Posted by on Jul 27, 2009 in Blog Posts | 2 comments

Ecclesiastes 3:1 – “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.”(NKJV) To see 3:1-8, click here.

Well finally! Here it is. The last posting from my journal entry on simplifying my life as per God’s instructions for me. Will you miss it? I bet not. Thank you for hanging in there while I rewrote my notes in blog form. I would hug you if I could.

Let’s get on with it.

Y = Yield to spontaneity from time to time.

Only one who struggles with this would include, “time to time.” Hear me laugh? It gives me permission to still be structured even in my spontaneity. Aaaaaah and whew!

Those of you who are unstructured may need to change it to “structure” instead of “spontaneity”.

If you’ve never done a spiritual gifts inventory, I highly recommend it. Some poo-poo the thoughts of said inventories but I kind of like them as long as they are biblically accurate and the gifts clearly defined.

One of mine is administration. It’s right up at the top but not as strong as a couple others I have. My tip-top ones are knowledge,prophecy and teaching all equal. Some of these have a certain characteristic in common, structure. Hence, the need for me to plan for spontaneity. I am laughing again….plan for spontaneity.

It’s true.

I love calendars and have been known to be trying out at least two planners at a time until I could decide on the one that I liked most. I have given that up and have been using a small weekly calendar for the last few years. I bought my 2010 purse calendar last Thursday. It’s bright pink like my wallet. It makes me happy. I will enjoy writing things in it. Now, I drool over the blank pages with gratitude for their blankness, cleanness, and lack of White Out.

Sometimes we structured people can be so structured that we can complicate the paperclip, for crying out loud. Mix it with the temperament of a pleaser and you will have too much to do in too little time and there is no room for S, I, M, P, L, I, and F. And the occasional Y? You can forget.

So, in order to simplify life, I have to be willing to do the unexpected (unplanned, in my case) and just “chillax” (chill and relax). But, until I make up my mind to just chill in that moment or go with the guys at the last minute to the movie, for example, I can argue a million reasons why I shouldn’t do it. It means that if I planned to clean house today but something came up that prevented me from doing the work, to just not stress over it. Eventually, I’ll clean house or I can shortcut the procedure the next day as time allows. Or, shockingly, I can just not worry about cleaning house this week and just wait until next week. Gasp.

Another thing that kind of goes along with this is: yield to laughter, just not at the expense of others, of course. We don’t need to take ourselves so seriously either. If we do or say something that gets a hoot from somebody, laugh. If you are with someone who makes you laugh, laugh. Throw your head back and snort it out. It’s good for the soul.

A word of caution here. Too much spontaneity can get you into trouble in some ways:
– buying items you don’t need nor for which you have the money
– foregoing cooking at home and eating out a lot, just because you don’t want to cook
– skipping church because you want to sleep in again this Sunday
– growing comfortable with pre-mildew pink because you haven’t cleaned the toilet in a while, etc.

Structure is good. Spontaneity, when wisely used, is good.

Are you very structured? Are you abusing spontaneity? Where are you on the spectrum?

S – Spend solo time with God,
I – Implore others to help you,
M – Make meals manageable,
P – Pamper yourself occasionally,
L – Limit the computer,
I – Incorporate exercise and fresh air into each day,
F – Find free time to “be still” time,
Y – Yield to spontaneity from time to time.

There you have it.


  1. I WILL MISS your Simplify messages. To varying extents, they all hit home with me. This spontaneity thing really did! My # 1 spiritual gift turned out to be administration; I am very task oriented and nothing makes me feel more warm and fuzzy than checking all items off my list. However, I often forget that MY list isn’t necessarily God’s list. In addition to your thoughts, for my goals, I will add spontaneity to God and what He wants me to do in lieu of what I had planned.

  2. This was a good one. I could use more structure and less spontaneity in my life. You hit the hammer on the head with the first two – spending and eating out. So I say two thumbs up for structure.

    Love ya,

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