Loving Less and Loving It

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On some real:

I love practicing minimalism! A complete 180 from the materialistic start of my college career. Remember all those strapless sin suits I trashed/donated? They were 100% funded by poor decision-making. Now I’m going in the opposite direction: actively accumulating less. That’s the basic concept of minimalism.

So with the definition of actively accumulating less, minimalism can be applied in all areas of life. But for me, it started in the home because I felt smothered by all the “stuff” we had acquired. Impulsive purchases, useless trinkets, sentimental guilt trash (the stuff we would throw away if we didn’t feel sentimental guilt about doing so.)

Anyway.

I raided the house looking for any excuse to remove something from my home. It was an extensive process and took some time. But every discarded/donated item was like a weight lifting off me. Big items. Small items. Being able to rationalize why I didn’t need an item instead of rationalizing why I did, gave me freedom I never experienced before.

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Shining in the Dark

The other day, I bought a rhinestone cross to hang on my car’s review mirror. Yes, I’m tacky like that. Love me some rhinestones.

Anyway, I figured it would be gorgeous in the day time when the sunlight hit the stones.

I haven’t really noticed it much driving to and  from work.

Last night on my way back from a trip to visit my grandmother, I saw the cross light up like I’ve never seen it in the daytime.

It was due to the headlights of the car behind me.

But it was gorgeous!

It reminded me that even though Jesus is with us always (Matt 28:20), His presence really shines in the darkness.

*Rae

Capitalist Mind, Christian Heart

I hate hypocrisy. There’s nothing wrong with being wrong because we’re all wrong and Christ took care of those wrongs.

But being wrong and presenting yourself as right- that’s beyond wrong. That’s just… just dirty.

I have an entire section dedicated to my business-related blog posts because marketing, finance, and economics absolutely fascinate me. In fact, until I had my recent ‘Come to Jesus,’ my religion wasn’t Christianity- it was Capitalism. And my idol was money.

So I get it.

Luckily God set me straight and I’m not as misguided as I once was.

But the more I learn about business and the sweetheart of free enterprise, the more my stomach churns with disgust. The more grateful I become that God yanked me away from the monster I was trying so desperately to feed.

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30/30 Challenge: Day 7

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I did my Bible study on forgiveness. Christianity and forgiveness are synonymous in a way. After all, being Christian means acknowledging we have been forgiven through Christ.

It’s easy to go around being happy that I’ve been forgiven for my sins. When it comes time for me to share the love and forgive others for their sins against me… well, that’s a different story altogether, isn’t it?

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30/30 Challenge: Day 6

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I spent at least an hour this morning flipping through my Bible; studying topics I really need to go over. Namely anger and forgiveness.

I won’t bore you with the all the details, but I’m in a situation that didn’t go according to my plan and I do find myself getting worked up and bitter when I think too much about it.

At first I prayed to “get over it.” I spent at least a good month praying every night for God to fix me. To make me happy so I could go on ’bout my business.

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