I’ve decided that I want a simple life.
I want a life where serving my family is my priority. A life where I feel most comfortable making my home a haven for those who enter.
This has been my goal for the last few years, and I have felt a bit of push back. It is difficult to go against the grain of what everyone else seems to be doing, isn’t it ladies?
Culture says there is always more for us to do, while God says if we are loving Him and others well, we have done enough.
I see this issue with my children, too. As soon as they graduate high school, my girls are asked “What are you going to do with your life?” We are teaching our young women that they must have a plan for their lives outside of the home, and this shouldn’t be so.
The world’s version of success is not the Lord’s. It doesn’t matter what college we do (or don’t) attend, ladies. Money doesn’t equal success, either.
Well then, what should our ambition be?
…and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you.
1 Thessalonians 4:11
We are called to live quietly and to work with our hands. We are called to teach our children these things.
Living a quiet life is a beautiful thing. It is simple, and freeing. Our hands are occupied with the things in our home. We are not busybodies, but instead build each other up. We see purpose in what others might consider mundane.
God speaks to us in quietness. How wonderful is that?
Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.
1 Kings 19:11-12
Ladies, the Lord is with us in the quietness of our homes. When we live simply, we can more easily hear His voice and direction.
I would like to encourage you to embrace the simple today. Do not worry what others are doing, simply trust and obey God. Our lives do not need to be full and complicated to be fulfilling. The Lord gives us all that we need in the simple joys of life, and each day is a gift.