Saturday, February 5, 2011

Simplify


Proverbs 16:32
"Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city."

Cheryl has begun a series, a journey really, toward simplifying her life. I have joined her because it is a journey I've been on for a very long time it seems. I tend to think of it as finding balance in my life. In one way or another, there have been things in my life that have tipped the scales so far in one direction that other important things have been neglected. As a result, I find myself frantically scrambling to get those important things done and feeling frustrated in the process. It feels a bit like running to keep up with myself.

Exhausted, I pray asking forgiveness for my neglect, only to repeat the very same process the next day. At its roots it is a lack of self-control. I feel Paul's words in the very center of my being:

"For the good that I wish I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish."
Romans 7:19

So that is where I begin the journey - yet again. Paul goes on to say in the very next chapter of Romans:

"There is therefore no no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."
Romans 8:1

I tend to be rather hard on myself. The Father, on the other hand, is infinitely patient - willing to go back to "square one" time and time again until the lesson is learned. It is this, this unconditional love and unending grace, that compels me to press on.

It is not a journey He ever intended for me to take alone. He walks beside me. He fills me with His Spirit. He extends His hand. My part is to grab hold and walk with Him.

I'm stepping out.

Blessings,
Linda

linking to Cheryl's blog: Culture Smith

9 comments:

Amy Sullivan said...

Linda,
So nice meeting you through Cheryl's link-up! I tend to be very hard on myself too. I'm thankful for God's unending patience.

grammy said...

Grace... it's all about Grace (o:
Love your baby snow.

Cheryl Smith said...

Now Linda, there you go stepping on my toes. Self control? It's a constant struggle to die to self. Doesn't Jesus himself say, "Daily?"

We'll never be 100% there. So let's enjoy the journey, growing together in our love for Christ and receiving His grace.

Laure said...

It would seem that grace is the word here. And His grace is sufficient for all things.

Bless you.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

I had never thought of it in your way before Linda... "thinking of it as finding balance". I really like that. It is a journey! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! ♥

S. Etole said...

One step at a time is all any of us can do.

Laura said...

Isn't it sweet how patient He is with us? And gentle?

I'm following along with Cheryl's journey, but I'm not ready to jump in yet! Lord knows, I need to. But I'll just cheer you on for now, Linda!

Dawn said...

I hope I can learn from you!

Anonymous said...

i agree, just making that first step and stepping out in faith with the knowledge of His Grace is a good start to a simplify journey.