Saturday, May 11, 2019

In many ways....

In many ways the life of each of us can be wrapped up into few words..."I'm busy". With each greeting of  "How are you?", it is the same reply of "Oh good, just very busy."

Busy, busy is the word that many of us have said many times this year.  Could it be said that we
have used the words "I haven't any time for ....?  Only to find each of us are hurrying through our days completing and accomplishing the task at hand or the list that we have made for ourselves.  Trying to fulfill the things in our lives and homes that we feel some how is required of us.

We thrive on the hope that when we complete the task at hand, the list, and the work load before us that life will slow down for us.  We realize none to soon that our lives becomes just as busy than it was before and the cycle never seems to end.

Many are seeking for a slower pace of life or to find the time to enjoy life. How can we slow our lives down? How does one get back the simpler time of life?  So, I pondered the question of "In this fast pace world, how does one slow down and live a simple life at the speed of a front porch rocking chair?"

Just as I took the time to sit here with a throw, and a cup of coffee to type out these words for you to read, I have come to the conclusion that one must take the time to make it happen.

 If one doesn't paint, we would have no artist. If one doesn't take the time to write, there would not be books to read.  If no one doesn't take the time to learn how to play string instruments, there would be no orchestra to enjoy.  If no one takes the time to pray, there would be no hope for our nation.  If a mom doesn't take the time to enjoy every moment with her little ones, all is lost.

This four-lettered word 'busy' is a distraction to rob each of us of our time. There are those who have taken the time to write books, play in the orchestra, become an artist, tour the world, climb a mountain, and embraced their family at every waking moment.

Life has a way of getting away from us, but in each of our lives we have the freedom to evaluate it by stepping back and taking a good look at what we are busy with.  Knowing the difference between things that must be done and weeding out our wants while learning to be content with what we have been given. 

I have found in my life that my list of things to be done around our home could keep us busy for the next few years, and have to decided to consider what is more important?  What are the things that I want to do in life?   What are my interests?   The to-do list all of the sudden doesn't seem so important, a new sheet a paper is pulled out as I ponder what really needs to be done around my home and what are just added wants that are truly unnecessary.   I have learned to pick and choose events to attend, activities to be involved with, and stepping down from a couple of positions I have taken up with our church.

Time is something we will never get back once it is gone.  Take the time to say 'no' to all the business in your life.   As I type out this post my home is settling down for the evening. In a distance I am listening to our daughters playing a game.  "I'll be Mrs Peacock." said our oldest.  " I want to be Mrs Scarlet!" said our littlest.   Our little puppy is growling under his breathe as he awaits by the front door to be let out. The rain is pouring down on our tin roof and the front porch swing is calling my name.

 If I had attended an event this evening or rushed to town I would have missed all of theses wonderful things I call my simple life.

Thank you for reading my heart.
I am heading out to our front porch with a cup of coffee
while enjoying listening to the rain.
Simply Farmhouse


  1. It's so easy to get caught up in all the busyness of life . There's not one of us doesn't know what you're talking about , it's all around us . A few weeks ago I realized even my Sundays are busy . So I decided that was going to stop Sundays are my day of rest . That might mean that Saturdays are overly busy but I'm resting on Sundays . Going to church having an easy dinner and just relaxing with my sweetheart . This afternoon we sat out on the front porch and drank lemonade and ate cookies and took time to just enjoy each other's company and enjoy our little farm .
    Thank you so much for the sweet comments you have left on my blog . And thank you for your prayers.

  2. I agree with all that you have said. Over the last couple of years, my husband and I have worked to strip the word 'busy' from our language. And, we have intentionally worked at keeping our family calendar limited to events that are fulfilling and not just obligatory. It is not an easy task. Many things can vie for our attention. It is freeing to say 'no' to things and to reserve that time for slowing down and enjoying home life. But all of this, like you said, must be done intentionally. Which is a habit that needs to be developed over time. It's easy to slip back into the busy-ness.
    I hope you enjoyed your evening on the porch!

    1. Thank you Bekah, and welcome to Simply Farmhouse. You are so right my friend it must be done intentionally and guarded from falling back into it. Thank you for leaving a sweet comment. I look forward to getting to know you.

  3. This is my first visit to your blog and I am enjoying it very much. I agree with you about always being busy. I know it is necessary at times, but so is a little time to rest, relax and just enjoy being who we are with our loved ones. Blessings! ~Carolyn

    1. Hi Carolyn, Welcome to Simply Farmhouse it is so good to have you here. Aww thank you I am glad you are enjoying your stay here.
      We all have to create a this must needed time. Life is short..make each day count!
      Blessings to your home..I look forward to getting to know.


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