I'm learning about Sabbath right now.
Officially I'm doing this through a Bible study I'm helping to facilitate at church. We're using Priscilla Shirer's book Breathe. Unofficially it's me and God. Me learning how to listen and change.
This concept of margin has long been one that attracts me.
I've always believed in having margin in my finances. John and I are blessed to be together and have the same attitude that nothing we want to own or buy is worth having debt. We both always want to have some extra money set aside so that there is margin. Then we have freedom. The kind of work that I do is very difficult and people in my position often get let go. Having that financial margin, savings + lack of debt, helps me not worry about if I do lose my job. I know that God will take care of me but I also believe that He wants me to be wise.
I'm attracted to empty spaces and lack of clutter. John has saved, inherited and made some wise investments over the years. He's substantially helped 4 of his 5 living children buy homes. Recently he purchased a small condo that is 4 miles away from the beach for us. I adored it from the moment we walked in. Part of my adoration of this condo was it's minimalism. All the spaces are economical and small. When I first spent the night there we had barely any furniture.
But our house is a different matter. I feel like it's too much. We have too many things here. This line by Shirer in her book caught my attention:
"Our tendency toward too-full lives often expresses itself most tangibly in our over-crowded closets, unmanageable table surfaces, and cluttered desks as we cram them full of far more than we need."
I want to stream line and de-clutter my life. But I don't know where to start, or how to start.
Father, I know that You've been growing this desire in me for simplicity over the past few years. Please teach me how to implement it in my life. Show me exactly how to begin the process of simplifying my life. Thank You.
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