“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”Laura Ingalls Wilder
I didn’t know it then but my upbringing instilled deep within my heart not only an appreciation for a simple life but the strong desire to always pursue it. I never aspired to worldly successes. Those were not for me. I have always wanted a peaceable, simple life. God faithfully led me to a man with the same ambitions. In the midst of of raising little ones and balancing our home life, my husband and I began to talk about our stashed away dreams. So we set out to pursue our piece of God’s green earth, and to nurture a sustainable lifestyle away from mainstream society.
Here we are, nearly a year after purchasing our small parcel of land in the Ottawa Valley. We live just outside a tiny town of 1000 people. We’ve learned so much in our first year and we have so much more to learn. We know that our journey isn’t for everyone and we don’t believe our path is the only way to live. It is however, our prerogative to choose the way we might live. And amidst these current times where everyone has an opinion of what they think others should be doing, where specific actions are a virtue, our family has stepped back and walked in the other direction. That has been our conviction. We’ve lost friends, we’ve gained new ones, we’ve lost money, gained insight, and found courage.
Contrary to what the world preaches, you can not be at peace with all men, be loved or even liked by all. For every person that might agree with your political or spiritual ideologies or for the path that you choose to live, there will always be the ones who hate you for them. There will always be the pull of the world to tell you what you should be consumed by, who you should be, how you should act. I was reminded just yesterday that true doctrine is literally divisive. It is meant to separate good from evil. We live in a world that spews confusion and moral ambiguity. As a Christian, I believe God’s Word is like clean, running water. It continues to wash away the grime of the world and make clear, the Truth.
Every day in this life is another opportunity to pursue the simplicity of God’s truth and I’m grateful to be here for it.