Ever received a word from the Lord and He sweeps you off your feet in the direction of the promises He’s promised to you? Then suddenly, you seem to be steered off track to find out it was all apart of His plan?
Well, I can testify that we are and were faced with plenty of detours our entire time here in Texas. If you are new to my blog, I suggest you hold your place here and begin reading my entries entitled, “Thankful Thursday: Journey to Texas”… well, in review February 2016 will mark our 5th year here in Texas. We’ve had some challenges, but we also had many successes… (2) evictions, pregnancies and farm animals! Being a city girl from Chicago, I believe I was prepared for the unexpected and the hustle of it all, so I was bred with tough skin! LOL
April ofÂ 2014, we closed on 2 acres of land that was in horrible condition; if you look at the before pictures, you would have thought we were crazy..well, jokes on you, because…… WE ARE!! lol We cleared the property off, killed a few snakes and chainsaw a few trees and placed our mobile home on the property within a month’s time!! Fast forward to October 2015, we have a healthy flock of free-ranged hens, two goats, a pig and a donkey! Yep, Chicago born and raised turned to dirt slinging, egg catching farmers! We were living our life’s dream!! Well, October 31 came around and we were alerted of a nearby tornado, so I woke up my family (including a very tired and angry husband) and we left! Well, half a day went by and we went to check on the house! We GLORY TO GOD, it’s still in tact, but…huh?!?! We’re completely flooded out! My husband literally swam to the house to grab clothes and feed the visible animals.Â
Once the waters receeded, we returned to find only 4 of our chickens alive and dead goat and our pig with 5 piglets!! LOL God surely has a sense of humor, because even in our loss, we somehow manage to experience gain in the midst! Seeing our pig with her babies shown me that even though it may look bad around me, God still provides and will keep our heads above the waters He sent to us. What an amazing reassurance!
God, sent the floods not only to restore my faith, but He revealed that He still will fulfill His promise to us!Â I’ve also learned that trials have purpose. Â We are still in clean up mode even 3 months after the flood, but God has been restoring since day one. God cannot lie, so seeing Him continue to work in the midst of is so encouraging. His word says, For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11
Knowing that His plans will continue and that the detours were apart of His plan as well…NOTHING SURPRISES HIM! He’s all knowing!
I hope this is encouraging to you as it has been for my family! He’s good y’all IN ALL THINGS!!
**stay tuned for our life as homesteaders the past few months and things to come in the future!**
Growing up I was under the impression that life was about the bigger and better things of life. Looking back, I realize the pressure to appear to be something you’re not. People will go in debt to look the part. Is it worth it?
Now that I have my own family now and our own expenses, we choose to live within our means well enjoying our lives professionally and leisurely. Living less doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have the means to live, but you choose to live without the stress of living check to check. Get it?
For a few years now, my focus has been on my family and being debt free… Â from mortgage to a piece of mind! It is easy to get wrapped up in the latest trend and way of life, but when you are focused on your goals, no trend can even tempt you! Don’t get me wrong a nice pair of shoes always makes a girl smile, but it should not be the source of your happiness.
I want my life to be full of adventure and thrills… risks and rewards. How can this happen if I’m living like the next person?! As Christians, we are to live a purposeful life. A life that is a refection of God’s love, grace and favor! When people see you, do they see Christ or the things you throw in their face? My hope is I’m seen “naked” and completely “transparent”. No one should ever question who I belong to or what I represent.
When you see me, I hope you see patience. Patience is a very complicated and “offensive” word for this day in age. We live in the express or gimme now society. No one waits for anything! My husband and I have a goal to build our first home (with our own hands) before age 33! This is unbelievable to many and some even have to offend their reason why they did something different. One person once said, To each its own” and I fond this to be valid. We never compared ourselves with the next couple, but being the light God has called us to be, some people feel the need to validate themselves. What people fail to realize, our decisions does not affect yours. You want the suburban life? Go for it!! We are godly proud of you! You want the most popular gadget?! Yessss, werk it out! But for me and my house, if we want those things, we believe we rather do it off of impulse or for popularity, but to fulfill our OWN goals! And in doing so, patience and hearing from God plays a huge role in our lives.
When you see me, I hope you see ingenuity. For the past year, we have been transitioning into a homestead life. Growing our own fruits, experimenting with farm animals, and farm fresh eggs, the works! Who would have thought that a couple of city kids would love the country life so much!! From big city contracts to building chicken coops and pig pens, who would have thought?! My hope is that people are encouraged to live out their dream even if it’s not very popular to do.
When you see me, I hope you see confidence.Â Being confident in your decisions can make you stand apart. People’s opinions begin to flow into your personal space. Once you are secure i your goals and livelihood, their opinions will not matter. When we decided to follow God and move to Texas, we had people praying against us…LITERALLY!! People told us they were praying against our hast decision. When we moved into a mobile home, we were told to just buy a home and worry about building one later. That may have worked for someone else, but not us! We are confident in our decision…even in our struggle.
When you have your life goals together, everything else doesn’t matter. Living a life of less is so relieving. Less drama, less negativity, less stress. You would think everyone’s goal is to be with less of these things, but some actually thrive on it. To each its own.
Actually, during this time of living within our means, I’ve been able to really enjoy nature. Living in the country has taught me to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. It has also taught me to be a better steward of the things we are given. Too often we are concerned about artificial and man made fashions of this world and are easily wrapped up in fantasy that we lose focus of the things that matter…God, family and relationships. This Less is more journey is focused on those three things. I want all that God has in store for me…the true riches of life. One of my favorite songwriters (Jimmy Needham) sung,
“Â Why are we so convinced a bigger audience
Is simply common sense to have?
Maybe success is measured best
By nothing less then our obedience”
If we put our focus and our energies to the Source of our being, we will enjoy the promises of God. If we stayed committed to God, our obedience, patience and long-suffering will be rewarded. What a way to be!!!!
Are you on a Less is more journey? What ways are you freeing yourself to enjoy the bounty of God’s promises for your life?