Wednesday, March 4, 2015

living on less // being grateful

Today, I would like to share with you my "Living on Less" challenge. As many of you know we often (especially me) take things for granted. Whether it be a comfy bed, or power we can get very upset when those things are taken away. I wanted to stop being so dependent on these things and start living with less.

What does that mean, you ask? Well, for one whole month starting tomorrow (March 5th- April 5th) I will be taking/limiting five things in order to live on less.

This is from the book "Seven", I hope to read in the near future. (source google images)

1. Only sleep with one pillow and a sleeping bag.
This might not sound like a lot but coming from 6 layers of blankets and four pillows (no joke), this will be tough and I am beyond grateful just to have a comfy bed to sleep on every night.

2. I will set aside four different outfits for the whole month. 
Even though I already simplified my closet but, it has grown again and it is time for me to stop taking clothes for granted.

3. Shower every other day. 
If you know me, I am a clean freak. Nice hot long showers every night. When I sit back and think about ways to stop taking my luxuries for granted this is defiantly one of them. 

4. No spending on excessive.
Ahhh, this is probably gonna be the biggest one. I had thought about doing this even before I thought of these other things, but now I am really doing it. For two reasons, I just spend a lot of money on IKEA (haha) and two I want to see how much money I actually save by not spending for a whole month. This will not include expenses that I may need to buy (ex. postage for delivering business packages). But, what this will included is food out and about I don't need, and extra shirt here and there, etc. 

5. No TV/Netflix
This is the last but certainly not least. I really want to start going to bed earlier and spending more time with God. I also want to stop staring at a screen every night before I go to bed (which is a habit I picked up after a year of not doing this, boo). This will help me be more creative and not feel like I always have to be entertained. 

By the end of reading this you are probably wondering, what my point is for all this nonsense. So here it is summed up. I have so many excess items that can drag me down and not keep my focused in life. By eliminating these five items for a short whole month, I really think my eyes will be opened to how much more there is that just the luxuries of life. But most importantly, I am looking forward to spending more time with God and enjoying the small things that I miss everyday. 

I will keep you updated with how it is going and what is new. I encourage you to do this as well or something similar. Thanks for reading. xo. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

giving up my future for Him...

    The last post I wrote was about being a true Christ-follower and today I would like to write about how giving up my future is totally worth everything.

    I am your typically young lady. I have plans to get married, go to college, have kids, etc. But I feel there is so much more. It has really shaken me these past few weeks and months. Up until a few days ago I thought my "American Dream" plan was fine, everyone does it, so it must be okay. My plan was to go to college, get married, and have kids, etc. While there is nothing wrong with this and this is God's plan for some people, it might not be for others. Maybe, I need to stop planing my luxury dream life for myself and remember who is in control. I have way to many luxury's to count (I am working on getting rid of them, that is a whole other post, maybe tomorrow). I never really thought that it might be a good idea to let God plan my future (I mean he did create the universe).

    I need to stop focusing on what is best for me and my future, but focus on serving people now and today in this moment. I want God to be in control of my future. His plan could be way different from mine. If his plan is to give up everything I have and go do missions overseas for a year or even forever, that is amazing! But, maybe it could just be to stay in my local area and focus on young people who need to hear God's work. Or even go to college and lead me in a whole different direction, these are all great.

    See, the thing is I don't know what is in front of me. I don't even know if I will make it till tomorrow morning. So why worry about the future when today has enough troubles. Matthew 6:24 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own."

    The sole purpose of my life needs to be to worship, honor, love, and serve him and I am praying and will continue to pray intently for him to reveal his plan to me. I don't know what is ahead but God has a purpose and whether or not I think it is best doesn't matter. It is his plan, I fail everyday at this and am far from perfect, but I live to glorify him and need to put all my faith in him.

Thanks for reading. xo.