How do you define simplicity? My definition includes: receptivity to creation, a natural state, clear and uncomplicated, without artifice. In spiritual terms it could look like absorbing and living out the basic fundamentals of faith.
It can involve living with purity of heart, humility, gratitude, contentment, sufficiency, being intentional, and trusting God for everything.
“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals.That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.” ― Nicholas Sparks
“For in his wisdom, God designed that all the world’s wisdom would be insufficient to lead people to the discovery of himself. He took great delight in baffling the wisdom of the world by using the simplicity of preaching the story of the cross in order to save those who believe it.” 1 Corinthians 1: 21 TPT
“If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to A Young Poet
How mindfulness and minimalism fit well with simplicity
Mindfulness emphasises thankfulness, being in and savouring the moment. Minimalism focuses on having a simpler, more ethical lifestyle with less. In paring back to essentials we learn what we value most. This book is a great guide to help you start your journey of more with less.
Hands up if you thought my decluttering journey had ground to a halt. You are right, my friend. I haven’t written about it for months or been well enough to recommence the process with sufficient energy and grit. Though I am still decluttering in infrequent dribs and drabs.
“A simple life is not seeing how little we can get by with—that’s poverty—but how efficiently we can put first things first. When you’re clear about your purpose and your priorities, you can painlessly discard whatever does not support these, whether it’s clutter in your cabinets or commitments on your calendar.” ― Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty
“Simplicity is ultimately a matter of focus.” ― Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are
“A pretentious, showy life is an empty life; a plain and simple life is a full life.” – Proverbs 13:7 (MSG)
Simplifying with words and dependency on God
I haven’t lost the desire to simplify my life and pare it down to the essentials. Though I’m a long way off being a minimalist, its ethos strongly appeals to me. And I’ve found that writing micropoetry helps me to express my thoughts with fewer words.
“Some of the greatest poetry is revealing to the reader the beauty in something that was so simple you had taken it for granted.” ― Neil deGrasse Tyson
There is soul simplicity to be found in depending on God, rather than relying on ourselves. Because it’s knowing our beloved state before God that paves the way to having an uncluttered mind and heart.
“You don’t need my cleverness. You don’t even require that I have myself together. What you desire in my life to perform your utmost is simply my dependence, as well as recognizing that my weakness is a welcoming of your power.” ― Mary DeMuth, Jesus Every Day: A Journey Through the Bible in One Year
The kind of simple life God desires us to have
“But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbor, be compassionate and loyal in your love, and don’t take yourself too seriously—take God seriously.” – Micah 6:8 (MSG)
“While the impostor draws his identity from past achievements and the adulation of others, the true self claims identity in its belovedness. We encounter God in the ordinariness of life: not in the search for spiritual highs and extraordinary, mystical experiences but in our simple presence in life.” ― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging
Does any of this resonate with you? How do you see simplicity? I’d love you to share in the comments below.
Oh yes, He is leading me into a time of rest and simplicity also. This touched me so much: “There is soul simplicity to be found in depending on God, rather than relying on ourselves. Because it’s knowing our beloved state before God that paves the way to having an uncluttered mind and heart.” Just when I think I’ve learned so much about depending only on God, He shows me that I have so much MORE to learn still. But I praise Him because He knows how to declutter my soul so much better than I do. I balk and resist, but He so tenderly keeps prodding and stripping away, to reveal His own beloved heart for me. Thank you dear friend for you precious words of encouragement today. Blessings, love, and hugs to you!
Dear Bettie, I think the journey of depending on God has many facets. Just when we believe we’re getting the hang of one we realise we have so many more to try to grasp. It’s an ongoing process but we do learn and grow along the way. I totally agree with this: “I praise Him because He knows how to declutter my soul so much better than I do.” Oh yes, our resistance will eventually yield to God’s wisdom! And yet He is infinitely patient, gentle and tender with us in our struggles. Thank YOU, dear friend, for revealing God’s grace and encouragement to me in your thoughtful comments. Blessings, love and hugs to you too! xo 💜
Beautiful reflections, verses, photos and quotes, Joy! As I asked myself what simplicity is to me, these words came to me, “Nothing in my hands I bring, simply to Thy cross, I cling.” Also the desire that I must decrease and He must increase in my life. Thank you for the reminder of what’s important in our lives. Love and blessings of simplicity to you!
Trudy, I love how simplicity looks to you! Yes, that’s our faith walk in a nutshell. You have summed it up succinctly. Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I’m hoping to become more proficiently immersed in the art of simplicity so your blessing is warmly welcome. Love and hugs! xo 💜