Proverbs 30:7-9 “Two things I asked of you, DO not refuse me before I die: Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.”
Maximizing the Minimalist
Our family is going on a journey. It started last year, and has slowly begun to shape our lives to less stress and more freedom to do, be, and enjoy each other and what is ours. The process is exciting. Some day’s it feels like we’ll never get there. There’s heart wrestling’s, and questions to be answered at every junction in this process. But in the end, (in a relatively final way- I doubt the process will ever be complete as life continues to happen) we will be living with what we need and enjoy without the unnecessary access that jumbles our lives, leaving us feeling overwhelmed.
This de-cluttering, minimalist mindset seems to be a trend right now in a lot of ways, Maybe it always has been and it’s just recently I’ve seen the need for it in our lives. This Journey to de-clutter, re-organize, living with maximizing our needs, while minimalizing the things we don’t. Will less stuff, get us more? I think it will. I’m venturing to find out. Leading a more healthy, less toxic life-style in a wholistic way. Making more room for us to be pouring into each other, leaving room for some spontaneous adventure, and creating freedom to pursue some small dreams while living out having just what we need…
As I look back on my own life I realize a tendency to need or want more. I don’t want the moon, I don’t want a mansion filled with beautiful and fanciful things. But some day’s if I kept wishing for what I don’t have- I know I’d get there.
I learned that you work for what you get and it doesn’t come easily. Sometimes it does, but most of the time it doesn’t. I’m thankful for the strong work-ethic my parents helped instill in my from an early age. But through my experiences I’ve gained this ugly untruth, that says money is security, stuff is security. It isn’t,- it’s not- and it’s heart work. I thought de-cluttering our home would be exciting! And, it is. But this heart-work is tough sometimes.
Yes, I find myself needing to de-clutter my house. Create a space where we have what we need, and can maximize what we want, slowly but surely in a well thought out, careful way that doesn’t need to break the bank and which exudes joy and ease.
But First, the Heart
A surprising twist to this for me I recognized right away, was how much a heart issue this can bring to light as it is a material one. I needed to do some serious de-cluttering of my heart. There are things I need to let go of that I’m holding to tightly. Money isn’t a form or security. Things are not a form of security. God has given us material things to steward well in our time here on earth. In what ways can I steward well what we have been given? How can I speak this and live it with my children? Where do we start, in balancing the penny pinching, investing, dreams and joyful giving so they can all move fluidly together? I don’t have an answer, but I can see where to start. And it’s not with the closets. It’s the dark corners of a un-relenting heart.
…”Keep deception and lies far from me, Give me neither poverty nor riches; Feed me with the food that is my portion, that I not be full and deny You and say, “Who is the Lord?” or that I not be in want and steal, and profane the name of my God.”
Oh how badly I want to live this out. Having just what we need, not what we don’t. Living with a kingdom mindset- and work-set. Stewarding well the gifts we’ve been given- spiritually,(first) materialistically, physically…
Along with updates on the heart-work, (because that’s the first thing that needs addressing) I’ll be sharing some of the ways we are maximizing the awakened minimalist in us. It will be anything and everything from tips and tricks of keeping house, de-cluttering, creating a wardrobe that works for you and doesn’t break the bank- to little ones, and how to minimize the clutter that comes with their clothes, toys, and spaces.
Of course- I’d love to connect with you with where your at in your journey. We can learn from each other and support one another. I’ve loved getting to engage some of you already with what you are already implanting and wanting to do in your home, with your family!
Proverbs 30:7-9 is one of my life verses. I know it’s going to be an extremely hard one in a lot of ways for me to keep. but I WANT to. I’m working towards it. I want to Honor God and steward well what we have, and pass it on to our kids. It’ll be messy, but it’ll be worth it!
I’m excited. Are you in?