To Live Simply: One Word Check In

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I’ve been putting this post off for a while.  You see, I wanted to be so much farther ahead in walking out this part of my One Word journey — to simply love, to simply live and to simply give.

To simply live, “breathing in fresh air and smelling the fragrance of each new day.  I want to see God in the simple things in life.”

The truth is, I am so far from where I want to be.  It would have been easier for me to skip down to the third part – to simply give.  I am making strides in that area, or so

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Simply Love

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I’ve been pondering my One Word (six words rather) for the year:

Simply love,
Simply live,
Simply give

It’s of no surprise to me that God would purposefully put “love” at the forefront of what it is He wanted me to focus on this year.  I can tend to overcomplicate love and I believe God wants me to understand real love, agape love, as complex yet simple as it is.

We can attach love to so many things.  I love my husband, my children, my parents, my church family.  I love coffee, chocolate and warm bread and butter.  I love justice, His Word and worship music.

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When One Word Becomes A Life Goal

Words.  They tend to come easy for me, most of the time. But this one, I struggled to find it.  I prayed, asked and pounded on the door of heaven.  I didn’t want to be left out, to be the one left without a focus.  But perhaps it was not His will, so I resolved myself to the idea that perhaps He was leading me down a different path.

Isn’t that how God works?  When we surrender and cease from our striving, when we rest and put it all in His hands, He speaks.  At least that’s when we can hear Him the best.

It wasn’t a loud answer.  I was not awakened by a dream,

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I’ve been busy writing out my spiritual goals for the coming year.  One of the things I want to accomplish in 2012 is to read the Bible through in its entirety.  I start out every year with good intentions, but then get off track down the road.  This year, I will be reading the One Year Chronological Bible (NLT) to help me achieve this goal.  Also beginning, January 1st, I will be starting a study on Jesus,

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