Donate:365 – Day 324 – Giving Up the “Have To’s”

I’m giving them up.

The “Have To’s.”

“Not the have to have that new purse,” or the “I have to have that new book”.

But, I’m giving up the I have to go to this meeting, or that place or see/talk to that person…

out of obligation.

Okay. Now. I’m not expecting you to give up your job, your family, etc…. We have obligations.

But, then there are those obligations we place on ourselves that burden us, cause us grief, and stress us out.

I’m guilty of those.

I have to serve on this committee.

I have to be in this organization.

I have to serve coffee at church….and DONUTS!

Ask yourself: Did God tell me to do this?

Or, did my ego take over?

Before I truly knew Christ and submitted my life to Him, I made many obligations to keep myself busy. Now, these obligations are stressing me out!

So, I’ve been praying. God is a God of His word and He expects us to do the same. My obligations conveniently end on December 31, 2014. :)

God has shown me what to do. We have obligations — that’s not a bad thing. But, are they from God? That’s the question to ask yourself. God doesn’t expect us to have crazy busy lives. He wants us settled and content with Him and Him only. Obligations do not bring happiness, God does.

So today, get rid of the “I must have to’s” in your life. And, tell me about them by hitting the comment link above this post.

Be blessed today! God bless!

~Chelle

Donate:365 — Day 320 — A Check In

So…..

I have nothing to say.

LOL

But, I wanted it check in with you — my beloved followers — and see how Donate:365 is affecting you.

Is it making a difference in your life like it is mine? I’m surely changed bu these 320 days.

What is important to me?

What do I truly treasure?

What can I certainly live without?

God is showing me and stretching me. Things I thought mattered do not. I’m truly ready to live my life in full surrender.

It’s a beautiful experience and I am better for it. PRAISE HIM!!!

So tell me what you think. Are you doing it? Are you on this journey with me? Are you thinking about it? Do you care? ;)

Be blessed! Ans, as always, get rid of one thing today that doesn’t bring you joy.

In His name,

~Chelle

Donate:365 — Day 319

Hey, everybody!!!

Welcome to Day 319 of Donate:365! (If you’re new here and want to know how this all began, click here.

Today, I battled a bookshelf (aka junk shelf) in our bedroom. We are still at war, but I WILL WIN!

My downfall is notebooks. I love notebooks. I organize everything in them. I store things in them.

They are actually quite handy.

Unless you can’t throw them away!

So, I went through the plethora of notebooks on our bookshelf. Some I need to keep — important papers, true treasures, etc…

But, others — WOW! It’s time to give some things away! So, I cleaned them out, recycled the papers, and will donate the binders.

WOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

What have you removed from your life today? Let’s take a collective breath of freedom on 3!

1…
2…
3…

Ahhhhh do you feel that sigh of relief?

I do! Praise Jesus for His freedom! Our possessions should not burden us! Let’s live as God intended!

~Chelle

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Today, part of my donations included these books and a random shirt I found. Praise Jesus!

Donate:365 – Day 318

I thought this morning that it can’t already be Day 318, but it is! I seriously can’t believe it!

Today, I’m getting rid if some jewelry — a watch and some earrings.

Sometimes freedom comes in small ziplock bags. ;)

Be blessed today! And, get rid of one thing that brings you burden.

Love y’all!

~Chelle

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Donate:365: Day 317 – True freedom comes from true submission

WOW!!!

I am in total shock and awe that today is Day 317 of this glorious journey that God has me on.

Again, I say wow!

I’ve gone through a lot of changes this year. It seems like only a few days ago I started this journey. God has surely shaken my foundation, showed me my fruits, and allowed me to fall, get up, listen, and obey along the way.

But, One things for certain:

I’m a survivor, a minimalist — at heart anyway — and a much better person for this journey.

I can’t wait to see what God has for me next!!!

You may be asking, “But, Chelle, have you given anything away lately?” And, in reality, my answer is no. But, have I reorganized and maintained a measure of spatial sanity?

YES!

Have I uncovered where to put things in a new way so my home isn’t as cluttered?

YES!

Have a mastered this art of simple living and acquired a minimalistic lifestyle?

NO!

HA!

Will I ever?

Probably not. But, I’m willing to keep trying.

You see, every day is a journey. A journey to better ourselves. A journey to create in us the life God intended for us to have in the first place. He is the creator and perfecter of our faith. And, I have faith that there is more to life than this. Than the mundane. Than the day-to-day that society has deemed normal. I don’t know about you but I want EVERYTHING God has for me. I want what He wants. I want His desires to be my desires. That’s all.

Nothing more.

Nothing less.

What do you want tonight? Do your desires line up with God’s desires?

Maybe it’s time you asked Him.

Be blessed today, and earnestly seek to become the person God created you to be. True freedom comes from true submission.

God bless y’all!

~Chelle

No more. No Less.

Have you ever felt like you have nothing to say?

Like nothing you say matters and there is just no point?

I’m kinda feeling that way these days.

But, not in a bad way.

You see…

I may be going through a mid-life crisis. Or, I may be getting to a higher level of understanding of what God has for me, but I truly do not seek to be heard, seek to be seen, or seek to be understood anymore.

I do not wish to fit in. I do not wish to be have friends. I do not wish to be popular.

I simply want to stay home.

Not in a poor, poor pitiful me depressed way, but in a serene, content, fulfilled way.

Wow.

It’s weird to be here. Where everything seems crazy these days — wars, storms, suicides — I find contentment by simply being.

God is so good. If you know Him and accept His love for you, you truly can have all things. You can be content on the lack and the plenty. You can have contentment in the midst of the activities of today.

I am so complete. I still have a long way to go and much to do it seems (praise God). But, right where I am I am complete.

Have you ever felt this feeling?

It is strange to me, too. Putting my trust in God to see all things His way.

Marvelous.

He is in control, and He has made me whole. Thank you, Lord.

Trust Him. The more Intrust Him, the more I see His will for my life. I would have it any other way.

Whatever He wants, I want. No more. No less.

I have a busy day tomorrow. When you live in God’s will, He definitely shows you the things He has for you to do.

Be blessed tonight, everybody. I love you, and God loves you. Allow Him to embrace you tonight.

May God bless you more than you could ever ask or think.

~Chelle

Jesus Christ.

Originally posted on Ray Comfort's Daily Evidence:

Jesus is given many names and titles, and the day will come when all of humanity will kneel before Him and acknowledge Him as “Lord.” Here are some of His other titles, in the hope that the lost will soften their heart toward Him and trust in His mercy:

Adam, the Last (1 Cor. 15:45)

Advocate (1 John 2:1)

Almighty (Rev. 1:8)

Alpha & Omega (Rev. 1:8; 21:6)

Amen (Rev. 3:14)

Anchor (Heb. 6:19)

Ancient of Days (Dan. 7:9–11 with Rev. 1:13–16)

Anointed, His (Psa. 2:2). See also Messiah.

Apostle (Heb. 3:1)

Arm of the Lord (Isa. 53:1)

Author (Heb. 12:2)

Balm of Gilead (Jer. 8:22)

Beginning (Col. 1:18)

Begotten (One and Only; John 3:16)

Beloved (Eph. 1:6)

Bishop of your souls (1 Pet. 2:25)

Branch (Isa. 11:1; Jer. 23:5; Zech. 3:8; 6:12; Rev. 11:1)

Bread (John 6:32,33; 6:35)

Bridegroom (Matt. 9:15; John 3:29; Rev. 21:9)

Bright & Morning Star…

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