The Lord has certainly been displaying His mighty hand in my life. Well, the truth is He ALWAYS has been, I've just been too selfishly consumed in my own thoughts, time, and words to really hear Him.
What it comes down to is this. My life is not meant to live here on earth in the selfish, unaware way that I've been living it. Others may say, "Sara, you are NOT selfish! You're so nice" etc. etc.
That's nice to hear....... in my own prideful ears.
Life is too short. I want to spend more time on eternal investments. My husband, my children, my family, other PEOPLE.
This book has encouraged me.
10 trips to the thrift store, unloading my suburban, has left me with less of a burden on the homefront (i.e. cleaning, organizing, picking up) and given me more time with my husband, children and others.
I'm not even close to done either. We're going beyond 40 bags in 40 days type decluttering. Less truly is More.
This book has convicted me. Marriage is hard? amen. My husband's sole purpose is not to meet my unsaid expectations to continually meet my every need? amen. Marriage is a Sanctification process that means I must stop being so self centered? AMEN!!! Friends, marriage is a life long, enduring, grueling, glorious, amazing, hard, commitment that, in the end, should be purposed to glorify God, not ourselves.
I believe that everyone's journey to draw closer to God LOOKS different. For me, right now, I am being convicted to simplify and serve. Simplify the blog, my home, Facebook, clothes, everything really. Serve my husband, my family, others, anyone. People matter. All people. Regarding serving people, or putting others in front of yourself, however you want to word it; I have learned that doing this just to make my self feel better is, again, just a form of pride and self centeredness.
Serving others to glorify God takes away any expectation of a "thank you" or reciprocation or feeling like I should pat myself on the back. To simply serve to bring God glory is so so basic.