Our Journey to Simple Living – Part 1


Giving by Simple Living

Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in and steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ~Matthew 6:19-21

My Papa has always been a very visionary man and a whole-hearted self-employed entrepreneur. He went through a few very difficult business failures before I was born and when I was young, although I was oblivious. God provided everything we needed. We ate very simply, but we did not need much to be happy…definitely not a message this world sends out, but it is true. When you have little, you are satisfied with little, if you have the love of a wonderful family around you (at least this seems to be the view from a child’s perspective).

My parents raised eight children in the same simple house I was born in, and they still live there! Throughout the years, my dad was faithful and God blessed him as a result and he became very successful in business. He had many difficult lessons to learn through his business failures, and he always told us it was due to his pride that the business failed. Throughout the years, I have greatly admired my father’s generosity. He always knew that God had given him much so that he could give it back!

So why am I living a simple lifestyle? I would rather live simply and be able to give the surplus away for the service of others and for the extension of God’s kingdom. By God’s grace, Aaron & I have sought to dedicate 10% of our monthly income (in addition to 10% to tithing) to give as the Lord directs. This includes a few missionary friends, important organizations we are burdened to support, and a dedicated amount that we give to a needy family within our church. Each month we pray together who the Lord would have us give it to.

I say this not to boast, but to give God the glory that He always provides what we need no matter how much we give away! That is the ironic thing. All our money belongs to Him in the first place, we are only temporary stewards. Why not invest the resources we have in a far greater way by giving them back to Him?

Acts 20:35 – It is more blessed to give than to receive! Did I mention how rewarding it is? Living with a giving mentality has filled our household with unspeakable joy. We have received notes from those we have given to in our body that have just blessed our socks off. The Lord always prompted us to give exactly when there was a need.

My dad always said: Give until it hurts! If we aren’t giving to the extent that it hurts, than it is not enough! If we aren’t giving to the extent that we have to make sacrifices in our lives, than it is not sufficient! You can see this in the story of the rich man at the temple. The poor widow gives all that she has, whereas the rich people give out of their abundance (it doesn’t hurt them any and they are glorying in the amount they gave). The widow gave so much more because it was out of the little that she had (she sacrificed it all)!

We desire our hearts to be focused on eternity, and what better way to do it than to send it on ahead?

Based on the average American household’s income, if every household in America gave away only 5% of their annual income, we would have $280 billion dollars annually available for a greater work than spending it on ourselves!

“Let temporal things serve your use, but the eternal be the object of your desire.” ~ Thomas A Kempis

More to come…

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

5 Responses to Our Journey to Simple Living – Part 1

  1. Mrs. Brigham January 25, 2008 at 10:10 am #

    Beautiful post! We are blessed to be able to give in a similar way to you guys, and seeing how God has used this money has been just amazing. :D

    • Lindsay January 25, 2008 at 10:56 am #

      Praise God to see hearts to give as you ladies have shared! Thank you for giving for the furtherance of the kingdom!

  2. Chrissy January 24, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    Very good posts. A few years ago my husband and I decided after a revival at our church to start giving 5% plus our tithe (10%). I was a little hesitant at first, I am going to be honest. But after the faithfulness came so many blessings. Not all were finacial, but any blessing God gives is amazing! Granted, we do not give to receive blessings but GOd is just so gracious!

  3. Mrs. Taft January 24, 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    Amen and amen! We feel the same way about giving and have purposed to set aside money every month to bless others with as the Lord leads us.

    We’ve been through some financial hard times, as well. Hubby’s 2nd period of unemployment, we had just started to learn the art of hospitality together and had been inviting 1 young couple every other week from our church to build relationship and such (at the time we were in charge of our church’s young married’s ministry). We of course struggled with whether we should continue with what we had purposed, once Hubby became unexpectedly unemployed (and I was pregnant!), but ultimately the answer was clear…”Give, even out of your lack”. And you know what? Not only did God provide our needs, so that we never went hungry, He used those dinners to bless others greatly (believe it or not, we weren’t the only young marrieds in financial straits at the time ;) ) and we always had more than enough food. I can’t even explain it! The more we gave, the more we had.


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