Let’s Lighten it up a Bit.

Our family is on a mission.

We are trying to get rid of EVERYTHING we don’t need or use. While it’s a daunting task, we are excited about making it a fun thing. So, we decided to make a pit stop at our local Goodwill after church on Sunday every week.

Guys- I think I’ve lost my husband. Since beginning this journey, he has been on a whole new level of crazy. I literally had to pull a really cute shower curtain out of the trunk today. It’s my only back up and I rotate between it and our other shower curtain for laundry purposes. Apparently, he doesn’t think it’s necessary, or cute- because there it was, in the donate bin about to be driven to a new destination and sold for 50 cents. What the heck, dude? Someone help me.

Whenever I come home, something is missing. The other day, he went through our tupperware…. don’t men out there understand that tupperware is off limits?! I mean come on!? He gets so excited when I ask him if we should give something away and he rarely says no. In fact, I don’t think he has denied to donate anything I’ve brought to him.

“Hey honey- what do you think about this, our wedding album? I mean we rarely look at it- should we give it away…?” “Or what about Jordan or Hannah? Do we really need two children?”

I kid, I kid.

It’s been fun purging and clearing up space. It feels SO good to get rid of random things. I love it when things feel organized, like so many of us do. And since we’ve started purging, it’s forced us to organize and clean up the spaces we purge. Even though Jacob crossed the line with the tupperware, they are rather nicely stacked at the moment. He’s an excellent tupperware stacker. I’ll give him that.

Purging has also forced us to evaluate our possessions and the purpose in which we have them all. We don’t want to just purge just to buy more. We want to purge to actually open space to keep it open. Looking back at all the items we’ve donated, I honestly don’t miss a single one. I literally don’t think about any of it. But it was here. Taking up space, requiring maintenance, collecting dust. It’s draining to own so much stuff!

Our 2019 Family Mission is:

“Store up your Treasure in Heaven.”

Our goal? To take the Bible seriously and apply more intentionally the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 6. In the last 8 years we have moved 6 times. That makes me want to cry. Moving is SO HARD, y’all. If you’re in the process of moving, here is a post called, “Movin’ Aint Easy Mama.” It could be the encouragement you need. When we moved from Florida to Massachusetts 8 years ago we had almost completely different things.That means, 8 years ago we had entirely different furniture, kitchen ware, clothing… you name it- most of our every day things were different than what we have today. This has really got me thinking. Why have we been replacing things? Well, over time things break and get worn. They get outdated or out of style… nothing material lasts forever. So WHY do I let these temporal things have such an impact on me? This is the personal question I’ll be meditating on and asking the Lord to speak to me over the next year surrounding the area of materials.

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
— Matthew 6:19-21

The Lord is already revealing so much through these verses.

I don’t want to be a woman that is constantly driven by materials. I want to have less, so that I am less distracted. I want to give more away to others then I give to myself. I want the grip of consumerism to be loosened and broken off. I want to explore new and more efficient and humble ways to approach life. Jesus is my treasure and I want my heart to always be with him.

How do we approach this mission? What does it look like to practically store up treasure in Heaven?

To start we are implementing strict budgets so that we can grow in self discipline; we want to learn to give out of “discomfort” for the sake of deeper revelation of God’s infinite ability to bring us contentment and peace. We will make measurable goals each month and will share them with you. Here are some practical things we are considering:

  • A Capsule Wardrobe

  • Increasing our tithe & decreasing our “entertainment/extras” budget

  • Fasting from shopping- this will be a tough one…. I love Amazon.

  • Fasting from restaurants

  • Sticking to a grocery budget

  • Donating one thing (I LIKE) every day for an entire month.

  • One in/One out without compromise.

  • Podcast interviews with friends that excel in minimalism and organization. (Anna, if you’re reading this- I can’t wait to spend time with you!)

So here we are in a brand new year, with so much hope and potential. Part of the way we can achieve a more joyful home is by being careful in what we allow in it. I want the walls and shelves and corners of our home to be seasoned with God’s presence, not just a bunch of stuff. I want to lighten up a bit in every room of our house. We will share our journey with you in hopes to encourage you, share what works, and maybe just maybe you’ll find ways to make your home more joyful! It’s a JOY to share where we are as a family in the area of “things.” I’m excited to grow and learn and gain insight and FREEDOM as we pursue this mission. If you’re struggling with materialism or just want to break free from materialism, join us on some of our monthly goals!

Cheers to a lighter 2019!

Shelly Jata