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Cold-hearted and Ruthless

“Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.” – Peace Pilgrim

This quote was posted recently on BecomingMinimalist.com. 

I haven’t seen a quote by Peace Pilgrim online lately –maybe not at all. I was pleased to see it. Ms. Pilgrim is a true testament of God’s love and mission. A minimalist. A lover of people. I truster of God.

And, in her few words, she said it all. We serve God or money. I also translate money as “stuff.” Money buys stuff, right? When we are weighted down by our stuff we can’t live. It becomes baggage: Physical, emotional, and spiritual. We have to get rid of our stuff.

So the other day, I straightened up our living room to find one of our cats had pooped — yes, pooped — on a stack of papers I was “storing” on top of our ottoman. Thanks, guys.

But, you know what? I evidently didn’t need any of the pooped-stained papers since I threw them all away. And, I took it quite literally to mean that I need to get my poop together. I am a “storer” of stuff. Embarrassingly keeping papers that I never need because I may need them one day.

I am getting rid of stuff. Ruthlessly. Cold-hearted elimination of stuff. It is the only thing left to do. We have to be ruthless. If not, the stuff creeps back into our lives. It slithers back into our closets, our worlds. It weighs us down and owns us, not the other way around.

Today, be ruthless. Be cold hearted. What is one thing that you are holding on to that is owning YOU and weighing you down? Donate it. Trash it. Get rid of it. Whatever you need to do for freedom, do it. It is your life. Own it.

Be blessed and free.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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Stuff, stuff and my lack of stuff

Along with MinCamp (www.minimalistparenting.com), I’ve been praying about Project 333. I really want to do this. It is so freeing to me to only have a few items of clothing. Most significantly, my freedom does not seem to stem from fewer decisions to make, or to maximize my wardrobe, but it seems to stem from one thing…

I hate laundry.

Oh, to only have one load of laundry and all of my laundry would be done. I may even settle for one load of whites, one load of colors, and a load of towels.

Oh, to simplicity.

I think I will do it. I will start with the towels. How many towels does a person need anyway? Do I need a washcloth for every day of the week? Germaphobes need not answer this question. LOL

Off to assess my towel situation.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

8 Things I’ve Learned from a 4 year old

My husband and I have prayed for our children for five years. And, now God has answered our prayers.

He always does.

She came to us a few weeks ago, and I have learned probably more from her than she has learned from me.

Here are eight things that I’ve learned so far from our little princess. Enjoy 🙂

#1 Live for the moment

We hear this often, but do we ever do it? When she came to us, she had lived in many different homes over her short life. Yet, she doesn’t mention a one. It made me wonder, “Will our home be any different?” “Yes”, God said. “Because it will be the last one.”

 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. ~Matthew 6:34

#2 The little things do matter

The final hair bow. The pink socks that exactly match her little dress. These are the important things to her. Not because they are fashionable, but because they are the finishing touches.

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. ~ Luke 16:10

#3 It’s okay to be grumpy in the morning

It really is. We all feel that way, especially when we have to wake up way before our body really wants us to. It is okay to feel this way. It’s even okay to grunt a little. 😉 Just don’t yell at your loved ones or your cat. That’s all I ask.

 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” ~ Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV) Emphasis added.

#4 Sometimes you have to color outside the lines

Okay, I admit it. This kills me. She refuses to color inside the lines. I discovered this character flaw in me with the help of our daughter. (Don’t tell her. She may hold it against me when she is older.) I always thought myself a carefree, think outside the box, be different kind of person.

I’m evidently not.

And, not coloring inside the lines kills me. I’VE CONFORMED!!!!!!

Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

I shall now color my hair bright purple and get dreadlocks to break this horrible stifling.

Be bold. Be yourself. Be creative. Think outside the box. Be the person God created you to be — purple dreadlocks and all.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light… ~ 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)

#5 Pink cowboy boots go with everything

They do. They really do. I have no scriptural reference to back this up so you’ll just have to trust me.

#6 Kitties and puppies solve all the world’s problems

There a few sounds more joy-filled than our daughter yelling “KITTY!” and running to the closest feline. She seems so happy to see his little furry face and touch his coarse whiskers. Whether kitty reciprocates is another question entirely.

I don’t have a scriptural reference for this one either, but since God created them, they are good. Right?

Wait! Here’s one!

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. ~ Genesis 1:31

#7 Nothing beats a bubble bath at the end of a long day.

All I have to say is “bubble” and the squeal of laughter can be heard throughout the house. She takes the time to play in the bubbles, to pour warm soapy water over her head and giggle as the water runs down her face. It’s time for us to giggle.

Take time for it. You are worth it.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.~ Matthew 11:28 (NIV)

#8 When in doubt, go to the park.

My husband has a photo montage of our little girl at the park. She is running as fast as she can from the swings to the slide to the merry-go-round. She is so excited she can’t decide what to get on first. LOL It is so cute (yes, I am biased.) But, her immense happiness at just being there in the moment makes everything all right.

I guess these eight simple lessons all come down to one thing: Just living in the moment. Let’s do it. Let’s try it. Let’s just think about the now and not about tomorrow, or next week or even next year. Who knows if we will even be here. Our time may be up, or Jesus may show up. Either way, we have nothing to worry about. God says so.

13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. ~ James 4:13-16 (NIV)

Looking for pink cowboy boots online while I color outside the lines,

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Pressed down, shaken together and running over

“The secret of following God’s will – I discovered – usually is wrapped up in rejecting the good for God’s best.” K.P. Yohannan Revolution in World Missions.

I helped with vacation bible school at my church last week. Teaching children about Jesus is a joy. They see things and know things that we as adults must have forgotten a long the way. Like that Jesus’ word is the absolute truth because – well – He said so.

~At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2~He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3~And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4~Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5~And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:1-5 (NIV)

Last night we learned about sacrifice, and what true sacrifice is. We sang a new song about Jesus’ dying on the cross for us and what it meant. It was beautiful to see all these little hands pressed up toward heaven. God is good.

In a demonstration on sacrifice, two younger vbs-ers were each given one dollar. They were told that if one sacrificed their dollar to the other person, then the person with $2 could exchange it for $5. Quite a nice exchange rate if you ask me.

Neither child gave up their dollar.

They both figured it was better to have $1 than for someone else to have $5.

Awwwww, the joys of a giving heart.

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.” Luke 6:38 (NIV)

Little did they know, that if one had sacrificed his dollar for the other’s benefit, they both would have received $5 each!

I haven’t seen so much back peddling in my life. LOL

But, it was too late. The decision had been made.

Let’s look again at Luke 6:38:

Give, and it will be given to you. Remember when I said that God’s word is truth. Simple as that. He doesn’t just stop here. Jesus goes on to tell you exactly how much you will get for your giving. God doesn’t leave anything to chance, and He certainly doesn’t leave us confused and bewildered.

According to Jesus, what you give you will get back:

A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.

Poured into your lap! Imagine it! EVERYTHING you give will be given back to you good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, (and) will be poured into your lap!

Now, did Jesus ever mention the word money? Does he specifically say “Now, this is for your tithe only or when a missionary comes to church. Don’t worry about giving anything else.”

Ummmmmm, no.

So what if I give kindness? Joy? Light? Peace? And, if I give my bad attitude…well…

For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Ever meet those people who complain and complain about how miserable/awful/horrible their life is? Have you ever watched to see what they are giving out?

How willing are you to give?

Jesus also said,

40~And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41~If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42~Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.~ Matthew 5:40-42 (NIV)

I have to learn this, too. We were all born into sin. That is why we need Jesus. We were all born into selfishness, otherwise “no” and “mine” wouldn’t be every toddler’s favorite words.

When we accept Jesus into our hearts and devote our lives to His purpose, He changes us to make us more like Him. The Holy Spirit will show us right from wrong. We only have to listen. And, obey.

Heavenly Father, will you create in me a clean heart today, a giving heart that is straight from your Word. May you breathe into me new life to serve you, and may I walk in your path and your ways. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Praise Him,

-Chelle

My Prayer for You Today

I’m praying for all those reading this post today. May God bless you richly, and may He direct you on your path.

May you be blessed, joy-filled, peaceful and loved. May your path be outlined with Jesus as your guide. May you trust Him in all things and in all things know He is working on your behalf.

May you breathe today knowing that God has your back. May you take the time to just “be” knowing that everything will get done. It will. I promise.

May you feel the love of Christ surround you enveloping you in His goodness. May you believe ALL of His Word is true, especially the promises He has for you. Be free today. Love those who “don’t deserve” it. Love those who do.

But above all else take time to love yourself and see the person God created you to be. Today.

-Chelle

Sometimes I just need to chill out.

Blue Butterfly by BohoMike Productions ©2012

Sometimes I just need to chill out.

I took a week’s vacation from work. And, I stayed home.

It was wonderful.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”  Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

This week I chose to be still. I know that for me, to hear my Lord speaking His plans for me, I must be still.

I can’t watch TV. I can’t read a book. I must sit and be still and pray and listen. Listening be the most important part.

So often we pray and speak and pray and speak and demand and pray some more.

Do you take the time to listen for a response?

I’ve heard it equated to a phone call that goes something like this:

Hello, God speaking. How may I assist you today?

Well, my job is crap. My car needs a new transmission. I just got in a fight with my husband/wife/sister/brother/friend. Please make life better. Thanks! Amen!

*insert dial tone here*

When we don’t allow God a chance to speak to us, how do we expect a situation to be any different? Like God is a fairy godmother who waves is pretty purple wand and POOF! all is well with the world.

You know fairy godmothers don’t exist, right? Neither does the tooth fairy, but that’s a different post. 😉

However, our God DOES exists! He created the heavens and the earth. His works are evident every day of my life. He has plans for me, if only I sit still long enough to listen.

This week was amazing. I stopped and listened. And, My Father spoke. Boy did He speak. He assigned me some projects. Confirmed some things. Made a way for me. He is good.

The Lord says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” Like anyone we truly know, we have to take time to get to know them. He wants to know you. Please let Him. He is so good. He will bless you for it.

Have a blessed and joy-filled night.

Sitting still.

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

Blue Butterfly courtesy of BohoMike Productions ©2012. Visit BohoMike online at www.bohomike.photoswarm.com.

Simple Truths

Right now I am reading Freedom of Simplicity by Richard J. Foster. He writes of the struggle between man, our flesh and the simplicity of living in Christ. One sentence on page 13 was so beautifully written — and so summed up my struggles with simplicity — that I wanted to share it with you.

“At times simplicity seems as elusive as humility; the moment we think we have it we have lost it.”

Have a blessed and joy-filled day, my friends.

-Bohemian Christian Chelle

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