At one time we placed this quote above our main exit door. When I selected these words, which come from Thoreau’s Walden, they really resonated with me. You see, we had just moved to a beautiful property with an inspiring view! We were beginning our homeschool journey! We were joyously pursuing our dreams!
But then, we decided to move and live in a more as my friend called it, “Dave like” (ie. less expensive) home. However, even before and all during the process of moving and then working to make our new spot a home there were the details, the options, and decisions that all serve to create a feeling of………overwhelming CLUTTER.
I have always said that for me clutter on the outside creates clutter on the inside. At a certain point of messiness I really must clear it all off and put things where they belong before I am able to think straight and make forward progress. Please tell me that I am not the only one who feels this way.
Lately, I have been feeling the need to declutter everywhere, inside and out! You see, hopes, wishes, dreams and, yes, even goals have started to feel like clutter on the inside that can sometimes overwhelm and weigh me down. I have good intentions and I really despise regrets. Thus, I wrestle endlessly with all the details surrounding each and every dream on my list until I am exhausted and don’t know where to begin the big things much less the smaller day to day stuff and it steals my joy! Which is terrible because I am much too blessed to allow a barrier between my heart and the joy of these blessings!
So, lately I have been praying for God’s wisdom in prioritizing (the big picture and each day’s events.) I am so grateful for his provision!
Last week hubby and I had the very best “budget summit” in preparation for 2019 that we have ever had! Last night I decided to read through the Bible this year and today when trying to decide what to write for you this quote came to mind. What’s the connection between this quote and these recent events? Well, as I looked up the origin of these particular words I ran across another quote of Thoreau’s,
“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”
Ahhhh! Deep sigh…yes, simplify.
So, now before I make to do lists I will pray and then run my plans through this filter: Does this plan give glory to God? Can he bless this plan? Will I be ok if he changes this plan?
Seriously, He wants me to seek Him and he wants good for me! I exhibit obedience just in the asking. Will I still experience trials and pain? Yes. However, as I ask repeatedly for guidance I feel relief. I no longer need to fear regret to the point that I can’t make a move and it seems to help me see which dreams to go for and which to postpone! We serve an amazing God!
Ahhhhh and exhale!
Thank you Jesus for grace and guidance!
Now please excuse me, I must go help my youngest “simplify” in his room (wink, wink.)