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Is It Easier?

 

Many of you have heard my story of how a trip to Jamestown in Virginia transformed much of my thinking a few years ago.  It was then that I realized how it is puzzling to me that we have so many modern conveniences today, yet our society is busier than ever!

I have always been a “Little House on the Prairie Girl” at heart. I have often felt trapped in the wrong time period. {although I am quite certain I could never have handled the freezing winters, and true hardship of the prairie}  Anyway, it crosses my mind so often how those pioneers worked so hard for everything they had. Their whole life was spent on survival.

Today we do very little each day for the purposes of survival. We are more focused on comfort-on what we want rather than what we need.  We have luxuries that we often feel we deserve.

Truth is, as soon we stray away from the fight for survival we become complacent. We forget we never more than one breath away from the other side. Life gets comfortable and pretty soon we feel like we need so much.

As I stood in an 18th-century farmhouse at Jamestown a few summers back, I was struck by how little “stuff” was in the home. There was one room, with a loft for sleeping (a luxury at the time.)  A hook for clothes-which held all the clothes for a family of SIX.  A few pots and pans. A dish and cup for each person.

I imagined the lady of the house cooking all day (not because she wanted to try out the latest recipes from Pinterest, or try a gourmet meal) but cooking what the family had on hand with the intent of survival.  Cooking was an all-day affair because it had to be, not because she wanted it to be.

The laundry was also hard work.  Taking it down to the creek, scrubbing and wringing and drying.  I know today, I do dozens of loads of laundry a week and complain about it never ending. Yet I have a washer and dryer. How is this so? Because we have SO many clothes, and because we wouldn’t think of wearing them all week without washing. Perspective.

How are we so busy yet we have so much? What would those pioneers think of us? We have every modern convenience, yet we are running around more busy than any other time in history?



Is it really easier?

We have all the information we need at our fingertips via the internet, we have cars, we have dishwashers, washing machines, etc.  This is all supposed to make life easy!

What would it be like if we lived in a tiny home like that 18th-century farmhouse, but with the washer, dryer, dishwasher, phone, and internet? We would have much less to take care of.  We wouldn’t need to wash at the creek, we could wash those few sets of clothes once a week and be done.
We would have so much time.

Time for all of those things we say we have no time for.
Devotions, Bible study, games with the kids, family discussions, playing!!

Time. Time we say we don’t have, but yet I feel we have created our own lack of time. If we only lived with what we needed, we would have so much time.

Just things to think about today. Life is short. We have been given much. Let’s be good stewards of what we have and not waste it on the things that don’t matter. 

Live simply. Live well. Live for Him.

(I’ll be sharing a podcast episode this week on this topic…look for it Friday!)

 

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This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

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Pressing On

You all know my desire and passion to get all of us in the Word every single day. What better way to use my space here on the Internet than to fill it with Scripture.

Every single day, I will have a new scripture on the blog, sometimes with thoughts about it, sometimes with questions for you to ponder, and maybe sometimes just the scripture itself. But no matter what, I am vowing to publish Truth each day so no matter who comes to this space, can find a treasure. There are no greater words to read than God’s very own words.

So while I will still be publishing my usual blog posts and podcasts, I will also have a scripture each day right here on the blog. I pray this blesses you and encourages us all to get in the Word each day. I also hope the scripture I share here is NOT a substitute for sitting down and opening the Bible yourself…but perhaps a reminder, an encouragement, or a starting point. Ultimately, there is no substitute for getting into His Word each day.

Let’s all vow to be seekers of Truth! Let’s start simply…seeking Him.

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Hebrews 12:1-2

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Isn’t a beautiful thing to know that those who walked this road before us will greet us in heaven one day? Those witnesses to the faith are an example to us so that we can press on, knowing that even though we WILL face dangers and troubles here…one glorious day it will all be worth it! Fixing our eyes on Jesus gives us the ability to focus on eternity and not the things of this world.

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He Remains the Same Even When Life Changes

Spring is finally springing here at Love’s Farm and I couldn’t be more ready! After a very long winter filled with mountains and valleys, it feels good to have the warm sunshine on my face, the birds greeting me in song each morning as I walk out back to let the chickens out, and seeing the flowers blooming. The trees have buds that are bursting forth life once again.

It is a good time of year.

It was truly a hard winter in many ways. There was the weather- the snow that seemed to relentlessly pound our area. There were personal issues and conflicts and struggles that come along with any family. There were times of joy dispersed within those too.

But that is life.

Sometimes long winters. Sometimes early Springs. Sometimes we are so high on the mountain tops and other times we feel like we are in a valley so low that is impossible to climb out of its depths.

But God.

He is so consistent with it all. The world is constantly changing, constantly unpredictable, and constantly moving.

Yet He remains the same.

That is why it is imperative for me to fix my eyes on Him when my stance can be so unsteady.

He is the One thing that never changes throughout this ever-changing life.

How good and gracious He is.

As I look forward to the days ahead I am bursting with excitement because my favorite time of the year is upon us. The sun is staying out longer each day. The school year is winding down. The animals are croaking and peeping and tweeting in a symphony each night as the sun goes down and each morning as it rises.

All around me life is bursting forth.

I am soaking it all in because life is about to change drastically over the course of the next year. It will be a year of transition, but it will also be full of many “lasts.” My baby girl is approaching her senior year. I can hardly type those words without trembling. Not because I am scared, but because of the power of God.

He wrote this story. The story of a scared mom terrified to homeschool, terrified to tell her family about her decision, and terrified to take that leap. But that scared mom knew in her deepest soul that God was calling her to something far bigger. 

And here I am today. That mom in awe of what God has done through this journey. Academics have very little to do with the lessons He has taught us, the faith He has grown in us, and the young girl He has blossomed into a young woman over the years. 

So, as I approach this last school year knowing that life will never be the same after next May- because my baby will be entering adult life- I cherish every high and low because I know God has a purpose for all of it. The lows are just as purposeful as the highs in life. We learn and we grow. We need them both, whether we like it or not.

And God will remain the same through it all…just like the unpredictable seasons.

God is in control. God is good. And this Spring I will rejoice in all that is to come.

 

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This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

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What Can I Say? Nothing Can Thwart His Plans! Teach Them Diligently Arkansas

What can I say about my trip to Arkansas, except GOD blows me away! (I am actually typing away here at the beautiful airport!)  If you remember, two weeks ago we left for Nashville, TN to speak at the Teach Them Diligently Convention and we were only able to get there by divine intervention. (read about it here.)

Now this trip, would you believe, ANOTHER Nor’easter hit?? Yup. I am seriously beginning to think a snow storm follows me whenever I have a trip planned!

A horrible snowstorm hit the day before we left and was set to continue through the night. We were leaving for the airport at 5 am and ALL United flights were canceled that day/evening.

I was sure that even if my United flight for the morning was not canceled, that it would be difficult to get to the airport if we could get there at all. I contemplated worried and became anxious about not going.

But God.

I awoke at 4 am and the roads were clear. We said we would go to the airport, which is an hour away, and if the roads were bad, then we would turn around.

The roads were perfectly clear all the way.

Unbelievable!

And our flight was still on time! 

Goodbye NYC!

Statue of Liberty

Hello Arkansas!

We’re not in Newark anymore 😉

Can I just say, that any details I worried and became anxious about never happened? I am SO done with satan and his lies that cause me anxiety. Because I have seen time and again these past two weeks, that if GOD gives you a mission, He will complete it! And there is nothing else to do but rest in that truth and find joy in being in HIS will. The lies and worries that occupy my mind are permanently evicted from here on out!

As I chatted with one of my very favorites this weekend– Heidi St. John- we are WARRIORS for Christ!

Who is with me?

The beautiful Heidi St. John from The Busy Mom

This trip was beyond any expectations that I had. One of the best parts was that I traveled with my beautiful daughter. Knowing I only have one year left with her before she is a real-deal adult, I cherished every moment.

We talked, we ate, we shopped, laughed, and we ate some more! It was a treasure. And she was so incredibly helpful with everything. I am so thankful!

And the conference itself was beyond an answer to prayers. I met with so many homeschoolers that were encouraged by the sessions. I loved meeting so many podcast listeners (I really had no idea SO many out there listen!) and it was a joy to get some time with the other speakers- so many that I admire greatly in their ministries.

My friend Ann Dunagan from Mission-Minded Families

When He Calls You, Equips You!

It’s truly a delight to be able to minister to families and to be walking in the calling that God has given me…even though I never imagined doing this in my wildest dreams! Yet, I couldn’t imagine doing anything else these days. I am thankful beyond words.

These two sweet ladies came to every one of my four sessions! They were a delight!

And Arkansas! Oh, Arkansas! What a wonderful place. Truly one of my favorite places that I have visited. The airport is a dream. Smack dab in the middle of farms…it’s like they stuck the airport in my little town at home.

And the people! They are SO kind. I have yet to meet anyone that isn’t beyond pleasant and friendly. I just love it here.

There is nothing like a Teach Them Diligently event. They are truly special and the heart behind these events is so focused on the Lord. If you have the opportunity to attend one, don’t wait! Run! You will not be disappointed!

I will be at Teach Them Diligently Atlanta in 2 weeks– April 5-7. (PRAY for no more snow!)

And then from May 17-19, I will be at Teach Them Diligently in Myrtle Beach! I am so grateful!

**NEW** LOW PRICE FOR RETREAT TICKETS! Register today. Space is Limited!

This summer, I am hosting a women’s retreat in Gettysburg, PA. In a world of excess, we are going to focus on that fact that Jesus is enough. The world will tell you YOU are enough. But truly, HE is enough. He is all we need. We don’t rely on ourselves, or earthly comforts, but on Him alone.  I have lived with it all stripped away, and I have seen that yes, Jesus is enough. In fact, Jesus is MORE than enough.

Early Bird Registration is Open! Join us for this life-changing and life-giving event. You will spend two days with other sisters in Christ, tired of what the world offers, and ready to live the life that HE offers.

 

Check out where I am speaking in 2018—-> SPEAKING (UPDATED)

Listen to the Podcast—-> PODCAST

Watch my YouTube Channel–->YouTube

Visit my homeschooling site–>Bible Based Homeschooling

Shop Simply Living for Him——>SHOP (new items added!)