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Welcome to my new series...Simplify...Once and For All! How many times have you promised to clear the clutter and just weeks later you find yourself buried in it again? Or you have vowed to keep your homeschool schedule simple, but next thing you know you are running out the door each day to a commitment, and when the week is over you are wondering what happened to the lesson plans you had created for the week? Or how about making a meal plan for the week, only to discover three weeks after and it's chicken nuggets for dinner again. How does this happen?
For one thing, it is focus. We have good intentions. We start out motivated. We are ready for the long haul. For a while we are working toward our goal of simplifying, and we are on track. Yet too often the distractions of the world creep in and we lose focus.
Our true focus in simplifying should be to fix our eyes on not what is seen but what is unseen. We need to understand that none of the material things we have here will gain us once extra moment in eternity. None of it matters for eternity. What matters is growing in our relationship with the Lord and the fruits that are produced from the relationship. Walking in the Spirit produces love joy, peace, kindness, patience, gentleness, and self-control.
Let's stop for a minute on that last one- self-control. Once we have the Spirit in us, we naturally will produce those fruits that are evidences of our faith. They are an overflow of our heart. Self-control. That is where simplifying comes in.
For many of us, we want to simplify because we have too much stuff. We want to have less. We've become overwhelmed byt this world. Having less stuff actually gives us so much more of what is important!
When our heart is focused on the Lord, we will have self-control because we understand that we do not need to fill up on material things. We do need to have a full schedule in order to fulfilled. We do not need to overindulge in information each day before making decisions.
Self control allows us to be very intentional about our "stuff." We can stop and determine what is a need and what is a want. We can have self-control to not turn the computer on, but to open our Bible. We can have self-control to not say yes to more commitments or activities, and be content with what God has already called us to do.
So this week I would ask you to really think about why you want to simplify. Determine that this is not going to be something you start and do not finish. The Lord wants all of you. Not just part of you. Fix your eyes on Him. Let Him make you complete apart from any worldly thing.
Get ready, because this is the time when you are going to simplify once and for all...it will take some soul searching first and really examining your heart. Pray first of all for guidance, and focus on self control.
Here are some verses to encourage you this week!
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:18
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator--who is forever praised. Amen.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Let's take this journey together...
and together Simply Live...for HIM!
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