How Do You Simplify An Uncomplicated Life? // Five Minute Friday
It’s been a while since I hung out with the beautiful community of Five Minute Friday writers. I’ve missed writing and I’ve missed this community. So today I am taking just five minutes to write down my thoughts on the chosen word prompt. No editing, no worrying about perfection, just me and my words freely flowing in this space.
This week’s word prompt is:
I find it ironic that this week’s word prompt is the same as my word for the year. I wasn’t going to write for this link up, but how could I not?
I’ve been questioning this word that God whispered to my heart after it showed up as a possible word for me when I took the One Word quiz at DaySpring.com. You see, I don’t really have a complicated life, why on earth do I need to simplify? I have a full life, yes, and I suppose it would do me good to weed things out in order to make room for what is important.
I work a full time job. I’m no longer homeschooling my teen boy, but I do oversee his independent studies. I am no longer involved in ministry (my choice and a post for a later time). Most of my kids are grown and drive themselves everywhere they need to go. My days are filled with work and my nights are filled with preparing meals and whatever cleaning I may have the energy for. I engage in a few guilty pleasures (like binge watching Netflix some nights….every night) and eating junk food.
When I asked the Lord if I really should embrace this word for the year, I didn’t really hear confirmation, other than the pitter patter of my own beating heart. Even though my life is not as full as so many that I know, the need to simplify is something that I think we all would do well by.
When I think of the word simplify, I think of purging. There are so many things in my home that I no longer need or want that it would be easy to fulfill this goal. I finally took 7 bags of clothing to the thrift store today, and I cleaned out my refrigerator and threw out another entire bag of expired and unnecessary items.
But this year I believe the Lord is having me to focus on simplifying my heart, mind and spirit. Over this past year I’ve learned how much I overcomplicate an uncomplicated life. I’m hard on myself, am a bit of a control freak, and feel for the most part it’s all or nothing in most things. And when you are dealing with anxiety and depression, as I do most days, life can just be plain hard. I want to focus on those things that are going to bring healing and stability to my life.I want to focus on the things that are going to bring healing and stability to my life. #fiveminutefriday Click To Tweet
The Lord gave me something yesterday that I believe will guide me this year as I learn to simplify. Here it is in graphic form.
I look forward to seeing how this word unfolds in my life this year.
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