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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

Friday, July 3, 2020

Sharing Today at "Becoming Minimalist"

"And He said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth."
Luke 12:15

Today, I am SO grateful to Joshua Becker for allowing me to share my heart at his amazing blog, "Becoming Minimalist."  I have been following Joshua for years, and he has been a huge inspiration to my family and me on our minimizing journey.  Joshua was the first person I wanted to interview back in 2015 when God began to lead me to start the "Inner Views" segment of this blog.  I thoroughly enjoyed our telephone conversation, and you can read my interview with Joshua by clicking HERE.

My family and I are finding a deep and meaningful sense of purpose in the "nothingness" God has led us to carve out in our lives.  Our passionate pursuit echoes the cry of John the Baptist's heart in John 3:30, "He must increase, but I must decrease."

A closer walk with Jesus is the driving force behind our letting go of so much of this world's goods, and it is the thrust of our new book, 

(You can order your own copy of our book HERE!)

"I stood in our son, Zach’s room, staring at his cleaned-out, nearly empty closet. 

“The only thing that will be on the floor will be my laundry basket, Mama!” His words were spoken with such pride and excitement, and in that moment, it hit me how grateful I am not only for our minimizing journey but for the timing of it."  

To read the rest of my latest article, "Finding Substance in Nothing," click HERE!


  1. Hi Sweet Friend, So happy that the Lord is blessing you with many opportunities to share your story with others, not only through your book, but through opportunities such as these on other blogs.

    The Lord is receiving much glory through you and your family's obedience.

    Sending you much love,

    1. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement, sweet friend! You are such a blessing to me. Sending much love back to you today!

  2. Wonderful article Cheryl! I've been reading his blog for some time. So great to see you over there. My husband and I did some more decluttering this weekend. Every time we do this it feels good, but we still have a ways to go!

    1. Oh, that is wonderful that you were able to do more decluttering! I am so excited for you. Joshua has been such a blessing to my family and me. God bless you in your continued endeavors to let go, my friend!

  3. I found you through Joshua Becker's site. Great thoughts. We have 6 kids and save clothing from child to child, as well as homeschool. Minimalism obviously looks different for us with 8 people in a 2200sf home, but my children have also embraced and enjoy the idea of "space." I also think it's interesting that each of my very neat, organized children share a room with a sibling who is more comfortable in clutter and sentimental possessions. They're all learning to be kind and to compromise... Preparing them one day to live kindly with a family of their own. ;) Incidentally, my husband tends toward hoarding possessions for sentimental reasons, and my gentle persistence (and our growing family) has given him permission to release a lot. I've come to realize it's a journey, not a destination! 😊

    1. So nice to "meet" you today! I loved hearing about your story and so thankful you shared! We homeschooled for 13 years, and it was such an incredible blessing in our lives. We finished last year when our son graduated. I miss it very much. It was a very special time. Enjoy your moments with your little ones - they grow up way too fast. God bless you on your continued minimizing adventure - yes, it surely is a journey that will go on for all of our days on earth.

  4. It was so fun to read you at Joshua's, friend!

  5. I have followed Joshua's blog almost since his beginning. And I heard him speak at a church in Phoenix several years ago. He is a great speaker and man of God.


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