Ephesians 5:15-16

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

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1 Corinthians 9:26-27

Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.

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Do you have the time to do things you want to do?  Or is life an endless stream of things you NEED to do?   What if I said that one thing could change your life from being too busy to being the life you always dreamed of?

Welcome to the teaser post for “Simple Home to Live a Simple Life”. I am was the queen of busy; in college, I had 3-4 jobs at a time in addition to a full time class load (18 credits). And that doesn’t even include my twice weekly taekwondo classes!

Since having children, however, I’ve drastically slowed things down and I have NO PLANS to increase activities in the near future. I know that many moms feel like they LIVE in their cars running their kids to school and practice and lessons and and and.

Since we are hitting that time of year where school is almost, but not quite winding down and summer activities have not started, I think it’s the perfect time to issue this challenge to you:

Eliminate EVERYTHING with a time obligation from your schedule for the summer.

I’m not saying that you can never leave your house or make plans, but try to have nothing planned that cannot be broken.  Make a list of possibilities, things you’d like to do if you still want to when it comes around or you want something to do.


My list for summer looks something like this:

  • Cherry Festival (a week full of different things)
  • Nautical Festival (a weekend of things in my hometown)
  • Church Chicken Dinner
  • Strawberry Social
  • Picnics
  • Beach
  • Nature Park Outings (several in area)
  • Children’s Museum
  • Camping
  • Sprinkler/Pool days in backyard
  • Park outings (available weekly — IF we want to go)
  • Library storytime (IF we want to go)
  • “Gardening”
  • Play with bubbles

But I don’t have anything scheduled that interferes with life.  Try it…just for the summer.    It’s a huge & momentous step, especially if you are so busy you can hardly breathe.  This could be a perfect time to change your life.

I would urge you to give it a try, though.   Discuss it with your spouse.  Your kids, too, if they are old enough to understand.   Pray about it.

Are you on board to try this radical experiment?

PS – The rest of the series won’t be this hard.  Promise 🙂

PPS – Next Week:  Family Mission Statements & May Schedule.

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