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Minimalism from a Biblical Point of View —

Biblical Minimalism© is "a complete, whole-person release of anything unlike Jesus, a letting go of everything that hinders us from following Him wholeheartedly and single-mindedly, and a relinquishing of all that brings us under bondage to this earthly, very temporary life." Cheryl E. Smith

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Hi, I'm Cheryl!  So happy to meet you!  I can't thank you enough for stopping here to read what God lays upon my heart.  It is my goal to encourage you in your walk with Jesus and to inspire you to let go of this world for the sake of a higher call.  It is His call that I hope you hear.  So compelling, so intense, so far above anything this world has to offer.  It is the call His disciples heard as they went about a normal, ordinary day, fishing.  It is a call they could not refuse.  A call that caused them to drop everything they had and walk away from life as they knew it, without a backward glance.

Can you hear it?  Are you listening?

Biblical Minimalism© is not just about having fewer material possessions, sparse décor, or a specific number of outfits. It is a complete, whole-person release of anything unlike Jesus, a letting go of everything that hinders us from following Him wholeheartedly and single-mindedly, and a relinquishing of all that brings us under bondage to this earthly, very temporary, life.

Is there anything greater or nobler than laying it all down to follow Christ?

For years, my family and I struggled with overloaded schedules, overwhelming debt, and being far too enslaved to our 4 bedroom, 3 bath home and excess physical possessions.  The things we thought we "owned", really owned us, and living in bondage to them rendered us physically ill, mentally exhausted, and existing from day to day in an underlying state of misery.  Through a sobering wake-up call, God made it clear that life-changes must be made, and what followed was a minimizing journey filled with physical and emotional sacrifice, but abundant with spiritual reward.  He has led and continues to lead us from a life of abundance to a more abundant life.

After living in extreme bondage to debt for many years, through God's miraculous guidance, we are now 100% debt-free.  We sold our home, have released about 90% of our physical possessions, cleared our lives of what conflicted with His plans for us, and we stand ready and free to follow His call, wherever He leads.

I say all of this with a heart that is humbled before Him taking NO credit or glory for any of the miraculous deliverance He has wrought in our lives.  ALL glory to Jesus for loving us enough to call us out to "waters to swim in."  (Ezekiel 47:5)

I love to spend time with my husband and son in the mountains, sing and play Bluegrass music, and write.

4 comments:

  1. Intense! Just like Jesus himself!

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    1. I am very humbled by your precious, encouraging words, my friend. God bless you always!

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  2. I am enjoying your sidebar writings. For a few years, I/we have been trying to recover from debilitating debt, due to terrible financial trauma. We are on our way! As we have raised our family, and more recently have also tried to help our parents through many life changes, I have become convinced that I can do more with less. I am on a journey to set a new example of a life free of physical and emotional clutter. Thanks for the ongoing inspiration.

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    1. It was so nice to get your kind comment and hear about your story! I am so thankful for your support and encouragement, and I pray that God will continue to bless and guide you on your journey. You are doing an amazing job! Thank you so much for faithfully following along. :)

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