My Dear Suzanne,
You laugh at me! That's alright, I can live with it!
Especially after all that I don't live with at present:-)
You call me a romantic for speaking fondly of my primitive life.
I have no electricity,
no plumbing in my house,
hence no toilet.
It is dark,
and at times dirty.
Yet I love it.
It is the way of life that I like so much.
I don't really love the outhouse being so far away, but it is a reason to sing and joke with my children when I take them out in the darkness before bed.
I don't especially like the darkness, but it makes me stop whatever project I'm doing and get everything situated for the night - in addition to that, everyone's ready for bed earlier because the house is dim.
I don't especially like doing my dishes on the deck, but I do like the view over the sink!
It seems to be a perfect opportunity to meditate on God's Word, and have quiet conversation with him - something I haven't been forced to do in a long while.
There's just no option. The lack of creature comforts forces me to "do my chores" NOW, or we don't eat dinner. I have to wash the forks from breakfast, therefore I have to remove myself from the house, place my hands in the soapy water, and look out before me at the Ceder and the Birch towering far over my head... I have to meet with God!
As it turns out, those chores are building character, strengthening my family relationships, and pushing me closer to my loving Saviour.
He has always been here, but because there is less clamour distracting me... I can hear Him speak.
Or maybe I'm listening better.
It is a daily, and sometimes minute by minute decision to view the glass as half full - that is what cultivates a grateful heart!
I believe that a grateful heart is the key to thankfulness, and a joyful countenance is the unsought fruit that it bears.
I believe that what I see as being wonderful, is truly full of wonder!
If I dwelt on the unlovely, that would be just as real, and the fruit of that would be discontent and a withering spirit.
Who wants that?!!
So dear Suzanne,
I know that you too, are a girl who chooses to worship The Creator no matter your outward circumstances.
You have blessed and inspired me with your own heart of gratefulness.
I may be a romantic, but if that's true...
...than so are you.
4 years ago