So, today’s post is something important to me: living more simply. By now, many of you have probably read me talking about my friend, Laura Noelle. She is a stay-at-home wife, making a peaceful space for herself and her husband (and, someday, their children). I learn a lot from her about living simply, living more naturally. I want to be better at it, which is why I always ask her all sorts of questions. She has a lot of videos on her youtube channel that give me little tips, too.
So, when I thought about how I wanted to have a post about living a more simple life, I decided to have someone who knew more about it write a post about it. Because, really, a part of being the Beloved is learning to live in a way that is in harmony with His plan & purpose for the Earth.
And, Laura is learning to do just that:
I’m not your average girl. In fact, the more people know about me, the more strange looks and puzzled expressions I get.
See, most people these days can’t understand how a young woman in her mid-twenties would want to stay at home, make her own soap, hand wash her laundry, and embrace a lifestyle of reusable cloth.
It just sounds so…primitive! And, dare I say, gasp…old-fashioned!
Yes, I’ve been nicknamed “Laura Ingalls Wilder” by acquaintances. And that is one of the highest compliments anyone could pay me.
My goal is to embrace a life of simplicity. A life that revels in the everyday activities of homemaking and homesteading. Rather than spending my days solely making money and then shopping to spend that money, I choose to use my time and energy to make my own, natural products and focus on what really matters in life: relationships.
Relationships with family and friends, and with God. I’m the first to admit that my life doesn’t always look peaceful and my relationship with God (or others) aren’t always thriving and strong. But I do believe that God intends for us to be more dependent on Him and the world He made (like the good old days where you had to pray your crops would thrive so you could survive!).
Simple living means less stuff, which means less stress and clutter in our lives. Simple living means I have more time and space to just sit and listen. To sit outside and hear the sounds of nature and know that He has called me, His Beloved, to live differently than the world. God doesn’t want us to be overwhelmed, stressed out and sick all the time. But that’s how today’s society runs. And we don’t have to live like that!
And while not everyone is cut out for homesteading, we all can try to live a little more naturally and simply, which I’m pretty sure is how He intended life to be.
***Laura Noelle is an author & vlogger, as well as co-founder of AngelInk Illuminations. Simple living is her passion, and she has a desire to help and support women who want to focus on family first – whether they work in or out of the home.***
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.”
– John 15:19 (NIV)