It is time for another Five Minute Friday – Saturday style (sorry had a real long night last night and day and had to wait). Today’s prompt is Simplify!
I have been thinking a lot about simplifying my life lately. When I read a post at Reading Is My Superpower about a book called Sacred Rest, the words that stuck out to me were “sleep is not the same as rest.” I really did have an aha moment! I believe rest is a part of my need to simplify. Of course when given the opportunity to think about the parts of my life that need rest, I was stunned to realize that literally ALL OF MY LIFE needs rest -seriously even my sleep needs rest-which means, I am far, far away from living a simplified life.
I looked up the definition of rest and found: 1: cease work or movement in order to relax, refresh oneself, or recover strength.
I love that last one…recover strength. For me simplifying life is about recovery. Recovering from the push and pull that comes from a life that has gone beyond full to crammed. Recovery from the feeling that we need to be doing all the time or thinking about doing and we have really hit the mark when we are doing something and thinking about doing something else. It is exhausting. I don’t think Jesus called us to have a life of exhaustion. Peace. That is what we need. Peace.
So how do we get to simplify life?
My thought is we think about the must dos and schedule the time to do them. Take the time to plan a meal, but remember that sometimes it is okay to open a can of soup or even enjoy a bowl of cereal. Remember the difference between needs and wants. Remember when you are losing your joy, you may want to stop and recalculate. And always, always start with prayer.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
How about you? How are you finding ways to simplify your life?
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