Saturday, September 12, 2009

Our recent survey on the bottom right...

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.

20 comments:

Amy said...

I would not mind at all living off grid, no electricity, etc....but I might have a hard time convincing the rest of my family.

(I voted 'money' also....although thinking on it, why would I say that if we would be with no electric bills, cable bills, etc if we went off grid...)

Stone Bridge Farm said...

Ang,
We moved to the country 3 years ago. My Hubby was a truck driver and I was a RN. He lost his job and we lived on one income for a year and a half. Feeling a STRONG urge to quit mine, I finally convinced Hubby we would be ok. We passed the year mark in June for my job and have NEVER looked back. I am thankful daily for what God has done in our lives. We are still on the journey to declutter from our past. We have EVERYTHING we need..and then some at times. I try to tell myself I do not have to convince others that we ARE JUST living by faith...but even some of my family still do not believe me. I have people on my blog that accuse me of living off of the "system"...it is very HARD not to get irritated by this. But I KNOW it is God and God alone who could do this! If more people would let go of the world and what they say is acceptable and that you cannot live without a job..and lean on God and accept that everything is because of His grace...wouldn't it just be wonderful?!

Oh, and I am glad to see you started writing again! :0)

Scottish Twins said...

My husband and I are in the process of moving to the country. We have had our house on the market for 5 months and unfortunately are unable to buy another home until our house here sells.

We feel that God is calling us to move to the country and to simplify our life, however, we also don't feel like he is rushing us to do this. We are taking our time and getting all our ducks in a row before we start our adventure.

So, if we had extra money laying around would we buy another home and move now. You betcha! It would make all of these house showings much easier if we did. But since we don't have the extra money, we are waiting patiently for our house to sell.

That is why I voted that money is what is holding me back.

Renata said...

I'm quite surprised that money was the top as well. Although I know in our culture we all love to be financially secure. Thanks for this post, it's certainly interesting & challenging.

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

I love what you have shared Ang.. oh yes, I am not surprised that money is in the number 1 spot. When we moved to Australia having sold our cows and left the lucrative dairy industry in NZ (it was paying good money at the time) we came to Australia with no job secured, no home, no car and no place to go, just a realization that God wanted us here and we had to trust that He had somewhere for us, a work for us to do, people for us to meet and... a place to call home. A home in a forest in a beautiful valley that no one else wanted (too rundown, too much work needed)... we could have bought a nice modern beach house but we knew God had set aside this place for us. My mother-in law was horrified when she saw how much work it needed and the comment that hurt the most was when, rather looking upon a manicured lawn and flower garden, she saw our chicken run and veggie patch in the bush - 'OMG it's the Beverley Hillbillies'. Today with lots of hard work and God's provision we have transformed the home and planted gardens and we are enjoying the simple life, it is a joy to homeschool my children here. Remember I told you we were building a natural swimming pool.. it is almost ready to be filled, we bought our water plants on the weekend. This was a dream of ours, we have carried on regardless of all the doubters who cannot see how a pool can function without chemicals! I suppose you had to listen to the doubters too when you went off-grid and moved from your 'palace'. Today we have people come out and say ' Wow.. you live in paradise!' We now live in a real estate 'hotspot'... there are very few rundown properties, anything 'cheap' is snapped up regardless of how much work it needs. Some would say we took a risk that paid off, I say we followed our dream and trusted God to provide.

Rhonda Jean said...

Hi Ang! It's good to see you all thriving in your chosen spot. I agree with you wholeheartedly. Hanno and I did not start living our ideal life until we gave up all thoughts of money and just did what was in our hearts. We have no regrets, we are living better now than we even have.

Kim said...

I do think that A, it depends on what your dreams are. And B, whether it's the Lord's will for us to be doing that dream at the moment. For us, we dream of a life similar to what you're living. But at the moment, we live paycheck to paycheck, barely scraping by. We pray we are doing the Lord's will for us in THIS moment. And at this moment He hasn't opened a door for us to move to bigger land. So I trust in His choices for me and we are trying to bloom where we're planted, homesteading this tiny property to the best of our ability.

So in one respect money is the main thing standing in the way. If the Lord opened the financial door for us as He clearly did you and your family (I'm thinking you didn't buy the farm with the $30 we have to our names right now lol) but if He opened the door financially, even if it was scary and super tight and difficult to make ends meet, we'd walk right through. I'm praying that the door opens. But it hasn't yet.

The Lord has provided for us in amazing ways. He continues to do so. Would I like to live on a huge farm? Of course. My husband dreams of running a working organic farm with animals, etc. to support our family. He dreams of it often. But for now, the Lord hasn't provided us with more than what we have now in order to do that. So my answer is money BUT it isn't my lack of it. It's the Lord's will not being for me to have it at the moment :) And that's great!!!!!!!

Ryan said...

Ang, did you or hubby grow up on a farm or was it all learned?

As for us we live a different lifestyle than our neighbors but nowhere near as radical as could be. Of course more important is that we follow what the Lord wants for our path.

Keeper of our Home said...

What a great post. Sometimes we all need that extra reminder through anothers testimony of GOD'S faithfulness.

~Mrs. M

silversewer said...

I voted money too because without it we could not make the move. For us it is a case of if its right it qill happen, it obviously has never been right because it just hasn't happened.

We do our best as we are living on the outskirts of a City with a small courtyard garden and an allotment. Unfortunately we are unable to keep animals there. They need daily care and the allotment it too far away for that.

I could live without all the consumerism, whether I could manage without electricity I do not know.....but I would have loved the opportunity to try. Keeping our fuel bills under control is one of my aims as the costs spiral.

I am so pleased to see you posting again.

TEAM T OUTDOORS said...

If one of the choices was "MY AWFUL JOB HERDING ANIMALS THAT ARE HUMANS BACK INTO THEIR CAGES" would have been a choice, well....

Peggy said...

Having had to leave the farm and now live in a one room cabin money would have to be my vote. But it will come in time. God takes care of me everyday and gives me many blessings.One day I will have my farm and animals again. In Gods time. Your family gives us all encouragement and faith.

Sherry in MI said...

Your survey results do not surprise me. Your post really got me thinking - do I even HAVE a dream? I'm not sure that I do. Either that or I'm living it. Sure, I have thoughts such as "wouldn't it be nice if (fill in the blank)" but I can't say those thoughts are necessarily dreams. Something for me to ponder. . .

Anonymous said...

Very thought provoking post Ang. I put my mate. But there are other reasons too. I would like to live even more simply than we do but I would say that I am pretty much living my dream right now. I do feel that the world is to close and I would like to be more separated. Now I have grand babies. I can't imagine moving away and not being a part of their lives. They are a big big part of my dream. To be able to help my dds homeschool them in a few years is an awesome thing. I am 46 now and gb are all under 3 yet. It is so wonderful to see their happy faces when they come over. I know that they will need us much more than we need to live more simply.
Last year when I visited an old friend in Missouri I just loved seeing all the conservative baptist and Amish in the stores. Everytime we walked in a gr store we would see at least one. I live in pretty close to the same area as you did Ang so you know that we don't see that often around here. I found myself wanting to pick up our farm and move it there.:) I also got to go with her to the Amish farm where she gets her raw milk. They let us in the house to sample some cheese that they made. There front porch was lined with bags of potatoes.
This summer has been very interesting though. Dh got layed off in May. Money has gotten very tight and I am only able to spend about 1/3 of what I did before. I have truly been more happy and settled than any other time of my life. I can't believe how little I really need and how much time I used to spend shopping. The Lord keeps leading me farther and farther away from the world right where I am at. Great post Ang, and I am so glad you are back.! Money should never get in the way, especially if it is God's will. Living simply is alot cheaper anyway. ~di

connibrett said...

What a testimony to God's care and provision.

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

I must say I am living God's will for my life. We moved to the country a year ago and I know we are in the center of God's will.
I love being home with my family and homeschooling my children. We have decided to live a more simple life style and continue to simplify more all the time.
Where God leads He will provide.
Money means nothing to me~My Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills.
I loved your post~Amen to all you said!
Autumn Blessings~
Carrie

Penny said...

Money is definitely an issue because country property is much more expensive than a simple home in a small city (I'm in the Midwest). Take a home in town - let's say it costs $78,000. Put that same nice home on 3 acres just outside of town and suddenly you're looking at $178,000.
That's what has held us back. So now we live in a nice home in town and rent some farmland for our garden.

Catholic Helpmate said...

Honey and I have talked about off-grid living and while we both would jump at the opportunity, no opportunity has come our way yet. We don't own our home, rather we rent, and have no consumer debt other than my medical bills and some old student loans, but don't have the stellar credit required these days for a mortgage or any sort of savings for a down payment. While we'd relish the kind of work involved in off-grid living, we're unable to sever our ties to things like TV and the internet at the moment. With DD#2 due shortly, we'll be either forced into putting her into daycare or me quitting my job, which neither option is affordable. But we're both sure something will work itself out, and until such time as our own off-grid dreams come true, I must satisfy myself with reading your and other blogs. :)

Eight Isn't Enough said...

Wow....I loved your post. Thank you for sharing. Sure gives me something to think about and pray about.

Judy @ daily yarns said...

This is a wonderful post and has gotten me to think that maybe our dream can come true. Tho I have to say I voted location because we are limited to what we can do on 1 acre. We're looking for our dream place and won't stop until we find it.

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