Simple Abundance

Simple abundance. Is there such a thing?

My husband and I are in our final years of employment as we inch closer to retirement. Weekends are spent updating our home, and weeknights are spent daydreaming about our next house. There is a long way to go between point A and point B, with a lot of clutter in between.

To Purge or Not to Purge

I have been reading articles about clutter purging, and I also have a copy of Marie Kondo’s bestseller, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. (Although, I’m not exactly sure where it is.) Organization experts agree that our adult children won’t want all the stuff we’ve been clinging to for years. Most young people have opted for simple living with fewer possessions than their parents. Whether that is intentional or a matter of circumstance, I’m not quite sure.

Our clutter situation isn’t quite this bad as this photo from Unsplashed.com, but it’s an accurate depiction of the overall task that lies ahead. However daunting that task might be, I’ve learned that replacing your floors really helps to speed the process along. Like any DIY project, it takes a lot of planning and we must set our own pace. Each room has to be completely emptied before we can rip up the old carpet and padding. But when we are finished, it’s a shiny new clean slate.

A Fresh Start

As we begin putting things back into each finished room, my goal is to define and embrace a new concept of simple abundance.

The Lord has showered our family with His love, and we’ve been blessed beyond our dreams. Although we have an abundance of “stuff”, we are being more thoughtful about what we save. This means keeping things that have a legitimate purpose, but also things that we cherish or that have special meaning to us.

Maybe that sounds similar to Ms. Kondo’s “spark joy” concept, but it has deeper meaning to me.

Our home will always be a welcoming space — not just for my husband and me — but for family and strangers alike. It may never be completely clutter-free, but it will be a place to share our abundance and offer welcoming warmth and comfort to all who cross its threshold.

 

Abundant Blessings

In my life, I have been abundantly blessed. I have a loving, supportive family, many wonderful friends, a beautiful home, and a fulfilling job. But it is my faith in God that has provided a foundation for my life, and has kept me strong through the darkest times.

Trusting God through the toughest challenges in life has not always been easy, but it has provided me with a greater sense of freedom. It allows me to step aside and let go of things beyond my control. This is easier now that I can look back and recall the many ways God guided me, or my loved ones, through some seemingly hopeless situations.

How often I remember trying to force my way through a challenge, thinking my path was the best way forward. Through a lot of trial and error, I learned that is never the best way unless I seek God’s guidance first.

This Thanksgiving week, I am thankful for a God who forgives me time and again for thinking I always know what’s best. (I don’t.) I am thankful for a God who loves me even when I’m convinced I can go it alone. (I can’t.) And I am thankful for a God who is bigger than whatever life dishes out. (He is!)

As you gather around the table, wherever it may be, may gratitude fill your heart, and may the Lord bless you abundantly.