Simple

Nothing in my life is simple.  Even sleep is complicated these days.  I haven’t slept through the night in over 5 years (well that is not totally true I am sure there has been a few here and there).  But literally as my feet hit the floor each morning I am out of breath.  Everyday it is more than I can handle and most days it feels that way.  BUT- God is using this time.  He is making me like Him in the simple things.  The chaos and need that surrounds me is challenging me to become more simple so that I have more of me to give.  Simple in my needs, in my doings, in my serving and loving Jesus, in our schedule, in my coming and goings.  I want to be sure and say that I am not there, I have not arrived by any means, but I am moving in that direction.  I still struggle when we are at home several days in a row just doing our regular routine.  I feel like my kids are board and like I am a bad mom for not keeping up with the pace of this crazy world that we live in.  But at least I can talk myself through it now.  I have to remind myself that my job is not to entertain my children but to provide them a rich environment in which they learn to entertain themselves.  To show them that much of life is work with fun interwoven not the other way around.  To teach them contentment is a choice not a reaction to your circumstances.  It’s easy to fill up days with “busyness” so as to avoid those nitty-gritty lessons that are no more fun for us as they are for them.  But I think Jesus would move us into a different place.  One that is less full of talk, and activities, and tiredness and more full of quietness, duty and abiding in and with Him.  He can be found in a really sweet way in the simple.  I find that I feel his pleasure more there than anywhere else.  There may be screaming children all around and art projects to clean up and shopping to do but when my heart is simple and I am choosing to do those things to honor and love the Lord I can feel Him smile.

“As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

What a beautiful picture of simple love…

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