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The Simplicity Journey — Day 1

I want to invite you on a journey, a Simplicity Journey, for the next 40 days. I am going to write every day except Sundays.

I plan to focus on living more simply in my life and would love to hear your thoughts, ideas, and encouragement along the way of what this means to you.

I have felt a yearning, an urging if you will, deep within myself for some time now about wanting to “live more simply.” To be honest, I don’t really know what this means for me yet.  It is time for me to go more deeply.

This isn’t just about saving money, though that certainly couldn’t hurt anything.  Instead, this is a spiritual journey that I want to apply in practical ways in my life.  My goal is to be intentional about “de-cluttering” my life so that I can live a more meaningful life, to be connected to the Sacred, to the Creator, to God.

I am reading Richard Foster’s book, Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World.”  A friend of mine, Drew Toler, reminded me about this book recently.  You do not have to read it along with me, but I just wanted you to know about it.  You can read more about Richard Foster here.

Finally, I plan to share other resources along the way. If you know of others, please share them with me in the Comments section below.  If you would like to receive a daily email reminder about this journey, you can sign up in the upper right hand corner of this page.

Here, take my hand, will you walk with me as best you can?  I’d love the company on the Simplicity Journey.


Book — Freedom of Simplicity by Richard Foster

Web Article — Inward Simplicity:  The Divine Center, Part I by Richard Foster

Web List — Guidelines for Living Simply in the City by Richard Foster


  1. Edna Shurden Langley

    Thanks for inviting others to journey with you. I look forward to the walk.

  2. jenny marko

    Count me in Malcolm. I am stepping in the steps behind you. Let’s go…

  3. Sherry Smith

    I would love to take this walk with you, I am behind you. Love to you, Sherry

  4. Tony E. Haynes

    Malcolm, I could not agree with you more in this and I look forward to reading about your journey. Also thanks for sharing the books because I’m always interested in good readings.
    Your Brother In Christ
    Tony E. Haynes

  5. Rita Schaffer

    Hey Malcolm. I am looking forward to purchasing this book to begin my Lenten reading. I certainly enjoying reading your “writings”. Keep it up. Much love to you and Mary.


  6. Renee Dean Houston

    Thank you so much for sharing this “journey”. Kerry Allgood shared this with me and I have told all my fb friends about it and hope they too will go on this journey. Your dad was and still is such an inspiration to me and played a vital role in my life growing up. He married me, he baptized my first child, he visited my dad on several occassions and the list goes on. I can see many of his characteristics and traits in you. I know you were so proud to have him as a dad. I am sure you learned many lessons from him. Again, I can’t wait to read each day of your journey and look forward to the lessons I’ll learn as I read.

  7. Patti

    The more simply we live the more vivid the gifts of God become in our hearts, and ultimately, for me, i learn that i am a gift to Him when my heart is open and i am awake. We notice the little things that make up the whole that we always seem to strive for…and as your wife quoted in her book, we need to slow down and let our soul catch up. I love that thought…so true.

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