A New Year to Rest

As I prayed over the new year and the future of this blog, The Lord has been prompting my heart that it is time for a season of rest. 2012 was a very challenging year for our family, from business failure, to insomnia, to over committing ourselves in service. I have been writing and editing here at Passionate Homemaking for over 5 years now and it has been the most amazing journey. I started out as a simple family update blog and it quickly soared into an amazing highly trafficked website as I shared about my passions in natural and frugal living. To this day, there are over 20,000 subscribers. I never planned for it. I never anticipated the income that came with it. It was never my goal. I didn’t plan to have a big blog…but God had other plans for my simple and messy words. I was just an empty vessel desiring to be used by my Lord.

I would have never imagined how God was going to use this site. Day by day, I have received the most encouraging emails and comments from ladies all over the world that have been impacted in some way through this online ministry. It has been a little outlet for me to be able to use my gifts to bless others from my home, which has been my heart and passion for so long. I have seen people come to know Jesus, or simply be inspired in realizing that there are others out there who struggle just as you do. Through the resources we have earned in sponsors and giveaways, we have been able to fully support two different orphan homes first in Cambodia and then in India, in addition to many other giving opportunities. All glory be to God!

I honestly admit that I have struggled for quite a few months now, struggling with lack of inspiration and ideas for posts. It has been challenging to maintain the blog while juggling all my various responsibilities within my home, church, and community. I have struggled repeatedly with my identity and comparing myself with others in the blogosphere. God has used it to prune and refine me and make me more like Himself. I’m tired of this sin in my heart. I’m tired of finding my approval in this stuff rather than wholeheartedly in my Lord. I’m just ready to let that all go once and for all.

I have been sensing that it is time for a lengthy sabbatical. God has been prompting me in this for awhile, but I’ve been fighting hard. It’s been one of the hardest decisions I have made. It’s not something I wanted to give up. I have loved this little world from my computer screen. But I feel like I have loved it too much as well. I want to fully live in the here and now. I want to turn my full attention closer to home, towards nurturing the relationships closer to home, rather than stretching myself too thin in various committments. I do not want to fight what God is leading me to do…even if it means letting go.

I may be back again…but I’m waiting on Gods timing. He may have a new adventure in store. In the meantime, I wanted to share throughout the month of January, the top ten posts that have been written on Passionate Homemaking over the last 5 years. These are posts that I feel God has used in sweet and powerful ways and I wanted to share them with you all once again as a parting present for a time. All the resources here will still be fully available for your use and service. Although comments will be removed as I will not be able to moderate them.

Also, I wanted to share a few blogs that I feel would be very worthwhile to mention for you to enjoy that have served in inspiring me over the years that may effectively take my place. Many of these blog authors have become dear friends over the years:

Girl Talk Home

Inspired to Action

Heavenly Homemakers

Grace Full Mama

Keeper of the Home

You all will remain in my hearts and prayers…thank you for taking this journey with me! Thank you for all your love and support! Thank you for choosing to follow me here in my own little messy world. I love you dearly even if I have only meet a tiny fraction of you. May you be strengthened in The Lord and be empowered to embrace joy and thankfulness where you are, whatever season of life it may be. May you be faithful to bring Him much glory! Treasure the precious moments he has given you. Smell the flowers and rejoice in His loving care of you!

I want to conclude with a quote that has been my life quote:

“Only one life, twill soon be past…Only what’s done for Christ will last.” – C.T. Studd

About Lindsay

Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

172 Responses to A New Year to Rest

  1. Rebecca February 28, 2013 at 7:05 am #

    I came upon this late… but I pray God’s peace and blessing upon your family as you follow His leading! He will bring greater maturity in you, if you follow His voice and direction. What a joy that you are open to whatever God has for you, even letting go! Your blog has been a source of inspiration and blessing to me on many occasions. I am thankful for families like yours around the country and the world that are committed and devoted to God. We truly are of “one mind” though we do not know each other!

  2. Belinda February 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Thank you very much for sharing of yourself with all of us and giving us great ideas, recipes and insight. May your life and your family’s be blessed.
    Sincerely,
    Belinda

  3. Kellie Z. February 2, 2013 at 8:10 pm #

    Thank you for all the encouragement and inspiration you have given so many through this outlet. Even this decision to lay it all down to be obedient to the leading of the Lord is inspiring. Be encouraged, I feel like the Lord would say to you: ‘well done my good and faithful servant.’ Now on to the next season. I pray for grace upon grace in this new season. May you find a renewed joy in His presence and an intimacy with Him that you never knew possible. I will keep you in my prayers when I think of you or revisit your old posts : )

  4. Victoria January 26, 2013 at 12:36 am #

    Be blessed Lindsay! I hope you have a wonderful year as you continue in your homeschooling journey and building your home. Thank you for your ministry to us ladies from all around the world.

  5. Vinae January 22, 2013 at 8:22 pm #

    I was blessed to hear you speak at Selah a few years back. At the time, I didn’t realize that I had already read quite a few of your blog posts, but soon after Selah, I read more of your blog and realized how closely your heart for your family reflects my own. I have been greatly encouraged by your passion for your family and for God. You’ve given me many things to think and pray about. Blessings to you as you take a break. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for you and your family. And even if you never get back to blogging, I know I will continue to use and pass on the wisdom you’ve shared in this blog. Thank you!

  6. The Wannabe Mummy January 19, 2013 at 11:30 pm #

    O God bless you over and over! You have blessed me so much with this blog and I will keeping visiting to re-read post and continue to learn.

    I know God will continue to give you the grace to carry on being a passionate homemaker.

  7. Priscilla Frazier January 19, 2013 at 4:40 pm #

    I’ll miss you and all the information, recipes, mothering-tips, etc. – but am happy that you’ve come to the decision you know the Lord wanted you to make. From the deo recipe, to the childrens’ book lists, to stick-blender mayo and so much more, though you’re no longer blogging, you can be assured I and so many others will continue to be helped by that which you took the time to research and share with the rest of us. For quite some time, I’ve wondered how you managed to do the normal daily activities with 3 littles, not to mention blogging on top of it all. I hope you will experience much peace and joy in the Lord as you go the way He takes you. Thanks so much and many blessings to you and yours!

  8. Rachel January 18, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    May the Lord bless you and your family during this season of rest as you have blessed so many others. I am so so so thankful for you and for the way your blog has encouraged me so much in being a wife, a mother, and a follower of Jesus. My children, my husband, and all the people are in our lives have benefited from your influence in my life. Thank you so much, and thank you for demonstrating even in this decision how to listen to the Lord and prioritize the right things.

  9. Jackie J January 18, 2013 at 5:44 am #

    Lindsey,

    Just discovered your blog early this morning when the Lord prompted me out of bed. (4:30 a.m.) I have been coming “off” of my time of rest and delight in the Lord and struggled with the all the same things in the ironically similar and opposite way. Your blog made me smile and laugh out loud. I found you through your U tube post for making Lip balm.(a long story) The Lord is so good and amazing how he weaves our lives together touching others. I am inspired by your blog and look forward to reading and discovering it. I just wanted to encourage you in your “rest” with the Lord. I have found that the Lord purposefully made me tired so that I would “rest” in him even when He seemed to be making everything great! When I made the decision with the “perceived guilt of letting go/giving in in while the Lord was blessing me was hard.(and in hindsight, ego-centric) I prayerfully apologized and thanked him for his abundant blessings when the “aha” moment came! It seemed as if God said it’s ok!, smiled and said I have other great plans for you! I was just waiting for you to say “ok Dad” what’s next? Blessings to you and your family! Be of good courage! For I know the plans I have for you! says The Lord!
    Sincerely,
    Your sister in Christ
    Jackie J

  10. Patty January 16, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    I have loved, loved, loved your blog!!!!! I will miss getting updated posts, but will definitely come back to this site often!!! I do appreciate how you are making the right decision for your family. I do hope to see you back some day, but for now, God bless you and thank you for blessing us so much with this blog!!!

  11. Brittany January 14, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Lindsay,
    I want to thank you for allowing the Lord to use you for His glory. He most certainly has. Your words and encouragement have touched so many hearts, mine included. Yours is the very first blog I followed, and the one I always came back to. I love your lifestyle and learned so many neat and healthful things through you, and it truly helped to shape our way of living. Mostly, though, you truly sought to glorify God, and I thank Him for that. That is more important than all else!
    I also want to commend you for your sacrifice and for putting Christ and family first. I understand it is truly difficult to give up, but you will be greatly rewarded! Thank you again, and may God bless you and your sweet little family!

  12. Jennifer January 14, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    But by the grace of God, I do not know how you’ve managed to do this as long as you have either. You have been a blessing to so many women by sharing your successes and failures with us. Most of all, you have shared your heart that is filled with love for our Savior. I can’t thank you enough for the encouragement you have provided my heart in the daily tasks of Motherhood and Homemaking. You have sacrificed and I pray you will be blessed as you rest…but we know you will still be actively pouring into your family and all that God has for you. In the meantime, I will come back to reference older posts and any I missed along the way. God bless you. You have been a friend to me though we have never met and the comments have felt like community. Thank you and peace to you!