Friday, April 22, 2011

Living Quietly


"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.

16 comments:

Teri H said...

I love this! You so often put into words the exact same things I'm thinking/feeling! Thank you for sharing!

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Thank you, you put things in context well. It's even more than a challenge in our day than many other times I think.

Candace said...

I love this, too. I struggle with this SO much. I have been following the Lord's lead in learning how to say no to many good things in order to say YES to His best for our family. But, being an active part of a large church often leaves me feeling so guilt-ridden and questioning my discernment in saying no. So many things we are asked to help with, teach, lead, participate...etc. And, I know they are all good things...and oftentimes it's hard to see the "busy ones" appreciated, but I just feel such a peace about learning to be content with our home and family NOT being busy. Anyway, sorry to ramble...this is a subject close to my heart right now! It's a battle in my heart, I have to just keep giving it to God, over and over again. :)

Subaru lover said...

Thank You so much for writing this. I have often thought of just living quietly with my family. This is wonderfully written. God Bless

Andrea said...

The quiet life is such a blessing! Though the tugs of the world can be so tempting. The quiet life can be lonely, but if we focus on the relationships in our home and nurture those then we can be grateful for that within our lives. Just reiterating what you've already said. I love your encouragement here. =)

Bonita said...

This is one of my favorite scriptures! I find that in running a business it's so easy to get caught up in the noise, all those things I need to do to be out there and noticed. Striking the balance of home and business isn't easy and while I yearn for the quiet life, it's hard to know what really needs to be done for the business and what is just stuff the world is screaming at me.

contented sparrow said...

oh, aimee. that verse has always been a favorite, one i keep coming back to again and again. (i really should paint it on a wall, print it out, or tattoo it on myself so i'm continually reminded of it's wisdom!) JUST what i needed reiterated in my own life today. quiet...ahhh. i'm feeling at peace thinking about this coming week at home with NO outside plans. i'm looking forward to trying some different meals, sewing a gift, getting more organized in the school department, cleaning...all the things that make up our little life and the art of keeping a home and cultivating family relationships. i agree with andrea that this quiet path can be lonely at times but that's what we, the Body of Christ, are here for...to encourage each other! love you, girl!

Julze said...

What a beautiful post, Aimee. Thank you for sharing what we all are seeking for!

Stacy said...

(over from Andrea's)

I love that verse! I try to live this out, too, in my life. It is difficult to maintain *only* when I compare myself to others' lives-- those who are busy and doing so much-- it can give me a sense of false guilt that I should be doing more. Blessing to you as you strive to do the noble tasks of home management, homeschooling, and- I love how you put this!- hospitality when you're able.

Linda said...

Thank you for this Aimee. I am longing and trying for this kind of life too.

Laura said...

Thank you, Aimee. Much to ponder here. And follow. Love your blog!

Children of Eve said...

Thank you for a great post. These are not lofty ambitions, they are real, practical and lovely.

Shelley in SC said...

Love that verse in Thessalonians. I can feel my shoulders relax when reading it. God's expectations of me are so different from the pressures I put on myself. Thanks for the reminder, Aimee.

tonia said...

mmm...i love the part about minding my own business. it's so true. sometimes when i come across something online that just winds me all up i remind myself "that's Jesus' business." *grin* it helps to put it all off on Him.

these last few posts have been beautiful, aimee.

Shelley said...

What a beautiful post. You blessed me so much. I love the verse and I am going to put it on our large chalkboard in the kitchen. Thankyou again for sharing.

Melon said...

This is a beautiful post. Thank You :)