Bare is Best – Guest Post

I am so thrilled to have my She Speaks sister, Tracy Steel, guest posting here today. I ask that you show her some love and leave a comment.

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My marriage is anything but dull. In January, I will be celebrating five years of wedded bliss with my handsome Air Force pilot, Chad. By our anniversary, we will have moved three times and birthed two babies. As I said, it is never dull.

Okay, make that four moves now…

On October 1st my husband was told to temporarily report to another base for five months of training. On October 2nd we packed our cars and drove across country to our latest “temporary” home.

I wish you could have seen me pack for our five month adventure. It was like I was the Bionic Woman on Red Bull. I had the following packed within six hours:

  • clothes
  • toiletries
  • Halloween costumes
  • Christmas gifts that I purchased way too early and so now have to pack (oops)
  • toys/DVDs/educational workbooks/art supplies
  • hangers
  • the Keurig
  • the Tivo
  • crockpot
  • stapler
  • duct tape
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • can opener
  • Clorox wipes
  • tin foil
  • cooking spices
  • and the family jewels

These are the necessities we all need for survival, yes? A bionic woman understands that everything else can be purchased at her destination’s Walmart…

Less IS more

As our hearts settle and embrace our new surroundings, I am learning that less really is more. I’ll be honest, the first time I entered our furnished apartment, my stomach dropped. I surveyed our home and thought it was so… bare.

However, now I consider “bare” to be a blessing.  

Bare is best for a soul that needs rest.

Bionic women need rest

Staying at home with two children under five is hard work! Sometimes I forget what day or month it is. Thoughts such as “did I shower, is the diaper bag restocked, where are my sunglasses, and is that a booger on the wall again?” run through my mind in the course of about five seconds. This young mama is tired.

Yet, I enjoy teaching and playing with my children, and I desire to serve my husband by keeping everything on the home front under control.

Bare is allowing me to achieve both.

Our furnished apartment contains modest furnishings. The dishes are washed nightly because we only have a dozen kitchen utensils, a few pans, and four place settings to clean. The laundry is done in one load because we have a limited amount of clothes. The vacuuming and straightening of the apartment is accomplished quickly because of the smaller square footage.

In reality, I am not a bionic woman. I am a woman who is saved by grace and a woman whose soul needs rest. The bare space in my closet and cabinets is allowing my soul to rest by enabling me to spend more time with Jesus and my family. This is a blessing!

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.” ~ 1 Timothy 6:6-8 NIV

According to this passage, we are to be content with the food and clothing we possess. And if we possess godliness and contentment, then what we have gained is great indeed.

No, I am not planning on selling everything in our house or never shopping again. But as the Holidays approach, I am thankful for this reminder that I do not need more to be contented in this life. I have everything I need when I said yes to Jesus, and He will certainly be with me when I leave this world.

Jesus is sufficient.

Bare is best for the soul that needs rest.

Up for a challenge?

  • Look through your kitchen drawers and bedroom closet. Lay some items aside that you have multiples of. Place these items in a box, keeping it sealed for one month. Give the box to someone else to store for you. Observe if you miss or remember even owning these items. Prayerfully consider giving these items to someone in need.

OR…

  • One of my friends explained to me her “1 for 1 rule”: for every new shirt, pair of pants, or shoes that she would receive or buy, she would then donate one shirt, pair of pants, or shoes. Try doing this after the Holiday season ends. I know that trying to select the right, red shirt to wear from the other 10 red shirts hanging in my closet causes me anxiety! Why do I have 10 red shirts anyways? Can you relate?

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Tracy is proudly married to Chad, a pilot in the United States Air Force.  Whenever they are not being relocated, she loves to drink green tea and watch re-runs of LOST. She also enjoys chasing their two children, Jackson (3) and Katherine (1), throughout their toy-infested home.  Tracy graduated from Phoenix Seminary in 2005, and served as the Director of Student Women at Scottsdale Bible Church from 2005-2007. She is also the author of Images of His Beauty, a newly released Bible Study, for young women who struggle with self-image issues and eating disorders. You can find out more information about the study and follow her blog at www.onedegreeministries.com. You can also connect with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OneDegreeMinistries, or chat with her via twitter @tracy_steel.

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7 thoughts on “Bare is Best – Guest Post

  1. Pingback: Guest Post: Bare is Best | One Degree Ministries | Tracy Steel

  2. So needed to be reminded of all you shared here today! After being married for 38 years I am very good at holding on to what I believe to be important, instead of seeking after my Lord and Savior and asking Him to fill my life with contentment! As I spend time with Him this day, I am seeking HIS Contentment in a world that does not know Him as Lord and Savior! My heart needs to be revived by His Love, Peace, Compassion and Contentment! Love you, Tracy! Have a truly Blessed Day!

    • Terry: thank you for your comment and for reading. I can relate to the holding on part of your comment. God is continually teaching me to let go so the Spirit can fill me. I am thankful for God’s patience and grace! Blessings to you too Terry

  3. What a fantastic reminder. I will always say that one of the most significant BLESSINGS when I left a domestic violence situation was walking out the door with nothing but some clothes. Truly one shopping trip to Walmart got us “enough”. It was a very freeing experience in so many ways. Sharing the excess we have with others is part of being the hands and feet of Christ, in my opinion.

    • Thank you Donna for reading and for sharing your heart. I agree that sharing/helping others is what Jesus has asked of us. May those in need see the love of Christ through us! Blessings as you continue to follow Him Donna.

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