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5 Ways to Simplify your Work Life

To Simplify isn’t Easy, you know

Today on Five Minute Friday the prompt is SIMPLIFY.


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I totally agree with Kate when she wrote about over doing it. I have done that before. I think there are 5 major things we can do to simplify our lives.

Start with God

Always start with God in the morning. Sit down with Him. He is your coach. See what He says about the day. Read His Word. Pray. Listen.

Psalm 143:8, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.”

Review your Life

Look at your life every once in a while. Check that what you are doing is what God has planned for you. Say NO to things that are not on His path.

 “It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.” Psalm 118:8

Watch your Time While You Work

Use your time wisely. I podcasted this week about social media as a trap for me (it will be available next Tuesday on Hope Stream radio). I recently uploaded an app called Pomadoro, which is a timer with breaks. I have set it for 30 minute work sessions and then a couple of 5 minute breaks and then a 15 minute break. So far it is working very well to simplify my writing and my art.

Colossians 4:5 “Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.”

Where are you spending that Time?

Look at activities that you do. Are you watching TV that is not uplifting? Are they time wasters? I have watched much TV for the last 5 years.  Are you going to things that you feel you have to go to but really are not benefiting your heart and soul? Choose wisely.

Isaiah 40:31 The Message “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength.
    They spread their wings and soar like eagles,
They run and don’t get tired,
    they walk and don’t lag behind.”

Are you Cluttering Your Mind with your Stuff?

Look around you. Are you looking at too much stuff? Is that making your head not clear? Cleaning up my desk is something that really frees my mind. Clutter can cloud our thinking. Gett rid of stuff routinely.

Romans 12:2 ESV  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

Those are the 5 ways I have learned to simplify my life (at least that  I can get down in 5 minutes.)

What about you? What do you do to simplify your life?


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How Can I Refresh My Faith? Live Simply


I have been reading through a book by Ron Hughes called Refresh – 19 Ways to Boost Your Spiritual Life.

This past week I have meditated on a chapter called, Live Simply.

Live Simply

For the past few years both my hubby and myself have tried to work toward a more simplified life style. That doesn’t mean we are lazy or idle. It means that we try to stick with what is important. We don’t look through ads trying to see what is out there to buy. We are content with what we have. When we shop we always take a list (of what we need).

Here are a few of the principles I have pulled out of this chapter:

        • Simplicity is a life-style of reduced needs.
        • It involves learning to want less.
        • Simplicity challenges the ethos of our culture.
        • Watch how many activities I am involved with – pull back if the pace of life impacts my time with God.
        • Don’t be a slave to anything I own. Be ready and willing to give it up.

“In the end nothing is “ours” so we should hesitate to consider ourselves anything more than the stewards of the resources God has placed in our hands.”

        • Remember that God is enough.

In the future, think twice, buy once. The bigger the purchase the longer you should spend deciding if you need it. Ask hard questions about he motives behind the desire for the things you want. Pay more attention to “needs” and less to “wants”.

Are you leading a simplified life? Take an inventory of your resources, including your time, money, talent and energy. How are these being invested?

What do you think?


What If Money Didn’t Matter?

reprinted from Family and Faith Matters by Janis Cox

I watched a video the other day and thought – yes that is what I would like to say about money.

So here it is: What if Money Didn’t Matter?

What do you think? Can you find a way to do what you feel called to do?

What is your joy? What would like to do if money were no object?

Money doesn’t matter if you set your sights above the things of this world.

I would suggest that you ask God to show you what He wants you to do. Have a full life!

“I call on you, O God, for you will answer me, give ear to me and hear my prayer” (Psalm 17:16 NIV).

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