Finding Simple Blessings

For some women, reading romance novels of any type can be a open door to sin. I’ve heard that it can cause unfair comparison in the reader’s own marriage and will breed discontentment.

Well, for me, I’ve found it to be the exact opposite. Now, I stick to sweet Christian stories, usually in the Amish genre. And I almost always walk away inspired in my own faith and determined to find ways to simplify my life and love my family better.

Yesterday, I didn’t have too much on my plate, and I decided to read for awhile. A luxury, to be sure! This week we will be slowing down, and enjoying just spending time together as a family. I’ll also be working through recipe prep for Thanksgiving!

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Anyhow, the story I read was about a young, sometimes frivolous Amish woman who ended up changing her ways and marrying a widower with four young children. It reminded me of my story (kind of), since I was a young widow with three children when my husband and I married.

I am so grateful to my husband and for our marriage. God blessed me immensely when I didn’t deserve it. I had made so many mistakes as a young person, and yet He sent a husband my way who is so kind and thoughtful. He loves me so well.

The way you are treated by a spouse (or prospective spouse) is way more important than things like finances or appearance. I didn’t realize just how much I was missing until I met my husband. He does everything he can to make me feel special each day. He is one of my biggest blessings.

In our lives, we all must remember that God is truly the one in charge, and we should relinquish our lives to Him. He knows best, and while our lives might end up looking differently than we had thought they would, His way is the best way.

For me, this involves learning how to stay close to home, and to truly enjoy a home-based life. It involves learning how to love my husband and children well. I’m growing fonder of simple things by the day, and I’m so grateful for the natural world around me. It involves learning how to count my blessings, and how to see sweet reminders of God’s goodness in everything, even Amish novels that I read on a rainy evening.

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We can take heart, knowing that there is so much goodness in store for us, even if the “good” looks different than we imagined it would. The sweet Amish book I read can be found here, if you are interested. hope you have a lovely week!

Love is patient, love is kind, it does not envy, it does not brag, it is not puffed up, it does not behave inappropriately, it does not seek its own way, it is not provoked, it keeps no account of wrong, it does not rejoice over injustice but rejoices in the truth; it bears all things, it believes all things, it hopes all things, it endures all things.

1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬7 TLV

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