Friday, September 17, 2010

Day Five: From Here on Out

What a week!

For those of you who have stuck with me the entire week, I want to thank you.  Each of the comments I received are treasured.  I appreciate your support and encouragement so very much.  I didn't know what kind of response waited for me.  I was ready for anything- but what an encouragement you have been!

This past week has been my attempt to put into words the thoughts and decisions I've made over the past couple months.  This is my journey and while I hope I have inspired some of you to come along, your journey might look very different and that is okay.  My biggest piece of advice is to seek God and the plans He has for you.

I know some of you may be wondering why in the world it took me a whole week to talk about a fairly simple concept.  My response is this- in a "just do it" world, I think it would behoove us to pay attention to why we do the things we do.  What is our motivation?  Our purpose that lies behind our choices?  Are we blindly following others' ways of doing things or are we making choices based on scripture?  Becoming purposeful can make a concept come to life and become a real force in our lives.

So where do we go from here?

A goal I had for this week was to construct a large, sturdy umbrella over everything else that happens here at this site- over the gardening, chickening, recipes, homeschooling, etc.  I want it all to fall under this umbrella of purpose- God's purpose, our purpose.  I want it to be one in the same.  And, I want this purpose to give us new energy and excitement about the way of life we've chosen.  I want the reason for our choice to live simply not to be for our health, the environment, our stress levels or our bank accounts, I want our choice to be what it is so that we can give.  So we can be a blessing to others.

I plan on posting about this topic about once a week, transitioning from the concept to the practical ways of carrying it out.  Next week, I hope to tackle the topic of finding or creating funds we can give.

I will continue to post about food, the garden, the chickens, life happenings and homeschooling.  All will now fall under the umbrella of this new purpose- everything has new meaning!

And, in the spirit of giving, I have an incredible giveaway in store for you next week.  This life of living simply in order to give does not have to only be a solemn and serious life.  Remember that we have so much to be thankful for and excited about!

And, lastly, I know it sounds a bit hokey, but I really do thank God for each of you :-).

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  1. A Rich and Wonderful Godly heritage you are handing down to your children in everything you do. Blessed be the Hand and Name of the Lord!

  2. I love how you have brought all of this together today. It's all making sense! The term "umbrella" was very helpful for this visual learner. :-)

  3. You and I may not walk in each others exact foot prints the entire way but our paths are definitely both headed in the same direction. We serve an incredible God and once we establish that the desire of our heart is to fulfill His divine plan for our life things really get exciting. I'm excited to hear what happens next for you....he's gifted you with a wonderful writing ability and you've used it to bring others closer to Him. THAT'S AWESOME, all I can say is YOU GO GIRL! take care Robin

  4. You have given us a lot to think about, we have both appreciated these posts. We supported a boy from Chile, Eduardo, through Children's International for 9 years and he just turned 18 this past winter. We have been putting off what we will do next. Thanks for the push.

  5. I've checked in each day and have been enjoying your posts.

  6. I think I enjoyed today's post the best. Maybe because you talk about being purposeful. Yes we live in an impulsive world. I know that is a personal character flaw I have.
    "What is our motivation? Our purpose that lies behind our choices? Are we blindly following others' ways of doing things or are we making choices based on scripture? Becoming purposeful can make a concept come to life and become a real force in our lives." What you say here.....I just love it. Why do we do what we do, just the other day showing a friend my canned goods, she said I like the wide mouth jars better, chuckling I said, I use the regular mouth for almost everything, because, well that's how my mom did it.
    I think so many times we aren't purposeful! Thanks for reminding me to stop and think.

  7. Good morning. I was led to your blog just a couple of weeks ago. I was 'hooked' from the beginning and now I'm gaining more understanding as to why. I've enjoyed reading this week. Your posts have been very thought provoking and have made me look inward and prayerfully consider my own journey and the plans that God has for me. Thank you.

  8. What a wonderful reminder "seek God" how true that is in all aspects of our life. To find out what God wants us to do. The really great thing is HE will tell us :-)

    Thanks for sharing~ Cinnamon

  9. Well...I just got caught up on all the posts from your week of posts on the "new direction". How beautiful that the LORD is doing all this in your heart and your home...thank you for sharing it in such a lovely way!

    I TOTALLY agree that ALL we do is tied up in our worldview and WHO we are serving! Oh how precious to belong to the KING of KINGS!! May HE give us all renewed vision for the world and their needs...both physical and spiritual. I couldn't agree with you more on the humanitarian help that is given without the Gospel. It is disjointed and doesn't make sense to only physically care for people...we are spiritual beings as well and people NEED the LORD! Eternal matters are weighty.

    Thank you for being candid and willing to put yourself "out there" is beautiful to see. The LORD is honoured in these things ~ you have testified in a Christ honouring way.

    You have warmed my heart and given me food for thought...the LORD bless you!

    In Him,

  10. I, too, am new to your blog, and am so thankful for God leading me in your direction. What a wonderful journey you are on, and I'm excited to see what He has in store for all of us.

    You are a blessing.

  11. Thank you so much for sharing your heart with us. It is a rare find, in my world anyway, of others who care so deeply about simplicity in our lives and homes, and all for God's glory.


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