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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.

10 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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    2. We share much in common! I cleared out 3 truckloads of "stuff" along with 117 garbage bags of give away, Goodwill and trash. The biggest lesson I've learned is that by getting rid of the clutter I have more room for what's really important! This same theory applies exponentially to our Spiritual lives as well!


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    3. You are so right, Roger! Wow, that is a HUGE accomplishment! I wish I had kept a running total of the number of items/bags/boxes we have let go. It sounds like you have been on an amazing journey, and it is so wonderful to hear your story. May the Lord continue to bless you. It was such an encouragement to hear from you today! Have a very Merry Christmas!

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  3. Cheryl,
    I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that you have a blessed 2019. I'm very excited about goals, not resolutions, I am setting for myself in the new year.
    I read your post, "What A Hurricane and Two French Doors Taught Me About Minimalism" on No Sidebar and did not realize we had that in common! I also had a post called "Balance" dealing with what you learn when faced with a natural disaster and have to leave your "stuff" behind. I am excited to start writing again. After I start to clear out the "stuff" that snuck in during the holidays! Looking forward to reading more of your inspiring posts.

    Be well,

    Lori

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    1. Thank you so much for your sweet visit and kind words, Lori! It was so nice to hear from you! I loved your story about what you went through in the hurricane. It was very inspirational and such a blessing. God is so faithful to care for His children, and the sharing of our testimonies is so important and encouraging. May He continue to bless you in the new year!

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  4. I read two articles from sidebar emails that completely connected with me, especially on a spiritual level. Then I determined they were written by the same person...you! I told my husband that this writer could be a very dear friend. So, I sent the article about a “Little House on the Prairie kind of life to my two sons and daughter-in-laws who are raising their babies and and somewhat caught up in the myth of materialism and, unfortunately, relative secularism. I pray for them constantly. I have a recommendation of an excellent book about our noisy world that I think you would appreciate. I’ll preface it by saying I am a devout Catholic and the book is written by Cardinal Robert Sarah. It’s called, “The Power of Silence Against the Dictatorship of Noise. Your blog about noise made me think to send this to you. Please keep writing and sharing your thoughts and insights. It is affirming and uplifting to find other like souls. God bless you and your family!
    Judith

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    1. Oh, wow, Judith! Your comment touched my heart so deeply! I am SO thankful to know my writing connects with you, and how neat it was that you were able to identify the two articles as being written by the same person - me! It is so wonderful that you pray for your sons and daughter-in-laws. I think that is the most powerful thing we can do for anyone, and also, by our own example lead. I would LOVE to read the book you mentioned. I will definitely try to find it and read it. It sounds like Cardinal Sarah is surely of like mind, and I would greatly benefit from his words. I cannot even begin to tell you how much your comment meant to me today. It just lifted my spirits like you wouldn't believe, and I know God laid it on your heart to write and share. I needed this so much! May the Lord richly bless you and your family, also, and please do keep in touch!

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