During Advent, in the midst of crazy and beautiful and busy, I tried to simplify the season with these three phrases: “Lift It Up, Lay It Down and Carry On”. This mantra helped me to take troubles as they arose directly to God, choosing daily to lay down any baggage that might distract from the focus on the coming of Christ, and to carry on with the celebration..
For the most part, this worked. We enjoyed a simple, beautiful season with family and friends.
Now, in this new year, weather has forced a simplicity that I find refreshing and encouraging. The ground is covered in snow (except for that crazy warm spell) and our travel options are limited. I’m embarking on a simplified diet (along with everyone else) to combat inflammation, and I’m trying to focus on just three goals for the year ahead:
Act Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly
Many of you are familiar with those words from Micah 6:8. They are etched in chalk on a frame hanging in my writing space. Nearby are other three-word reminders:
Simple, yet so difficult on days when we feel discouraged, overwhelmed, “less than”. Praying for all of you writing in the quiet (or chaos) of January, that you may find your balance. Start with three commands — just three — and “sim-pli-fy”.
I’m writing for five quick minutes at Five Minute Friday. Drop by to read other essays on the word SIMPLIFY.