I remember my aunts gathered in the living room of the little house in Florida. Their mother crocheting in the recliner. Their children running through the corridor from screen door to screen door. Me, sitting with the buckets, shelling peas alongside them.
Each year seems to go by faster and faster.
They grow up so quickly.
Can you believe another one is heading towards college?
Year after year we could rely on the steadfastness of that home. The unchanging green metal chairs on the porch, the shade of the tree in the front yard, the smells from the kitchen as families gathered. My children have known nothing of the sort.
Our military lifestyle has moved our home around the world. Grandparents have moved as well. Our possessions purged with each cycle of loading-unloading of the moving trucks. Technology changes both our tools and our information at an exponential pace. Nothing of our culture calls us to simplicity.
Maybe our Creator does though.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness… Matthew 6:33a
The challenges of our year have been blessings.
Selling our home simplifies our responsibilities in home management.
Back pain simplifies our family responsibilities, increasing our ability to serve each other.
Completing college degrees simplifies our dreams, narrowing the focus for the future.
These circumstances increased my desire to simplify our lives, to be intentional in my time with those in my sphere of influence. I purged clothes and craft supplies that had moved in boxes across oceans and continent. I focused for 31 days on choosing not to purchase the extras in life. I walked and prayed with friends new and old. I read. I am still reading.
Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:4
His Word teaches me alongside the example of mentors I have never met face to face.
This handbook is one of my favorite reads this year. Part One asks us to consider “Living Simply in the Real World.” Part Two challenges us to take “Ten Days to a Simpler, More Organized Home.” There are questions for us to ponder so that simple living meets our intention, not just the author’s. There are tools to help us along the journey in our finances, our space and our schedules. We have a mentor on these pages. That is the greatest gift an author can give.
#7-#10 Of One Thousand Gifts
Military living which reduces the clutter in our home
Hardships that draw us closer to our God
Writers who share their journey to mentor us in ours
Steadfastness in our lives that gives us a glimpse of His