The Work’s Never Done!
The term just conjures up visions of hard work, sweaty days, and the fruit of our labor.
It’s true. Homesteading, country living, doing things ourselves, and making it work are part of the everyday lifestyle we have chosen. We could walk away from it, and that would be ok, but for now we choose to keep pressing on.
I think a little about the pioneers who packed all of their belongings into a covered wagon to head West. They had a dream. Freedom, opportunity, wide open spaces. Or maybe it was a little bit of adventure, escape, or a calling that prompted them to leave what they knew behind, to traverse the wild nation, and keep going, through much struggle.
It does remind me of the Bible verse:
…exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:21-22).
People choose homesteading for many reasons also. Whatever the reason, part of life becomes times when we just need to press on, stick it out, and keep looking for the brighter days to come.
Sticking together with our families helps. Often we are very tempted to make each other the enemy, but that only divides us and makes the work twice as hard!
We are all in this together, and we would do well to keep that in mind! Our kids work very hard. We work hard. We need to notice more, and appreciate each other.
Many years ago, this little poem came across my attention. I believe I read it in a magazine then, and not long ago I remembered it. It’s a nice little reminder for all of us, homesteaders or not!
Mountain Ma and Pa
Mountain Ma and Pa
January 15, 1996
O, so much ter do
So much ter be done!
The work’s never through
An the work ain’t much fun.
No thanks fer yer labor
No pay fer the job”
Jest “What’s fer supper?”
“How bout corn-on-da-cob?”
Ya mop an ya sweep,
Ya dust an ya shine
Then turn around
And what do ya find?
His shoes on the floor,
His coat on the chair,
His rear in the couch,
An his feet in the air!!
So ya kick off yer shoes
An ya throw down yer broom”
An ya wink at yer ole man
So he’ll make ya some room!
I also found a short devotional speaking encouragement for all of us on this road. Through Much Tribulation
If you’d be interested, I made a collection of encouraging Bible verses in a couple of handy printables awhile back. Feel free to download and print them for your home. More Bible Promises for a Homesteader’s Heart
I also like little boxes of Bible promises like these. It’s nice to open a new promise every day. 😊. 101 Promises from Psalms
Bible Promises to Bless Your Soul. This set is lovely and feminine.
Whatever your journey, homesteading or not, may you be encouraged and uplifted. Oh, and don’t forget to throw down your broom every now and then! 😉