How Netflix is helping my move toward simplicity

We're looking at the controlling principles of simplicity outlined by Richard Foster in his book Celebration of Discipline each Wednesday here on the blog ... and guess what number five is {drumroll, please!}: Learn to enjoy things without owning them. Yep, it's true ... Netflix has become a key in my move toward simplicity.  And, I didn't even realize it until I started working on this post.   Perhaps you are wondering what the relationship is between our Netflix subscription and my ... [Read More]

And the painful process continues

Seriously, y'all ... this simplicity thing is killin' me. I'm on week four of examining Richard Foster's controlling principles of simplicity and this week booted me all the way back to week one.   You remember week one, right?  The post where I explained why I don't have a MacBook and confessed my love of gadgetry.   Well, guess what principle number four is: Refuse to be propagandized by the custodians of modern gadgetry. Ummm, ouch. I love gadgets. Sitting on my desk as I type are the ... [Read More]

When Doing Something is Simple

Yesterday I shared how growing in simple has been far more complex than I expected. But today, I am asking you to join me in doing something ... making a difference globally ... by doing something very simple. As many of you realize, this morning I'll be volunteering at our local crisis pregnancy center.   For the past twelve years I have been involved with this type of ministry and the opportunity each week to make a difference in the lives of women and families in crisis is truly a great ... [Read More]

Finally, Something I Already Do

This quest toward simple has been more than a little frustrating already!  In fact, I have to admit that as we barely enter the second month of the year, I've already contemplated changing my one word to NAP. If you've been following along the past few Wednesdays, I've been sharing the controlling principles of simplicity that Richard Foster outlines in his book, Celebration of Discipline.   First, I explained why I don't have a Mac Book {even though I'd LOVE to!}.   Then, I admitted how big my ... [Read More]

Apparently my but is really big

It's almost noon and I am struggling through this post ... still. Like I have been struggling through the three drafts I have begun and discarded.   My quest for simple is apparently going to be a little more complex than I had expected. I suppose I simple-mindedly had believed that it would be a matter of discarding unnecessary items and modifying some scheduling around the house.   I figured I would have to learn to say, "No," more often and that there would  be time when I let of good to ... [Read More]

Why I Don’t Have a Mac Book

Last summer I read Simple Life: Time, Relationships, Money, God by Art and Thom Rainer.   Next I read Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt.   Then I read them both again.   And I re-read Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster for the umpteenth time.   But when I read Foster's book following the other two, my attention was drawn to a chapter I'd never focused on before ... Simplicity. As I read Foster's words on what ... [Read More]