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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.

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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.

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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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Dear Friends, Let’s Not Lose Focus

Recently, I received an email that sort of made me stop in my tracks. It was from a missionary in Kenya, who is homeschooling her children and was encouraged by my book, Real Homeschool: Letting Go of the Pinterest Perfect and Instagram-Ideal Homeschool.

It always amazes me that people, let alone people on other continents, are encouraged by my words in some way. To God be the glory!

Yet, this one was different. There was one line in this message that so deeply moved me. It is what I am all about at Simply Living for Him, and it encouraged me that what I am doing here…my mission here…must continue.

She wrote:

When I came across you on FB I was so encouraged because I just don’t see that focus on Jesus much anymore and it can be discouraging sitting over here on the other side of the world trying to share Jesus with others and I see other moms wasting their lives and kids lives on so much junk!

Right there. That is why I do what I do. I know how I feel when I see the things that distract us daily as moms and as humans. But I never imagined what it must look like to someone living over in Africa…sharing God’s love as a missionary…and homeschooling…and to see how we are over here focused on so much nonsense. The perfect meal plan, Pinterest board, crafts, decor, gadgets, latest and greatest earthly pleasure, or whatever it is…

Imagine how we look, chasing after the things of this world, but claim the name of Jesus?

This post isn’t about conviction, but about refocus. I am as guilty as the next of getting distracted and chasing after the wrong things. That’s why I will continue to press on here with my message.

Let us not lost our focus.

Let us keep the main thing, the main thing.

This life is short. The time is precious. And our moments should matter for Jesus.

Yet, we are stuck in the middle of this noisy and distracting world, showing us its shiny pleasures. It woos us with its temporal goodness. And in and of itself, many of those things are good. It is okay to enjoy pleasures here. We are meant to enjoy our blessings, but there is a distinction between enjoyment and placing our happiness in them. 

We must not seek them before Him. We can not live for the here and now, the picture-perfect life, and those things that are just superficial, and not live for eternity.

We are drowning in a sea of information, but losing our wisdom. We are attaining earthly success, but forgetting about eternal gain. We seek our own glory, before His. We are forgetting our purpose in life: to know Him and make Him known.

Living simply is not about a cute minimalist lifestyle arranged just so for a photo. It isn’t about setting up a perfect peaceful picture. It isn’t about the right organization systems, meal plans, planners, decor, or any of that. It is not simply a lifestyle.

It is a life that is seeking more Jesus.

The more we desire Him, the less we will desire of this world. When we thirst for Him, those earthly pleasures don’t seem so satisfying anymore.

A simple life, for me, weeds out the things that are hindering me from my one and only satisfaction in life. Jesus. Nothing more, nothing less. I want to seek after Him so much that I don’t care what the world has to say about the next best thing.

As that sweet missionary mama from Kenya stated: she sees us from across the ocean chasing after the wrong things! Oh, my heart. May I continue to chase after the right things! May I stop feasting on the junk of this world and filling up on earthly pursuits while starving for Jesus. May I seek Him first so that everything else falls into its proper place. May my life reflect Jesus and not the world.

Let’s not waste our precious time as mothers and as women on rubbish. Let’s teach our kids and the next generation what is truly important.

Who is with me?

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