We can experience a peaceful life when we choose to keep life simple!
Life in itself can weigh us down. From getting up for work, trying to get work-out time in, finding time with God, homework with the kids, cooking dinner, night time routines, dropping the kids off here or there, and hope to have time to make it to church.
Oh, don’t even think about trying to fit in a date night or attend a special event.
Keep Life Simple
We are all too busy with life. There are times we can get so caught up in making a living, we neglect to really live.
One year our Pastor gave a New Year’s Eve sermon, and said something that stuck with us even to this day.
“Purpose to live your life by the Spirit. Let your life and behavior be controlled by the Spirit, as it will lead to a life of simplicity. And in return, you will keep your peace.”
When we allow our life to be controlled by the spirit, it leads to a life of simplicity!
This is what resonated with us since that New Year’s Eve sermon. At that moment we decided that we would contend for peace, by keeping things simple, and being led by the spirit.
There was no doubt in our mind that we would not allow the enemy to steal our peace, in any area of our life.
The Choice To Keep Life Simple
In an effort to do that, it meant we had to make some changes. We had to adjust our schedule, learn to say no to the good for the sake of the better, and redefine our priorities.
When you live a life led by the Spirit, the Holy Spirit will not let you live an unbalanced life.
“A false balance is abomination to the Lord: but a just weight is his delight.” ~ Proverbs 11:1 (KJV)
There was a time when we were transitioning from being self-employed to going back into the corporate work environment. And at that time we were moving, the kids were starting a new school, and we had been walking through some health challenges.
Someone had asked if we could take on a temporary project, pay us for it. Although it was tempting, it did not bring us any peace.
We knew the extra income would’ve been great; but it just didn’t bring any peace. If we would have said yes, we would have prioritized money over our time with our kids during that transition.
As a result, we declined.
But God! Yes, God stepped in and supernaturally provided for us the week we moved into our home. There was a couple in our church that blessed us with a $500 American Express Gift card.
When we refuse to let the enemy distracts our eyes from God and His ways, we will keep our peace.
In The End
We’ve learned over and over, that less is more. By keeping things simple in our minds, our homes, and in our relationships, we not only maintain our peace; we can live a joy-filled and productive life!
“If we live by the [Holy] Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. [If by the Holy Spirit we have our life in God, let us go forward walking in line, our conduct controlled by the Spirit.]” ~ Galatians 5:25 (AMPC)
If life has you spinning your wheels like a hamster in cage, we encourage you to jump off the wheel and re-evaluate your life. Purpose to make some changes that will help you keep things simple and watch how your peace is restored.
~ Andre and Timberley Gray
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