Present Over Perfect – Day 35

Today is day 35 and our reading begins on page 180, Simplicity.

If you’ve read my blog any at all over the past two years, you know this theme is one God has been pounding on the door of my soul.


I’m naturally one that doesn’t like to part with things. And over 13 years of marriage, 3 kids and a house that holds a LOT OF STUFF – we’re overwhelmed.

I’m overwhelmed.

We’ve made progress, yes.

But, friends – there is still SOO much.

I’m able to give more focused attention on the higher-stakes decisions in my life – the ones about parenting, marriage, friendship – when I don’t have to think hard about what to wear or how to manage all my stuff.

I want this.

I feel as though God has stirred something within me and this is the place where He is waiting on me to make the next move. I feel as though I can’t move forward in whatever ministry or dream He’s given until this is given over to Him and I let go.

I’m reminded of these verses from Jesus:

Luke 16:10-13The Message (MSG)

God Sees Behind Appearances

10-13 Jesus went on to make these comments:

If you’re honest in small things,
    you’ll be honest in big things;
If you’re a crook in small things,
    you’ll be a crook in big things.
If you’re not honest in small jobs,
    who will put you in charge of the store?
No worker can serve two bosses:
    He’ll either hate the first and love the second
Or adore the first and despise the second.
    You can’t serve both God and the Bank.

You can’t hold onto all your stuff Starr – and expect to move onto the next dream. Trust God in the process of letting go.

That’s me preaching to myself.


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One thought on “Present Over Perfect – Day 35

  1. I can relate to this chapter more than any other. I am struggling with so much stuff and it is taking me longer to go through it than I would like. We have lived in this house longer than anytime and anywhere in my life. The good thing about moving is that you generally clean out and purge to fit the new house. The problem is this house is the largest we’ve had, holds more stuff and we inherited so much from Glennie the Great! As Shauna mentioned, I really think differently when making purchases – especially when it comes to the size! My first thought is “where will I put this? “. I would love to move toward gifts of experiences, trips or even someone giving me a gift of time to help me with something I can’t do for myself. I’m making progress in this area but much too slowly. Another challenge is motivating the other two who live in this house with me! First, I will get my stuff in order and then I will work on them! I often pray to God to motivate them to clean out – I should be praying more often for God to give me creative ways to make time to clean out! Pretty soon I will be too old to do it or too old to care! I don’t want anyone to have to sift through my stuff when I’m gone!

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