Thursday, July 7, 2016

Our Minimalism Journey UPDATE, An Exciting Book GIVEAWAY, and One More Thing!!!

"As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: 
He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him."
Psalm 18:30
(KJV)


In this post, I shared how God has been leading us to trust in Him,
and how the word He gave Kevin and Zach for us for this year is TRUST,
along with Zach's acronym, TRely Upon Strong Truth.

I'll be honest.
When they first told me TRUST was our "one word" for 2016,
I was less than thrilled downright perturbed.
Like Kevin and Zach, I, too, had been seeking the Lord about our "one word" and hoping for a word like "new", since Isaiah 43:19 had been steadily on my mind.
" Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? 
I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."
After living through a year like 2015, I was ready for the "new" in the first part of that verse.
I was not too keen on continuing the arduous task of learning more about what it means to trust God,
as was indicated in the word God gave Kevin and Zach.
I would soon find out that the end sentence, not the beginning, of that verse was God's focus, and that it would take on a whole new depth of meaning to me, as time after time, God would faithfully come through for us in the months to come, literally making a way for us in the wilderness and causing rivers to spring forth in the dry, desolate desert He would have us walk through.

Last year, (2015), was filled with so many events that landed us in circumstances that absolutely forced us to trust in God, and God alone, more than we ever had before in our lives.
Wasn't that enough?
Now, the Lord was telling us that 2016 was going to involve MORE trust?
Hadn't we learned all we needed to learn about trusting God?

After serving the Lord for nearly 40 years, you would think I would have known better.

To think we have EVER exhausted the lengths of our capabilities to trust God is a delusion.

I am learning more and more that there are levels to trusting God.
Trusting God requires faith. 
It is a lifetime journey that takes us from level to level of trust and from "faith to faith" as the Apostle Paul talked about in Romans 1:17.
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: 
as it is written, The just shall live by faith."

Recently, in my time with the Lord, He drove this truth home to me in a fresh, new way,
as He led me to Ezekiel 47:3-5.
A man with a measuring line walks 1000 cubits and finds himself in ankle-deep water.
He walks out another 1000 cubits, and, this time, he ends up in water that is knee-deep.
He then progresses 1000 cubits more, and he finds that the water is waist-deep.
He launches 1000 cubits again, and this time, upon his 4th launch, he finds that
"...it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, 
a river that could not be passed over."

On January 22nd, I published this post, in which I shared that God had made it clear that my family and I were to take a leap of faith that would require a great deal of trust in Him.
When we "launched", I was apprehensive and unsure of our future.
It felt very uncomfortable and unfamiliar, but, by faith, we let go and followed God's command.
(I'll explain more about this initial launch later on in this post.)

At the time, it felt like a launch into deep water.
As time went by, God revealed, step-by-step, that the original launch had not been nearly deep enough...
that it was only the beginning of a steadily-even-more-deepening walk of faith and complete trust in Him...
that even though it had felt like a deep launch, it had, in actuality, only landed us in ankle-deep water.
Slowly, step-by-step, He has required three additional, successive launches...
a "knee-deep" launch, a "waist-deep" launch, and then a launch that placed us in a position totally "over our heads" and in which our feet can no longer touch bottom.

We find ourselves now in "waters to swim in"...
waters that have risen...a "river that we cannot pass over", by mere walking.

By now, you are probably wondering what on earth trusting God and "launching into the deep" has to do with minimalism,
so I will try to explain, how, at least in our case, it has everything in the world to do with it.
It all goes hand in hand, and each step of trust we take is bringing us ever closer to the minimal, simple, eternity-focused life Jesus lived while on earth and the life He wants us to live now.

Our minimalism journey has absolutely been...
and continues to be...
a spiritual journey of trust.

I think it can be summed up in the words of John the Baptist in John 3:30,
"He must increase, but I must decrease."

In order for there to be more of Jesus in our lives, there has to be less of us.
Less self-reliance.
Less self.  Period.
Less of the things of this life that compete with God for our trust.
Less excess.
Less of the things that bind us to earth.
Less of the unnecessary.
Less stuff that is continually dragging us down.
Less possessions to worry about and have to maintain.
Less baggage that hinders us from walking in freedom.
Less indebtedness.
Less safety nets to fall back on.
Less back-up plans and human escape routes.
Less of what is temporary and more of what is eternal.

This ongoing process is continually compelling us to let go of the things of this world.
God is consistently shaking us loose from things that have kept us entangled,
weighted down with worry, overwhelmed, and hindered from living the abundant life of freedom He came to give to us.

The dear Lord is patient, and He is merciful.
He doesn't require us to plunge all the way out on the first try...even though it feels like we have launched way out into the deep by taking that first initial leap of faith.
In the future, after He has required several more "launches", we look back and realize that the first launch really didn't require that much faith at all, in comparison with what He asks of us later.

Deep levels of trust require time and experience and a proving process.
Once we see that God sustained and carried us through one level of trust,
we feel more comfortable trusting Him for the next.
By leading us to a mere ankle-deep launch, at first,
then gradually-deepening launches, afterward,
God eases us into richer and deeper levels of faith and trust in Him...
little by little, one leap and one "launch" at a time.

Early this year, on the particular date that I wrote the above-mentioned post,
we listed our home of the past over 14 years on the market for sale.
Coming from a girl who moved approximately 47 times while growing up and who has a great aversion to change, I cannot begin to tell you how much courage that took.

After requiring those three extra launches, God sold our house, and, in the process,
He helped us to make great strides on our journey towards a more minimal life.
Praise His name, we are now 88% free from the bondage of debt!!!!
We are free from the two acres that continually consumed so much of our "free" time.

Last year, our "one word" was Purge Reduce Eliminate Prune Anticipate Release Expect.
You can read that post HERE.
Wow, I just went back and re-read it myself,
and I was amazed at where we were when I wrote that post and how far God has brought us.
We knew we stood "on the verge", but, of what?
It is hard to believe how urgently God really did start preparing us,
and it is amazing to look back now and trace His hand.
We didn't know what was ahead of us, but He did.
I am eternally grateful that we obeyed His prompting and did what we did to PREPARE,
even though it made little to no sense at the time.

Though we had started some before, we began minimizing, in earnest, in 2015,
literally unloading a huge amount of "stuff" from our home and lives.
That process has been ongoing, and through the sale of our home and subsequent move,
we have reduced and purged approximately 85% of our stuff.
To give you more of a visual, we have downsized from a 4 bedroom, 3 bath home,
with an oversized nearly 700 square foot 2-car garage....
to a 10x20 storage unit!

One of the side benefits of our minimizing and becoming unencumbered is that we now have the opportunity to be 100% engaged in the help and care of Kevin's elderly 90 and 84 year old parents, who are struggling with all their might to continue to live independently and remain in their own home.

God had this planned all along.
What joy to know that we are in the center of His perfect will for our lives.

When I look back to our lives just a few years ago, I cringe.
Literally.

The bondage was immense...smothering...suffocating...paralyzing.
Our lives were utterly miserable.
All three of us were plagued with stress-induced health issues, non-stop, it seemed.
We were encumbered, and we were bound.
In chains.
Shackled.
Spiritually...emotionally...physically...and financially.

God, in His infinite mercy, looked down upon our distress,
and, step-by-step, He has led is leading us out.

It feels SO good to be set free.
Beyond wonderful would be a better, more accurate description.
The reduction process is really more liberating than I can describe in words.
Each item we turn loose of brings a bit more freedom and enables us to move one step closer to the minimal, liberated life God is calling us to live.

So, celebrate with us, dear friends, by offering a prayer of praise to our Heavenly Father for the gift of His love and deliverance.
He can break any chain, if we are willing to let go of what is enslaving us.
As you praise Him for all He has done, why not embark on a minimalism journey of your own?
What would you be willing to give up in order to walk closer to Him?
Why not think about donating some of your excess to those who have less?
The joy of giving cannot be measured.

Speaking of giving, and to help you on your own minimizing adventure,
we are thrilled to give away FIVE copies of
I just finished reading it, and I can tell you that it is one of the best supporting minimalism resources we have yet to come across.
The part I love most about this book is that it was written from a Biblical perspective,
with many references to Jesus and the way He taught us to live.

When the Lord first started dealing with me about starting Inner Views,
Joshua Becker, the author of, "The More of Less",
is the first person He brought to my mind to interview.
You can read the interview, by clicking here.
I have been following Joshua's blog, Becoming Minimalist, for quite some time, and I would encourage you to visit him and consider following, also, if you are in any way interested in learning more about minimalism.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment below and tell us how you feel about living a simple life.
That's it.
We will randomly pick the names of five commenters, who will receive their very own,
brand-new copy of Joshua's book!

GIVEAWAY WILL END AT MIDNIGHT ON FRIDAY, JULY 15, 2016.
Five winners will be randomly chosen shortly afterwards by picking numbers via random.org.

To read other minimalism posts, click the following links:

ONE MORE THING....
as a bonus to all who have read clear to the bottom of this post (smile),
how do you like the quilt hanging on the line in my in-laws' back yard in the picture above?
Would you like to have it?
If you click over to our FREE STUFF page,
you can get more information and the particulars on how this beautiful quilt can be YOURS!
Whoever clicks over and asks for it first will be the new owner of the quilt!!!
UPDATE 7/8/2016 @ 3:20 PM:
Congratulations to Ashley!
She was the first to ask for the quilt and will be giving it a new home!!

52 comments:

  1. Cheryl, what an amazing post to read this morning. I have been asking the Lord to help me trust Him with a recent health issue, but my worries get the better of me all the time. So lovely to read your words.

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    1. Oh, dear friend! I surely can relate to that feeling and know how difficult it is to turn loose of it all to God. I do trust Him to heal your body and make you well and bless you richly in the process. Thank you for your sweet comment...you are now entered in the giveaway!

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  2. Thank you for sharing your journey with us about minimizing. Such wisdom here and I keep asking myself the question your post raises in my mind, "How much stuff do I really need?" I think it's amazing the way the Lord led you and your family and how you can see His hand in your lives as you obey. Caring for your in-laws is a noble thing and I know God will be pouring out his amazing blessings on your life. We will all witness it in the days to come. Hugs to you, my precious sister and thanks for your testimony.

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    1. Dear, sweet friend! It truly is an amazing thing that God has done and is doing in our lives. I stand amazed at what HE can do when we finally make up our minds to step out of His way and decide to trust Him and allow HIM to do what He really wants to do in our lives. Thank you for your kind words and all of your support and love and friendship. Sending you much love and many hugs, in return!

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  3. would love a copy of the book. I'm on a similar journey - we'll see how far it goes. During our kitchen remodel I've unloaded a lot of 'stuff'. It feels amazingly good. For a month and a half we lived in our summer cottage (during remodel) which is very tiny. As a result - we can't have much in the way of 'goods' there - there just isn't room. It was so wonderfully less stressful. Less stress is a good thing. And I want to be freer to serve others - more generous - all of that. So yep - less 'stuff' is the goal!

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    1. Hello, Joyce! It is SO nice to meet you! I loved reading about your story. It truly does feel amazingly good, doesn't it? Especially, when we just give our stuff away to help others! God is so pleased with cheerful giving. Thank you for commenting....you are entered in the giveaway! God bless you, my new friend. :)

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  4. I love the idea of minimizing. I have been living by the quote "if it doesn't bring joy, don't keep it." It's been so good!

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    1. It is truly amazing how little we can get by with and how much excess is in our lives, and it is SO liberating to let it go! I am glad you are on board with the idea, sweet friend. God bless you on your journey! Thanks for entering the giveaway!!

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  5. Cheryl, WOW! What a wonderful journey you and your sweet family are on with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I remembered this song from 1996 and thought you would enjoy it...there is a link to it below the lyrics...Many blessings to you!

    Freedom, Love, & Forgiveness

    The illustrated lesson is a parable of truth:
    Mr. Lincoln bought a slave girl off the auction block.
    She walked with him, unchained, down a Southern avenue,
    Much to every genteel belle's and gentleman's great shock.
    Old Abe turned to the girl and said, Young lady, you are free.
    Looking at the sky, she asked him, What does that word mean?

    Can I say whatever I want to say? / You can say whatever you want to say.
    Can I do whatever I want to do? / You can do whatever you want to do.
    Can I go wherever I want to go? / You can go wherever you want to go.
    Then what I'd want to say is what I'd want to do is go with you.

    Lovers share some shiny things like rings and tears and stars,
    And sadly sometimes share a shiny gilded cage.
    Though safe and warm, soon heads will bang against the bars.
    Tonight last night's dreamers lie awake planning tomorrow night's escape.
    Trust and commitment are the keys that set us free.
    If this love is our world, it will hold us in its gravity.

    Can I say whatever I want to say? / You can say whatever you want to say.
    Can I do whatever I want to do? / You can do whatever you want to do.
    Can I go wherever I want to go? / You can go wherever you want to go.
    Then what I'd want to say is what I'd want to do is go with you.

    The man listened, kneeling, drawing perfect circles in the sand.
    The one accused stood pale and quiet in her fear.
    The man's judgment hit the crowd like the stones held in their hands.
    As the woman watched in wonder, one by one they disappeared.
    When the man said, Go forgiven, and you will not go alone,
    She was staring at the ground, at three circles and some scattered stones.

    Can I say whatever I want to say? / You can say whatever you want to say.
    Can I do whatever I want to do? / You can do whatever you want to do.
    Can I go wherever I want to go? / You can go wherever you want to go.
    Then what I'd want to say is what I'd want to do is go with you.

    http://faculty.etsu.edu/.../song_freedom_love_and...

    MP3 version performed by Thom Shumate with Ashley Cleveland; © 1996 Questar/Mission Records

    Words & Music: Michael Cody
    Publishing: Window on the West

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    1. Thank you ever so much, Beth! It was so nice to see you had stopped by. Sending you love and hugs!!

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  6. In order to trust God more, we need to minimize our self-reliance and our controlling nature. And that is very difficult.

    God bless.

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    1. Whew, you aren't kidding, Victor. Self-reliance is SO foolish...we really have no control over anything at all, anyhow, but, far too often, we buy into satan's lies. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Dear Mrs. Smith,
    Your post was a real encouragement to me. Little by little, and very slowly, I've been trying to cleaning out my room. When I find something I don't want or need anymore, I stick it in my 'gift basket' I call it. :) It's just a little gift bag I made to hold a present. I just put all the things I want to get rid of in there, and then when I need a present for someone, I just go and pull a few things out. :) It's going to be almost empty soon as a friend's birthday is coming up soon. It helps me get rid of things because I like giving to other people, so I like adding things to the "gift basket". :D
    Well, I had better be going now. I hope you have a superbly wonderful day in the Lord!

    With much love in Christ,
    Ashley

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    1. That is SO great, Ashley! I am so proud of you! There is nothing in the world like the joy of giving to others. It truly is so much more blessed to give than to receive. Your friends will benefit from your generosity...but, you will be the one who receives the biggest blessing, my friend! Sending you love and hugs!

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  8. Your trust is being cashed in by the real value from our Father, a means that mathematics can't calculate. It's always the unseen value that has the most. So hard for us to get that almost always, "Less is more". Thanks for the reminder, sister.

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    1. I like the way you put that..."your trust is being cashed in by the real value from our Father"...that is so wonderful. He is a faithful God, and when we walk in obedience, He always fulfills His end of the promise. Thank you for your visit and encouragement, brother. God bless you.

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  9. I'm a huge fan of living a simple life and something that I'm continually working towards. It's such a freeing and beautiful way to live life! Thank you so very much for the chance to win this book. :)

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, that is so wonderful to hear, Heather! It surely IS a freeing and beautiful way to live life! I love how you worded that. God is SO good, and the closer we get to Him, the more I think we long for the simple, yet abundant life, Jesus came to give us! I am so thankful to meet you and grateful for your visit and comment. So happy you entered the giveaway!

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  10. Isn't it amazing how intricately designed are the plans the Lord has for us, and try as we might, we never can identify just what He has planned! Indeed, giving up our attempts at self control of a situation and surrendering it to Him is the only way to find true peace. He has a way of rendering situations to turn out for our benefit and for our good, even if the journey sometimes doesn't allow us to understand it all. I'm so thankful that the Lord is making clear to your precious hearts the perfect plan HE has for you, and how thrilled I am to hear that the Lord is doing such great things in you, through you, and for you! Such a wonderful Lord we serve! Blessings, hugs and love to you dear Cheryl, I treasure your friendship and give the Lord thanks for His care for you!!!! Many hugs and love to you and your family!!!

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    1. Oh, how I appreciate your dear, kind words, sweet friend! You bless me SO much...how I praise God for our precious friendship and the fellowship we share in Him! You are so right in all you said about how He renders our situations for our benefit and for our good. Oh, my, it seems that we have been on such a journey, and, at times, it has been so difficult. But, God DOES turn things around for our good, as we place our trust in Him. Sending you love and hugs and so happy to enter you in the giveaway!!

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  11. I love the concept and have been slowly cleaning out and then going back and cleaning again. Still need to get rid of more. Thankfully, my husband has always been a good example of this.

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    1. Oh, that is SO wonderful that your husband is on board with this. Joshua speaks about that in the book, and I would think it would be most difficult to try to do this alone without the support of our husbands and families. We are very blessed indeed! It was SO nice to meet you and read your comment and enter you in the giveaway. I hope you will come back often! God bless you!

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  12. Congratulations Ashley!

    Dear Friend Cheryl,

    I was struck with your acronym PREPARE.
    I took out a notecard and wrote each word.
    I also copied down your quote "He can break any chain, if we are willing to let go of what is enslaving us."

    God is getting ready to make some changes in our family's life. I can feel it. He spoke to me during worship on Wednesday night. I've been teetering on the edge of depression... holding on as hard as I could but feeling my fingers slip. Sad over the changes as my children grow older and near the edge of the nest. Missing their little boy and girl days. Anyway, here's what he said to me.

    Release their childhood.
    Embrace who they are now.
    Prepare them to launch.
    Build your marriage.
    Serve them all.

    I agonized in prayer and worship. I know it's the path I must take and will take. But I will only be able to do so with His help.

    Part of releasing their childhood will be to purge a lot of books from our shelves, totes, and boxes. There are a lot of other things that no longer are part of the life we are living or will live in the future, but I've clung to. They must go also. How I'm not yet sure how. God has some things to show me if I'll watch and listen.

    Be blessed my friend. I'm saying a prayer for you all tonight. By the way, be sure to read my blog this weekend. They posts I wrote today (Friday) share some awesome news.

    Hugs!
    Laura
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    by the banks of Center Creek
    at the edge of the Missouri Ozarks

    See. It's all how you look at it!




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    1. Dear, precious friend! Oh, how your words touched my heart this morning! I just had to tear up when I read of what you have been going through. I can SO relate to ALL you said. Surely God will have to give the needed grace and comfort as we continue forward in our individual journeys. Oh, dear friend! I am SO grateful GOD provided your needs! I read your amazing post, and all I can say, is to God be the glory, and He is SO worthy of our trust...and our praise!! Love and appreciate you so much, sweet friend. And so happy you entered the giveaway!!

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  13. Praying the Lord will bless you as you continue to trust in Him!

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    1. Thank you, dear Bethany! And, may He always bless you, too. :) Thanks for entering the giveaway!

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  14. Cheryl, Your family has been so close in my thoughts, and I was delighted to see this update post! I LOVE to see how God is working in and through His people. Your testimony of His leading, constant care and peace that surpasses all understanding is so edifying to read. Your story is such an inspiration of God's faithfulness that brings so much encouragement with it.

    You are certainly showing that in God's economy, less is indeed more, for He fills us to the brim with His great joy.

    I leave your blog today with a huge smile on my face. :-D

    Blessings sweet friend!

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    1. Oh, praise the Lord that you were encouraged here today, Karen! Your support and encouragement is such a blessing to me! God bless you abundantly, in return! Thanks for commenting...you are now entered in the giveaway!

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  15. Cheryl, this is such an encouraging word. Joining you in celebrating this victory for your family. It's been on me to weed out stuff in my home and appreciate this nudge from you. Have a great week.

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    1. That is so wonderful, Wanda! Oh, it is a wonderful blessing and such a liberation to let things go that we don't need. I trust God will bless you on your journey! Thank you so much for entering the giveaway. Sending you love and blessings!

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  16. There are so many things I admire about you and your family, Cheryl. And one of the greatest is your dedication to creating a simpler, junk-free lifestyle. It speaks volumes into this world that seeks and values wealth and the accumulation of possessions. It's only earthly treasure in the end, just dross to be taken away.

    And, it occurs to me that not all of the unnecessary *baggage* is physical stuff. There's an awful lot of spiritual *junk* that I'm asking God to remove, too!

    GOD BLESS!

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your dear, kind words, sweet friend. You are so right, it is only earthy treasure...dross to be taken away. I love that. Your constant encouragement and friendship is a precious gift. I love and appreciate you and trust God to bless you abundantly!

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  17. What a difference a day (year) makes? I enjoyed hearing how God has led you to reduce the burden of daily life and also that you are able to assist Kevin's parents. The quilt is lovely and if I were to receive it - - I would need to give it away. Our shed is full of things that need to be sold or given away, just finding the energy and time to do so is limited. I can't use perfumed things, and I am unloading some gift packs that were given to me, but remain unopened. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a True Story.

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    1. Wow, you are SO right, Hazel. What a difference it does make, indeed. I can't believe how merciful God truly is and how far He has brought us. That is so kind of you to pass along the things you cannot use to those who will enjoy them. I appreciate your generosity. God bless you, my friend.

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  18. Oh my goodness, I SO wish I would have been the one to be able to claim that quilt! LOVE it!!!! :) That picture is beautiful as well! :)

    Living the simple life gives me joy. I battle with the urge to want "more"....thinking I "need" this and this and this. I did the KonMari method of getting rid of some stuff and it felt good....but it isn't just about getting rid of things....it's about being careful of what you bring in to the house as well! I would love a chance to win this book and read it! :)

    Kindly,
    Katy ~ The Country Blossom

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    1. Thanks so much, Katy! It was nice to see you stopped by! So sorry about the quilt...wish I had another one to offer! You never know what might come up on the Free Stuff page, so check back from time to time. Thank you for entering the giveaway, and I wish you the best! God bless you.

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  19. As usual, Cheryl, your writings have touched me deeply. Your faith is such an inspiration. I've always believed that less is best when it comes to everyday living. I make much more money than I spend, and I hope it stays that way. Things are temporal, but what we do for Christ will never fade. P. S. I love the quilt!

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    1. Oh, thank you so much, sweet friend! I so appreciate your encouraging words. You are so right, and your comment reminded me of something Mom used to tell me often..."Only one life 'twill soon be past; only what's done for Christ will last." So true, and we realize that more the older we get. Sending you much love and many blessings!

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  20. Trusting God when He is silent is a huge test of our faith. Thanks for sharing your journey of trust.

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    1. Oh, how true! I recently heard that the teacher is always silent during a test. Whew! That is a tough time, because it is never comfortable to not hear God's precious voice. Thank you for reading, Michele, and for entering the giveaway! Much love to you, my friend.

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  21. I've really been feeling the pull to simplify here, too. I hadn't thought of that in relation to trusting God, though. I love how you put that together here! It really does require trust in the Lord when you simplify your life. And it does give you more room for Him.

    I've heard such great things about that book. I'd love to own it!

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    1. And, I would love to give it to you! Thank you for reading this post, for entering the giveaway, and for your kind comment, Jamie. It was so nice to have you visit. Sending you many blessings on your journey to simplify!

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  22. I have been trying to rely more on God and less on the world for awhile now. However, I still find myself struggling with many things. One thing that has hit us hard recently is my husband's health. He is a Vietnam vet and has faced many health issues related to his service. We are now dealing with lesions found on his lungs while searching for causes of other health issues. We are both trying very hard to trust in God's plan, but we are very frightened right now. I would love to simplify our lives more and learn to trust and rely on God.

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    1. Bless your dear heart! I am SO sorry to know of your troubles and your husband's health problems. If you happen to see this reply, please tell him thank you from me for his service. It is so sad to think of all he must have gone through and is still suffering because of his sacrifice for all of us. I want you to know that I am lifting you both to the Father right now. If you ever want to talk further, please feel free to email me anytime. Also, if you happen to see this, I am SO sorry, but I cannot enter you into the giveaway because your comment is anonymous, and I have no way of contacting you. Please email me your information if you would like to enter the giveaway. God bless you and send healing and comfort to you at this trying time.

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  23. Hi Cheryl, you are on quite a journey. Yes, trust is something we continue to learn. God has been speaking that to me as well. I'm encouraged to read about your new faith venture in minimalism. Less of us and more of God. Thanks for visiting my blog today.

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    1. Thank you so much, Betsy! It was so nice to see your kind words, and thank you for returning the visit and for entering the giveaway, too! God bless you, my new friend. :)

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  24. While I do believe God wants us all to prosper, I also believe we are to be good stewards of what we have and make sure that our treasures are stored in heaven and not on earth. Thanks for this wonderful post. I go through my home weekly and find yet more stuff to give away.

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    1. Amen, and amen, Dayle! So true your words! That is wonderful that you give stuff away weekly. There is such great joy in giving...it just blesses the giver so much! Sending you love and hugs!

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  25. Love that quilt! I love the idea of simple living because my generation has strayed so far from it. You wouldn't believe how shocked people are when I post pictures of my canning, baking, soapmaking etc on my social media accounts! I love living this way because it feels like it's how we're intended to.

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    1. You are so right, Kelli. We ARE supposed to live this way. God never intended us to be so bogged down and miserable and laden with excess to the point that we are hindered in fulfilling His perfect, peaceful plan for our lives. So thankful you understand the value of living simply, and you are a shining light for your generation. God bless you, and thank you for stopping by. :) Come back anytime!

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  26. Awe, simple living, it's get easier to live that way as I age for the things of life are losing their luster. I have a bag hanging on my door now to be given away. Blessings.

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    1. It makes me think of the song, "The things of earth grow dim and lose their value, when I recall they're borrowed for a while; the things of earth that cause my heart to tremble, remembered there will only bring a smile." One day, this will all be gone, and we will be in our eternal home that He has gone to prepare. It will all matter but little at last. Thank you for your visit, Betty! God bless you!

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