Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Simple, Quiet Life

A simple, quiet life is what I crave.  The last few years 1Thessalonians 4:11 has become the touchstone of that longing and the way I choose to order my days. 

A simple, quiet life blocks out the complications.  Less is actually more, there’s no drama, chaos is minimized and life has a natural ebb and flow.

Embracing the quiet means you’re listening more.  In the silent zone you begin to really “hear” the heart of a friend, the beauty of nature and the call of your spirit. 

I love that this verse prompts us to “mind your own business” because there isn’t enough of that going on these days, eh?  By tending someone else’s garden, it means we’re neglecting our own and I don’t know about you, but taking care of one garden is all I can handle (; 

To finish things off it mentions to “work with your hands” which totally speaks to this creative gal’s heart.  Work is a good thing because it keeps our minds active, our bodies moving and means we’re contributing something to this world. 

But did you notice how it’s the last part of the verse?  Sometimes we confuse work and busy-ness with productivity.  If we’re doing anything it means we’re living active and productive lives, right?  Wrong….oh, so wrong.

If we master the art of getting quiet to hear that guiding inner voice and we mind our own business so we can focus on tending our own garden, then it frees us to embrace the calling (or work) for our lives. 

Sometimes that work has to be given time to take root, grow and flourish.  It may seem like nothing is happening, but much is going on behind the scenes.  And so it is with this blog…

It’s been quite a while since our last post due to technical glitches (our posts were not showing up), but those many blog-free months offered a quiet space to clarify the vision of what I hope to accomplish here.  The last few years have been an adventure in faith building and it’s helped to greatly hone that mantra of a simple, quiet life.

Our family has moved to a smaller footprint lifestyle as we wait for the next step in our journey and our homesteading goals are still in limbo.  As a result, these things have helped to shape our planning for the months ahead.

These new plans will bring changes over the next few months as we begin to redesign how we do things at The Homesteading Cottage.  Below are just a few of the new things to come…

  • Featured herb and essential oil each month
  • Steps to embrace the homesteading lifestyle no matter where you live
  • Recipes on how to cook from your stocked pantry and freezer
  • New subscription service to celebrate the seasons of life
  • Several new books coming out (more about that next week)
  • Series on being a blessing and ways to reach out to others
  • Free printables to help you simplify, organize, entertain and celebrate life
  • Frugal Fridays are coming back
  • Our new ecourse on creating a Home Haven to fit your spirit
  • And much more…
Things may seem a little rough around the edges as we transition into a new website and store, but that flow of blogging will return.  Hopefully some of our older posts that "aren't showing" yet will soon be fixed, but right now we’re just excited to be back up and running after getting the kinks worked out (;

In Gratitude,

18 comments:

  1. interesting post,a simple and quiet life is always a blessing!
    Thanks for visiting my blog,New GFC follower...Hope to read more posts here..
    Have a Great Day!
    Amy-Food Corner

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    1. My pleasure Amy (; Thanks for visiting our blog!

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  2. Beautiful image and the quote is excellent -- words to live by. Visiting from Little Things Thursday.

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    1. Hi Nancy, the quote has been a fave for so long so I had to share (; Thanks so much for coming by! By the way...love you blog (;

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  3. The older I get, there more I see the benefits of a quiet life. Drama and busy are not two things I enjoy! Thanks for joining us today!

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    1. I'm right there with ya Kim (; I'm a no drama mama (;

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  4. Dear Michele,
    I have just discovered your blog today, by the comment for me ...
    I love it already and will read it regularly, there are words that touch my heart and my mind.
    I will take my time and the old entries to read and consider..
    Thank you that you write this blog :-)

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    1. Hi Masha, thank you so much for your kind words. I'm so glad I found your blog and look forward to more visits (;

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  5. I enjoyed this post. I found many books in my Emergency Essentials catalog for cooking with dried foods, cooking with home storage etc. Every year I try to learn something new too. And yes, as for minding our own business, there is a world of mess going on out there these days. Again, I enjoyed this today.

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    1. Thanks so much Kristina...I'm learning more and more too and it's exciting to embrace a new skill. So glad to see you and thank you for the kind words (;

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  6. oh I can't tell you how perfect that verse is for me this morning!

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    1. I'm so glad it was inspiring Teresa. That verse has been a blessing and helps to keep me on course (;

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  7. Good verse... and a lovely image. :)

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  8. Pretty photo and lovely post - that verse has long been one of my favorite encouragements in simple living. I enjoyed my visit here. :)

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    1. Thank you for the lovely words (; I'm so glad you stopped by...by the way - LOVE your blog!

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  9. love that verse. I honestly crave a simplier life, a quieter life without chaos, a healthier life. So glad you are back and I'm looking forward to seeing more of your plans come to fruition.

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    1. Hi Joanne...thanks so much for stopping by with those lovely words of encouragement. It's good to be back (;

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