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Burden-free Living.

I did it.

I blindly saved my life from clutter and burden. With abandon I removed stuff from my life. I did it! I feel free!

And, I plan to stay that way.

Today, after an hour of clicking and clicking, I deleted not one, not two, but 7,000 emails–dating back to 2010.

It’s been weighing on my heart for awhile now. Seeing that dreaded number when I opened my iPad has haunted me for weeks. When you truly see how many emails you have, it’s eye opening. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been hoarding unread emails for way too long, so today I started from scratch–a new beginning for me in 2015. I’m ready.

I want you to have freedom, too. So, here are some tricks to keeping your email under wraps.

1. Read it and delete it.

I would say a majority of my emails do not need to be kept. Seriously. So, when I read it, I need to delete it. Period.

2. If it’s important, put it in an important folder.

Are you on committees? Have clients? Need to save important things? We all do! Put it in a “folder.” They are easy, fabulous, and you know where to find it later. Be proactive! Stick it in a folder!

3. Unsubscribe

Let’s face it. Right now you have emails in your inbox (maybe from me 🙂 ) that you will never open and never read. (I do hope you read mine!) It’s time to take an inventory of your inbox. What can you politely unsubscribe from?

4. Delete

Just thought this warranted some repetition.

Stuff takes on many different forms, and “digital stuff” is a heavy burden just like too many papers on your desk or too much junk in your closet. I am ridding my life of junk. All kinds.

What’s holding you back? What is a burden for your heart? GET RID OF IT! Be honest with yourself. You have one life, live it. I’m tired of being so stressed that I can’t live life. Are you?

May God bless you richly today.

~Chelle

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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

Vintage Day! – From the Vault

It’s Vintage Day! Here is my post from April 19, 2012. Still good as a reminder after all this time. Enjoy 🙂

My aunt attended church on Sunday, and the priest asked the congregation:

What if you woke up tomorrow morning with only the things you thanked God for today?

Think about it. It sure made me think. Have I been grateful for the gifts God has given me? Or, do I go through life like the spoiled little brat that I never intended to be?

Our Father gives us everything. As a fellow blogger commented on this blog earlier this week:

From My Lenten Challenge…still Lenten Challenging

Let them [your books] go. You have not needed them for the past 40 days, you are not going to need them. And if you do…He will provide them again.
m. (m. writes at amomentinmyday.com)

He will provide them again. I am so thankful for that. Our Father never let’s us be in want. He provides everything we need with abundance. Not always what we want, but always everything we need. As Psalm 23:1 states:

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

As a shepherd provides for his sheep, so our Lord provides for His.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? ~Matthew 6:26

Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! ~Matthew 7:11

Our God loves us. He wants us to trust. Trust Him with every ounce of our beings. Are you trusting in God today? If you’re not sure, ask our Father to show you. He will let you know kindly and with His great love.

Soak in His love today and be thankful of the things He has given you.

With much love and thanks to God and you,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Donate:365 – The hold our stuff has on us.

I am continuously amazed by the hold my stuff has on me. No one to blame but myself.

Yesterday, I went through a duffel bag and found a ton of clothes that I can no longer fit it…or need.

But what did I do?

Go through each item checking it’s size, weight and serial number.

Sad.

Sad, because I no longer wear this much smaller size, but mostly because I actually took the time to go through this bag of clothes that has been in storage for about 6 years.

Seriously.

I disgust myself at times.

I even found a pair of shorts my flesh wanted to keep. Shorts. Really?

I haven’t worn shorts in 6 years, either.

They aren’t even cute shorts.

Why does stuff have such control of me? Is it a feeling I may “do without?” Is it because “one day I may need them?”

I just don’t get it. Why is this pull so strong? It truly comes down to not trusting God. I don’t trust Him to provide my every need. God says in Matthew 6:19-21 —

19 “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

He also says…

25 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? (Matthew 6:25-27)

My God loves me enough to provide and supply for my every need. He promises that in His word. I no longer need to hoard, to scavenge, to worry. He stockpiles my goodness and showers me with it when I need it. It is no longer my job to secure my happiness. My happiness is in Him.

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? I pray today that you receive Him into your heart and truly realize the rich gifts He has for you. You no longer have need, lack or want. All you have and need is Jesus.

Today, I give all my stuff to Him and receive a renewed trust in Him. He is my sustainer and my provider. He is whole and complete, and I love Him for who He is, not what He does.

I promise that today I will get rid of everything I don’t need. God wants us to get rid of a desk we are holding on to. Today, I will clean it off and get it ready. I am so excited!!!!! I am free!

Praise Him!

~Chelle

The Stuff Accumulation Effect

My stuff seems to explode.

I could sit on the couch all day, and my ottoman would be overrun with papers and clothes. My kitchen table would stack high of books, clothes, papers, crayons, and maybe the occasional plate or cup.

My vanity would overflow with makeup, hair products, books, and papers.

All while I sit on my couch perusing the Internet.

How does this happen? Does it happen to you?

I realized yesterday that I cannot fully enjoy life because I am too busy dealing with stuff. It saddened my heart to realize that instead of hiking, drawing or writing, I was confined to doing laundry. Please know I do realize that I can hike, draw and write at any time, and that my laundry and stuff will be there upon my return. BUT, all I can think about while I’m writing, drawing and hiking is the sad fact that when I return home, that pile of laundry will still be there.

I want to be in a place where my stuff no longer rules my existence. Where it’s not even thought of. Where my day does not revolve around, “I need to get this or that done before I can go outside.”

I want a nice, neat home free of clutter that I have to keep moving around to do things. I want all my clothes in my closet and drawers and not hung up in my bathroom, behind doors, or piled on our desk.

I want to use my desk for a desk.

After all these years of blogging about downsizing, I still have a long way to go to get there. But, I know I will get there. I want freedom. Freedom from stuff. It CAN happen, and it WILL happen. I’m ready for it!

So today, I will get rid of one more bag of stuff. I can do it! I’m going around with the trash bag now. You can do it, too. Just do it. It will make you breathe easier.

Praying for the day I can leave my house whenever I please and not worry that people may come over.

~Chelle

Day 17, too, is that of Donate:365

It’s already Day 17. It was an easy day today so I don’t have too much to chat about. Here is our donation of the day. Enjoy!

Day 17 - Donate365

Just a little picture frame that’s been floating around my house for years. I did keep the picture. I’ll find something that is more “me” to showcase it in.

It think what I’ve discovered, too, is that it is very easy to find things that aren’t “me.” Or, at least the new creation I am in Christ. I have memories attached to objects in this house that I no longer need to have. Old memories aren’t always good memories. So, I now walk in the path God has for me. Simple living and minimalism.

God is good.

Be blessed today! What have you gotten rid of lately?

~Chelle

If we are giving, what do we receive?

Luke 6:38 (NIV)

38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

I am now on my fourth day of Donate:365. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to giving and what God says about it.

In Luke 6:38, we are told that if we give, we will receive overflowingly and abundantly what we give. I’m heard this verse for years. Have you? But, I’ve only hear it during offering. And, only verse 38; no more.

This scripture is buried in the teachings of Jesus with no mention of money. In my Bible, it’s under the heading “Judging Others.” Let me give you the entire section for context.

Judging Others

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

39 He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? 40 The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.

41 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Life lessons from Jesus himself. So easy. His yoke is easy and His burden is light, you know. (Matthew 11:30)

We are not to expect to receive more stuff, money, material goods, etc..

Receiving has a lot of different meanings.

We can receive those things, too,  though.

In Genesis 24:1 (NIV), we are told just how much God blessed Abraham.

Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. (Emphasis added)

“In every way.” God speaks repeatedly about following His commandments and what you will receive. His promises are true. He wants to bless you.

Joy
Time
Abundance
Prosperity
Enough

Freedom.

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you may have noticed that I adore Chapter 6 of Matthew. If you haven’t read it, I invite you to meditate on it today. It gives you everything you need as a Christ follower in one succinct chapter. (Click here to read it from BibleGateway.com)

Here’s a snippet for you. Matthew 6:25 – 34 says,

25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

We are to consider today. And, today only. What we need, we receive today. In His will. In His timing.

It’s as simple as that.

Be blessed today.

~BC_ Chelle