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Making Room for Life: Trading Chaotic Lifestyles for Connected Relationships

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2004

    Very Encouraged by the book

    When my wife and I read Making Room For life, we had one very strong reaction. We felt encouraged that we were reading this book while our kids are young. Our lives are pretty simple right now because of the age of our children and also the fact that we homeschool our oldest two (7 and 5 yrs old). We have an opportunity to order our lives in such a way now (while our kids are so young) to promote the value of community as a part of our lives. The book challenged us to put boundaries on our evenings and on our relationships. Often when we think of boundaries other terms come to mind...like 'restrictions' or 'limitations'. But I would like to suggest that the word 'freedom' is best felt by the boundaries that we can set for our family, as laid out in Randy's book. If we set appropriate boundaries on our time, our work habits, our spending and on our relationships, then we are free to experience a depth of intimacy and closeness that we could not have known otherwise. It's like letting your children play by a steep cliff. You are not at ease to allow them to run with reckless abandon, like most children do. But, if a boundary was set, preventing them from coming close to the edge of the cliff, then you and they are free to run and play within the safety of the boundary lines. That's the way my wife and I see the 'boundaries' that we set as a family. We have more time to spend together because I have ordered my day to be at home at night and on the weekend. We have more frequent times to build relationships with those who live near us and are in our community group and home group. We avoid the helter-skelter lifestyle that many people wake up to 'one morning' and wish they had not gotten themselves into. We live a more simple life which allows us greater financial freedom to use our money for God and His people. We have a vision for reaching our neighbors and we share that vision with our biblical community, who are also part of our 'neighborhood' community. Randy's book is extremely practical and applicable to life. You don't have to do a 180 degree turnaround to make a difference in the way you go about life. You certainly can make the more dramatic changes, and that would make a difference, but you can take simple steps that result in major change as well...like living by the Hebrew Day Planner (as explained in Randy's book). In my opinion, Randy is just sharing his jouney with God as it relates to his own personal life, his family and his community. He never claims to have created this idea. He just desired to find it and live it out. Community has been part of God's design since the creation of man. Randy has decided to do whatever it takes to see God's vision lived out in his life and to use his resources to share that vision with his own congregation, the Church at large and the world around him. I love what I see happening in my family and in my communty. I know that it doesn't come naturally, at least not in American culture. But, it is worth the effort. If anything is worth the effort, this is. But I also believe it is a part of the 'abundant life' that Jesus desires us to experience while we are here on earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2004

    helped me make room for my life

    The morning I heard Randy Frazee give this sermon at church, I knew that this was the way I wanted to structure my life. That day I started using a daily planner that divided my days according to the Hebrew calendar, with days ending at 6 p.m. Within 2 days I was already experiencing much more calm and peace in my life and it still continues. This book was enormously helpful. I dont know if it could work for everyone because some people have jobs that they have to work until 8 or 9 p.m. every night, so they'd have to adjust their day a bit. However since I am a teacher, this sort of structure fits my day perfectly. I highly recommend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2004

    Demanding and Logical

    This book makes logical sense. I am excited to get started.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2004

    let go and let God

    this book teaches you how to live your life one day at a time with progress not perfection

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