08 May 2014

The Renewing of My Mind

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

-Romans 12:2 (KJV)

I knew I was getting overwhelmed. I knew I had to slow down.

Minimize. Simplify. Make your own. Do it yourself. Make more money. Stop spending money. Grow more food. Eat less trash.

Learn about herbs. Learn about essential oils. (That, alone, brought eight library books into my home at once.)

And let's not forget: get up at 1 am, leave the home you are trying to improve and transform to go to a place that seems to be getting all your energy 40+ hours a week.

Can I get an Amen? (I hope so, otherwise there's no justification for all my whining.)

Yesterday, I read Jill Winger's (Prairie Homestead fame) ebook, Your Custom Homestead: Awakening a Fresh Vision of Homesteading. This, of course, came after agonizing over whether or not the $8.99 was within my budget, should be in my budget, or if it would be money well spent. (It was.)

Couple that with me hearing someone quote a portion of the scripture above, and something clicked. Thank God, something clicked. The first step is to renew your mind. Everything else will fall into place. Press on. Everything else will fall into place. Trust in Him. Everything else will fall into place.

I will minimize. I will simplify. I will make my own. I will do it myself. I will make more money. I will stop spending money. I will grow more food. I will eat less trash. I will learn all I need to learn. And it all starts with renewing my mind. Looking at things with a fresh vision. All this will let the Holy Spirit lead me to that good, acceptable, and perfect will of God.

Jill's book provides (among other things) 21 steps to help get you on your way with "your custom homestead". Number three is to develop a personal mission statement. Here's mine, completed today:
To use the God-given power of nature, as well as the gifts He gave me personally, to glorify Him by being a good steward of all His provisions. To be present. To live with contentment and peace through every season.
Today, I saved 30+ dollars on my monthly phone / internet bill by removing unnecessary services, I "couponed" $1.50 off of 2 (3 pk) strips of yeast for my homemade bread making, and I wrote my homesteading mission statement. I'm going to congratulate myself for pressing on and moving forward by slowing down and beginning to renew my mind, even with much work still to be done.

How do you slow things down (when there's so much to be done) when feeling overwhelmed?

[Note: You don't have to tell me; I know this was a ramble. :-) I hope it came across somewhat coherent.]

Shared at From the Farm Blog Hop and Homestead Barn Hop.

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