I took on this 31 day writing challenge having no idea what I was getting myself into.  This is hard.  I don’t have words to say every day for 31 days.  I just don’t have good content ready for each day.  I press on and I told my oldest daughter that I wasn’t going to give up.  I was going to fight through it.  You know, just making up dumb words to write on a page.  She said mom you can’t give up.  So thankful for the encouragement from my sweet 5th grader.  BTW she thinks it’s really cool that I have a website that says my name. Glad I can win “cool” points for something.:)

Today I was thinking about what I should say on this crazy Living Intentionally series I am doing.  I’m just a small town Iowa girl whose husband’s business is taking care of farmers.  There is not a whole lot of exciting things that happen each day in my life. I don’t even have a lot to write about that is happening in my life right now.  We are in a good season of just doing the next right thing.  The next thing that is in front of us.  We have our arms open to all of the things God would call us to and we are waiting and ready to watch them unfold.  And they are, slowly but surely.  I think living simply is such a gift.  I am thankful that my life is not crazy town right now and I don’t really want it to be ever.  I want to be able to enjoy my children, my husband and to live missionally. I want to notice the mama in the grocery store and help the kid at the park.  I want to be fully focused on the here and now.  Living simply.






When we live slowed down, we can love more and just be.  We don’t have to be a famous author or get 100 likes on instagram.  We just have to be intentional to love those in front of us and take action as God calls us.  Our life doesn’t have to be fancy, it just needs to be humbly laid down for Jesus to take hold of.  I just want to be small.

We just need to stop and smell the roses.  To step outside and wonder at the stars in the night sky.  To be amazed at the beauty of the sunrise.  We need to wonder at the merriment of childhood. Enjoy the little things.  The simple life.

So thankful God placed me in a small town in Iowa, where not a lot goes on, where the beauty is found in cornfields and pasture lands.  I love the simplicity and goodness of just living small.

I think the book Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman would speak to this subject well.  I have not read it yet but I have heard it is super.  For further reading and study on living simple, check her out.

Be blessed friends!!

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