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10 Bible Verses to Simplify Your Life

10 Bible Verses to Help You SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

 10 Bible Verses to Simplify Your Life

S I M P L I F Y

What a perfect prompt word for this week. Isn’t that what we all want? A life that is simple and enjoyable. Absence of stress. Surrounded by loved ones and the favour of God.

As I write, I’m enjoying a cool breeze after a sweltering week. With my back resting on the stacking doors, wet dogs beside me, and kids swimming in the pool, it’s perfect. P E R F E C T.

Splashing and childlike giggles… I love these guys.

No longer children, but not quite adults. I smile as I watch them compete to see who can hold their breath the longest underwater. So far, David is winning. So cute!

Have I told you today how much I love my life? Even on the difficult days, I love being the mom in this family. I love being his wife. I love living here. I love this little oasis of mine.

But I’ve also been dreading 2018.

Simple life. What does that even mean?

Technically, I should be working right now. I have clients calling, deadlines pressing, people needing me… there is clutter to organise, school supplies to purchase, and spring cleaning to complete.

My ToDo list is screaming at me!

But there’s another Voice whose whisper is louder than the cry for busyness… S I M P L I F Y

What does that mean?

The dictionary defines SIMPLIFY as

  • To make something simpler, easier to do, or easier to understand
  • To uncomplicate something (in form, nature, or design)
  • To streamline
  • To reduce to essentials

 

Today, it means that I stop my ToDo list long enough to clean the pool and watch my kids play.

It means that I reconsider my self-expectations of what I should and shouldn’t do this year.

It means that I take a deep breath, and discern between The Urgent and The Necessary.

 

How about you?

My friends, we CAN do anything and everything… but should we?  Should we be busy just because we can?

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It’s time to stop, and ask…

Father, what do you want to say to me about  SIMPLICITY?

 

Here are 10 Bible Verses to Help You SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

“He brought me out into a spacious place; He rescued me because He delighted in me” (Psalm 18:19).

 

“Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans” (Proverbs 16:3).

 

“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” (Proverbs 4:23).

 

“The LORD will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail” (Isaiah 58:11 NIV).

 

“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint” (Proverbs 23:4).

 

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5).

 

“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:25-27)

 

“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength”  (Philippians 4:11-13).

 

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:6-8).

 

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

 

As 2018 starts to pick up speed, can you hear Father speaking to you?

'It’s ok, my darling. I’ve got this. Peace, be still.' Click To Tweet

 

I believe in you,

Signature, Shauna

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Yes, I know it’s taking a long time to complete the 31 Day Challenge—UNFORCED RHYTHMS OF GRACE—how to live an amazing life without burning out or losing my joy.

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It’s still a timely theme in my fast-paced life called motherhood. Thank you for joining me on this journey!

Unfortunately, I didn’t even look at the timer today. I just sat outside and enjoyed writing. Thanks for understanding. 🙂

Today’s prompt word was SIMPLIFY and we are linking up with the writers over at Five Minute Friday.

 

To read more 31 DAYS OF UNFORCED RHYTHMS, click here!

 

Happy New Year from the Blaaks

Happy New Year from the Blaaks!

Happy New Year from the Blaaks

 

MERRY BELATED CHRISTMAS and a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR from the Blaaks in South Africa (and the Blaak in Australia)!

For the past two weeks, we’ve had radio silence on the blog because we’ve been Making Merry—eating, resting, partying, and enjoying our Joshua who has come ‘home for Christmas!’ Yaaaay!

This momma’s heart is almost full. The only thing missing around here is our other little chickie in Australia. Unfortunately, Raelynne wasn’t able to get away from work during the Christmas season, but we’re hoping to see her soon.

In the meantime, we’ve been doing some good soul searching around here. Before we can adequately start something new in 2018, it’s essential to FIND THE GOLD IN THE OLD.

So today, on a road trip to Port Elizabeth, we discussed this question:

 

What is the greatest lesson you learned in 2017?

Here’s what each of us had to say…

RACHEL

  • “Stop caring so much about other people’s opinions, and avoid getting caught up in their drama whenever possible.”

Such incredibly valuable advice coming from our 15-year-old drama queen. She’s just finished her second year of high school (grade 9) and placed 2nd in her class. We love you and are so proud of you, baby girl!

DAVID

  • I have learned two things. 1. The importance of community and speaking to people about what you’re going through. I learned that we shouldn’t suffer alone. 2. And I also learned how important it is to be aware of the Holy Spirit and what God is saying to you. Stay focused on God (reading His Word, praying, and worshiping) and don’t lose the plot.”

Super proud of how our boy has grown this year, both in stature and in character. He just finished grade 10 at the top of his class, and he’s developing into such a great leader. Well done, Dave!

JOSHUA

  • Don’t worry so much about things you don’t have control over. For me, I had to face my fears at every step of getting a job, getting my driver’s license, passing my audition and getting into school, and then passing my classes.”

Joshua has had the most intense year. He moved back to Canada in January and began ‘adulting’ in one fell swoop. He bit the bullet, went for his audition, and got into the Jazz and Contemporary Music Program at MacEwan University. And now, he’s just rocked his first semester, and we are super proud of how much he’s grown! Go, Josh!

RAELYNNE

  • Good friends make a world of difference. Things will always get better. There is more.”

Raelynne has just completed her second year at Hillsong College in Sydney, Australia. It has been a year of personal challenges and financial struggles, but she has grown so much as a result. She’s hoping to complete an internship year in 2018, which is why she had to stay in Australia to work. Man, we miss her! We’re sooo proud of you, Rae!

ERWIN

  • You are where you planned to be. It’s not an accident. Don’t waste time, and don’t wait for other people to do it for you. Actively pursue what God has planned for you.”

2017 was a year marked by MUCH change and developing the young leaders around him. As busy as ever, Erwin continues to be a fantastic pastor and a powerful role model for the next generation. He’s also been taking some personal development courses to keep his skills sharp. Well done, babe.

SHAUNA

  • Whenever God gives you something, He always tests you in that very thing.”

IDENTITY: Finding the Proverbs 31 Woman in the Middle of Kid ChaosIn my case, 2017 was my year of testing, specifically concerning my book… IDENTITY: Finding the Proverbs 31 Woman in the Middle of Kid Chaos.

If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, click the link!

It’s all about finding your purpose and calling as a woman and facing issues like comparison, insecurity, and jealousy.

Well, I have certainly been tested in all of those areas. Never have I struggled so intensely with things that I thought I had dealt with years ago. (Thank goodness, I didn’t write a book about weight loss! 🙂  )

 

It’s not so odd, really. The Bible often speaks about such testing.

“… until what he had said came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him” (Psalm 105:19 ESV).

 “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange was happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed” (1 Peter 4:12-13 ESV).

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything” (James 1:2-4 NIV).

 

The comforting thing is this… we don’t have to be perfectly qualified before God can use us. He calls us first and then empowers us to fulfill His plan and purpose.

God doesn’t call the qualified—He qualifies the called!

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That means that I didn’t need to be a perfect mom before I could write a book on motherhood. Of course, it’s only natural to feel moments of insecurity, especially when sharing your journey with people.

But how awesome that God covers us in that insecurity and speaks words of courage to our hearts.

“It’s ok, my darling. In your weaknesses, I am made strong.”

 

And now, at the end of 2017, I can honestly say, “Thank You, Father, for 2017.”

Yes, it was a challenging year with some bumps along the way, but it was also good, because HE IS GOOD and EVERYTHING HE DOES IS FOR OUR GOOD.

 

So, now it’s your turn…

FIND THE GOLD IN THE OLD... What was your greatest lesson in 2017? Click To Tweet

Use the comments below to share your wisdom with us.

 

Happy New Year, my friends!

Signature, Shauna