I’m excited to introduce you to Melissa K. Norris, who is guest-posting today and will be on my radio show, Living Inspired, this Thursday!
Do you ever feel overwhelmed with your to-do-list? Are you worried about all of the processed things going into your family’s food?
As a mom, wife, pharmacy technician, author, and speaker, I often feel like I’m working on a to-do-list that is written on a magical ream of paper that never ends. I can see it stretching into infinity, a giant white ribbon fluttering into the sky. But no matter how much ink fills it up, I made a vow not to sacrifice certain things.
I grew up growing a vegetable garden, canning, and with a mother who cooked from scratch. She used to hand-deliver homemade hamburgers and French fries in a paper bag to my friend and me so we could play like we were at McDonalds when I was little.
After I had a family of my own, I realized how important these traditions were and I wanted to carry them on. I see Jesus when I’m out in the garden, tending to the plants in the elements He created for both humans and vegetation need to flourish. When I’m elbow deep in flour and making my own bread, I remember what He said about yeast and being the salt of the earth.
5 tips for leading a simpler life:
1. Grow something. Not everyone has the ground or space for a full on vegetable garden. But everyone can grow a container garden. Herbs are great for the kitchen window or strawberries are perfect in a large pot on the back porch. Here’s my tutorial on how to plant strawberries with 5 tips for berry success.
2. Use heirloom seeds. There is nothing more simple than using seeds exactly as God created them. Heirloom seeds offer many qualities lost in hybrid or GMO seeds. Want to learn more about heirloom seeds, snag your FREE copy of my e-book, Heirloom Gardening Guide-Plant to Save Money.
3. Prepare one processed item from scratch. It can be overwhelming to toss all of your processed/store prepared items at once. Go over your families menu and replace the one processed item you eat the most of. For my family, that was bread. I haven’t purchased store bought bread in a year and a half. You can bake my no-knead bread in less than 5 minutes a day. I also use a sandwich loaf recipe and have 8 tips for perfect bread no matter what recipe you use.
4. Make your own green cleaning products. One of the easiest multi-purposes cleaners you can make is with vinegar and water. Put a ¼ cup of vinegar in a spray bottle and fill with water. Use it to wash windows (I couldn’t believe how streak-free they turned out) and to clean counter tops.
5. Read and pray outside. When weather permits, do your daily devotional and prayers outside. You won’t be distracted by the phone, computer, or television. Soak in the beauty of what the Father created for you.
What’s your favorite tip for living a simpler, faith-filled life?
Melissa K. Norris shares how to implement the best of a simpler time into reader’s busy lives and to see God in their everyday life. Through her novels and, Pioneering Today-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way, she creates new traditions from old-time customs, preserving a lost heritage for her readers. She is a newspaper columnist, award-winning blogger, and radio show host. Her workshops include traditional bread making, canning, and heirloom gardening.