Monday, July 2, 2012

Hello, Jo and I are still on our "Less is More Jesus" journey in life but just not posting.

I am selling a large home and might be moving into a large RV temporarily. It makes me a bit fearful to get rid of things but I am commanded by our perfect loving God to not fear. I will seek Him and purge the things that must go. I hope to share more about shedding more things. Today I am going in and starting with the hardest this week - clothes. Lord help me sever this attachement.
More later.

Friday, March 25, 2011

The minimalist in me cannot be tamed!

Why would I want to tame this need for less? The more I give, the better I feel. I am giving stuff away because God told me to do it. Plain and simple. He has helped me figure out where it all should go. I pray about it and it comes to me in some form or another. I require less stuff and more Jesus these days.  I am still a work in progress but I am changing. God is changing me. I spend each morning thanking Jesus for his blessings. I spend much more time in my Bible, taking walks, making 2-3 meals out of one for my family, and getting creative in the ways I buy the things we need. Not just the things we want. I still buy wants but much less than before.

Thank you Jesus for showing me that possessions cannot fill up the void inside of me. Only you can. My heart is full of You. So with that I say: JESUS, JESUS, JESUS! Give, Give, Give!

100% in Him,

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Less stuff, more Jesus

Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions."
Luke 12:15

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A fresh start

My name is Jo and I'm an aspiring minimalist. I will place heavy emphasis on aspiring for now. I have a long way to go but I know that God is drawing me away from things and directly to Him.  I place to much emphasis on stuff and not enough on Him. He is growing me and changing my heart and mind about. I'm thankful that I have a minimalist sister and friend like Vee.

It all began to take shape this last November when the UPS man would deliver box after box to my house in preparation for Christmas. I remember coming home one day and seeing about 12 boxes at my front door and I was overcome with guilt, anger, and sadness. I remember sitting down and just crying my eyes out. God wasn't pleased with me. I felt so much anxiety because I knew that I didn't need any more stuff. I knew that my family didn't need 12 boxes worth of stuff.  Deep down I knew that this stuff represented a false God. It was more of my need to please people and get approval for buying people stuff.  I can say that at that very moment God changed my heart.  Ever since that day I have been on a mission to give freely, buy less, and live a more simple life. In Christ!

In this journey I have learned that nothing but Christ will satisfy me. Nothing. So here I go. Here we go. This is our minimalist journey. 


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Let the giving begin


The totes are mostly clothes and shoes I brought up from the basement (we just moved here 3 months ago and I put everything down there till I could start going thru everything for a big purge. It's exciting to get started. The table with the bags are all clothes being donated. All the fabrics were donated to a neat ministry that teaches women to sew and then sells crafts to help pay thier bills. Cleaning supplies and other crafts were donated to our local church for summer Bible camps and other teaching needs. This is progress for my husband and I. Much more work to do. We are excited about the journey and feeling better already.
Currently I am in the process of counting my clothes so I can purge more - I hit a wall and counting your items seems to help many people let go of more. I am sure the numbers will be rediculous. Off to shed more.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

blog intro

Hey ya'all, Vee here. I am an aspiring minimalist. I am NOT a writer. So apologizing up front here to anyone for my lack of.... writing skills. I am more of a speaker ; )
Experts say that Less is More. More what? Well, more of what is most important to you. They state to arrange your life around what is most valuable to your true mission. To create an environment which sets up focus on the thing that is most important.  For the sake of simplicity, I will say that what is most important to me is knowing God thru Jesus Christ.  Is that saying that every snapshot of my life is following His teachings? Certainly not. But, I aspire to so I am motivated to create an environment in which allows for the best possible outcome. I am driven to decrease distractions to follow Him.  Right now I have many distractions. So with God's help, one by one out they go. I will try to journal a bit about the process.

Aren't we all a "process" of becoming what our Creator wants us to be?

I trust this will be a positive influence on my marriage, other relationships, my health, my sin, and most of all my affections to God.

God's peace,

I do not agree with all of these bloggers in all things but linking them as other people on the mission to have less stuff.

Minimalist Bloggers

PS, Weeee, as of March my dear friend Jo will be co-blogging with me. We live close but in different towns and dont get to see each other much but, thanks to the internet we are in contact with each other most everyday. Iron sharpens iron. So we will record this journey together. We hope you are inspired to be all God wants you to be.