Dancing with Simplicity

Simple Living, Walking by Faith

Simple Living?

  • August 22, 2014 4:06 am

1 Thessalonians 4:11 (NLT)
11 Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.

This verse has always captured what I am trying to do with my life and in my family. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as it looks. I’m hoping to use this blog to zero in on these qualities. Now, I am plugged in to social media, Facebook and Twitter with my various technological tools. I’ll probably even subject my writing to spell checks, and grammar programs.  If I must.  Maybe that’s all the polar opposite of what I’m trying to say. Maybe not.

I want to delve into crafts of all sorts. I want to read and study. Not just the Bible, but literature. I want to lead a quiet life with the husband God has blessed me with, my four adorable critter children and my praying, Godly Mom. I don’t want a bucket list. I want a God-centered Word driven daily to-do list.

I’ve just ordered a book that I think may help along those lines. Lysa TerKeurst’s The Best Yes. #TheBestYes. I’m trying quite hard to say no, not necessarily to people, but to demands that waste my life and time. I don’t necessarily see those things in people, I see them in time wasting endless mounds of paperwork. I see them in taking business calls after hours when it’s time to shut the office door. That’s the plight of the self-employed. I see distraction from the best path, coming in the form of anything that takes a focus off God and puts it on man. He is the ultimate goal of our adoration, time, money and resources. He is that perfect yes. He is the one the prowling lion seeks to keep us from.

1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) 8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

Is this simple living? Is it possible? Again,  I don’t like the bucket list idea. I prefer that  “live a quiet life, mind your business, and work with your hands” stuff. Put your home and family under His care. Love the ones He has surrounded you with. Even the furry children. Dance in His simple plan for your life and walk in faith.

If any of this resonates with you, feel free to share.  Is it even possible to live a life like this? It does seem that my efforts are thwarted at every turn.  How about you?

 

 

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2 Comments

  1. Well said and thank you Evie!

  2. Avatar Evie says:

    Very nice! Getting back to the simple life in Jesus is on my bucket list. That’s all I want to be in His will and have all that He has for me and not my wants. God bless you with your new blog and journey.