"to make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you,"
I Thessalonians 4:11 (Amplified)
I have been thinking a lot about living quietly and peacefully.
What does that look like?
I am trying to live it out right now by staying at home as much as possible, focusing on building relationships of love and respect with my husband and children, turning off the TV, and keeping out as much "noise" from the world as possible.
I am seeking (and often failing!) to live in trust and faith in the Lord even when I don't feel great or our money is tight or plans don't work out...to be at peace in my relationship with Him and others...forgiving quickly when I am hurt and asking forgiveness when I have hurt others.
I am trying to "mind my own affairs" and not other people's. Choosing to look to my own vision of what I know the Lord is calling me to do in this season of life. Home management, homeschooling, and also hospitality when I feel able.
"Working with my hands"...cleaning and simplifying my home. Sewing and simple crafting. Cooking good food. A plan to go strawberry picking and make freezer jam. I also hope to plant some basic herbs and some pots of Roma tomatoes.
It's encouraging to think that God is calling us to simplicity and peace...that his tender commands bring us life and health and wholeness. We are the ones who choose the complicated and over-extended lives...finding these simple principles of living makes our days deliberate, focused and do-able...not to mention a greater sense of peace and joy too.