Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Daily Bread Turns 1!

First of all, if you are coming here from Minimalist Packrat....welcome! I hope you'lll spend some time looking around. I'd love to "meet" you in the comments.

Today is the one year anniversary of the birth of this blog. I thought it would be appropriate to re-visit my first post and also highlight parts of the journey this past year.

First the highlights:

Now to revisit that first post and the inspiration behind this blog:

from August 10, 2010

I feel God calling me to intentionally enter a world of anti-consumerism and have decided to record my journey here. As a follower of Christ, I want Jesus to be enough for me. I am tired of constantly accumulating more and more stuff and want to be free to give more to others.

This is my journey.

The title and theme verse of this blog comes from Proverbs 30.

Two things I ask of you, O Lord;
do not refuse me before I die:
Keep falsehood and lies far from me'
give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, "Who is the Lord?'
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

I love this verse and what the writer is asking. I find that when I have too much, I don't need to depend on God to provide. And God has given me a heart of compassion for those who have very, very little. I've been on this journey for quite a while, but it seems to have taken a new turn recently.

Soon I will travel to Peru with Compassion International and will witness the poverty some are living in. I am excited about how God will use this trip to continue to mold, shape and direct me in this journey.

I'm pleased that a year later, I have made progress and grown so much. I'm even more determined to "live simply so others may simply live". Sometimes I get discouraged that I'm not where I want to be on this journey, but am also reminded to find joy in the process and not focus so much on the outcome.

Now some questions for you....I would love your feedback.
  • What do you enjoy most about Daily Bread?
  • What would you like to see more of?
  • What would you like to see less of?


  1. Jill, the pictures of your home on Minimalist Packrat are AH-MAZE-ING. Please come over and help clean out my house some more? I feel like I've been getting rid of stuff left and right and still have an abundance of crap. Your house is truly inspiring!

  2. Well hi Jill!

    What a beautiful year in review. It was stories of your trip to Peru last year and Kevin's trip to Haiti that cemented me as a permanent blog follower of yours. The living conditions you documented were so different than what I know, and the insights you offered while experiencing them just blew me away. You still continue to blow me away. :) Here's to another year even more wonderful than the one past, and for a meaningful and beneficial trip for you this year.


  3. Hi Jill,
    I've been reading your blog for several months, probably since Tanja mentioned you during your 30 Day Bootcamp.
    What do I love about your blog? We have the same heart. I don't blog much about my background, living in Indonesia, but I would have to say that Proverbs 30 has been a guide for our lives as well.
    What would I live to see more of? More practical 'here's how I am living more simply' posts. And of course, I always love your hiking posts since we love to walk, bike and hike, too.

  4. The Learned Lady....I feel like I still have a long way to go, but thanks for the kind words about my home. Battling clutter feels like an uphill climb most days : ) always, thanks for your kind words.

    Willow...thanks for your response to my questions! We went on a great hike yesterday which I'll be blogging about. You grew up in Indonesia? We sponsor a child through Compassion in Indonesia...he lives near Manado.