How to Be More Like the Amish

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Is your life crazy? Do you want things to slow down? Here’s a few ways to be more Amish.

  1. Give up your smart phone . . . or at least wait an hour before you check it in the morning. Spend a few quiet moments with God instead.
  2. Bake your own bread . . . or at least make a nice sandwich for your husband out of that store bought loaf and serve it with a cheerful heart.
  3. Have more kids . . . or spend more time with the ones you have, inviting them to join you in your work. If you don’t have kids, connect with a single mom who would love support.
  4. Nix the electricity . . . or at least spend an evening without your television or the radio on. Enjoy the quiet.
  5. Plant a large garden . . . or at least buy a few houseplants. It’s amazing how a bit of natural life and growth can turn our mind toward God.
  6. Have community church in your home . . . or at least open your front door to your neighbors. It’s easy to isolate ourselves, but when we get to know the people who live right around us we’ll discover some amazing people!
  7. Buy a horse and buggy . . . or at least take a slow drive on a country road. We can miss out on so much when we’re always racing down the highway.
  8. Wear an apron or kapp . . . or at least pare down your closet. Do you really need all those clothes? Go through your closet and donate things to charity that you haven’t worn in a while.
  9. Live your life knowing that God is in control and He has a perfect will for your life . . . there’s nothing to change about that. Acknowledging God works for the Amish and Englisch alike!

How about you? Do you have any ideas for becoming {not quite} Amish?

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Tricia Goyer (63 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


Comments

  1. Anne E. F. says:

    Great ideas…

  2. Cyndi W. says:

    Excellent! :)

  3. Molly Loggins says:

    I really enjoyed this post. Thank you, Tricia.

  4. Ahhh so nice to find alternatives that are attainable rather than just wishing I could slow down and enjoy an Amish life. I’m just not ready to put on a bonnet. teehee Thanks Tricia

  5. Linda Anderson says:

    On these hot, humid days, I have to confess how thankful I am for air conditioning. We have friends who are Amish and it gets quite uncomfortable for them. Of course, when our 5 children were growing up here on our farm, we did not have AC and we survived. One learns how to cope with certain discomforts! But as a grandmother of 12, I do appreciate coming in from the garden into a cool house! Thanks for the good list of alternatives!

  6. Oh, I love this post. I love this blog! I’m always telling my husband how I wish I was Amish. But you have worded it beautifully…but not quite! Love the simplicity of their living. Thanks for the reminder of how to live more simply!

    • Some good ideas.Turning my a/c up a notch or 2 to save on costs..I am thinking about making homemade bread again after I finish at the local fair in July too.

  7. I would love to add learning a skill, be it sewing, knitting, spinning, canning, etc. that allows you to take a step back in a process. I.e. I wear clothes, so I buy clothes, then I learned to knit clothes, then spin the yarn to knit with… Constantly moving closer to the source brings a sense of empowerment and makes you understand proverbs 31 better.

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