New Website is coming along!

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It has been awhile since I have blogged.  I am not sure why…it just is I guess.  Life is passing by so fast.  I can’t believe it is the end of March already yet some days just drag.  Do you ever have that happen to you?

I am excited that my website is nearing its final stages.  It is looking so good.  Its like when that is completed, I have responsibilities to attend to…like blogging.  Like my website just isn’t altogether right now, so my life is.  I feel scattered, busy yet not, working but not really.  I read a book that really sums up how I see myself and others.  “We are sinful and flawed yet loved and welcomed.” (Counsel from the Cross by Elyse M Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson)  Isn’t that so true!

This week is Holy Week in the church calendar.  As I think about what Jesus did for me because He loves me, it brings me to my knees and ever so grateful.  He died for me a sinner who is flawed but he loves me and welcomes me! He did that for you too!  We don’t have to wear a mask, hiding the imperfections from others.  We are set free from that!  We can live and know that we are worse than we ever thought we were and yet loved more than we ever could hope for.

Romans 8:1-3 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”

John 8:36…if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.  Are you in Christ Jesus?  He paid with His blood to cover our sin so we could be reconciled to God.  If you don’t know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, what are you waiting for?  Your true freedom only comes through the cross of Jesus Christ.

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Simplicity

Simplicity

I have often heard people talk about having one word for the year rather than make New Years resolutions.  I looked into it this past weekend and found there is a book about it.  It suggested to pray and ask God to show me the word that would be a mantra for the year.

One word, not two like I wanted to have.  I had thought release and rest, you know, like R&R…but still that is three words!

As I prayed about it, the word simple came in my head.  Simplicity followed.  I looked up the definition and found that it is a noun.  One definition was: the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do.

Synonyms included: clarity, clearness, plainness (ugh that is not what I had in mind), simpleness, intelligibility straight forwardness….hummm….really do you want me to have this word Lord?  It continued…quality or condition of being plain (sad face) or neutral.

One definition that did catch my eye when looking from a Biblical perspective was: childlike, full of trust and wonder….ok I think I like this!  Kind of goes along with my release and rest….I wanted to let things go and rest in Jesus that He would and could handle my life better than me.

Then I found…absence of luxury, pretentiousness, free from deceit or guile, sincerity….that kinda sounds like how Jesus lived when He walked the earth.  I do want to be like Jesus.  As I prayed and pondered the word…it really fits in what I want to see God do in my life.

We had our house listed for sale.  The realtors had staged the house rather beautifully.  Not necessarily my taste but nice.  I had their furniture for almost seven months.  That was a lot of work to keep up with.  When they came and took it out last Friday, a burden lifted off my shoulders.  My house looks bigger, less cluttered, so freeing.  I have decided that I really have too much stuff and too much responsibility.  Simplicity in this area will be so freeing.  As the weather gets warmer, one of the things I see God wants me to work on is getting rid of unnecessary possessions. Just the thought sets me free.

How about you?  First do you have a word for the year to keep you on focus? Second, is your life jumbled with too much? Too much stuff, too much to do. too many obligations?  What would it take to make your life more simple?