January invites us to set new goals and parameters, expand our plans and interests, or maybe mirror winter-bare trees as we try to simplify, pare back after the indulgence of Christmas excess, shake loose our encumbrances and embrace less.
Minimalism began to whisper my name a few months ago and (at a snail-like speed, of course), I began tentatively journeying towards it. However, I have been greatly hampered in my efforts to cut back and declutter, due to the usual depletion and weakness, higher priorities demanding attention and worsening health issues.
While my home has small areas that are trimmed back to basics, much of it is still very cluttered, messy and untidy. Although I haven’t given up on changing that scenario, even if my health and inner life look like they need to be a top priority right now.
Looking around my house, I still see evidence
and detritus of Christmas, but is that a bad thing?
Shouldn’t the incarnation of Christ be at the heart
of my home, my life, my work and witness for him?
I need to simplify, I really do, not just remove the
mess and clutter but make God the primary focus
of my life, and try not to live in a me-centric way
where holy joy cannot get a foot in the door or stay.
I need to simplify, have a daily soul cleanse and
decluttering, plus a minute-by-minute awareness,
mindful walk of faith. If not, I am in grave danger of
creating islands of junk, falling foul of their stink
and letting rot sink into my soul, because my
perspective gets skewed. Lord, would you help me
to try to simplify, to place all that I am into your hands
and centre my thoughts more on living according
to the Light within? May I follow your footsteps, seek
hard after your heart, surrender to your loving plans
long created for me to fully believe and receive.
**This year my primary focus is simplified down to an essential, as I aim to prioritise my God-given word of “joy”**
Today’s joy notes…
- my sore throat easing and pain being less invasive
- a good night’s sleep for once, praise God!
- energy and inspiration enough to write
- flu symptoms abating a bit, yay!
- a beautiful bright, sunny day, which lifts my mood immensely
I am also joyful to be joining with my lovely five-minute-friday friends after a long, long absence! You can find us sharing our words here. and you’re very welcome to join in too. This week’s word is ‘simplify’.
PS: In case you’re interested in the concept of minimalism, I’m getting a lot of useful tips and inspiration for a minimalist lifestyle from the ‘Becoming Minimalist’ blog, in reading Joshua Becker’s book ‘Simplify’ and dipping into his more detailed read, ‘The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own’. 🙂 ❤