Dear Cheryl at Homespun Devotions has written
a wonderful book entitled Biblical Minimalism.
She shares the inspiring story of
how she learned to let go of much of the
excess in life that had taken hold of her heart,
and to replace those things with a closer and
richer walk with Jesus.
It wasn't an easy step to take.
Life brought a series of circumstances
that catapulted Cheryl and her family to
examine, and eventually leave behind,
a life that had become too focused on gathering
things and not as focused on the freedom she
was longing for spiritually and emotionally.
As she began the journey of lightening
the load of material possessions,
the Lord began to set her free
in many other areas that were
keeping her from experiencing full
freedom and rest within her heart and home.
Her writings are so timely in our world today.
Many are experiencing some of the same situations
Cheryl and her family had to journey through.
As Cheryl followed Jesus from
"a life of abundance to a more abundant life"
she gathered life changing spiritual lessons
to share with her readers.
She helps us examine why we feel
a need to have so much, and do we
actually own our things or have they
begun to own us?
She writes that,
"For many years, my family and I
struggled with overloaded schedules,
and being enslaved to our 4 bedroom,
3 bath home and excess physical possessions.
The things we thought we "owned"really owned us.
Living in bondage to them rendered us
physically ill, mentally exhausted,
and existing from day to day in an
underlying state of misery"
Cheryl helps us to examine our hearts
to see if we have turned anything in
life into an idol that is of more
significance and value to us
than the Lord Himself might be.
And it's not just possessions
that can become idols that rob
our relationship with Christ
and rob our hearts of rest and peace.
She brings us face to face with schedules
that rob our family of needed attention and
keep us from intimate fellowship with the Lord.
Her section on examining
our inner circle and learning
who actually needs access into
our personal lives and homes was
The book is full of godly
admonition and uplifting encouragement.
We need such encouragement today.
Any true follower of Christ knows the
feeling of swimming upstream and on their own.
There is scarce encouragement today
to live differently from the crowd and
it can be difficult to sail off alone
without some words of blessing.
Cheryl has given us such encouragement
in her Biblical Minimalism book.
I felt encouraged in my own journey
and path of living a life of less things
and seeking the fullness that comes
from placing Christ first above the
things of the earth.
If you hear that call in your own heart
I suggest you look into the book
Cheryl has written to encourage yourself
on this journey to serving only one Master,
and finding Him your
full and sufficient Portion.