The 5 Things You Should Do First to Bless and Simplify Your Life

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The first week in August is Simplify Your Life Week. Are you ready to set some new routines and enjoy more peace? Check out these tips... #SimplifyYourLife #Blessings #NewRoutine #BetterLife

The first week in August is Simplify Your Life Week.

Do you dread the start of school and all the extra activities that go with it? This week is the perfect time to stop and assess your family’s priorities, schedule, and responsibilities.

It’s time to evaluate your must-dos, need-to dos, and want-to dos.

Before the busyness and craziness have the opportunity to overwhelm you, let’s look at the best way to start the process of simplifying your life so you can enjoy it more.

5 Things You Can Do to
Bless and Simplify Your Life

1. Accept that You Can’t Do It All!

I’ve struggled with a desire to please people most of my life. Now it’s a good thing to want to make other people happy. But the truth is, it’s impossible to be and do everything for everybody. God equipped you and me for this specific time and this place to accomplish His plans and purposes. That’s it! We weren’t created to do it all for everyone!

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago.

Ephesians 2:10

2. Pray – Ask God to Guide the Simplification Process

I believe God wants us to live with wisdom and experience His peace. I don’t have either one without His Spirit’s help and guidance. If we truly believe that He has established plans and purposes for us then it’s important to trust that He will guide us and help us accomplish them when we SEEK His will.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6–7

3. Make a List of Must-Dos, Have-To-Dos, and Want-To-Dos . . . Focus on What’s Most Important

Grab a blank piece of paper and make three columns. Must-dos are non-optional responsibilities, appointments, and events (school, work, doctor visits, etc.). Have-to-dos are tasks, errands, and activities that are done weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly. And want-to-dos are the things you and your family do for pleasure each week.

Remember Jesus said that what’s most important is our love for God and love for people.

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” ~ Stephen Covey

4. Make a List of the Areas Where You Can Ask for Help

I’m not very good at asking for help. Just ask Rev. I have a tendency to believe that I’m able to do more than I can. But I’m learning that asking for help when I need is the wise thing to do. And when you and I deny the people around us the opportunity to help, we may be blocking the very thing God had purposed for them that day. So stay aware of your limitations and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Physical. Mental. Emotional. Spiritual. Whatever the reason, ask for help.

Don’t be shy about asking for help. It doesn’t mean you’re weak; it only means you’re wise.

O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.

Psalm 86:5

5. Write White Space Into Your Day.

Start small if you must, but block out two or three 15-30 minute blocks of time to do nothing. Plan to use the time to pray, read, walk outside, rest, etc.

Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.

Mark 6:31
The first week in August is Simplify Your Life Week. Are you ready to set some new routines and enjoy more peace? Check out these tips... #SimplifyYourLife #Blessings #NewRoutine #BetterLife

Let’s pause to pray together and ask for God’s help and guidance as we simplify our lives for His glory.

A Prayer to Simplify Your Life
with Wisdom

Father, You created order in this world. Your Word says that for six days “evening passed and morning came” and You created. And You “looked over all [You] had made, and [You] saw that it was very good!” (Genesis 1:31) Then it says “God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy because it was the day when He rested from all His work of creation.” (Genesis 2:2) You are God, always aware, always involved, always active . . . we’re not and You want us to take a day each week to rest and intentionally connect with You.

We need the blessing of rest so we are able to serve You well and accomplish the plans and purposes You have for us.

Father, please forgive me for believing I can do it all. Forgive me for failing to ask for help when I need it. Forgive me for failing to get the rest I need and that You want for me.

Please guide me and show me the best path for me. Help me identify my strengths and weaknesses and admit that I am not created to do everything. Please give me the patience I need as I simplify my life and please give my family patience as we figure this out together. I give myself to You. Please help manage my time in a way that will give You glory. Amen.

The first week in August is Simplify Your Life Week. Are you ready to set some new routines and enjoy more peace? Check out these tips... #SimplifyYourLife #Blessings #NewRoutine #BetterLife

One more thing that will help you start the simplification process…

Write a Personal Mission Statement  

Writing a Personal Mission Statement will help to give you a clear and intentional sense of the things that are most important to you. It will help you determine your values and goals, and define who you are and how you will live.

The most effective way I know to begin with the end in mind is to develop a personal mission statement or philosophy or creed. It focused on what you want to be (character) and to do (contributions and achievements) and on the values or principles upon which being and doing are based.” ~ Stephen Covey

May God bless you this week as you simplify your life and celebrate God’s grace, mercy, and love.

Thank you so much for joining me today.

And a thank you to BibleGateway.com for sources.

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15 Comments

  1. Kathy Francescon says:

    Happy Monday Deb!! And bless you for all the pointers to simplify my life! I have been working on that for awhile now…one step forward, two steps back! I do need God to give me patience and help me to realize I wasn’t created to do everything! I am guilty of trying to do just that sometimes! With God’s grace and these wonderful tips from you, there may be hope for me yet! Prioritize and simplify! Putting God first and follow His lead and will for everything else! Bless you, Deb! You have put a smile on my face and hope in my heart!!

    1. Dear Kathy, you’re not alone in this struggle. Not that I also have a strong streek of “I can do it all” (which in truthful translation means INDEPENDENCE), but it also increased my slumbering pride. The Lord had to teach me a very painful, humbling experience to show that no, I can’t do nothing unless He’s with me, and doing it through me. After all, He gave the skills, knowledge, capability to carry out my work, and hobbies.
      It’s been a focus point of my prayers to ask for simpleness. Especially since I have a neck to over complicate and analyze everything 😭
      As Jesus said – be like a child. With that simple Trust, Belief that the Father always looking out for the child, shaping its character, teaching the way to live. I want to be again that child, who has that kind of blind Trust in the Heavenly Father to teach me of His will, show me the way, guidee along, have the answer when I’m lost, and protect me when I’m scared. Who encourages me, gives me hope and Whom I can love with all my heart. Just be simple as a child…..no worries about the present, or future as I know that my Father takes care of it and He will show me what to do.
      Am I there? Absolutely not but my heart longs to be there. Longs for that intimate closeness. Continue on the path, straighten the shoulders and keep up the fight of faith. I just watched again for the 100th time the Pilgrim’s Progress and one sentence grabbed my heart – “the King brings us closer by each step to free us from our sins and gift us with a new life”. By Each Step….step by step as a baby learns to walk ❤️

      1. I love that, Gaby! Be child-like. I work on that every day. Thanks for adding this to the conversation. Blessings!

    2. I share the struggle, Kathy! My prayer lately is to focus my attention on loving the Lord and the people He has placed around me. The rest I just want wisdom to balance well. Thanks again, for your kind encouragement. Big blessings!

  2. I had no idea the first week in August is Simplify Your Life Week. I love your list, and I plan to work through the steps. Sharing everywhere!

    1. Thanks much, Maree! You are always a blessing! God be with you and bless you with everything you need.

  3. This is a great reminder as we are living through these difficult times to be intentional to simplify our lives.

    1. Thanks so much, Felicia! I’m always blessed by your kind encouragement. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Thank you for these simple reminders! We truly must allow God to lead.

    1. Amen, Casandra! Praying for His guidance today to focus on the important eternal and then to simply trust and follow His will as He leads. Blessings!

  5. The simpler we can make our lives, the better. Praying that God will help us all do just that.
    Blessings, Deb!

    1. Amen, Martha! Praying to focus on what is important and lasting and let the rest go. Have a wonderful week!

      1. Christ Peace Be with you 🙏 thank you for the beautiful article how to live a simple life with peace n joy. Much obliged it’s really helped me to do reflect on myself . Thank you n have a blissful day.

        1. Thank you so much for letting me know you were blessed and encouraged, Marina. Asking the Lord to bless you and give you His perfect peace.

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