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2014: a year to simplify.

Hey, 2014! You’ve come quicker than…..well, you’ve just come real quick. 2013 was almost a big blur and I don’t think I was ready to say goodbye to the year quite yet but…here we are. I’m not going to over-spiritualize things here so to be honest, I haven’t really made any goals yet. Yep. My only goals so far are to 1. cook more homemade meals (in other words, learn to cook) 2. spend less time on my phone 3. blog a little bit more and 4. simplify. I guess those count as goals, right?! :)  But really, the the best thing I’ve read about the new year talked about simplifying and de-cluttering the soul. I need to do that. It reminded me of Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” I want to live like this in 2014. You can read the blog I’m talking about here and below is a quote from it written by Sally Clarkson:

“Don’t worry and fret and stew and stir up unnecessary dust. Choose simplicity—just one thing I require—that you give it all to Me and love Me. I will take over. Even as I gave and provided a Sabbath in which all of my children should have rest from their work, so I want you to live in My Sabbath rest for your soul. Rest from your striving and labor. Take time for naps, for pleasure, for joy. This day you have to receive as a gift–I can’t promise what tomorrow will hold. But today you can love, give peace, speak kind and wise words, dance in your soul with My secret pleasure that comes from knowing that I love you. Simplify your life, don’t make choices that will complicate or add unnecessary pressure or cause you to sin or grumble. “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life,” as Paul said. “ 

Sometimes people (including myself)  tend to over complicate things more than they need to be and this year…I want to take each day at a time, soak it in-loving and walking humbly with the Lord. Loving my husband, boys, and those around me along the way. Here’s to a beautiful new year!!

P.S. LOVE my new simplified planner from Emily Ley!

  

“…declutter the soul.” I love that! And that verse really resonates with me as we start this new year. I want to chase and meditate on what it looks like to Walk Humbly. Thank you for sharing! Hope you are well.

Oppa Tom

I don’t know if I ever told you.. that I’m very proud of you and love you very much.

Yes! I always feel like simplifying and minimizing things at the beginning of the year. On New Years Eve night I was going through my closet and getting rid of a bunch of things… I just get that urge to make things less cluttered and busy. And then I feel ready to breathe and be and tackle whatever’s next. And I, too, am LOVING my Simplified Planner!! It’s so much easier for me to keep track of my days right now with it. I feel like it’s going to be a life-saver this year. Haha :) Here’s to a more simple, more beautiful 2014. xoxo

Yes! This is how I feel. Your last three goals are the same as some of mine but ultimately I just want to rest in the knowledge and embrace of God and work for His glory from His strength. I love the simplicity of Micah 6:8 and how it sums up both our goals for this year!

Thats my goal to get off my phone and make more homemade meals!

Thank you for sharing that devotion, it really puts in perspective what we should/should not be worrying about!

arielle

Thank you Hannah! :)

arielle

Yes- awesome! :) I hope I stick to those two things!

arielle

Very awesome! I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way :) Blessings,Annie!

arielle

So awesome!! You got one too?! I love it! It is the “seconds” one with some imperfections but I still love it even so :) Love the quotes in it too!!

arielle

We love you too!!!!

arielle

Thank you Jessica! :) Hope you are well also! xo

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