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On surviving the busy seasons in life | Not Quite Amish

On surviving the busy seasons in life


The idea of pursuing simplicity certainly isn’t new.

Socrates spoke about it.

So did Plato.

As did Henry David Thoreau.

I agree with all of them. Simplifying everyday life does give us more direction, time, and focus.


But there are seasons in life when it seems we have little control over how detailed our lives become. I’ve just gone through one of those seasons. In the last month, I’ve finished up teaching a college class; met two novel deadlines; launched my latest book; and celebrated my husband’s retirement from the Army Reserve, our oldest daughter’s graduation from college, and our youngest daughter’s graduation from high school. All of these were absolutely wonderful achievements. And none of them were “details” I could simplify.

I tired to prepare myself for this busy time. I wanted to stay centered, to live each day by faith, and to trust God with the details. Still, I had my moments when I was simply overwhelmed.

Sometimes I could find the time to pray, journal, or exercise and I’d find my balance. Other times I’d push on through and hope I didn’t swamp my family in my wake.

I haven’t found a solution to getting through extremely busy times in life without extra stress, but I know to keep those busy times to a season and not make them a way of life.


However when my next busy season rolls around, I’d like to have a few more ideas on how to manage it. Do you have any examples on how you stay balanced when life feels out of control? Please share your advice in the comments below!

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Leslie Gould (33 Posts)

Leslie Gould is the award-winning author of fifteen novels, including the #1 bestseller and Christy Award winner "The Amish Midwife", co-written with Mindy Starns Clark. Her latest release is "Adoring Addie", a retelling of the “Romeo and Juliet,” the second in The Courtships of Lancaster County series. Leslie, her husband, Peter, and their four children live in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.lesliegould.com. Leslie received her master of fine arts in creative writing from Portland State University in 2009 and has taught fiction as an adjunct professor at Multnomah University. She, her husband, Peter, and their four children live in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at www.lesliegould.com.


  1. I acknowledge that I’m not in control, God is. Then I try to rest in His loving care as I go through the rapids or over the waterfall in my rudderless barrel. I pray and repeatedly acknowledge that I trust God to direct the currents that take my barrel to its destination. My prayers form the oar locks, rudder hinges, and mast. God’s answers form the oars, rudder, and sails. Then I choose whether or not to work with or reject His guidance as Captain of the ship. OR I acknowledge that He is the Good Sheperd and always leads me and guides me in the way I should go. OR I practice seeing myself laying on the palm of His hand that sits on perfectly still waters, surrounded by green pastures on 3 sides and a fir forest on the far side. OR I see myself resting under the shadow of His downy wings, through which the feather-filtered light of His glory shines. OR I sing worship songs. Right now, “He’s a Good, Good Father” comes to mind, but most often “Great is thy Faithfulness” and “It is Well with My Soul.”

  2. Lindy,
    Thank you so much for sharing these prayers, acknowledgements, and practices. 🙂 You should write a book–a devotional on these techniques. You’ve really encouraged me and blessed me too.

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