There’s a quote I’ve loved for quite some time now.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
-Leonardo da Vinci
It’s a beautiful thing to let go. It’s almost like there’s an art of letting go. Letting go of trying to control or being controlled. Letting go of perfectionism. Letting go of fears and worries. It’s a beautiful thing to accept. To be content. It is so freeing.
There are so many ways, and in so much of our life, that we can simplify. Sometimes, the things we let go try to creep back into our lives. I know they do in my life. But what’s nice is that once you know how it feels to be free, it’s easy to remind yourself and brush it off. And honestly it’s a constant work in progress. It has to be a conscious effort until it becomes second nature.
This morning was such an invigorating one! I got to sleep in that extra hour while Peter took Jemma when she got up. And then when I came down Peter made us an omelet and some pour over coffee and afterwards he read Psalm 19.
What an amazing Psalm! If you ever wonder about those people in the world that have never heard of Jesus, this Psalm attests to how even nature speaks of God. Charles Spurgeon, in his commentary says, “Sun, moon, and stars are God’s traveling preachers…” That even without audible words, “…the heavens speak by their significant actions and operations.”
I read the beginning of his commentary on this psalm and it is very beautiful and poetic. I love how he says,
No man living beneath the copes of heaven dwells beyond the bounds of the diocese of God’s Court-preachers; it is easy to escape from the light of ministers, who are as stars in the right hand of the Son of Man; but even then men, with a conscience yet unseared, will find a Nathan to accuse them, a Jonah to warn them, and an Elijah to threaten them in the silent stars of night.”
-Charles H. Spurgeon
The whole psalm is wonderful especially when explained!
Psalm 19 NIV
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is pure,
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.
10 They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
innocent of great transgression.
14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.
After breakfast we took Jemma out for a walk. I love taking walks as a whole family. We walk and talk. And Peter has so many interesting facts to share that I’m always surprised how he remembers them all.
How have I simplified my life? To give a few silly examples, I don’t have the Facebook app on my phone and I hardly ever use it. (even though that’s a whole different subject.) I don’t get notifications from any of my social media. I’ve decided to wear the same dress to all the weddings this year. Or at least wear what I have. Because who will ever talk or care about what I wore to a wedding, now or ten years down the road?! Like I said, just a few silly ones;)
I choose to be present. So if my daughter is awake or my husband is speaking to me, I’m not going through my phone. Simple as that.
What I’m looking forward to:
- making cold brew coffee!
- our trips!
- candlelit evenings out on our back patio!
- cleaning out and purging our clothes that have not been worn in awhile nor will be worn again!
Tonight is packing, packing, packing. So on to the rest of our day…