10. Strategize and Simplify.
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While working to release things, I discovered that reducing clutter is connected to simplifying my life. I even wrote about that process. While there are many methodologies for cutting back, for me it all boils down to a few questions and prayerful strategies.
1) Do I have more than one of these, and if so, why?If I didn’t need more than one, I asked the Lord what to do with the excess. (There was a lot of excess!)
2) Does someone need this more than I do? I asked God to show me people with genuine needs—whether a personal acquaintance, organization, or charity. In one case, the Lord directed me to sell a large item and donate the money instead.
3) Is this hindering or distracting me in any way—and if so, why am I keeping it? I prayed God would help me release anything that stood in the way of holy living—especially things that had become idols in my life.
4) Does this thing have an assigned “home”? In a practical sense, I wanted to be sure everything had a “home” so I could return things to their proper place, contributing to a sense of calm and contentment. I could then eliminate what no longer needed to occupy valuable space in my home.
The steps to finding more contentment begin with the heart. We filter our thinking process through the Word of God, and then reach out to change our habits. Ultimately, we simplify our lives inviting more peace, contentment and freedom.
Dawn Wilson and her husband Bob live in Southern California. They have two married sons and three granddaughters. Dawn assists author and radio host Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth with research and works with various departments at Revive Our Hearts. She is the founder and director of Heart Choices Today, publishes Upgrade with Dawn, and writes for Crosswalk.com. Dawn also travels with her husband in ministry with Pacesetter Global Outreach.
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