Why Hope Filled Simplicity?

I’ve been “wanting” to start a blog for a long time now. I say “wanting” because as much a I want to share, grow, and learn with others I’ve been terrified to actually do it. I’ve gone back and forth in my mind, arguing with God and myself. What if no one likes my blog? What if I sound as crazy as I am? I want to help people but what if I don’t help one single soul, or worse yet cause more harm than good. Words are powerful, what if I mess this up? And so on and so on. Then over the last few weeks in my Bible study with my dear friend, we’ve been challenged to say yes to God about sharing our story, make a connection with someone and give them something precious to us. So here I go.
I had the best name picked out for my blog. My blog that was mostly going to be about homesteading, motherhood, marriage, and just enough God thrown in to be nice and Christian. It was cute. It was catchy. It was perfect. It was taken. Yep, not only was the name I wanted taken, but every reasonable variation of it was also taken. Well what now?
I started thinking about what else I could call this adventure when a few of my favorite verses started screaming in my brain. 1Thessalonians 4:11 “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and work with your hands, just like we told you.” Sounds like living simply to me. The other verse I couldn’t shake was Jeremiah 29:11. Reading further I realized there is more than the first promise here. Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”
Here I am saying yes. It is the desire of my heart to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love others as I love myself. I pray that as Jesus transforms me I get to experience a life of hope filled simplicity.