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1 Rule to Simplifying Your Life
by Wendy Okkema
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It is imperative in today's society that we begin to simplify our lives. I have done this for myself and my family and our happiness as a family and as individuals has truly soared.

Psalm 46(10) states, “Be still and know that I am God.”

Those few words, which are only part of Psalm 46 vs 10 speak such volume to me. Our lives have become so busy, it can be very difficult to be still & know that He is God.

When I think of my childhood, I remember my mother being home and if she wasn’t home when I arrived from school, I knew just where to find her, at the neighbors. And that’s where I would go and tell them both about my dat at school. I remember waking up and my mom being up, often times having oatmeal or cream of wheat ready for me on a cold winter morning, or just cleaning the kitchen while I got my own breakfast but just being in the room with me, so we could talk. We had time to talk. Those very special memories have shaped me into the woman I am today, certainly the mom I’ve become.

For many years, I was dissatisfied with being a stay at home mom. I grew up with a stay at home mom, baking cookies, canning. I wanted to do all that for my kids.. I also fell into the trap of feeling guilty because I wasn’t working outside of the home. Things seem to be changing a little now, but 17 years ago, when you were out and the question, “where do you work” was asked, most people got really quiet when I said I was a stay at home mom. After all, what else was there to talk about? It wasn’t the most interesting job in the world, I could never get into discussing ro gossiping about my boss or the other people I worked with.

All in all, I just didn’t feel good about being a mom who cleaned, canned, bakes, and went to the park with my kids. This really did affect my behavior with my children, really, with my overall happiness. I wanted more, I went back to school, but it didn’t do it for me. My brain, my heart, it still didn’t seem like I was doing enough. My brain certainly wasn’t still and I wasn’t relying on God for happiness as I should.

A few years ago I had what I call a light bulb moment. I realized that when God says, “be still and know that I am God, when we do this He will release us from many things. Let me say it released me of many things.

First & foremost, it released me from feeling useless. You see, I had always thought other women are running around like crazy, working full-time, doing laundry, running the kids here & there, why shouldn’t I? Well, because then I wouldn’t have that time, that blessing in being able to enjoy just being with my kids at the park, or enjoy preparing homemade jams, sauce, etc for my family. I couldn’t just sit and enjoy the running water in my pond or the sunshine beating down on my ace, or more importantly, my quiet time with God, which in turn my friends really does carry on throughout the day.

To sum it up, it released me from guilt in many situations. Because when you are still, you are able to see Gods blessings & take the time to appreciate them. God also supplies us with clarity in the decisions we need to make. Being still allows you to see that as well.

So please let me be clear that I am in no way saying that all of us should be a stay at home mom, what I am saying is that you need to seek Gods clarity in the decisions you need to make for you family and you will be more than be content in them, you will excel in them.

Try it, be still & reap the blessings.

To find out more about Wendy and how her one on one coaching can help you, please visit http://byakshealthylifestyles.runboard.com/ or e-mail Wendy directly at Ryakattack@aol.com

Expertise in fitness, nutrition, marriage, pms, family issues, Christian coaching, de-cluttering home & life.

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