Embrace grace-filled, natural living! This post is a challenge to let your natural living journey be filled with grace, rather than driven by anxiety.
Guest post by Katie of Embracing a Simpler Life
Natural living is a good thing for so many reasons.
It’s real food. It’s real product. It’s just real.
But what happens when the ideal of natural living begins to steal one’s joy? To highjack a carefree, relaxed, happy life?
What happens when the pressure of all the research and all the expectations we put on ourselves begin to weigh heavily on our shoulders?
How often do we believe the lie that unless we’re providing our families with all organic, all natural, all the time we don’t love our children and we’re not succeeding as moms?
So often we intend to elongate and improve the quality of our lives, while what we’re really doing is succumbing to a life of stress, fear and anxiety that steals our days.
Different “circles” of moms have different cultures, not necessarily better or worse, just different. Different ways of relating. Different shared interests. Different ways of thinking.
One such culture I’ve noticed is among the moms who read research. They watch the news, are very conscientious, very attentive and excellent parents… but they also seem to fret, a lot. All that information can be burdensome.
Every bit of their parenting becomes, almost… over-thought. Every bite their children take, every product they use, every activity, every moment, becomes a source of angst.
Because at some point, we all start believing we’re in control of things that we really can’t control.
This is what I think of as anxiety-filled “natural living.”
And then there are others, those moms who joyfully and light-heartedly embrace natural living by doing what they can and holding the rest in loose hands, refusing to let themselves be guilt-ridden by what’s not feasible nor reasonable.
Those moms who thankfully accept what’s available to them with a gracious smile, no matter if at that moment it needs to be processed or non-organic or served in a plastic cup, in order to more fully love those around them and say no to undue stress.
They walk in freedom, not bondage.
Their “natural living” is grace-driven.
So, with all the pressures of modern science and culture, how do we find the latter path, the middle road? How do we find the truly quality life?
Here are my suggestions:
How to Embrace Grace-Filled Natural Living
1. Cut yourself some slack.
Your expectations of yourself and others will define the very life you live. Say no to guilt, and instead set your course and make your choices according to what you can do cheerfully and in joy. Do something, yes, but give yourself grace for the rest. You have permission to not “do it all” as a natural wife and mom.
2. Realize and accept that you are not in control.
This is the other side of the coin. Some of the most health-conscious, all-natural people imaginable still end life tragically. No, you are not in control, and while eating a fantastic organic diet is great for your body, it guarantees you nothing.
That may be scary for you, but it could also be freeing if you learn to trust God with your life.
For those of us who know that He is in control and see a greater purpose to our existence than even what we will experience during our time here on earth, this is permission to relax and be content doing the best that we can, while forgetting the rest.
To learn more, check out How Eternal Perspective Changes Things: 11 Ways to Store Up Treasures in Heaven.
3. Loosen up.
You don’t have to become overrun with anxiety when a well-meaning stranger offers your child some Cheetos or a prepackaged cookie.
Keep perspective. This person, their heart and intentions, mean far more in the grand scheme of things than one snack. He is not trying to harm your child. Keep “loving people” as your goal, not “organic only.”
4. Consider taking a “news break.”
There’s no doubt in my mind that too much information can be a burden. I’ve taken a step back from the news in recent years in an attempt to find peace in the midst of an overwhelming world, and it has been good for my soul. While it’s important to be informed, it’s also important to know yourself. Consider if a news break might add life to your days.
Only in recent generations have we been exposed to such far-reaching news exposure. Sure, it is a good thing, just maybe not all the time.
Natural living is good. It’s a journey I’m on too. But let’s keep our joy, light-heartedness and zest for life while we’re at it. Let’s keep perspective and trust God with our lives. Let’s let go of undue pressure and fear and live in freedom today.
Let’s embrace grace-driven natural living.
What’s your reaction to what you’ve read? Do you need to let go of anxiety related to natural living?
Hi! I’m Katie. I’m a young-ish, stay-at-home mom of two adorably-fun little ones, and I live a life devoted to Jesus. I love to write, and I focus my energy on living simply and well. I’m fairly new to the blogging world, recently launching a blog called Embracing a Simpler Life where I write about eternal perspective, being a wife and mama for the glory of God, and simple, intentional living. Come check it out!