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2015_05_04 Convenience

 

In this day and age when there is a gadget for everything, I’ve begun to wonder, are these things a convenience or a crutch? Webster’s defines convenience as “suited to personal comfort or to easy performance” and “affording accommodation or advantage”. It defines crutch as a prop or stay, basically something that holds you up when you can’t stand on your own.

For the last few weeks I have been falling deeper into the rabbit hole of Proverbs 31 with some dear sisters of mine and one of the things that keeps jumping out at me is how much this woman uses her hands to bless her family…her actual hands. They touch the family’s food during selection and preparation. They touch the raw material that she spins into thread to weave the fabric to sew their clothes. They touch EVERYTHING! Not too long ago I talked about the power of touch and just how much energy we transfer through our touch. Now here this woman is infusing her energy, her love, her heart, her nurturing thoughts into everything she gives to her family.

Now I’m not saying throw all your appliances away, because I surely have no plans to do so. But I do think that when we depend so heavily on them, we lose some major opportunities to infuse our family, our community, with the love we have stored up inside. We miss those key experiences of pouring ourselves into a sacrifice for love. The Proverbs 31 woman put all her energy into the task at hand and kept her focus on her family while she did it. She didn’t push a button and then go play online until the machine finished working.

She was able to accomplish all of these things without a single one of the conveniences we have today. Yet, even with all we have, we seem to never have time for the important things in life like fellowship with the Father and with our family. So the question remains…these devices, these gadgets, that we fill our home with, fill our lives with, are they helping us be more efficient or propping up our duties so that we can do the things of the world instead? I’m going to be honest with you. When I first ran through this exploration into self, I came to the conclusion that many of my gadgets were crutches, not conveniences.

There are some things you can look at to see if you may have fallen into crutch territory too:

1. Can you do the job without it?
2. What do you do with the time it saves you?
3. Do you still pour your love and energy into the task or has it become just as mechanical as the device you’re using?
4. Do you ever get the urge to do the job without the device?
5. Do you work with the device or does it work for you?

Take some time to look at the ways your nurturing and domestic service, those ways in which you feed your family your love and support, have, in effect, been put on autopilot. I have truly come to believe that many of us have structured our lives backwards, myself included. We put home on autopilot so we have more time to participate in the world, when it is the world that needs to be put on autopilot so we have more time to participate more at home. This is the transition I’m taking head on, this is the goal that has sparked passion in my soul!

So take some time every once and awhile to do things from scratch, the old fashioned way. If you don’t know how, take the time to learn. It will be such a blessing to your family! Be intentional about your thoughts and feelings while you are working in your home. Find creative ways to touch more of what you give to your beloved ones. Spread holiness and prayer over everything you give them and cover them with your love. Slowdown from the everyday hustle and bustle of life and let your focus rest contently in your God-given service. Within these acts infused with love can be found the most humbling and edifying peace and joy that can and will carry you through even the toughest of days. I encourage you beloved, give it a try. There are blessings abundant stored within!

I pray you an adventurous spirit and an open heart precious ones! Shalom!~

Surrendered to Him~

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  1. Mariah
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    Very interesting! I have been feeling this way for quite some time. I feel like we also wouldn’t have near the financial problems as well and health issues if we use our hands and do things how our grandmothers and gret grandmothers did things. It started off as a way to make life better but instead we have forgotten a way of life that was much simpler and happier for people. I am fascinated with the Amish and their way of life. My husband and I have been making slow and little changes but we do hope to continue to make more.

    • ~rose~
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      “It started off as a way to make life better but instead we have forgotten a way of life that was much simpler and happier for people.” That is exactly what I’m feeling in the Spirit! I have become very interested in minimalist living, the Amish way of life, and homesteading myself. It just really feels like we have lost something so key, so important, in our never ending strive to make things better, to make them easier…as if the way God created them to be isn’t good enough. When the truth is, the times have not changed what is required of us. It was us that changed what we required of the times, and it is up to use to change it back!~

  2. Laurie
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    Absolutely beautiful! A couple of moments where I actually said “ouch” because you stepped on my toes (paragraph 4 and #2 of the list). lol

    “It just really feels like we have lost something so key, so important, in our never ending strive to make things better, to make them easier…as if the way God created them to be isn’t good enough.” So sad, Lord forgive us please.

    Here’s to turning our hearts and hands back to the way God intended, to not letting the conveniences we have been blessed with to become crutches, instead using the time they give to us to focus more on the Lord and on loving our families.

    My heart has been truly blessed! Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Laurie

    • ~rose~
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      Thank you Laurie! And please know that my own toes are EXTREMELY sore over here…lol! I praise Him for all the lessons though and I am determined to put them to use in my life! I join you in that toast beloved and I am so glad to be walking with you on this journey! Blessings dear sister!~

      ~rose~

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