The Apostle Paul extolled the virtues of living a quiet life, and Jesus Christ himself taught that we shouldn’t chase after material goods, but focus instead on serving others and nurturing our faith. Indeed, during his earthly ministry, Jesus seemed to embrace a lifestyle of minimalism and simplicity, trusting God for his every earthly need.… Continue reading A Biblical Case for Simple Living
Note: I'm still sharing posts from the archives while I work on my book and take time to enjoy summer. This post originally appeared March 30, 2016. I'm sharing it today because as summer winds down and we head into the back-to-school season (some of us, anyway), we can't have too many reminders about… Continue reading The Meaning of Grace
Here's an excerpt of a recent article I wrote for Brightpeak Financial blog. *** You’ve cleaned out your closets, given truckloads of stuff to charity, streamlined your schedule and seen firsthand how living with less can free up time, money and energy that you can use to focus on what truly matters. But no… Continue reading 11 Simple Life Quotes to Inspire Clutter-Free Living
Trust in the LORD and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. -- Ps. 37:3 NASB Psalm 37 is one of my favorite passages of scripture. To loosely paraphrase and summarize, it basically says that the world is a seemingly unfair and unjust place where bad people seem to prosper at the expense… Continue reading Trust and Obedience: the Faithfulness Cycle
"Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time." -- Colossians 4:5 This week my month-long series on managing our capacity continues. Last week we looked at what capacity is, and the importance of knowing (and being realistic about) your own capacity -- i.e., the size of your plate. This week we're… Continue reading Managing Your Capacity to Steward Your Time
It takes effort to rest in the Lord. It takes mindfulness to hold onto His peace. Rest and peace are there in these stressful, anxious times, but we have to consciously reach for them and fight to hold on. We do this through prayer, through making time to just be in God's presence, and by keeping our minds steeped in the truth of His word. It also takes trust and letting go. Letting go of our own efforts to control the situation. Trusting that HE is in control and everything will work out the way it's supposed to, and that no matter what the outcome, He'll be with you, strengthening and sustaining you, holding you and carrying you.
First, I feel like I should 'fess up about something to y'all: I'm not a fan of the Message Bible. Maybe it's the writer/editor in me, but usually when I see it quoted it makes me cringe. It's just SO wordy, you guys, and I feel like God's a lot more eloquent than that, and… Continue reading Unforced rhythms of grace need to be forced a little sometimes.
I should confess something. I'm an idolater. I covet stuff that's not mine. I get envious of other people's blessings. I indulge in self-pity far more often than I'd like to admit, convincing myself that I'm a victim of life. I compare and contrast until it makes me depressed, bitter and full of resentment. I'm working… Continue reading R.E.M. is right. Everybody hurts.
Lying in bed, I stared at the ceiling in the dark, too tired to sleep. Have you ever been there? You're so worn out that you can't wait to go to bed, sure that you'll pass out as soon as your head hits the pillow. But instead of slipping into blissful unconsciousness, your mind decides… Continue reading 4 Things to Remember When You’re Too Weak to Pray
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the wonderful truth of your Word, and for the promises it contains. Promises for provision, and for rest, and for hope for the future. Thank you for your Son, who shed His precious blood so that I could be forgiven and adopted into your family. Thank you for the… Continue reading A Prayer for the Weary Woman