There are a handful of life verses which over more than a quarter century have directed and corrected my path and 1 Thessalonians 4:11 is one of them.
This past week I've been drawn to it time and again and I believe it's the Lord's way of bringing my heart back to it's most natural beat, taking my mind off too many 'should I' or 'could I' temptations for busyness.
Though many choose a life of constant activity and adventure, I am at peace in the quiet, in the slow, in the day to day meanderings of a home based vocation. The temptation to do more comes not from a personal desire but from what others have written is necessary to experience a fulfilling life.
Do you read about someone else's life and imagine your own to be boring, menial or of no real value? Does that cause you to doubt your life choices? Occasionally I succumb to this, usually when I am physically or emotionally weary.
Thankfully the Lord soon draws my eyes and ears away from that road and reminds me gently of my own nature, the things which give satisfaction time and again.
And this is what happened around 4am this morning...He brought tranquility into the pre-dawn darkness and settled my thoughts on the goodness around me, the natural rhythm and hum of this home-based life I embrace, the fullness of heart which brings me joy as I serve my loved ones and share His grace. And I was happy.
Being in the moment, taking in each sound, every fragrance and the visual beauty God has created for our senses...it grounds me. Revives my soul. It allows me to breathe.
For those who choose the whir of a busy life I wish them well. But for me?
It's the quiet life, the gentle domestic life, which I delight in.
your sister in Christ,