Less for More: Resources
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The Less for More Prayer
Father God, I need more. Our church needs more. My family needs more. I want more. I want more hope, more joy, more peace, more love. I want the fullness of life that Jesus offers. Father, saturate my soul with your Spirit so that I overflow with Jesus. I want more.
But I confess I’m full of everything but Jesus. I’ve loaded my mind with so much noise that it’s weary and worried. I’ve heaped stuff upon my soul that’s left little space for the Spirit who truly satisfies. I’ve filled my heart with treasures that are not Jesus. I’ve filled my time with my own agenda. I’m full. But it’s not you.
Something has to go.
I’m bringing you everything not-you that fills me up.
I open my hands in a posture of surrender. Empty me.
The noise, the distractions, the clutter, the fears, my attempts to control, my bitterness, my wounds, the burdens I’ve tried to carry on my own, my attempts to control, my stuff, even me, empty me of me. With open hands I surrender everything not-you.
Empty me, so you can fill me with joy and peace that overflows in hope.
Empty me so you can saturate my soul with your Spirit.
Empty me so I can abound with the life coming from your hand.
Fill us so full, that we can’t help but overflow with Jesus. Fill our families with your presence. Fill our neighborhoods with your love. Fill our valleys with the knowledge of your glory. Fill us so full, that we can’t help but overflow with Jesus.
Making Space for Serving
Books: The books below deal with more than just the emptying practices (Willard calls them disciplines of abstinence) but they are great introductions to spiritual disciplines from three great authors with a variety of perspectives.
Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard
The Life You’ve Always Wanted by John Ortberg
Sacred Rhythms by Ruth Haley Barton
Making Space for Silence and Solitude
Making Space for Surrender
The Long Waiting of Surrender (a story of surrender)
The Posture of Surrender
Nancy Leigh DeMoss -- The Heart God Controls
David Benner -- Surrender to Love. Benner unpacks the twin themes of surrender and love with the thesis that only God is worthy of absolute surrender because only God is full of absolute love! A great book on surrender.
Making Space for Slowing
Message: Calvary's CWOW Conversation on Making Space for God
Podcast: Annie F. Downs podcast with Emily Lew (author of "When More is Less") talking about the why and how of slowing down
Worship:A Moment of Worship -- "Be Still" Red Rocks Worship
Making Space for Simplicity
Freedom of Simplicity by Richard Foster. I remember reading this book in college, wrecked me a bit, in a good way.
The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
Simplifying Life, Living more Fully -- from Focus on the Family with Joshua Becker
The Minimal Mom with Dawn Madsen
Amanda Evans is happy to make herself available to those looking for help and encouragement in the area of decluttering and simplifying your home. She has mostly worked with local mothers, and loves talking about simplifying and sharing resources. Her email is
Making Space for Forgiveness
Making Space for Fasting
Bible Reading Plan
Bible Reading Plan: 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting for Awakening - More of a personal focus and includes fasting. Free online reading plan.