When Cheryl Smith, one of my friends and colleagues at TheHighCalling.org, launched her “Simplify” project, I knew it was a good fit. “Simplicity.” That’s me.My wardrobe is simple, my meals are simple, my decor (what little there is) is simple, my schedule is—usually—simple. Hairstyle, jewelry, nails, shoes: simple, simple, simple. Even my writing style is simple. If you take a moment to glance at my blog and logo design: simple.I figured it would be, well, simple to compose and publish a post in keeping with Cheryl’s theme. I planned to link to “Simplify” each Saturday.But, no. My life is just a little bit too full. I can never seem to get a post prepared in time. Ah, the irony: that I need to simplify in order to participate in a blog carnival entitled “Simplify.”The main reason my life is extra-full can also serve as situational irony: I’m preparing four messages adapted from my book, Not So Fast, to present at a women’s retreat. We’ll be focusing on slowing down to seek a richer relationship with God.I know, I know.The last message before we leave retreat mode and head back into the frantic, hectic, fast-paced world is going to be “A Slow-Down Fast.” With Lent beginning just days after the retreat, I’m going to invite the retreat ladies to join me as I embark on a “Slow-Down Fast”: a season dedicated to humbly and boldly simplifying and slowing (schedule, habits, activities, thought-patterns) in order to experience a more focused and intimate relationship with God in my everyday life.I’m inviting you, as well.Join me in a Slow-Down Fast beginning Ash Wednesday, March 9, and ending on Easter Sunday.I’ll be preparing and planning for the next two weeks and then beginning the “fast” on March 9. Lord willing, my Slow-Down Fast posts will be published on Saturdays in conjunction with Cheryl’s Simplify theme.
Each Thursday, consider going “There and Back Again” yourself. It’s simple.Here are Charity’s steps: