Enjoying A “Spirit Led” Freedom …Too Good to Be True?

Hi ladies, as I continue to find ways to simplify and embrace a minimalist lifestyle, and share my journey with you, I’ve had to accept the reality of a consuming teaching job-nothing simple about it!

We’ve just began a new school year, and teaching these days is not at all what it used to be. The pandemic has changed how school is done; it’s way more complicated than it was.

Can you still find balance within an all-consuming career and still enjoy the joys of a simple, lighthearted life?

This is what I’ve set out to do, and what I feel led to share on this platformthe how tos of my personal experience.

Have you’ve ever wanted to add a new routine, change a habit, minimize your schedule, etc. and fall short? You’re not alone. I’ve realized that “GRIT” won’t do it.

GRIT is the theme of our school this year. And of course, our admin would like the faculty and all staff to be role models of GRIT- to have grit means you have courage and show the strength of your character.

Having courage and showing strength of character alone won’t cut it these days. Without wisdom and personal revelation from our Wise Heavenly Father, we won’t know what the best options for us are.

We are living in days that are confusing and everchanging, so calling on the God of Truth and Wisdom for help in our times of need is a crucial necessity.

So where do I find the time, energy, clarity, and revelation to simplify my life? It’s been by acknowledging my cluelessness, depending totally on God, and abiding in His presence day in and day out -period.

As I seek the help of our Helper, Companion, and Friend-The Holy Spirit of God-I seem to find a way when there is no way. I seem to flow in areas where I once seemed to get stuck and with frustration try to figure them out with human reasoning and deep thought-not enjoyable at all.

Being guided by the Holy Spirit feels childlike and so simple, that it seems too good to be true-it IS.

Lately, I’ve begun reading verses from the book of John 14:15-24, which we all read during our first encounter with the Word of God-during our first Love affair with Jesus. Here I was reminded of the works and role of the Holy Spirit of God in our lives. I thought to myself , “I need this more now than life itself.”

Then I noticed what the book of Galatians says… “I began in the Spirit”, thought it was too easy, and went back living by the “Works of the Law”. Therefore, living by rules doesn’t bring the life of joy and freedom you and I desire.

Let me stop the preaching and get back to practical ways to embrace simplicity and bring back balance to our everyday living. The following are a few steps to live in touch with the Spirit of Balance and Simplicity:

  • Sit at the feet of Jesus and learn His ways of doing things-Be a Mary not a Martha, Luke 10:38-42
  • Draw Wisdom from the Holy Spirit of God-Read Galatians 5
  • Follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit for your life and needs-God’s still, small voice
  • Don’t apologize for your newfound joy and peace-shed guilt-Unmerited Favor is not earned
  • Enjoy freely the abundant life of balance and simplicity-GRACE

                           With much Love and Grace, Giselle     

My Grace Filled, Self-Care Tips…Guilt Free

“An empty lantern provides no light. Self-care is the fuel that allows your light to shine brightly.” -Unknown

Reading self-growth books is a super form of self-care.“-Giselle

Friends, I’m celebrating and enjoying guilt-free living these days. Guilt-free of what you might ask? Guilt-free from not having to have it all together, not being “the good girl” all the time, not doing the Christian life perfectly, and most importantly, embracing personal self-care without feeling selfish or vain.

I’m very thankful to ministries such as PastorJosephPrince.com for teaching his empowering message of the gift of Grace-God’s unmerited favor, which opened my eyes to the deception and lies I believed. I’m grateful to teachers like Joyce Meyer and authors like Emily P. Freeman, who also teach bold messages of Grace, which allow radical transformation and change to take place.

And finally, I’m very grateful to God’s Word for revealing to me the freedom of living by grace versus the bondage of living by the law-something that used to suffocate me before being freed from the “Good Girl Syndrome”.

I strongly recommend reading the book of Galatians since the theme is pursuing holiness…not in our strength but HIS-not by observing or obeying laws but by putting our trust solely in HIM. Only God, through HIS Spirit, gives us the ability to live the Christian life with joy. What a relief!!

I’ve put together 12 self-care tips that are easy to incorporate, along with Bible verses that correlate to each concept. Hope you enjoy them and practice them as much as I am-they’re a game-changer.  Enjoy the following tips- guilt-free: 🙂 

  • Pursuing A Purpose-Filled, Fulfilling Career-Consider a career change if unhappy, otherwise change your perspective. Colossians 3:23-24
  • Enjoying Satisfying Relationships-It’s not possible at all times, but peace with self is. Romans 12:18
  • Practicing A Consistent Faith Walk-Let’s not grow weary in our faith, but persevere to see results. Galatians 6:9
  • Authentic Self-Expression-Being transparent and authentic should not be modeled by others, but by what God’s Word says about it. James 3:17
  • Having Boundaries-Guarding our hearts protects us and allows others to respect our personal boundaries-what we allow, need, and desire. Proverbs 4:23
  • Work-Life Balance-God created us for balanced living. Too much work and little time off takes a toll on our spiritual, mental, and physical health. Psalm 127:2
  • Finding Time For Relaxation– Doing fun activities that relax us is crucial, but true chill can only come from the God of Rest. Psalm 46:10
  • Restful Sleep– Sleeping 8 plus (quality) hours repairs and restores our body, mind, and spirit. Psalm 4:8
  • Enjoy Times Of Play– Having childlike qualities, and embracing the simple things of life, is a joyful way to live. Matthew 18:3
  • Eat Nutrient-Dense Foods– When you bring God into your eating choices, everything in our lives is affected, including the emotional and spiritual areas. 1st Corinthians 10:31
  • Practice Enjoyable Exercise Routines– Find exercises that are truly enjoyable and “ALIGNED TO YOUR TASTE”-invigorating and relaxing for YOU. Practice them regularly, if not every day. 1st Corinthians 9:24
  • Regular Pampering-Schedule manicures, pedicures, hair appointments, facials, or whatever SELF-CARE activities you’d like to partake in for the next few weeks-you’ll feel like a new woman. Mark 12:31          

Let’s do this!!  With lots of LOVE, I’m here for you. Let me know how I can support you on your Grace-Filled journey!