Thursday, July 19, 2012

Uncomplicating things

What I do is make things more complicated than they need to be.

I analyze, list, ponder, lose sleep over, and plan stuff.

I'm detailed. Really a lot. And I can't not be. My brain was made that way.

But one thing I completely LOVE about God is that He can be infinitely detail-oriented (knowing the number of hairs on my head, hearing my every prayer, and bottling my every tear), and at the same time, also amazingly simple. It's a paradox my small brain just doesn't understand.

He knew we would sometimes need simple.

When I feel overwhelmed by my responsibilities as a mother, a wife, and a Christian woman, I recite Micah 6:8 in my head. It's like three bullet points of uncomplicated.

He has shown you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.

And perfectly timed, since God knew I was feeling a tad overwhelmed by my thoughts I shared about in my last post, and the problem of hunger in the world, I saw this today. My friend Julie made this printable (and a whole lot of others) based on Micah 6:8.

I love it when He knows what I need.

She has a big heart, so she opened a little shop to help provide meals for the hungry in Sudan.

Purchasing just one of her printables for $5 provides 85 meals in Sudan. An 8, then a 5. Wow. I can't even get out of Chick-Fil-A for $5. This is the cute print I bought.

Now there's an uncomplicated way to help someone in need. And in a world of complicated, today I'm thankful for simple.

Simple truth.
A simple way to show mercy.

And a God who knows when we need it all boiled down.


{for a beautiful post by Ann Voskamp on the subject of poverty,
one that she posted on the same day I wrote about it,
and where she said she felt sick too, 
one that made me cry, click here.}


  1. leslie! i appreciate you supporting this ministry so much! i love your heart for the Lord and his people! :)

    i am so excited to see how much He provides through Julie and people like you!!! :)

  2. I want to wallpaper my house with those printables.

    Thank you, friend. So very much.