.... that you also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you....... 1 Thessalonians 4:11
I have long aspired to lead a quiet, simple life, sounds so easy doesn't it? It seems it would be much easier to lead a quiet life and harder to live a complicated, busy, stretched too thin kind of life, but yet I find the opposite is true. I find that if I do not guard simplicity it quickly becomes overrun with complexity.
Several years ago, when Mr. Wonderful and I were house hunting, we felt God directing us to smaller and smaller homes. We both felt the need to downsize, so we settled on a 1,500 square feet fixer upper. Our last two homes had been quite large in comparison, so when we took our children to what was to be their new home, to say they were surprised would be quite an understatement. We began the processes of going through our possessions and purging. My goal in the beginning was to reduce everything that we owned by one third, furniture, clothes, stuff in general. I had to make some hard decisions about what to keep and what was going to go. Mr. Wonderful would occasionally ask me if I was sure on a particular item, but I found as I began to rid my life of things, it was very freeing, almost liberating. After much work, donating things and a huge garage sale we achieved our goal. Living in a smaller space demanded I pretty much keep things cleaned out, there wasn't room for a lot of excess. When your master closet is exceptionally small you tend to not purchase many clothes and when you do you must get rid of other things because there simply isn't room.
|The fixer upper after it was fixed up!|
Not quite a year ago, God called us to a new area. We ended up purchasing a larger home than the fixer upper and I am almost ashamed to admit it is already full. Why is it so hard to live simply? No living simply isn't just about the stuff in our lives, but I find that for me the stuff is indicative of other areas of my life. I crave simplicity, yet I clutter my life.
|The new digs!|
Join me on my quest for a more simplified life and what that means for my family. What does living a quiet life mean to you and your family? What are some ways you choose simplicity?
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