This morning I awoke to the sound of birds chirping outside my window, the rays of the sun shining brightly through my window, and my 12 year old boy sleeping next to me. All of these were reminders to me that His mercies are new every morning. As I lay listening to the birds and thanking God for the sunshine and the gift of my children, I realized how much I desired to hear, feel and see the beauty of God all around me.
[tweetthis]My life has become so cluttered that I am unable to hear, feel and see the beauty in every-day living. @BarbieSwihart[/tweetthis]
When you come to a point in your life where you are unable to manage the weight of the clutter all round you, it’s time to re-evaluate, take inventory and seek the Lord on ways to lighten the load. In a world where we can microwave a dinner in less than 10 minutes, drive thru to pick up our morning brew and leave a Facebook status in less than a minute, I am beginning to see how much I crave simplicity.
You are going to notice some changes around here as I lean in to the whisper of God concerning this space. This blog is a huge part of my life, and something I know He’s called me to. Not for me. First for Him, that He would receive glory as I partner with Him to share words of hope and encouragement. But also for you, that you might receive fuel for your journey and hope in times of discouragement.
In order to clear the clutter, I have to be willing to go back to the basics.
There will be no bells and whistles here, at least for a while. Some may see this as a drastic step back when it comes to blog design. Believe me, I’ve played through the scenario in my mind of the mass exodus that could happen. But that’s okay. I want God’s beauty to shine here, not anything of my own making. I am willing to take a risk in order to focus more on my writing, The blog is a bit of a mess right now as I hit an unexpected bump in the road with images not loading. But I’m learning that sometimes a mess will become messier before beauty can been seen.
[tweetthis]Sometimes a mess will become messier before beauty can been seen. @BarbieSwihart[/tweetthis]
I will be working to add images as quickly as possible, as well as a footer where you can find a few important things. But overall, this new look is being created so that I can have a place of distraction free writing, and to give you a place of distraction free reading. Each and every one who visits here is important to me. I hope you will continue to visit.
There are other areas in my life where God is calling me to clear the cluttered mess and simplify. I hope to share some of those areas with you in future posts.
How is God calling you to clear the clutter in your own life?
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