I stopped short reading through Hidden Art’s purge challenge. My husband and I long for a simpler lifestyle, both familiar and unfamiliar, and though we are taking steps in that direction, I have never felt a stronger leading than now. In this last year, we have had a lot of success with purging, and we are enjoying the liberty it brings. Though I am still burdened in some areas that
I we have not totally conquered (the garage, for example), overall, we have been transformed. My husband and I would talk about “life in a small cottage” more and more. Not that we could do that anytime soon, but the birthed desire has been sitting in our hearts, and have been influencing us in our daily choices: what we buy, what we DON’T buy, what we keep and don’t keep, what we do and don’t do, and our plans in general. It affects even the way we celebrate, and our attitude about the holidays.
So when I read Amanda’s challenge, I thought this could be the perfect opportunity to finally conquer unfinished tasks. But then I kept feeling the prompting someplace else: in my own life. Yes, then I realized I need a lot of purging there! I don’t need to name them here, but they will unveil somehow as I update on the changes that I am committing to- some relating to family, some to my own habits and some to my attitude. I really need to free myself of those creepy little guilts! God is leading us to an unfamiliar pasture, that much I know, and not only do I need to be totally yielded, but also free of baggages that slow down the race.
This week, I am focusing on food. No, I don’t mean cleaning out the pantry and the refrigerator/freezer. Those had been tamed along with the kitchen cabinets. I am talking about way of things that have sneaked up on us because of my choices, or should I say lack of planning and focus. This week I am committing to going back on track, not just for our optimum health and well-being, but to honor a husband’s request.
I am spending less time blogging, so that I could set my mind on those things and be inspired with a plan. Yes, I need the focus!
Ah. Hearty soup simmering in the pot, freshly baked bread from the oven, autumn bounties to be enjoyed… sweet aroma to my soul. Have a blessed and artful week, my friends!