Recently I took a ride through Ohio’s Amish Holmes County. I found myself on a dirt road driving by picturesque white clapboard farmhouses with large barns and pastures full of cows. It was a warm spring day and I came upon a family sitting outside around a big table just chatting, kids, adults and, grandparents altogether. They looked happy and content not paying me any mind at all, just simply enjoying the day. In my travels, I stumbled upon an Amish quilt shop that called my name and made me stop. The woman was open to sharing some of her family’s background and told me how her mother started to teach her to quilt when she was five years old. A simple uncomplicated way of life that is always so appealing to me. The older woman and I had a wonderful conversation about how she runs the quilt shop with her daughters, and her husband and sons run their dairy farm.
Again that word, “simplicity” kept creeping back to me…no computers, no cell phones, no electronic stimulation just plain hard work all to glorify the Lord and the needs of her family.
When I think of that day I am reminded of this verse:
“Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you” and “to work in quiet fashion and eat their own bread” (2 Thessalonians 3:12).
You don’t need to be Amish to simplify your life, you just need the desire to slow down and enjoy a life that is uncomplicated. Use the tips above to start adding some direction to your life, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is once you get started.
By Tracy Fredrychowski
Photo by Jim Fisher
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