When I turned to simple living I felt guilty and lost for a time. I had no idea how fundamentally I had been affected by the world’s way of living. As time moved on and I began to work, a groundedness, peace and joy filled my days.
My journey began with a discovery of a digital library of books from the 18th and 19th century on housekeeping, healthkeeping, cooking, daily chores and old world style fiber arts. To my surprise, these books had a life of their own. They not only presented recipes and patterns, but there were many excerpts within these books that spoke of a way of living that has been forgotten. It was a time when the things that are acceptable in society today were not. These books speak of behavior and managing every day things that their homes had an abundance, the art of raising children and giving to others who are in need. Simply, they speak to the value of family, hard and smart work and the importance of the duties of a wife and mother.
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Through these links I came to love Catharine Esther Beecher’s “The American Woman’s Home: Or, Principles of Domestic Science; Being a Guide to the Formation and Maintenance of Economical, Healthful, Beautiful, and Christian Homes”, though through a thorough examination of others I found other tips, advice and wisdom on the woman of the house and her value. Ah…another step towards the reality of the Proverbs 31 woman.
It is no wonder to me now that our world has lost gratitude for the things God has given to us. We have exchanged our dependence on Him for our increase for the lie that we can do it ourselves. We are instructed in Scripture to be good stewards of what we have been given and He will increase us. A life lived in simplicity led me to see all of the living things He created — our words, our behavior, in the process of the foods from growing to cooking, the order of things and efficiency to the woman’s natural nurturing and it’s worth.
Though my husband fondly refers to my passion for this way of life as being “as close to Amish as a person can be without actually being Amish”, to me it is a closer walk with God that brings my relationship with Him alive. I pray that you experience this same closeness with the Creator and realize that we truly are set apart to Him from the world and that others are blessed in their lives to experience this too. Join this journey…