Realizing we need less than we have ever imagined. Taking walks instead of turning on a movie. Purging possessions down to necessities. Storing food under the bed or the outdoor closet.
Last week I found Season 1 of The Little House on the Prairie at a consignment shop for $7! (SCORE! And, yes, it's not a necessity.) We have been enjoying an episode or two here and there as we have time. We love the solid Biblical themes, the wonderful picture of marriage and the overall simplicity of the Ingalls family.
We look at the lifestyle of the Ingalls family and somehow, as funny as it might sound, want to be like them. They only had what they needed. When they had excess, like a special toy or dress, it was treasured and treated with honor. Their home was always tidy because there was not junk everywhere. They valued people and relationships more than possessions.
I know it sounds silly. (It sounds even more silly when I think about typing this on my computer.)
So, these are some lessons from our little cabin:
1- Be content with what you have. 1 Timothy 6
2- Be thankful for what you have. Colossians 3
3- Have less so you can give more. 2 Corinthians 9
What are you doing to simplify your life?