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The Thing About Simplicity

I love quotes. They simply sum up life in a few sentences.  They also remind us of how cognizant we should be but are not.

Simplicity is a goal that either takes great concentration and effort or becomes a necessity. Mine has become the latter. Right after my last post about my goals for 2018 my husband went in for hernia surgery and due to some complications we spent the entire month of January in the hospital. It was not a great way to begin the year, let alone my goals.

I quickly became aware that I was not going to get my closets cleaned out, the garage put in order or even clean out my desk. I was not going to plan meals, send out birthday cards on time or make my grandchildren anything by hand this year. All I was going to accomplish, at that point, was making sure I had an extra change of underwear with me at the hospital.

But God is good. He understands my desire for simplicity, even if it did become a necessity more than a desire. He helped me to see that when life boils down to just surviving and helping someone recover you find the time to do the things that really matter and you just ignore the rest.  No, I don’t want to say ignore; that’s not really what you do. It’s more like you sigh heavily, feel the pang of guilt, but allow yourself to move on because you have no choice.

I want to write but I feel overwhelmed. Still, I want to share my heart in words. I can’t tell you why. I only know it is an inherent gene that God planted long ago. I simply want to write. So today, I’m going to write…simply.  Jesus taught us that all of the laws and the prophets hang on just two simple commandments; love God and love others. Jesus was the master of simplicity. I can only hope to be as good at that as He is.

Verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Love God: Do you love God as much as he loves you? Could you give up everything important to you, for him?

Love People: If God loves “the world” that much he probably loves the guy in the next room with the obnoxious voice, your ex-spouse, and that annoying girl you still hate from high school. Should you consider how you feel about the people God loves?

Prayer: Father, thank you for your gift of everlasting life despite the way I treat others sometimes. Please help me to see the way you see so that I can love the way you love.

 

 

Bible Study · Simplify 2018

Simplify for 2018

It’s interesting when you apply one word to everything. How should I clean my house? Simplify. How do I start on my schedule? Simplify. Easy right? Takes the guesswork out of everything. You begin to apply it to things you often do. Last night, for me, it was bible-study.

I have a regular course of study I follow, but I often flip through my bible and just read randomly.  I often feel God nudging me with His words, and I try to apply what I’m learning to my own life. Since my brain is on wondering how to simplifying everything I read these words:

Don’t you realize that you are mine and I’m a part of you? Do you actually think it’s more important to be focusing on what you have, while what I have given you remains a mess? Think about this! Put some thought into what you’re doing! 

You spend a lot of time spinning your wheels.

You wonder why you are overweight?

You wonder why you don’t feel right?

You shop for things you don’t need, that have no purpose.

And you don’t save or invest in worthwhile projects, and squander money!

Get up off your booty, work hard, and go get it done so I can take pleasure in how well you maintain what I have blessed you with and so you will be a testimony of a godly life! Did you really think you wouldn’t have to put any effort into this? I gave you this life and all you have and why would I take it away? Because you are so busy with all the other things you think are so important while you yourself are in ruins!

Okay, so that’s not how it was written, but that’s what I heard. Point taken. At least now I know where to start this year.


The real scriptures I read (ESV):

1 Corinthians 3:16 – Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?  (Don’t you realize that you are mine and I’m a part of you?)

Haggai 1:4 – Is it time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house [God’s temple] remains a ruin? Do you actually think it’s more important to be focusing on what you have, while what I have given you remains a mess?

Haggai 1:5-6 – Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: Give careful thought to your ways. Think about this! Put some thought into what you’re doing! 

You have planted much, but have harvested little. You spend a lot of time spinning your wheels.  You eat but never have enough. You wonder why you are overweight? You drink but never have your fill. You wonder why you don’t feel right? You put on clothes but are not warm. You shop for things you don’t need, that have no purpose. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. And you don’t save or invest in worthwhile projects, and squander money!

Haggai 1:7-9 – Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build the house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored, says the Lord. Get up off your booty, work hard, and go get it done so I can take pleasure in how well you maintain what I have blessed you with and so you will be a testimony of a godly life!

You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why? Did you really think you wouldn’t have to put any effort into this? I gave you this life and all you have and why would I take it away?

Declares the Lord Almighty, “Because of my House, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.” Because you are so busy with all the other things you think are so important while you yourself are in ruins!

 

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