Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Could You Live Smaller or With Less Part III


I have enjoyed reading your comments on how you live in a small home. I can sense the contentment that each of you have.  I admire you!

Contentment is something that must be obtained each day of our lives.  Just as easy as it is to be contented, it is just as easy to become discontent with what we have and even with our family. 

A home with less stuff  is more focused on the family that lives within.

A child doesn't really want the stuff we buy for them.  Children really seek for our attention and our time.   I have found this to be so true as I stop what I am doing and give my full attention on what my girls are sharing with me.  It may not be important, but it is important to them. Drop everything and do something one on one with your child and see them light up from simply giving them attention.

Have you ever notice how stuff keeps finding its way back in our homes. Just can't imagine how that happens? 😉

This week I am purging once again not only do I desire to live with less stuff in my home, but also with less media  and internet in our lives.

The influences out there are strong  making us feel that we must buy a big house, nicer clothes, the best car, and furniture to be happy. ( We have found that happiness is in Christ.)  If each of us would cut off those influences we could focus on living life simply and contentedly.

Hugs,
Simply Farmhouse


Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
 I Corn 15:58

10 comments:

  1. Years ago I have I had the mind set of less and began that journey. I had ups and downs but thankful that I have found my contentment in Christ. I will say I have struggled with that pull at times but I immediately think back to our times in the Islands doing missions. Going overseas gave me a different mentality and appreciation for life and "things" didn't and still doesn't seem that important to me as it once was. I think one of the hardest things I have found about this path is finding like minded friends. When I tell people I would love to live on less, be more self sufficient, or downsize I seem to get that really strange look like I am an alien...Hahahaha!!! Most of my church goers, friends, or acquaintances all desire the "big" things. The nice cars, big homes, pinterest décor homes and parties, clothes, and gadgets. I am sitting here trying to throw out, cut back, and purge. It can be hard to fit in. I do feel like a pilgrim in a strange world. :)

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    1. Chrissy, thank you for sharing your heart and thoughts on this. I believe going over seas would do a lot of people a lot of good. Lets load them up and send them there! haha! I get that look as well when I talk of eating organic or using oils. Thank goodness there are a few in our church who are slooowly getting on board with it. Actually, it's the mom's about your age who are younger then myself. I have share my thoughts on living with less with them as well. Follow your heart Chrissy, because that is the path the Lord has for you. It is all about pleasing Him. Hugs, sweet friend.

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  2. This is so inspiring! I'm nearly done with my cancer treatments, and I want to change how I'm living my life. This post spoke to me. This paragraph was so important, I hope young moms see it.
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    A child doesn't really want the stuff we buy for them. Children really seek for our attention and our time. I have found this to be so true as I stop what I am doing and give my full attention on what my girls are sharing with me. It may not be important, but it is important to them. Drop everything and do something one on one with your child and see them light up from simply giving them attention."

    I'm going to try it with my 16 year old and see what happens.
    God bless!
    Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

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    1. Aww I am so glad Laura. I am so happy for you ~ Praising the Lord with you that He has brought you through this long trail.
      Let me know how it goes with your 16 yr old. I love spending one on one with my 15 yr old and my nine. If it is important to my girls, it's important to me because they are important to me. I make eye contact with them and linger on their every word. Laugh and react to every thing they say. HUGS to you sweet friend.

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  3. Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog! This is a wonderful post, and so true! There is so much more peace in a home if internet and entertainment are limited. I also think children become overwhelmed if they have too many toys.

    May you have a blessed day!

    Sarah

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    1. Your so welcome Sarah,and Welcome to Simply Farmhouse. I rather my home be filled with laughter of the children playing together instead of being self absorbed in electronics any day. Please come again.

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  4. Thank you for such a wonderful posting. My feelings are much as yours. As we have lived in our little cottage for almost 50 years, we have accumulated over those years. We do try to keep only what we truly use and love. When you mentioned the time spent on the internet and the cell phone, I perked up. I think so often about the time I spend on our computer and how I need to limit that time. I truly need to work on that. I have enjoyed your 'Live Smaller With Less' series. It speaks to my heart. I hope that your weekend is filled with sweet pleasures and simple blessings. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

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    1. Thank you for the sweet weekend wishes. Wow, 50 years what memories your family has in one special placed called home. Thank you for coming by.

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  5. Beautiful post . . . your heart is in the right place :)
    God bless you and your family.
    Connie :)

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    1. Thank you Connie you are so sweet, I am glad we found each other.

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