I just had to make a blog on the survey to the right, “What is holding you back from pursuing your dreams”… Your mate, fear of failure, money or your location…? I must say I was SHOCKED and slightly saddened that the answer was money. I was about certain it was going to be your mate #1 fear of failure #2 your location #3 and lastly money…
You might look at this blog and think, “They must have money to be able to live like this and make such a life changing decision”… I must tell you that is NOT the case and if you really know us you definitely know that this is not the case. When we were being convicted to leave the status quo of life and living our numbered days in a manner that was like everyone else we really stopped and listened to what God had to say to us. Originally the idea seemed so far fetched, but after really stopping and praying and thinking and listening to the Lord, the idea did not seem so far fetched at all. God was driving this thing all along! We just had to be willing to get on the ride and let Him drive it. It has been a roller coaster ride for SURE!
As we moved to our run down, off grid farm home, we took a huge leap of faith and moving without even selling our other home, “The Palace”. There was much thought and prayer behind this choice and I will tell you that it took 10 months to sell our other home. It was getting pretty scary in our eyes with the 2 homes. I would not suggest doing what we did in this economy unless you and God are “tight”. A lot of people would (and gladly did) say “this Is your own fault if you are hurting for money and if your other home does not sell”. Well actually, they were right, but what they did not take into consideration is that God ordered each of our steps and because we trusted Him, He ultimately took care of selling the other house. Was it easy during the time having two homes? “NO”! Was it hard having two homes? “YES”! Did it take longer than we thought to sell the palace? “YES”! Was it a hard year financially? “A RESOUNDING YES!” Did God take care of us? YES!!!! He was so faithful. And now, as my husband has changed his job, God is still taking care of us. What I need to remember is that he promises us TODAY and if I look ahead financially, it gets scary sometimes. But when I stop and listen to His still small voice He says, “Ang, I am taking care of today for you, your daily food, shelter and raiment, stop looking at tomorrow and enjoy and feel safe today”.
Americans tie their finances to how God is judging us… That is so American to do this! We are rooted in money. Money is not an evil entity for sure but “the love of money” is. For example, when we fall on financial hard times we wonder what God is trying to teach us, or what did we do wrong? I am not saying that this may not be the case during the financial trial but really, all we are promised is “our daily bread” not our car payment. We are promised shelter and a roof over our heads but not that summer home. Have you really ever NOT had anything to wear, seriously? I know I have always had clothes; I just might not have really liked them. People in 2nd and 3rd world countries must just look at us and cringe thinking we possibly have NO idea what it is to suffer.
So with that being said, do you really not have the money to pursue your God given dreams, or is it ultimately that you would be uncomfortable? I am not judging you; I am simply challenging you to not let money hold you back after God has told you to do something. I promise, HE will take care of all the details if you listen and obey His ideas. It might not be easy, but He will never let you down. Our family is a testimony of God's faithfulness and provisions.