Living in the simple faith
The Joanne Septon Mullikin Home
In memory of the woman whose death led to the creation of this place
The Living in Simple Faith House is an intentional community united by the example of Jesus and his apostles lives, wherein members loving and helping others rebuild wholeness of the body, mind and spirit. Members, through pooling talents and resources, will have the financial freedom to enter into or serve in low paying service positions, etc., dedicating themselves to encouraging and uplifting others.
History of The Living in Simple Faith House
When I married the soft-spoken widower, I had no idea it was the wife who died years earlier--not her husband--who was destined to become my long-term companion. Long after distressing events in my life left me with the understanding that she may have been inaccurately labeled a suicide, I was aware of the presence of her spirit. She stayed with me several years longer than he did.
The last time I was aware of the nearness of her presence was the day I promised to honor her memory. Without any idea how I would do it, I proceeded to wait and listen for God's direction. Years have passed since I made that promise. In assessing my various trying situations, I have often become discouraged, unable to see how I could possibly fulfill this promise. Still, I was convinced that the absence of her presence was a sign that the spiritual world was assured I would keep my promise.
As I feared, I was unable to keep my pledge within my own power. But my all-knowing, all-loving heavenly Father possessed the Power, and He had the Plan. In His wisdom, He has orchestrated the positioning of specific people and harmonized the occurrence of significant events to enable His Perfect Plan to materialize through the establishment The Living in Simple Faith House.
First, God led me to the inner city and I will shortly be joined by another woman who is meant to participate in The Plan. God has not revealed the next step to me, but I have no doubt that the next phase is already underway.
Living Simply ï¿½ Yet Focused
Oswald Chambers Look at the birds of the air . . . . Consider the lilies of the field . . .
Matthew 6:26, 28
Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin"ï¿½ they simply are! Think of the sea, the air, the sun, the stars, and the moonï¿½ all of these simply are as wellï¿½ yet what a ministry and service they render on our behalf! So often we impair Godï¿½s designed influence, which He desires to exhibit through us, because of our own conscious efforts to be consistent and useful. Jesus said there is only one way to develop and grow spiritually, and that is through focusing and concentrating on God. In essence, Jesus was saying, "Do not worry about being of use to others; simply believe on Me." In other words, pay attention to the Source, and out of you "will flow rivers of living water" ( John 7:38 ). We cannot discover the source of our natural life through common sense and reasoning, and Jesus is teaching here that growth in our spiritual life comes not from focusing directly on it, but from concentrating on our Father in heaven. Our heavenly Father knows our circumstances, and if we will stay focused on Him, instead of our circumstances, we will grow spirituallyï¿½ just as "the lilies of the field."
The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and "the lilies of the field"ï¿½ simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us.
If you want to be of use to God, maintain the proper relationship with Jesus Christ by staying focused on Him, and He will make use of you every minute you liveï¿½ yet you will be unaware, on the conscious level of your life, that you are being used of Him.
My Personal Preparations
I have turned away from worldly materialistic aspirations and am now following the nudgings of the Holy Spirit to embark on the adventure of serving others by loving, sharing and giving of myself. I am learning that I do not need to understand or question "why".
Retirement is no longer a word in my vocabulary and I have discarded concerns regarding my future financial security. I have traded the more comfortable suburbs for modest living quarters in the inner city, which has enabled me to serve as a volunteer at a nearby homeless shelter. And I am excited about embarking on this new adventure. Perhaps God will give me a new assignment in the future. My not knowing what the future holds has given my life a disconcerting yet exciting edge.
I have been moving in this direction for many years, but the epiphany occurred when I read ï¿½They who live in God perform countless good works for his glory, but those in whom God lives are often flung into a corner like a useless bit of broken pottery. There they lie, forsaken by everyone, but yet enjoying Godï¿½s very real and active love and knowing they have to do nothing but stay in his hands and be used as he wishes.ï¿½
Jean-Pierre de Caussade nailed me with ï¿½flung into a corner like a useless bit of broken potteryï¿½. My spiritï¿½s strong reaction to that sentence ended the striving and searching; I could now focus on the task at hand.
So I move forward: accepting my past as a series of valuable lessons learned. I now await my Father to reveal the future assignments He wants me to complete, all the while experiencing daily the priceless joys of living from the heart and spirit.
If divine Love is becoming nearer, dearer, and more real to us,
matter is then submitting to Spirit.
Mary Baker Eddy.
For more information or questions, please contact:
Jane Mullikin, founder of Spiritual Sisters
1130 Churchman Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203