There is something to simplicity, something to life unencumbered by unnecessary things. I’ve been chasing simplicity for a long while, and while I’ve experienced some awesome blessings in the midst of that journey, I’ve also happened upon a number of discoveries that are less-easy to accept.
One sibling photo a week throughout the year. 10/52
Part of simplicity is making space for what is really important, and part of making that space is saying goodbye to whatever occupies that needed space—for a season, or forever—however sentimental, comforting, useful, or valuable those items might be. This is true for the tangible world around me, but also for emotional and spiritual things. There are emotional ties that have to be cut, ideals, convictions, and pursuits that have to be pruned for there to be any space for fruit to grow in my life.
It is both hard and humbling to realize that the presence of anything in my life means the sacrifice of something else. If I want peace, I have to let go of worry. If I want contentment, I have to let go of my desire to have more or different things than I already have. If I want to be healthy, I have to give up the sugar I enjoy so much. If I want to be connected with my husband, I have to let go of the need to be right about everything and focus on cultivating grace and understanding between us. If I want my children to have a patient and attentive mother, I can’t stack my schedule with a hundred other things I’d love to be doing, even if they’re great things.
It all sounds so noble, but in practice, it is hard, and often rather painful to give up some of these things. Every single worthwhile thing comes at a cost. Are my highest priorities important enough to make deep sacrifices for? Yes. Is it really hard to accept this reality in some moments, even though I’m living the life I have chosen? Also yes.
If you’re in a season of simplifying your heart or your house, I offer prayers for the wisdom, courage, and resolve you need to get from where you are to where you want to be.
Update on goals for week 10:
1) Run/walk at least 10 miles per week. Week 10 ~ 10 Run/Walk miles traveled, 105.5 cumulative in 2015
2) Write 10,000 words weekly. Week 10 ~ estimated 3,200 words completed, 36,200 cumulative in 2015
“Blessed is the one You discipline, Lord, the one You teach from Your law; You grant them relief from days of trouble.” Psalm 94:12
651. smooth monday, 652. warm, sunshiny days, 653. learning to have grace for myself and others, 654. pizza night excitement, 655. pig pants