...and to aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one. 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
The image above is titled 'All is Well'. If you click on the image it will take you to allposters.com where you can purchase the image. I really love the simple beauty of it.
We've had a couple of frustrating weeks here at our little cottage. Our car started to have some brake issues so we parked it until we could get it in for service. We had Dan's truck so when he got home from work we would run our errands. The second day of this situation, the brake line on his truck somehow leaked brake fluid everywhere, so now no truck! We only have two autos and both of them are well over 10 years old but we like to buy used drive them until they die. It helps immensely with our budget to do it this way. So, now two cars down and none left but Dan does need to get to work, doesn't he? This couldn't have happened when he was off work for 5 months!!! Anyway, the car is being fixed and we borrowed my sweet little mama's car for a few days until we get it back.
On top of this, life suddenly starting moving at mach speed and I'm truly a horse and buggy speed kinda girl. On top of the issues at hand in our own lives, we are concerned about the state of our country, the situations going on in the world, so much to be concerned about isn't there? I know some folks just turn on CNN and sit there watching the news as it happens, can't imagine why anyone would do that. First of all, I would only watch Fox News if I watched TV but also why watch the news happen that you can do absolutely nothing about? We need to be informed but with all the instant and constant news networks it's information overload! It can really get to you, then there's the earthquake in CA, thankfully there were no deaths but it's all things that stop you in your tracks to pray for those involved at that moment.
I believe what we do after we pray is not sit down in front of the TV to watch it all, that's totally counter productive, what good is that doing those folks involved? After we pray, I think we are to let it go, don't continue to fret over it. How do we do that? Well, if you're a Christian you must remember that God is in control of everything, that' right everything. Our Heavenly Father has His mighty Hand in it all and no matter how it works it, after we give it to Him, we move on. There is much to be done in our lives, there is much to be done for the Kingdom of God, fretting over things is not productive to doing what the Lord would have us to do.
What it all comes down to is this: If God is on His throne, All is Well....and that's really all we need to 'know'. I'm so very thankful for His Grace, it's what motivates me to put one foot in front of the other and keep going! In Him.
Sometimes I wonder if anyone has moments of true silence. I would love to experience more of it. It seems the world around us is intent on making noise. I'm sitting here in front of my computer in my home and I still can't find the silence. Of course as I'm typing I'm making my own noise, the keys on the keyboard are a bit clicky, I can hear myself sniffle a little from allergies and our A/C unit is outside this room so it's roaring away outside. But what I'm searching for is some true silence, time to let you mind catch up with your thoughts, no distractions, just silence. Last night I had a harder time going to sleep than usual and I found that even in the total of darkness of our home there were noises that just won't go away. Our fridge makes some sounds, the A/C, the night creatures in our woods (I happen to love their sounds :), it seems that there is nowhere to go to just have silence. I imagine being at the top of a mountain far, far away from civilization would be pretty quiet, of course there would be critters, the wind blowing, but that would be Heavenly. I was watching a video of a homesteader making a meal in a microwave vs. homemade and I thought of how wrong it seemed for that microwave to be in her home. She has a cabin that she built herself and they are off grid so that microwave just didn't fit in, especially when she started pushing the buttons on it, dings and beeps, it just didn't fit in the surroundings, but of course that was her point and I'm sure it was a borrowed microwave because she mentioned that she didn't like the look of it in her cozy cabin. I can't blame her! We haven't owned a microwave for many, many years but it's because we wanted to simplify and that was something we could definitely do without, hubby misses one occasionally but I can't imagine why because his food is warmed and cooked for him, but he's used to the one at work and kinda misses it but he understands that I don't like them. Well, I'm going to continue to search for my silence, it will be difficult while hubby's home because the TV is always on when he's here. When he's at work it is never turned on, I don't watch TV, there's nothing worth watching but the Duggars and he records that for Katie and I to have little marathons every now and then. I think the sound on the TV that bothers me the most is the 'laugh track', it's just such a ridiculous thing, it's canned laughter, not even real at the moment. Maybe that's the problem, too many things on TV are not real, I get so very tired of all the fake and phony, life just shouldn't be all about TV.......