Thursday, March 20, 2014

Simplicity

"Simplification of outward life is not enough. It is merely the outside. But I am starting with the outside. I am looking at the outside of a shell, the outside of my life, the shell. The complete answer is not to be found on the outside, in an outward mode of living. This is only a technique, a road to grace. The final answer, I know, is always inside. But the outside can give a clue, can help one to find the inside answer. One is free, like the hermit crab, to change one's shell."
~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Have you started Spring cleaning yet?
It always seems like such a big job, and I am a little behind this year, but I am loving the clean-slate feeling as I purge and organize each room.
Simplifying has been an enormous part of finding contentedness.
Having less allows you more time, less to pick up, less to care for, and MORE time for those we love.
It's amazing what you don't really need in life, and what you can get by with.
I even feel like my brain is clear of clutter when my house is cleaned.
{A little gift sent to me by a friend and reader, Tammy. Thank you Tammy! You have made Spring cleaning so pretty!}

I do realize that our living space is just an outward shell of what should be reflected in our hearts and minds.
But it's a start.
I know how good I feel when my home is fresh, cleaned out, and put in order.
It kind of allows my mind to find a place to start organizing thoughts :). 


I love Anne Morrow Lindbergh's statement, "One is free, like a hermit crab, to change one's shell."

This Lenten season that is what I want. 
To take off the old and put on a new heart.
One that is simplified.
One that is pure in thought and reliant on God for everyday little things.
One that prays more and asks for grace in little moments.
One that is cleaned out.

Doing that can be a bit hard....remaining centered while balancing so many distractions in life.
I have been working hard on doing one thing at a time, and doing it well.
Scheduling alone time.
 Just me. 
A time to read and relax, pray, delve into educating myself on matters I am interested in.
{MaryJane's Farm Magazine....a favorite!}

Slowing my expectations for the day. I tend to put way too much on the list!
Remaining calmer when things don't go right and realizing I am not in control...God is!
Looking for that inner peace that only comes through prayer and trust.



I think by cleaning out the clutter in my head, as well as my house, it frees you to see life as more full.
To revel in all of the little joys.

And find the road to grace.

Happy Spring!

~Julia

6 comments:

Kristina Swain said...

Amen!!! Thank you, Love the post.
Blessings + Grace ,Kristina

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

No, to answer your first question. Not really. But, I have thought about starting somewhat today and you have inspired me to get going.

Love the encouragement found in the quote and this post...simply... as it is. Encouragement!

Darlene said...

Great Post!
Very Well Said!

Lisa said...

I have started some spring cleaning myself. It is a great time to renew our homes and hearts, is it not? Love your post.

Anonymous said...

Your posts and choices of quotes today dive straight into my soul . I know you have the God given gift of reaching me and helping others get the balance we all need. May you and yours be so blessed this Lenten season.
With God'love,
Karen

Anonymous said...

I think it is interesting that the comments talk about spring cleaning with no reference to real reason we start cleaning our homes this time of year...PASSOVER! Have any of you heard of it? Well, I would like/love to encourage you to read your scriptures with the blinders off...I know you will find there the reason for casting off the old. Shalom.

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