Saturday, January 28, 2012

What We Can Learn From the Simple Life

"A happy memory never wears out."

This little quote stopped me in my tracks. I just love it...because its so true. I came across the quote while reading a book that I have thoroughly enjoyed, "Amish Values for Your Family," by Suzanne Woods Fisher. I had read Fisher's Amish fiction before, and when I heard about this non-fiction work, I decided to order it. The book is full of wonderful stories and great Amish proverbs, like the one above. Across the top of the front cover are the words, "What We Can Learn From the Simple Life."

For me, the simple life is...homemade (and often store-bought!) cookies, freshly folded clothes, hearing the bird's song, smelling bread in the oven, giving a hug to my husband after his long workday, playing pattycake with my granddaughter, and sitting quietly to stitch. The simple life is a life that begins each day with praise to God...and ends each day in thanksgiving to Him. I have learned that the simple life is not always uncomplicated. Matter of fact, one half of the phrase "simple life" is "life." And life can get very unpredictable and difficult. It can and it will. Sickness comes without warning, troubles arise without notice, and hearts break in the night. But the simple life involves trusting in the Lord's guidance in everyday living.....

"A happy home is more than a roof over your head, its a foundation under your feet."
-Amish Proverb


At January 30, 2012 at 1:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Sherry ... just happened upon your "little space" ... it is charming! I love the simplicity of the Amish! This book looks like a must read for me! Thank you for the inspiration that you share here. Simple Blessings ♥ Teri

At January 31, 2012 at 4:44 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Teri...thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment for me. I hope you will enjoy the book as much as I have! Blessing to you, Sherry

At January 31, 2012 at 5:33 PM , Blogger Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for the book mention. Sounds like a book I would love to add to my collection:) I, too, enjoy "the simple life" and am so thankful to meet others like you along the way!

At January 31, 2012 at 6:23 PM , Blogger Sherry Hefner said...

Thanks so much, Judy. I love visiting your blog! It is a treasure to connect with others and to make new friends who share our love for similar things in life.


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