It has been a recurring desire in my heart and mind to seek simplicity. I long for life to slow down and be more simple and yet it seems to elude me. I'm not even sure what in my life can be changed to create more simplicity.
Some of this is because of the season of life I am in right now - three young children who seem to have an absolutely endless supply of energy don't leave much room for a simplified life. Yet, I still long for it.
Now, I know that simplicity means different things to different people. Simplicity to some means spending less or doing less, using less or going less.
I think that simplicity in my life means peacefulness and moments of beauty and quiet. It is being satisfied and energized in the little everyday things of life and making these moments beautiful and memorable.
Can't I create moments of simplicity in my life even in my current season? I do hope so...
While Emily was at VBS recently, Rachel wanted to swim and it seemed like an ideal time to create a simple moment. I grabbed some freshly cut flowers, a cup of icy cold water and a well loved book on simplicity.
I put my feet up and got all comfy and then the whining started. She's done already? How can it be? I was looking forward to a few peaceful moments of rejuvenating my heart and spirit.
The beauty and the simplicity were there visibly - but not physically, mentally or emotionally.
Obviously God had other plans for me that morning - yet the question persists ~ how can I cultivate a simplified and beautiful life in my current season. Embracing all that this season offers and all the challenges that come with it - but still seeking to teach my children how to slow down, lower the volume and let peace and simplicity come in to our hearts.
I'm not interested in reducing the amount of time I spend with my family or in cultivating beautiful, special memories in our times together. I want life to feel less frantic, less busy, less obligatory. More thoughts coming on this soon...
I'd love to hear your constructive thoughts!