Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Quiet Life

Well, we have been in our new Tennessee home now for about 10 days. While the separation was difficult (we left behind so many wonderful friends) and while the start up was a bit rough (quite a bit of work was needed to make this space ours) we are well on our way to our new life here in the country.

This morning I am learning to live the quiet life...

 "Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands,  just as we told you,  so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."  1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 

I am still working on defining what that means, what with three little people whose mission it is to be the polar opposite of quiet running around. I am still working on defining what "mind your own business" looks like to the compassionate Christian woman and what it means to not be "dependent on anyone".

I feel like those lessons will be easier to come in this space, with these trees and that pond within view.  These are lessons I am looking forward to learning while I on my front porch sipping coffee.

So far, this quiet life is a good one.


  1. I love it, Courtney,and I am excited that you have such a beautiful place to explore that concept. Along the lines of the quiet life, here is a verse that I came across this morning:

    "My heart is not proud, O Lord,
    my eyes are not haughty;
    I do not concern myself with great matters
    or things too wonderful for me.
    But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
    like a weaned child with its mother,
    like a weaned child is my soul within me." Ps. 131: 1-2

    Perhaps a big part of the quiet life comes with a quiet spirit...and by that, I don't mean personality-wise, but in terms of contentment. It seems that David was able to quiet his soul because he accepted his place in the world and accepted his limitations ("I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.") I don't know. It's just a couple of verses, so not much to draw from, but it did give me some thoughts:).

  2. Courtney, I agree with Kim: You have landed in a beautiful place, judging by that wonderful view your toes have in that picture. The pic seems like the epitome of living peacefully, less stressed.



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