Thursday, February 6, 2014

simple changes.

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.

21 comments:

  1. Thank you for the book recommendations. I read 7 and I do 40 bags in 40 days every year. I too want SO much less in my life but I have been unable to make it happen. Have you ever read the Gardener's Cottage blog. She is SOOOO minimal. She inspires me so much. She does not have children at home thought which I think makes it a little easier. I really admire the changes you a re making and want to hear more actually. Help me get there, please:)

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  2. Sir Amen,
    Jesus was a servant, everybody he encountered he served. The most shocking thing is he never got tried. That has totally been my goal for years. This world is full of people that need to be served.

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  3. Thanks... Reminders always needed. Thankful I looked at your blog this morning for a word needed.

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  4. Amen!! I so want to do this. Can you come and help me? Thanks for this great post!!

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  5. Totally inspired. Thank you for sharing what is on your heart in such a real and tangible way. Bought the book.

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  6. Our world provides many distractions to lead us away from our relationship with Jesus. Committing to Christ above all else will put everything in our life in it's proper place and God is praised! Not that we can accomplish this in our own merit, in Christ alone.

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  7. I have missed your blogging! Always like you see you writing and posting pictures!

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  8. Interesting. God bless you in your journey to draw closer to Him.

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  9. Hi Sara! Just a quick ? from a fellow homeschooling mom of 6. We are building a home, and like you, we are planning to have a room just for homeschooling. Would you recommend the VCT tile floors that you used? Has there been a lot of maintenance? Our builder has us second-guessing our decision, and as you know, it's hard to make important house decisions with deadlines! I'd be so appreciative of your advice. Thanks!
    Meg

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  10. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is so easy to be selfish. I too am trying to put God's will before my own.

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  11. Everything for His glory. Everything. Your post is simple:), yet drives deep to the core. When I saw you gave away that bread box, I knew you were not messin around:) hugs

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  12. I SO need to simplify too. I have down the 40 bags in 40 days every year but I still have TOO much stuff. Obviously, I am not being a good gatekeeper. So I downloaded the book to my Nook (did not want an extra book in the house HA!) and I am starting my decluttering. I have a few questions though. Did you really empty out all the spaces completely? I am not sure i can do that for each space. Also, Where did you start? I feel like I should have a GIANT yard sale. There will be SO much stuff. I am excited but a little overwhelmed and I would love to know more details of your decluttering:)
    khswales@comcast.net

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  13. It is refreshing to read this post. We live in a world that is so focus on "now" and what is best for "me." Thank you for standing up for Family, Marriage, and God.

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  14. It is refreshing to read your post that is focused on Family, Marriage, and God. Our world today is so focused on "me" and "now." I believe it is so important to focus on God's Will, not our will.

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  15. He is doing a similar work in my heart, too.
    It's good to see our need for HIM…more of him, less of us.
    Less really is more. :)

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  16. The Calvary Road by Roy Hession changed my life. A book about serving and dying to self. It is truly a life long process worked at daily and recognizing our many short comings.

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  17. The Calvary Road by Roy Hession is a book that changed my life. Jesus came to serve, to give up His rights and to lay down His life for us. Thinking about what He was willing to do for us, gives us the motivation to try to do the same. You are a blessing in revealing this brokenness in you.

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  18. We miss your blog posts, and hope you'll come back soon. My sisters and I check everyday to see if you've posted something new. We love your family and home and hope all is well.

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  19. We love your blog and miss your posts. My sisters and I check in everyday to see if you've posted anything new. We hope you come back to blogging because we've loved seeing your beautiful home and family, and miss your uplifting posts. We hope all is well.

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