I’ve been simmering on my word for the year for awhile. I really get into words. (I’m a little nerdy that way) In the past, my word has always been a verb, and action I can take. And I pair it with a Bible verse to focus on.
My life is really good, but I still struggle with being overwhelmed, worn out, wanting to do more, help everyone, be all the things and have “it” together. Our culture puts a lot of noise in our lives too. My life is full of “stuff” and I just want to live simply and fully this year.
My word for the year: simplify. Because what God expects from me is quite simple and I love how The Message phrases it:
“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what GOD is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously— take God seriously.”
Micah 6:8 MSG
And God does not want me to be overwhelmed, worn out, or wrapped up in my self.
Do what is right
Love being kind
Simplify isn’t just what I need to remove, pair down, or make simple. It is also what I want to add to my life: simple things. Things that are good and needed.
Simplify: make (something) simpler or easier to do or understand.
Simplify my home (organization and less stuff)
Simplify our routines and schedule (simple charts, extra time, less rush)
Simplify my faith (more focus, prayer, bible study, church community and journaling… and for me that means print bible studies and my paper Bible)
Simplify my social media (less time scrolling and only meaningful posts.)
So I’m planning to simplify daily and craft the life I’ve been given.
My recommended reading for simplifying
- Live in Grace Walk in Love by Bob Goff
- When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley
- A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
Is there anything you would suggest for me to read?