Hi ladies, as I continue to find ways to simplify and embrace a minimalist lifestyle, and share my journey with you, I’ve had to accept the reality of a consuming teaching job-nothing simple about it!
We’ve just began a new school year, and teaching these days is not at all what it used to be. The pandemic has changed how school is done; it’s way more complicated than it was.
Can you still find balance within an all-consuming career and still enjoy the joys of a simple, lighthearted life?
This is what I’ve set out to do, and what I feel led to share on this platform–the how tos of my personal experience.
Have you’ve ever wanted to add a new routine, change a habit, minimize your schedule, etc. and fall short? You’re not alone. I’ve realized that “GRIT” won’t do it.
GRIT is the theme of our school this year. And of course, our admin would like the faculty and all staff to be role models of GRIT- to have grit means you have courage and show the strength of your character.
Having courage and showing strength of character alone won’t cut it these days. Without wisdom and personal revelation from our Wise Heavenly Father, we won’t know what the best options for us are.
We are living in days that are confusing and everchanging, so calling on the God of Truth and Wisdom for help in our times of need is a crucial necessity.
So where do I find the time, energy, clarity, and revelation to simplify my life? It’s been by acknowledging my cluelessness, depending totally on God, and abiding in His presence day in and day out -period.
As I seek the help of our Helper, Companion, and Friend-The Holy Spirit of God-I seem to find a way when there is no way. I seem to flow in areas where I once seemed to get stuck and with frustration try to figure them out with human reasoning and deep thought-not enjoyable at all.
Being guided by the Holy Spirit feels childlike and so simple, that it seems too good to be true-it IS.
Lately, I’ve begun reading verses from the book of John 14:15-24, which we all read during our first encounter with the Word of God-during our first Love affair with Jesus. Here I was reminded of the works and role of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives. I thought to myself , “I need this more now than life itself.”
Then I noticed what the book of Galatians says… “I began in the Spirit”, thought it was too easy, and went back living by the “Works of the Law”. Therefore, living by rules doesn’t bring the life of joy and freedom you and I desire.
Let me stop the preaching and get back to practical ways to embrace simplicity and bring back balance to our everyday living. The following are a few steps to live in touch with the Spirit of Balance and Simplicity:
- Sit at the feet of Jesus and learn His ways of doing things-Be a Mary not a Martha, Luke 10:38-42
- Draw Wisdom from the Holy Spirit of God-Read Galatians 5
- Follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit for your life and needs-God’s still, small voice
- Don’t apologize for your newfound joy and peace-shed guilt-Unmerited Favor is not earned
- Enjoy freely the abundant life of balance and simplicity-GRACE
With much Love and Grace, Giselle