Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2013 Priorities for Homestead Revival

"There is an appointed time for everything. 
And there is a time for every event under the heaven..."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Every year as the calendar changes, I take time to pray and evaluate my life and how I spend my time walking this earth. Let me restate that... I re-evaluate how I believe GOD wants me to spend my time walking this earth.

Sometimes I hear Him loud and clear while at other times, I must be really still and quiet... listening so close... waiting....

I've found the latter to be the case at this point in time. I'm having trouble hearing. Not because I'm not in His Word... but because my life has become a bit too cluttered. Unbalanced. I'm too busy to hear well.

It's time to make some changes.

A few things that you may notice...

1) Homestead Revival WILL CONTINUE but at a slower pace. I'll only be posting as time and commitments allow. I'm removing any obligations that would force me to write on a time schedule, so you'll see some changes, but as the Lord allows, I'll continue to write and post. (I hope that this includes more opportunity for heart felt, spirit lead content, too.)

2) I will no longer be advertising, maintain affiliate links, host the Barn Hop or host the Preparedness Challenge. Please know this is not for any reason other than time constraints! The Barn Hop hostesses are graciously holding my place for me, should time allow me to rejoin them. Thank you, dear Jill and Kendra! You're the best!

3) I will continue to do product reviews and an occasional give-away, but I will be VERY selective in which items to promote since these take a LOT of time to research, write, and host. As a result, these will be products I have personally selected (not items where vendors approach me first).

4) I will not be accepting any guests posts here, nor will I be writing guest posts for other blogs at this time (however I will continue to write for our local magazine). Blogging will happen when it happens. But the good news is... I tend to write better that way anyhow!

5) I will keep my email open and respond only as I'm able. (If it gets to be too much, then that will go as well.)

There will be other changes at home, but those things are of importance to my family more than anyone else. If it seems appropriate, I'll write about it. But one thing I can share... lest I disqualify myself in the message I seek to promote (see "The Homestead Revival Mission" on the sidebar), then I must be diligent about living it first. By cutting back on the blog, I can continue to do that best.

While some of my encouragement comes from writing the blog, reading the posts/comments of others, and the "cyber relationships" that have been forged as a result of blogging, it is highly important that I keep building and nurturing the relationships in my own family, neighborhood, and community.

I hope you'll do the same.

May your 2013 year be full of sweet memories and few regrets!


  1. You are so right Amy. I understand your feelings and needs. There are priorities in life and family and nurturing the way we live (which is hard work, I know!) come first.
    Happy new year.

  2. Wishing you all the best Amy in all that you do.

    FlowerLady Lorraine

  3. Sorry to hear the barn hop will no longer be posted. I've gleaned so many wonderful ideas from it. But I understand and respect your reasons. May your family be blessed this year with exactly what you need.

  4. I have mentioned your wonderful blog in a new post! Happy New Year!

  5. Oh, Amy. This sounds wonderful! Not that I want to read you less (no, no), I'm just excited for the space and time cutting back will allow for you and your family. We will love you just as much! Happy New Year, friend!

  6. Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you! I highly respect your desire to simplify and to practice what you teach. I pray God blesses you and your family and that He will make His plans for you audible. Thank you for your leadership on the homesteading front and most importantly, the light you shine for Him online!

  7. Hi Amy

    I totally understand where you are at now. That is me as well. I don't blog like you used to do, but maybe we wil be asomehow the same lavel soon. One of my 2013 year resolution was to close FB, and I did it.! IS freeing!! I just want to soak in on my humans kids and baby sheep and our small herd.! THanks for all the great ideas you post here, I reay treasure them!


  8. I'm removing any obligations that would force me to write on a time schedule,
    Good for you. Your life comes first.
    Wonderful post. I am sure God will Bless you all this year. Have a blessed 2013 also, thank you!

  9. Thank you for your blog. I've always been encouraged and inspired when I stop by here.
    I'll look forward to hearing from you whenever you post~

  10. I love your blog. It has inspired me on many occasions. The posts that mean the most are the ones when we have kept our pace slow enough to hear God and our families. I look forward to following you in the future.

  11. I have really appreciated your blog, Amy (and working with you as well!) but I completely understand where you're coming from. Recently, I have had to "downsize" my life in various areas as well. I look forward to reading whatever and whenever you're able to post. :) ~Jill

  12. Congrats to you, Amy, for prioritizing what's most important! I love that one of your commenters closed her fb account. I've really dropped off from FB, but have yet to totally close the account since I do love to share pics with extended family...it's just all the other stuff that becomes such a time waster!

    Blessings to you in 2013,


  13. Good on you Amy, to use an expression that is frequently used down under! I want you to know that I am so encouraged that someone like yourself who has such a successful blog with a huge following is prepared to 'set it aside' and put blogging in its right place. You are so right - we must live it first! I took the same steps as you are taking now last year. I have never scheduled posts or joined blog hops and I began turning down guest posts and giveaway offers for all the same reasons, even though I knew such posts might increase my readership, they take so much time to coordinate! I write fewer posts these days and I'm much more selective in what I read and where I comment. I will continue to follow your blog though because out of the myriad blogs with homesteading and homemaking themes, yours is the one that has been the most useful and encouraging, your blog format is simple and easy to navigate - not cluttered with ads and most importantly, you write from the heart. And now you have shared your priorities I am so glad I kept Homestead Revival on my reading list. I will look forward to the posts you write when you are able and I'll know they are not being written out of duty or obligation but from someone who is living it first. May God bless you and your family and may you see the promises of one of my favourite passages for those that live on the land - Leviticus 26 3-5, be fulfilled in 2013!

  14. Amy,
    I applaud you. Much as your blog hops was one of my favorites, I completely understand and am doing something similar. I have already discontinued my own blog hop, I dropped one of my writing commitments that wasn't nurturing me spiritually or economically. Now that I have a nice wealth of information on my blog to refer readers to (ie chicken health etc),I plan on a much more relaxed blogging schedule. I too am dropping several sponsors and affiliates, cutting back on contests etc. I think we serve NO ONE if we spend 24/7 sitting in front of the computer. Kudos to you! I am following right in your footsteps and will look forward to your posts - as few and far between as they may be. Happy 2013!

    Fresh Eggs Daily

  15. Good for you!! I think we should have balance and rest and peace in our lives and living frantically does not promote any of those. Be blessed!!

  16. We all wish you the very best as you seek to do what is right for your family. I think you are offering us a wonderful example of how we can all scale back a bit and focus on those who are near and dear. It's easy to get consumed in the cyber world. I look forward to your posts as you are able to share them :) Blessings in the coming new year!

  17. Good for you! As much as I love stopping by to read your blog, I definitely understand the need for you to focus on higher priorities and step back from it. Wishing you many blessings (and some time here and there to still spend with us here in the blogosphere LOL)!

  18. Praying for you as you make the transition into the New Year and as you seek God's will!!! That is what we want for our homestead as well and you are once again leading by example! I have been so encouraged and uplifted in our journey by reading along with yours... can't thank you enough for all you have shared! May God bless you and your efforts in 2013!


  19. I loved your blog the most when it was just you writing from your heart with no outside pressure. I'll be praying for you as you search for balance and listen for God's voice. Our family hears what you are saying! We are giving up our homeschool coop because it became a burden more than it blessed us. Monica

  20. Amy, what a great inspiration you are and have been to so many of us! I look up to you because you are transparent (and, yes, focused) and follow the Lord's, not man's, priorities. This demonstrates it better than I can put it into words, friend. May grace, peace, and joy abound to you this year as you live it out!! Love,

  21. You continue to be an example to us all! Thank you for being such a godly example!

  22. Hi Amy
    Thank you for being such an example to us ( as Quinn says above). I have just finished the book 'Almost Amish' & I've certainly been challenged about my technology usage. I know that looking back I don't want my children to have memories of me spending large amounts of time on the computer. I was just sitting down unsubscribing from a whole lot of blogs I get by email as I don't have the time to read them properly & they are just cluttering up my email account so I am missing the blogs that I do want to read ( such as yours ~ I do love it).
    May God bless you my friend

  23. Excited for you in the year ahead, praying for you that your year will be one of peace & prosperity, as God blesses you and yours.

  24. Amen and Amen! I just got finished writing a post about getting a grip on my priorities too! Thanks so much for always been an encouragement, and living out the mission!
    Love in Christ,
    Megan @ A Blossoming Homestead

  25. What a lovely post and inspired idea. I think we could all use more time spent on things that matter most. It reminded me of a lovely talk given by Dieter F. Uchtdorf. "We would do well to slow down a little, focus on the significant, lift up our eyes, and truly see the things that matter most."


  26. Amy, thank you so much for sharing this. It was a bit of a shock (and I've written a Facebook private message to you at your Homestead Revival i.d. to explain more why...would you be kind enough to check there for it?...thanks so much.) However, just like the other commenters I *completely* get it. Having so many deadlines must be extremely draining. This will take such a burden off your shoulders you will probably feel like a different person! I wish you many blessings in your "new" life! :)



  27. Bravo and amen! There are times in our life, although tough, we must make choices that will support our mission in this life. I have done a very similar practice, I just call it downsizing from the dinner table. I have gone from the "Charger" plate, to a "dinner" plate and currently am hovering at salad. It has blessed me with more opportunities to say YES!! the the really important things. I really enjoy your blog and will continue to visit. Blessings from Oregon.

  28. Amy-
    I have followed your blog since you began and have learned much from you. And I'm glad you are continuing to set an example that I can follow. I hope that 2013 can be a year that you can "Be still and know..."

  29. Sweet Amy.......you have chosen what is best......I can't wait to read what you will write this coming year! Can't wait for heaven.......it will be wonderful. Thank you for all that you put into your posts......enjoy your time and family! Hugs from my farm to yours.......love you, Linda

  30. Thank you so much for a fantastic blog!
    Cant wait to read more of it. It is such a greate inspiration.
    I first came to your blog due to the bit about the chicken coops, and all of a sudden discovered all this uplifting material. May God bless you and keep you.


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