What do you get when you have a family of 7 and remove half the sq footage of their home, two-thirds of their televisions and electronic screen time, nine-tenths of the surrounding traffic, noise, and life busy-ness, and hopefully, all of their insanity? The next phase of our life…
That’s right, this family is going on an adventure…an adventure that moves us drastically towards a life of minimalism. I might be a little terrified. But I’m also beginning to feel incredibly calm about the whole idea and can no longer argue that it’s not the right direction for us…argue for very long, at least.
This story starts with a previous adventure…a move to a new state and a larger city. We settled into a luxuriously glorious life with everything we hoped for in a home, schools, and location and loved every aspect of our new environment. God blessed us with a smooth transition and amazing surroundings. And we were happy, settled, and content. Then something happened. Despite the fact that we had everything we needed and then some, we kept adding more. More activities, more sports, more driving, more meetings, more craziness, more needless spending, more monthly expenses which resulted in more bills, more furniture, more clothing, more toys, more hired help, more date nights, more vacations to get away from all things more…which all led to more…discontent. The discontent led to hunger; a hunger for change. Change that simplifies our home, our belongings, our finances, our schedules, our decisions, our everything! And I’ve realized over some time now, that someone else was hungry for change as well.
God has been nudging us to make some adjustments in how we are living and utilizing His blessings and we are (finally) responding. There is something incredibly frightening, and humbling, about following the voice and nudging’s of our awesome Creator, yet at the same time, so incredibly peaceful and really exciting.
I’m sure in this process there will be some tears, some frustration, and a little more craziness and chaos at first, but there is in all transitions, and I know after the initial hub-bub, we can look forward to a renewed sense of calm. But this time, my husband and I are hoping for a new kind of calm. One that allows us more time together as a family, in the Word, out in the community we live in getting to know our neighbors FACE TO FACE. We want a calm that allows us to rest in the evening when our heads lay on our pillows, instead of anxiety about how we will manage our next day.
About two weeks ago, we started this adventure in a new home. A home more than half the size of the last two homes we have lived in. It’s 20 miles outside of the city we were once in the middle of. We sold almost all of our furniture and a few random things here and there. We packed the rest up and plopped it into the new two-stall garage. We have every necessity we need inside this new home and everything else remains out there. That’s one of the chapters to be written about next in this adventure. To sort and release everything we just don’t use or need today. No more holding on to “what if’s”. We have learned by experience, so many times, that God will provide us exactly what we need, exactly when we need it. And if it doesn’t come in our timing, we can figure from that it’s just not supposed to be a part of us at that particular moment. God has a better plan.
As we move forward in faith, we hope to stand strong and be an example to live simply and free, to reduce our belongings and provide a refreshing view of a simpler pace of life. It can work and we intend to prove to ourselves that this is what normal should look like. Not like we thought it should be by following along in the pace of our society today. I look forward to sharing our stories of success and failure in this journey and what lessons God teaches us along the way. Already, in the middle of our transition and slight bits of chaos, we are seeing the benefits of taking this leap. I have a feeling the reduction of “more” is going to result in something else “more,” a much better kind of “more.” God is funny that way.