I had a little bit of a stressful weekend. Two low-lights being: 1.) finishing a 5-hour editing project on Friday and having to redo the entire thing on Saturday and 2.) “fixing” the van and having it overheat again.
And, then, after my 11-hour writing/editing marathon Saturday, I just wanted to take a nap today after church but LOUD CHILDREN coming inside every five seconds for water and soccer balls and ball pumps and to use the bathroom and PET THE TORTOISE.
So no nap, just lots of mad.
And I probably should have prayed and read my Bible, but instead, I pulled Organized Simplicity (Tsh Oxenreider) off my bookshelf, because it calms my heart and refills it with happiness. It is easily one of my all-time favorite books, and if I ever pare down my possessions into only what can fit in a backpack, I’ll probably find a place to shove it.
“Simple living is about living your life with a purpose that aligns with your values. It’s about enjoying the things you love and care about and not stressing over the things that don’t matter… Living simply is about being who you were made to be.” (15)
“All the independent things in your life–the items you own, how you spend your time, the relationships you cultivate, and the books you read–ultimately benefit your life’s purpose. There is no clutter. Your hours and days and weeks reflect your priorities, and so does the space in which you live. As a family, you’re united for something bigger than each of you separately.” (29)
“Enjoy the process of collecting less stuff, amassing more wisdom, having more time to relish in the little things, and coveting very little.” (211)
Have you read the book? (You need to.) If so, what’s your favorite part?