This is a place to let down, put your feet up and catch your breath in the space of a quiet moment.
Welcome…come as you are…no expectations here.
I am a woman seeking Truth, Faith and the benefits of a Simple Lifestyle.
Clearing up the clutter, anxiety and stress from my mind, heart, home and life to open up space and opportunity for what is truly meaningful.
How do I plan on doing that? One.Step.At.A.Time.
Obsessions with wanting more stuff, acquiring debt, connection to technology (like an umbilical cord), listening to world and local news, scrolling on social media, texts and messenger, only brought on my own unrealistic expectations for perfection. It left me…what’s the word…I think…“hollowed”. Yes, hollowed…out. Can you relate?
I’ve been on the fast track for quite some time; addicted to “more”, debt, work, busyness, technology and people pleasing, which ladies is a very dangerous combination!
As a result of this frenetic merry-go-round, a natural digression to experiencing more anxiety, panic attacks, aches and pains, loss of sleep and fatigue became my life.
An Old Perspective…
I’ve been striving for years to find truth, simplicity, belonging and falling short. Something was always missing. I bought into the idea that if I accumulated more, was positive enough and worked hard enough…all that I dreamed would become a reality. It didn’t.
A New Perspective…
2019 has been a year of transformation for me. I had plans for the future.
My plans were massive; requiring a lot of capital, dedication and manpower to bring it about.
But one day, I was on Youtube watching an interview of Chip and Joanna Gaines of the HGTV show Fixer Uppper. While listening to their story of how God led them to the show and Magnolia, out of the blue and as clear as crystal the thought came to me, “…the farm was never meant to be without Me.”
It stopped me in my tracks and I broke down in tears.
I knew then that my struggle in making headway was because my vision for the farm was all about MY plans, MY self-interests; not His.
God had a different plan.
Jeremiah 29:11 says…”For I know the plans I have for you”, and that day,
I turned the farm over to Him.
I stopped everything I was doing for work at the time and started asking for God’s guidance every day.
If the farm was in God’s plan for us, He would open doors. If not, He would close doors. I specifically stated, “God, if the farm is not in our future, take away my desire for it.”
Thus a stripping away of old beliefs and everything I thought I knew as truth began, making way for what I believe is TRUTH today.
I began reading the Bible all the way through; something I had never done before.
This verse stood out to me:
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
He invites me to lay down what overwhelms me, what is hard, and find peace, rest and belonging in Him; something that always eluded me in the past.
As I read His Word, I ask for four things: 1) Show me who You are 2) Show me Your will for my life and 3) Reveal my next step and 4) Lead me and guide me to Your truth.
One of my favorite verses, as I continued to read the Word, changed everything when my I didn’t know what to do:
Isaiah 30:21 “This is the way. Walk in it.”
So, I started a blog.
I am a journaling nerd, a writer, a lover of country living, red barns, animals, reading, décor enthusiast; always looking for ways to create a nurturing home. And oh, yes, one more thing…I love books!
Writing this personal blog requires a certain amount of transparency and dedication. It’s not easy.
It’s tough to take a complicated journey and pare it down to “simple segments of authentic life”.
Sharing my personal thoughts and musings with others; ups, downs, successes and failures will all be a part of my story.
At times it may be challenging or heartbreaking.
At other times, there will be heart-warming nuggets of truth and freedom,
joyful laughter “’till you snort” moments and
also some time for “still waters of rest” for the weary souls out there.
I long for a quiet and gentle spirit, country living, red barns and furry friends.
My wish for you is to find inspiration, encouragement, laughter and joy in my story, as I ease into the freedom of simplicity in my new walk with God.
Maybe you will be inspired to do the same.
If you would like to walk this journey with me, I welcome your company (ClickHere).
Until next time…