Over the last 6 months or so I have been organising a Mum Heart Conference on the western side of Australia.  Those who have been here with me at Live life with your Kids for a while, know that I have supported the Mum Heart conferences over east since they began in 2012 so it was very exciting to have this type of weekend happening over in the west.  Our theme was Simplicity – and you can get a gist of the weekend with this short video.

Read a summary over here.

The word simplicity has got into my head!  But as I prepared for the conference I was struck with this idea that simplicity isn’t our end goal, we simplify for a purpose:  to be able to focus on what is important.  Of course the final question has to be – what is important.

This is a good question for us all to ask ourselves – what is the important thing in my life right now.  At the conference I presented the idea that our children’s hearts are the important thing – and in the parenting context that is true.  Our most significant job is to teach the heart of our children – to teach into their beliefs, their values, their choices, their passions.

The challenge comes because we are more than a parent.  And we have to make room in our life for the important things in each sphere of our life.  Then we have to make sure that one sphere is not overtaking another sphere.  It is tricky and that is why it is important for us to pause and reflect:  What is the most important things?  And then ask ourselves, as I did at the conference, what is distracting you, what is the clutter that stops you from focusing on that important thing?

So today, even though you weren’t at the conference – I ask you to simplify – to reach simplicity – where you can know what is important in this season of your life, and you can get rid of all that distracts you.  It is a tough gig – but something worth thinking about – and acting upon.

We can simplify in every area of our life:

  • Parenting:  what distracts us from focusing on our children’s hearts?
  • Marriage:  what distracts us from maintaining and strengthening our marriage?
  • Homemaker:  what clutters up our home, making it our master instead of using it for our purposes
  • Homeschooling: are the things we planned meeting our goals, or are they just good things?
  • Relationships:  do we even have time for a friend let alone a neighbour?

Further Reading:

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To be content in the season of life that is now will help you find opportunities and accept limitations. (includes Podcast)

It is easy to set goals on how we want to change, but have we asked God what his plans are?

10 tips to help your homeschool lesson time be a success – regardless of your curriculum, regardless of the ages of your kids.

Distractions lead to burnout. Burnout happens when we don’t have balance in our life, and the biggest reason we don’t have balance is we focus on the wrong things for this season of our life.

We all need to be reminded to get rid of the clutter in our heart and focus on what is important.

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