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The Simple Life Devotional (Re-Release)

{November 2014}
There are lessons to be learned in Amish country, if we’ll only take the time to hear them. Come along for a look at The Simple Life, with 60 true-to-life Amish stories, and 60 delicious Amish recipes.

A hard-backed version with color photos.

Note from Wanda:
Have you ever felt like your life is too busy, too cluttered, too stressed? Have you ever imagined a simpler life, full of the blessings of family, friends, and faith? I wrote The Simple Life devotional for everyone who’s ever longed for a less stressful, more peaceful existence. Based on stories from my Amish friends, the devotionals I included provide practical and thought-provoking ideas on living a more satisfying life. Yet, one need not wear plain clothes or drive a horse and buggy to find a simpler life. Quietness and peacefulness are really a matter of the heart. It’s my hope that each reading will give you an intriguing glimpse into the Amish culture and help you discover a sense of peace, joy, and a desire to live life a little closer to God.

October 31, 2014


Recently someone said something very hurtful to me, and I felt the sting of it for several days. Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?” Well, they may not hurt in a physical sense, but unkind words can hurt emotionally. Words, whether spoken in kindness or with malice, can never be taken back. A kind word can heal and bless, but an unkind word causes strife and stress. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Another scripture, found in Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”

It’s sometimes hard to know what to say and when to say it, but God will help us use the right words when we speak to others, if we just ask. Have you spoken words of encouragement to someone this week? Has someone said something meaningful or helpful to you? The Lord wants us to speak the truth, while seeking peace through our words