Spiritual Green Living

NQA_greenliving1In the spirit of spring and green living I wanted to share with you a translated Amish prayer that dates back from 1708 or earlier. The Amish already knew about green living!

Read and be blessed:

O Lord of the harvest, truly the harvest is great but the laborers are few. Awaken among us, O Lord, faithful teachers, fervent workers who will plant the seeds of truth throughout the world. Give us such men who are godly-minded, have found grace in Thine eyes, and are able to work according to Thy will. May they preach Thy Word in the power of the Spirit in meekness and sincerity, to the honor and glory of Thy name.

All those who hunger and thirst after thy righteousness, Thy kingdom, Thy love, and Thy Holy Word and Gospel, Heavenly Father, feed Thou with the bread and water of life.

{Amish Prayer, A Devoted Christian’s Prayer Book, Pathway Publishers)


1. Putting healthy, whole foods into your body = fill your mind and heart with spiritual foods.

A good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 ESV

2. Use solar panels as an alternative power source = God is your power source!

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the strength of my salvation, and my stronghold. I will call on The Lord, who is worth of praise, for He saves me from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3 ESV

3. Think and consider before you buy = pray and meditate before you speak and act.

Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23


4. Plant your own garden = sow spiritual seeds in those around you.

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6 ESV

5. Borrow from and lend to = ask for prayer and actively pray for others.

Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

6. Drink lots of water, but avoid bottled water and waste = drink the Living Water—it is overflowing and limitless!

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life. John 4:14

Happy Sunday to you all. I pray the Lord’s blessing over all who read this post.


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Elizabeth Byler Younts (29 Posts)

Elizabeth Byler Younts used to be Amish, and even after her family converted, she still grew up among her Amish family. She is still very close with them and still speaks Pennsylvania Dutch regularly. She is the author of an Amish memoir titled Seasons: A Real Story of an Amish Girl. Seasons is the story of her grandmother Lydia Lee Coblentz who grew up in an impoverished Amish family through the Great Depression. Seasons was released in August 2010 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller in three categories. Elizabeth is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. She is an Air Force Officer’s wife with two young daughters and makes her home wherever her family is stationed.


  1. Esther Byler says:

    Beautiful post, Elizabeth. I love reading everything you write. And I’m so very excited to read more and more.

  2. Joann Younts says:

    Elizabeth, I so agree with your Mom. I have trouble writing, or getting my words out, so I’m always so blessed with everything you write. Love it.

  3. And I pray the Lord’s blessing over you……thanks for sharing this lovely post today……have a blessed Lord’s day!

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