My journey to 100 items officially started in August 2010. I believe the journey in my heart started long before then, God had planted seeds and they were starting to grow. Every thing became very clear for me that Tuesday in early August. To read about that day, please visit my post.
I have felt a peace unlike any I have ever known since choosing to walk this path with God. Should everyone give up most of what they own? No, but it is what God has asked of me, and I’m glad I’m moving forward.
I am often asked where did I get the number 100…..well, that is the number God picked. He has the lightening and stuff, so I find it best just to listen What are the rules? God was a little less clear about that, so I’m praying about that as I go along. For now these are the rules…
- Every item counts, each piece of silverware, each piece of furniture, each pair of socks. I once read that we only need two outfits, one for today and one for tomorrow. Anything more was excessive.
- Books are not one item, each book does count
- I have a jewelry box that belonged to my husband’s mother, I plan to keep all my jewelry that fits in it, this will count as just one item.
- All family heirlooms are coming with us to our cabin in the woods. We have a cedar chest that my Uncle made back in the early 1900′s. We will fill that with whatever family heirlooms we can and that will count as one item
- A box of pins (I do get asked this a lot since I sew and quilt) will count as one item. In fact I have a sewing box and whatever sewing accessories that fit will count as one item.
“No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith? So do not worry and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or ‘What are we to drink?’ or ‘What are we to wear?’ All these things the pagans seek. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom (of God) and his righteousness, 19 and all these things will be given you besides. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will take care of itself. Sufficient for a day is its own evil.
Now onto my list! This list will change as I find items I wish to keep more, and it isn’t complete. Thankfully I still have time before I have to be finished with the cleaning out process. Every day I tried to work on something. Some areas are going to be much harder than others, but God will help me. He is always with me.
*items in bold are permanently on the list!
- Bible – this is a definite on my list, right now I have one in every room in my home, but I have two favorites. I will probably keep the one I was given in 1st grade, it is an adult bible that I was given while attending Catholic School. It traveled with me through grade school and I still have it in it’s bible holder. It is worn and falling apart, but it has so many beautiful verses marked, I wouldn’t trade it.
Cedar Chest – my great Uncle Ted made this when he was in high school. It is beautiful and will hold many of our family heirlooms.
Complete works of Jane Austen – Jane Austen is my favorite author, so much so that my younger daughter was named Emma.
Crock pot – I really like cooking in my crock pot. We traded our larger crock pot for a smaller one perfect for a family of four. Please see my “What’s Cooking?” posts for some crock pot recipes!
Cross Stitch Floss cabinet – My husband’s grandfather made this for me. It is beautiful! It holds all my cross stitching floss.
Green purse – a one-of-a-kind purse that I made.
Rosary – I have several, but one in particular that belonged to my Great Aunt Ann is my favorite and will be making it to our cabin. *update* God has a way of letting me know that even though it is on MY list, nothing material is mine and ultimately the choice is His. The rosary that meant so much to me is broken, I’m heartbroken and I cried when I found it in pieces. My husband believes he can fix it, but so far it remains in pieces.
Sewing machine – I have several. I am a sewing teacher and I teach out of my home, so these will be the last items I part with. There are two machines I really like, so we will see if I take both or just one.
Wardrobe (piece of furniture) – At this point we aren’t planning on building a master bedroom closet, so this will hold all our clothing. It has a pull out hanger part on the right and on the left are 6 drawers. It is an antique that belonged to my Great Grandmother.
- Sequence game – I love spending time with my family and playing games is a fun way to spend that time! I like many board games, but the reason I am selecting Sequence is not only because I like it, but because it allows you to play and chat and not worry so much about strategy.
- Camera – I love pictures! I’m not sure I can put into words how much I enjoy taking, looking at, and having pictures. I like old pictures, pictures of my family, pictures of my surroundings, pictures taken by other people. My camera is going, where ever I go.