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 I believe. But after wrestling with the Lord and giving Him all of my excuses as to why you wouldn’t want to read a post where one admits failure in an area, He gently reminded me that I promised to be real here. So folks, I will give you the real part of this journey, as frustrating as it is.
I set my expectations high. I wanted to come here and tell you about how God was messing with my priorities, how my home and my heart have become uncluttered, how I have gotten rid of things and how I was soaking up the sunshine and leaning into the whispers of heaven every time I stepped foot outside my door. But the reality is this pull to live simply is just plain hard. At least it seems that way, and perhaps it’s because I am the one who complicates it by choosing not to look past the chaos that I can see in front of me.
My life is just as busy as it was at the beginning of the year. We are faced with many of the same situations as a family and I am still trying to juggle a million things with just two hands. Even though I cannot yet see the manifestation of a life lived simply, I choose to believe that God is doing a work, in both my heart and my home. And this is where I wanted to give you my “10 tips to living simply”, but it’s just not happening.
I think I’m okay with admitting that I haven’t yet figured this out. Sometimes life is just complicated, messy, ugly and better off stuffed into the back of a closet somewhere. But this is my reality. As I strive to stay in a place of rest while God reorders my priorities and shows me how to rid my life of the clutter and chaos, I pray that He will lead me down the path of living simply, whatever that may look like.
*Linking up with Melanie today for her One Word check in link up.