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I don’t believe that cleanliness is next to godliness. You can’t earns God’s love or favor by doing a darn thing on this Earth — He loves you in spite of your actions, not because of them. So I honestly don’t believe the things I write about in Organized Simplicity: The Clutter-Free Approach to Intentional Living will automatically make you a better person, just as owning a bike doesn’t automatically make me Lance Armstrong.
But I do believe that being very intentional about my choices in life frees me to be who God created me to be. When I release my life from “gazingus pins” — the little clutter that just doesn’t matter — I am available to live in a way that’s honoring to God and free from the world’s standards.
In all areas related to the content of my book and blog, believe me when I say I’m speaking to myself just as much to you here. I’m very much a work in progress. “Simple living” is a journey, not a destination. It’s also a thing not meant to be worshipped — it’s a lifestyle meant to help you freely worship the One worth worshipping, unencumbered and fully alive.
Organized Simplicity is meant to be a handbook for you to use throughout your life. It’s not an autobiography of how I’ve figured everything out — not by a long shot. It’s a compendium simple truths that are (hopefully) a helpful encouragement as you work towards living intentionally and with purpose.
When we know who we are, we can guiltlessly say ‘no’ to the things God just doesn’t have for us, and say a resounding ‘yes’ to the things He does. It’s very freeing.
What I’m Up To
A few of you asked more questions related to me and my family — Why are we moving again? What do we do? And are there more books in the future?
We’re moving to Oregon to join a different ministry organization, a group that serves other people in ministry living cross-culturally overseas. This organization runs guest houses around the world, available for those in ministry to take breaks, find refreshment, and if needed, talk to someone about how they’re doing. It’s not so much counseling as it is “life coaching.”
Kyle will serve as this organization’s Director of Operations for a season, helping keep the guest houses running smoothly from the headquarters in Oregon. While we’re here, we will be trained to be certified life coaches, and Lord-willing, we’ll move back overseas soon and run one a guest house, focused specifically on families with children.
Our 3-5 year plan is for Simple Living Media (blogs, books, and the like) to be our sole source of income, freeing ministry funds just for the work at hand. We pray and work daily to this end.
And yes! There are at least two more books in the future. I’m in the very early stages of the next one, and I can’t wait to tell you more about it when I’m able. Stay tuned.
Organized Simplicity Discussion Guide
If you want to take the book a step further, I encourage you to find a group of friends and read Organized Simplicity together. Everyone’s take-away will be different, of course, because every home is different. Yet even though ‘living simply’ will look different for everyone, its definition remains the same — “living holistically with your life’s purpose.”
I’ve created a free PDF download of questions for you to use in a group setting. This is a simple discussion guide to get conversation flowing — no right or wrong answers; just an appetite-whetting for rich conversation.
You can find the download here, or you can hop over to Simple Mom’s download page and find it there as well.
I am enormously blessed to hear how the book resonates with you — thank you are words too small. THANK YOU for being readers. Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your ideas and inspiration. I am honored to share some space on your bookshelf.
I’m working on some upcoming topics on Simple Mom based on the feedback and questions you all have been asking me lately. It’s been great chatting with you this week! Is there anything else you’d like to see on the blog this summer?
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