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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  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.

Linking up with the beautiful community of Five Minute Friday writers.








16 thoughts on “How Do You Simplify An Uncomplicated Life? // Five Minute Friday”

  1. ~Karrilee~ says:

    Wow! I love what the Lord gave you… if you are able to do those things each day, SURELY the fruit will be a simplified, uncomplicated life! Great tips and steps to take! Walking this road with you, my friend! xoxo

    1. Barbie says:

      Thank you Karrilee. Have a beautiful week.

  2. June says:

    A wonderful acronym, Barbie! I’m actually writing about stability this week! I hope you have time to stop by. Blessings on your Sabbath sweet friend!

    1. Barbie says:

      Looking forward to reading June!

  3. Patti P says:

    I love your acronym. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Patti!

  4. Lisa McClanahan says:

    I think we could all use some simplifying in our stuff, but you are right about simplifying our hearts, mind’s and spirits. Things do change in our lives when our kids get older and they no longer “need” us as much as they used to.

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks for stopping by Lisa. I enjoyed reading your post.

  5. Tara says:

    I purged my closets yesterday afternoon. That acronym is beautiful. I’m in the 7 spot this week.

    1. Barbie says:

      Good job! Praying your week is off to a beautiful start. I look forward to reading your post.

  6. Tammy says:

    Love your graphic!!!!

    1. Barbie says:

      Thanks Tammy!

  7. Melissa says:

    I can definitely relate to a lot of your sentiments. Anxiety and depression can really push back any progress you make, and it can feel like a big circle. To me simplicity is a lifestyle, not an end goal, so just keep going!

    1. Barbie says:

      That’s exactly what I’m after. So glad you stopped by Melissa.

  8. Vicki says:

    I love your acrostic! That first word is key – Stay in His presence. Thanks for this. God bless!

  9. Annette says:

    this post was a pleasure to read, thank you for stopping by my blog so I could follow it back here. Barbie, enjoy the journey this year as you work on simplifying your heart, mind and spirit. 🙂

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