Simplicity

Purposeful Decrease 3.16.16

Over the past few years, it has felt like I have been losing large pieces of myself. Watching as my passions and dreams faded away with my health. As my strength and health is slowly (very slowly) returning, I am coming to see the new passions and dreams the Lord has given me through this season. My perspective on life has forever been altered. 

I have come to love simplicity. Through several moves in 3 years, it forced me to minimize our possessions. Only what fit in our cars made the cut, the rest had to go! It’s amazing how quickly things can accumulate back up though! Then as my strength was taken away and rarely made it out of the house, I found myself overwhelmed and annoyed with how much I owned. So much stuff. I am now determined to live the minimalist lifestyle. Decreasing my possessions so I can increase my life. Less is more.

Everything in my life correlates with my faith. So, as I have been thinking about minimalism, I wondered what this looked like spiritually. God then brought an opportunity to go through a book with two women from my church. A book that walks through Lent in a way that is not commonly done. It is “40 Days of Decrease” by Alicia Britt Chole. God is so good! Goes right along with what God had laid on my heart. John 3:30 says, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” 

In the coming weeks, I will be purposely implementing a life of decrease. Both in the physical sense, as well as, spiritually. I want to delve deeper into both and will share with you all as well. If you are interested in living a life of decrease, I would love someone to walk this journey with me. 

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Faith

Finding Rest 4.22.14

Rest has come to hold a new meaning in my life. What does rest mean? According to Google, it is when one ceases to work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength. I have never been the person who always has to be on the go and doing something, so enjoying down time and rejuvenation had never been difficult for me. But what does it mean for a person who never receives refreshment or strength from rest? 

God is showing me what finding true rest is. I have read over and over Matthew 11:28, which says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” and Psalm 46:10a, which says, “Be still and know that I am God.” but the message of the passages around these verses have never really sunken in until more recently when I started to ask myself this question. As a believer, rest is more than this physical refreshment and rejuvenation. It is about finding our rest in our Savior. Laying down and surrendering all to Christ. Even without physical rest, there is such peace and restful spirit that comes from finding rest in the Lord.

I have a lot of time these days to just be still. Most of the time, I have spent these moments with my mind going crazy, but I am learning to quiet my mind and just be still. It is in these still, quiet moments that I am coming to know my God in new ways. There have been so many moments I have wasted with worry, anger, depression, and self-pity when they could have been restful moments with my God. I am pretty sure that God is going to give me ample opportunity to improve in my journey of going through treatment for Chronic Lyme Disease. My prayer is that I will view this time as an opportunity to know my God in a way I never have before and that, most importantly, He would be glorified through it.

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