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Embrace the Empty Spaces

For some reason, we don’t like empty space or blankness. We want it filled.

Or the empty time in our schedule. It makes us uncomfortable. Like we should be doing more. We feel the need to be busy to look successful in the world’s eyes. 

And what about empty spaces in the day where you have a minute to really breathe and sit alone with your thoughts, but you find you get uncomfortable there? So you quick grab your phone…just to check…and fill in that empty moment. A distraction seems to be more comfortable than your mind at the moment.

We fill and we fill and we fill. Emptiness makes us uncomfortable. An empty room is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign of self-control. A moment in the day to breathe and be alone with your thoughts is a gift, not a place to escape from. An empty day on the calendar is something to be cherished, not ashamed of.

We are a society that has become so uncomfortable with empty spaces that we try to fill them in at each turn. Space in our day, space in our thoughts, and space in our homes. We are unconsciously told to fill, fill, fill. And the result is homes that are overflowing, minds that are cluttered, and folks that are frenzied.

This morning as I pondered these thoughts, after I came out of my shower realizing I had a few extra moments before I needed to really start my day, I thought…fill these space with Him. It was too easy to grab my phone and fill the moment with midlesss scrollling…just checking in…admittedly, that is my tendency many days.

Why do I choose to read what others are saying during my empty spaces when I could easily grab my Bible and see what He is saying?

Convicted. Right then and there.

And I share that experience with you in hopes that I can be transparent..because, boy, do I fail daily…and because together, we can enocurage each other…to fill those empty spaces with Him.

Empty spaces are not uncomfortable. They are gifts. Blank slates to do with as we please…so let us use them to get closer to the Lord, and not closer to the world.

Fill your empty spaces with Him today.

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Our First Simply Living for Him Women’s Workshop!

This weekend I had the tremendous blessing of getting women together for or first Simply Living for Him Women’s Workshop. This was an afternoon designed to get away from the hustle and bustle of life for a bit with other women and seek more Jesus.

We talked about simplifying and reducing clutter, but mostly we talked about the whys- why do we have so much clutter and are still discontent, how does stuff make us feel, and why we can’t turn off our minds at the end of the day?

In the end, it’s never enough time to really delve into these topics but I hope to continue to offer more in the future.

There are so many practical ways to simplify and I am not about giving you one more “system” that is supposed to be the be-all-end-all to end your clutter. Ultimately your clutter or issues are between you and God, and it is my desire to point you to Him so that He can ultimately help you to focus your mindset before you can even begin to tackle the externals.

Clutter is just stuff. It will never go away though if we don’t get to the root issues. And I truly believe in the end that the remedy to clutter and chaos is Jesus. The more we desire Him, the less we desire of this world.

If you would be interested in a workshop in your area please contact me at karen@simplylivingforhim.com. I am hoping to do more of these in the future. I already have my eye on the Spring season and returning to Chester to hold a Spring Cleaning Hearts and Homes Workshop.

Stay tuned for more info! And please contact me if you would be interested in a workshop!

We broadcasted LIVE on Facebook- in case you missed it!


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20 Ways to Simplify Your Life Starting NOW!

Simplifying is such a buzz word these days, and for me, it is about SO much more than just getting rid of “stuff.” It is about understating the heart behind why we have so much clutter, and why we think we need so much. It is about focusing on the fact that God is all we need, and nothing else can fill that void.

Yet as a society, we have bought into the lie, that more stuff equals more happiness. And the more we toil and attain, the more unhappy we become. Our houses are full, and our hearts are empty.

We also have more information than ever and are completely overwhelmed as to what to do with it all.

So in order to even begin simplifying, we need to start by knowing our Creator, and our purpose- which is to know Him and make Him known. The closer we are to Him, the less we will desire to fill up on stuff.

So while many things on this list will help you to practically simplify, many of them will also help you get to the heart of the issue. Enjoy! And may you simply live…for Him…

1. Get outside. Right now, put away the computer, the book, the phone, or whatever is taking up your time, and get outside. Take deep breath. Notice the sounds outdoors, and feel the air on your skin. Notice the things that we often take for granted. How the birds interact around you, the squirrels, the bugs…notice the details of a flower. Connect with your Creator. Realize there is so much more to this life than just ourselves! After just 20 minutes of truly noticing the beauty around you, the simplicity of it will fill you up.

2. Choose to meditate on a verse. Just pick one and truly focus on it. Close your eyes and focus on His Word. Fill your mind with His thoughts, to replace the worldly ones. (Philippians 4:8)

3. Look around the room and notice how much of your “stuff” you will take with you to eternity. None. Remember to have an eternal perspective and not an earthly one.

4. Go to your closet and decide to keep only the things you will wear this year. Giving is always a blessing. So give away what you don’t wear, or will not wear.

5. Go through your children’s toys and work with them to give away what they don’t play with anymore. Better yet, just put most of it away, and see if they even notice. 😉 Then give those things away.

6. De clutter a room. Just start with one room. Don’t get sidetracked and go to another room. Choose just one room a day, and do it well.

7. Turn off the noise. Choose to “fast” from the Internet for a day. You may even decide to do it for more than a day, when you see how much more clearly you can think. Mental overload weighs you down. Then when your fast is over, set strict internet times and stick to them. No excuses.

8. Do a kind deed. Anonymously. Not because you want to be noticed, but because of the act of kindness itself. When you do that, it will take your focus off of your own needs or desires, and the feeling of giving will fill you with more joy than any material item can bring. Try it!

9. Make a recipe from scratch. Slowly. This may sound counteractive to simplifying, but sometimes the act of slowing down and not rushing through something helps us to appreciate simplicity. Make a recipe without rushing through it, just to “get it done.” Appreciate the steps, and the work and time it takes. Slowing down, helps us realize how much a fast paced world complicates things. Just enjoy the act and the work of the task. Then invite a friend over to enjoy the fruit of your labor!

10. Keep a journal. Write down the things that you are thinking…slowly and beautifully. It will help slow your mind down, so you can focus.

11. Invite a friend over for good old fashioned tea. Don’t worry about making a fancy spread. Forget Pinterest even exists. Go the old fashioned route of enjoying each other’s company, and not the fluff of the perfect spread or fancy tableware. God wants us to focus on relationships, not outside appearances.

12. Write a letter. No, don’t type, email, or text. Write a letter. With a pen, and paper. Take time to appreciate someone else and tell them so.

13. Don’t let junk mail come in the house. Head straight to the recycling bin from the mailbox and throw away any junk that comes in, before it can clutter up your desk.

14. Plan your meals. Take just 30-60 min per month to pick out meals for the next month. This has simplified my life in so many ways. I can enjoy my afternoons without worrying about what to make for dinner. (Free printable here) And remember, your family doesn’t need a Pinterest perfect meal- they just want to eat. Do it together 🙂

15. Go through your children’s closets and pick out a few good outfits for Sundays, a few play outfits, and a few extras. Put the rest aside to give away or to save for later. This makes for much less stress in choosing outfits and such. Don’t foster the attitude in kids that outfits are so important. When they grow up, they will already know the value of a simple closet.

16. Volunteer. I promise that when you take the focus of off yourself and your needs, life becomes simpler. Fill any voids you feel, with things that matter. Not stuff.

17. Read your Bible. Every morning, before any other thoughts have a chance to creep in. When you seek Him first, everything else falls into place. And His Word is transforming. It will transform your life.

18. Choose to have less {stuff}, and do more {things}. Today instead of shopping for things that provide instant gratification( that will wear off), use your time to do something with eternal value. Visit an elderly friend, serve at a local mission, spend time in prayer. Try a “no spend” challenge for a month. I bet you will see just how much you don’t really need.

19.  Keep at least one day on your calendar open with no commitments. Choose for that day to be a day to catch up on things at home, and spend quality time without rushing around.

20. Pray. Ask God to help you simplify. Ask Him to help you focus on the things that matter to Him, and not to the world.

Learn more about having less stuff and MORE JESUS this summer!

Grab a ticket now before prices go up!

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

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

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