Emptying Barns of Preconceptions

 “Selling our house and becoming renters will allow us to respond quickly to wherever the Spirit calls us.”  I said this while my wife and I were in the midst of actively giving away possessions.  But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life  is being demanded of you.  And the things … Continue reading Emptying Barns of Preconceptions

Emptying Barns at One-Year

I remember it clearly. The two of us were sitting up in the bed, the bedroom of our three-bedroom house, after a refreshing afternoon nap. My wife Maggie and I decided on that day that we were serious enough about letting go of our possessions to finally go public. So, I blogged our plans. (You … Continue reading Emptying Barns at One-Year

The Company House & the Room Above the Garage

The Company House & the Room Above the Garage

Looking around the living room I said, “We don’t own much in this room.” I’m not attached to the overstuffed couch from another era, though it naps well. The glass-topped coffee table, functionally repaired many times is sturdy and large enough to hold dinner plates for two. We do own the Ikea bookcases and their … Continue reading The Company House & the Room Above the Garage

The War on the Poor

My wife and I recently downsized to pay-as-you-go dumbphones. I’d like to say that our movement toward a simple lifestyle is the primary reason. (See Emptying Barns for posts on our journey of letting go of possessions.) But, if I’m honest we’ve done so to save money. With my continuing non-paid lifestyle, we can use an … Continue reading The War on the Poor

Year-End Reflection: Leading the Malleable Life Amid Hurricane-Force Winds

The Malleable LifeA new friend recently described my life as malleable. I didn’t like her choice of words because malleable connotes being beholden to outside influences. So, to prove her wrong, I looked it up in a couple dictionaries. I proved myself wrong.Malleable refers to a material that can be bent “without breaking or cracking” (1). It … Continue reading Year-End Reflection: Leading the Malleable Life Amid Hurricane-Force Winds