It’s no secret that I am a recovering busy person. I confess to doing it all wrong and doing it wrong for many years. Then everything changed for me as I developed one autoimmune disease after another until my life was threatened. That stops you in your tracks and causes you to evaluate your life.
So, here are just a few of the things I have learned! Now five years later, I am doing well and still apply these principles to simplify my life on a daily basis.
The number one step to making your life simpler is to know why you were created! Thanks to God’s Holy Bible we can know that our purpose in life is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Remember, that we are to enjoy God! We like to forget that part. We must spend time with God to enjoy Him. Take some time today to crack open your Bible and see what God’s priorities for life are. Once we see what God expects of us, we can set priorities for ourselves and our family. We also see what we need to eliminate.
Set goals that are in line with scripture for you, your marriage and your family. Sit down and pray with your husband first, and then get your whole family involved! One of the things that have been very helpful to our family is to have a family mission statement. There are many ways to accomplish this. We have used several different templates but I recommend using a great tutorial in Tsh Oxenreider’s book Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living. Cut out anything that is not congruent with those goals.
I can guarantee that there are some activities that each one of us are involved in that are not what God has for us. Even Church activities are not always the best. When we take time to open the Bible we see that if we would model our lives, after what the Bible says and not the inventions of man we would possess much simpler lives. Church membership would be holy and lovely. In this American culture, we have made our churches a place of stress and overcommitment. We even get so busy that we ignore what God deems as important for cheap substitutions. Start saying NO to the substitutions and Yes to only those things God has called you to.
What are you doing to simplify your life?
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Janelle Esker is the grateful wife of Michael and homeschooling mother of six amazing children. She lives with her family, 4 cats, 1 dog, 3 ducks and 12 chickens in scenic Ohio. Janelle received her B.A. in Education from Ohio Northern University. She is the author of CHOSEN: One Family’s Journey with Autism.