

Simplicity doesn’t necessarily mean minimalist.  
You can certainly have less physical stuff and a very simple life, 
yet still have no joy from the Lord.

To me it is more of a heart issue which then spills out into that physical aspect of simplifying.

Because once you see in your heart that the only thing needed to fill you up is Jesus, 
naturally the desire for “stuff” loosens its grip.

I yearn to keep God first in everything. (Matthew 6:33)

Most days I fail. 

I wake up, pray, have a good outlook, and as soon as my feet hit the floor downstairs, the kids are calling {or arguing}, the laundry is piled, the world is calling, and I forget so quickly…

So my goal is to find ways to keep Him at he forefront of my mind all the time.  Because I know when I am dug deep into His Word, I am feeling so strong and so filled.

Some things I have been doing to keep Him first lately are:
  • Besides morning Bible time at the beginning of our school day, we also have mid-day Bible and prayer. These are non negotiable times

    Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
     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. Philippians 4:8

  • Posting Bible verses throughout the house, as well as a Bible in many different rooms.

    You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:9

  • Writing down my pillars-keeping a journal of what God is doing in my life each day
  • Playing worship music in the background all the time throughout the day.  It uplifts my soul.

    Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Psalm 105:2

Simplifying is about getting rid of the things that we think we treasure here and replacing them with the things God treasures.

So we if the clutter of our lives is not hindering our relationship with the Lord, then great- but for me it does.

I look at everything and think what is the true value of this and does it really matter in the grand scheme of things. Is it edifying to our family? Is it growing us?  There is a balance though.

I choose to simplify but it is a work in progress. Especially after the Christmas season which can become indulgent.

Remember, it is a heart issue. Your heart needs to rid itself of the desires that hinder us from putting Him first.  Getting rid of clutter physically is truly secondary.

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Together, we can walk together on the road toward Simply Living…for Him.

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