John MacDuff, 1818-1895

Well worth the use of 7 minutes to listen.



Four words which can occupy hours, days . . . a lifetime to answer . . .

How Much Is Enough?


The blogsphere is brimming with earthly wisdom on contentedness, striving for simplicity, and rules for minimalist living. The four words I love to turn over in my mind. BUT all these blogs have a GAPING hole. All of their heart’s desire can be found . . .

simply in Jesus Christ

It leaves me with the question, Why the striving to look everywhere except at the obvious, most accessible, most uncomplicated, prescription for simple daily living? Could it be that it requires something of me? Could it be that it is something too painful to identify let alone give up?

Simple Living as the world likes to call it is none other than Holiness to the Christian . . . and that is a scary word! But a word I want to wrestle with to . . .

understand holiness . . .

live holiness . . .

reflect holiness . . .

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 2Corinthians 3:18

(To anyone who might be reading, please look at this post, Just Give Me Jesus, to be clear of what I believe holiness is not. This is not some infactuation with the mystical, experiential, or inward-looking obsessions. It will be a focused look at sin and sanctification.)

Simple leaf

I offer the following description:  Christian contentment is that sweet, inward, quiet gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God’s wise and fatherly disposal in every situation.

— Jeremiah Burroughts, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

Amy at The Finer Things has 6 suggestions along with links to what others are piggybankdoing to recession proof their family and thrive!

It’s not about how much you make.  It’s about making that amount, however large or small, work for you.  My husband is a teacher and coach in a small town.  Without getting too specific, his salary qualifies our kindergarten daughter for reduced lunch prices at school.  It’s not a lot of money, but it’s working for us.  We chose to live on this income.  We chose for me to be a stay at home mom.  We are thriving.  In the event that your income is reduced for whatever reason, maybe some of what works for us might just work for you, too.     

1.  Ditch the Joneses.  They are not your friends.  They will tempt you to spend money that you don’t have on things that you don’t need.  Surround yourself with like-minded frugal friends.  Make it a game… who can find an item for the least expensive price?  Network and help each other save money . . .

Read the rest here. Amy is a guest posting on Homemaker Barbi.

live-simply-saturday3Simplicty = Contentment

“be content with wages”
Luke 2:14

“Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses,
with persecutions, with difficulties,
for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2Corinthians 12:10

“Not that I speak from want,
for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”
Philippians 4:11

“Make sure your character is free from the love of money,
being content with what you have;”
Hebrews 13:5

live-simply-saturday3I always know when the Lord
is speaking a word into my life — I “hear” IT in multiple places from multiple people . . .

My last thought before climbing into bed was, “Ahhhhhhhh, a morning without setting the alarm clock.” Expecting to awake around 6:30; so why is it at 4:50 a.m. I was wide awake???

Since Wednesday’s trip to the library I have been thinking about the new book, a can of peas by Traci DePree hardly able to wait until I could begin reading it. I knew nothing about the book or the author. The title peaked my interest and fueled my hopes. There is nothing like the promise of a great book ~~ especially if it is a series.

Perhaps the thought of solitude, a hot cup of coffee, and the book provided the momentum to eagerly jump out of bed. Fighting off the to-do-list thoughts was a bit challenging at first; yet, it was quickly forgotten as the charming story about a small town, a simple life, cherishing family, and the character’s struggles to adjust from the city unfolded.

Simultaneously, I was swept away into the story and into the memories of my own grandparent’s farm in Maine, the small town church we attended, and the small town life I remembered as a child.

Bliss-full contentment enveloped me and a renewed commitment to simplicity filled my soul. The minutes must have been especially designed for me, a lovely Saturday morning gift from our Father.

. . . the family wandered downstairs and I checked email. Waiting in my in-box was a devotion from Grace Gems based on Philippians 4:11-13.

I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little–and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances, I have learned the secret of being content–whether well-fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me.

In Him alone all contentment may be found.


The Simple Woman’s Daybook


November 10, 2008



this morning from my front porch . . . 

ice from last night’s rain, crunching grass underfoot,
greedy blue jays at the feeder, bare trees

i am remembering . . .

 the sea of black and gold at the Steeler game, a new aquarium, freshly cleaned bathroom with a new shower curtain, our friends, the cherub choir,
running out of water

i am thankful  . . .

husband home for the weekend, we are aliens in this world, the places where God meets me, storm windows, and precious water from the spigot

from the kitchen . . .

jars of pepper relish, pot of oatmeal, gloves, hats and boots, our son’s recurve bow, clean dishes, recipe books, our son’s first-run Christmas list

i am hoping . . .

find the beater to the bread machine L

I am thinking . . .

homemade Christmas gifts, Thanksgiving menu, daughter in Virginia

around the house . . .

ESPN for my fantasy football husband, blooming Christmas Thanksgiving cactus, laundry to fold
I am reading . . .
“The Perfect Mix” gift giving ideas for homemade mixes

one of my favorite things . . .

(funny how important it becomes when you consider it may be gone)

a few plans for the rest of the week . . .

 stripping wallpaper, setting up a guest bedroom,
Southern Living at Home gatherings,

a verse of Scripture . . .

“so that no man may boast before God. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God and righteousness and sanctification,
and redemption, so that, just as it is written,
1 Corinthians 1:29-30

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you . . .