Living a Simplified Life…

A simple life is good with me. I don’t need a whole lot. For me, a T-shirt, a pair of shorts, barefoot on a beach and I’m happy. Yanni

Meditation: For the past five days my husband, our 15 year old daughters and I spent our vacation time close to the beach at St. Simon’s. We brought most of our food with us and took just minimal clothing. We packed two boogie boards for the girls to glide head first on the waves and four good books. Our motto as family was: “walk the beach”-“read”-“boogie board”-“eat”-“sleep”- repeat!… My husband and I felt that this time was a foretaste of how retirement might be like, while the girls reconnected with nature as they tried to ride the waves. They laughed a lot while getting a deserved break from social media and from stress over homework. As a family we had wonderfully healing days of living a simplified life. And yet, these were days of abundance. Now that we are re-entering our daily routine, how can we individually and as a family hold onto such simpler lifestyle and with that maintain a deeper sense of gratitude and abundance?

Prayer: Abundant God, thank you for nature and for time away from our daily stressors. Thank you for the warm sand, the extra hours of sleep, the fresh and abundant fruit and the time of laughing together and of listening to each other. You simplify our life so we are being pulled closer to you, closer to each other and reminded of what makes us truly content. Amen

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 1 Timothy 6:6-8