Simple Takes You Deeper

Remember when you were a kid and you were so excited when you were allowed into the deeper end of the pool or your parents said you could go deeper into the water at the lake? Have you ever done something that you were afraid or deeply hesitant to do that once you did it was an exhilarating experience that moved you out of your comfort zone and made you braver, stronger, more fulfilled? How did it feel when you stopped playing it safe and dove deeper or climbed higher? When is the day you will stop playing it safe with Jesus? Jesus calls us out of the boat, onto the water, where we can …

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Serving is Simple But Not Always Easy

Serving is simple. But it’s not always easy. We make it complicated and difficult when our pride and desires get in the way. How do you serve God when you don’t feel like you are in the right place? A few years ago, I was struggling with feelings that turned my focus inward instead of upward. I wondered if what I did mattered, if I was making a difference in my work, and fretted that I wasn’t using my abilities and strengths to the fullest of what I could. Accompanied by this uneasiness was a frustration that I was not getting the recognition I deserved. My downward spiral into self-pity was accompanied by guilt. Guilt …

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A Step in the Right Direction

I’ve been thinking how everything is a process. A journey. Life and its lessons are typically marathons not sprints, slow cooker meals not fast food. But one thing I have learned is that the next step is always simple even if it sometimes feels like you are going backward. The previous night I had said to my husband, “I’m so behind. I should have started this six years ago.” He replied, “You’ll get there.” The next morning, I was reading a book and came across this featured quote: “And a step backward, after making a wrong turn, is a step in the right direction.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut God is always looking for ways to remind …

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Simplify Your Life by Managing Nostalgia

Are you struggling to simplify your life but have difficulty letting go of things that hold sentimental value or attachment? I have found myself caught in a tug of war between two worlds. The world of nostalgia and the world of simplifying. I think I’ve always been tottering between these two worlds – even before I knew that simplifying is what I was doing with my life. Maybe you are a saver like me. I guess I started this all-important saving when I took a cue from my mom: each of her children had a shoe-box assigned to them and in that shoe-box went all the baby cards, shower cards, hospital bracelets, and even our …

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Practicing Simplicity Leads to Gratitude

Simplicity can make the ordinary things special. This morning I woke up with a smile on my face. This is a big deal for me because I have never been a morning person. You know it’s going to be a great day when you wake up smiling. And not just smiling but wrapped in a moment of joy. It Started with a Dream I was dreaming of one of those long-ago moments that evoked a certain scent, a particular sensation on my skin, and filled me with pure bliss. That moment after giving my babies a bath, drying their perfectly soft skin and wrapping them in a cotton Onesie. Then doing that thing where you hold …

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Life is Simple When God Knows Your Name

Life is simple when God knows your name. When God knows your name you can relax, He’s got your back. He’s caring for you. When I got my flock of chickens as a fledgling farmer I made the conscious choice not to give them names. I know that it is all the rage to grace them with beautiful names like Petunia and Penelope, and many consider their backyard chickens pets so names seem appropriate. I certainly do dote on my mine and care for them dearly, but I read something that seemed like wise advice that discouraged me from giving them names. After scouring countless websites, chat forums, and Facebook discussions about chickens and predators …

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