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The Spiritual Side of our Story
I started this blog for a general audience, but it is completely impossible to hide the Christ centered part of our lives. In case it pops up in conversation, this post is for those who want more information about our relationship with Divine Providence.
If it weren’t for God we would never be doing what we’re doing. The off grid life is no joke! We would seriously have to be crazy to just choose this on a whim.
I mean, really, to move all the way cross the country to a place we don’t know with five small children is totally insane. (Yes, we know)
We are going on blind faith – Peter walking on water style.
Whim or calling?
I mentioned in my post on the Beginning of our Story how we felt that this move was a “Calling”…
That pretty much sums it up.
When we first started talking about doing this, we thought it was more of a whim that we followed up on out of curiosity, but the more we researched, talked, studied, and grew as people, we realized that this was not just what we felt like doing but also, most likely a plan God had been preparing us for for very long time.
How it started
Our family has always had a very strong connection with the Book of Genesis.
Maybe it is because my husband’s name is Adam…
Maybe it’s because I finally decided to marry him after 3 years because I could no longer deny that:
This one, at last, is bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh – Genesis 2:23
All I know is that it was a big enough deal to us that we had to name our first born “Eden”.
Called to Stewardship
The Lord God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. – Genesis 2:15
My husband has always felt very strongly a call to take care of the land and all of nature in a special way. Yes, I know this is common, aren’t we all called to this? It doesn’t necessarily have to mean anything. But we are also a very “kinesthetic” family and pray best while working with our hands – especially Adam.
We joked for a long time how he would have made a great monk…
but, why does it have to be a joke when maybe it is meant to be our reality?
Praying about it
There have been many times in prayer that I have “freaked out”, literally crying out to God that He was insane if He thought we were going to do this… but He keeps telling me,
Don’t worry, I will take care of my babies.
Once I asked Him, “Will we regret this?” He told me “You will miss it, but you won’t regret it.”
And so you ask:
Have you prayed about this?
Most definitely… it is the only reason we are going.
Have you thought it out?
We are going on year two of thinking things out. Everyday we are more educated about what we need to do and how we need to do it.
How do you plan to pay for everything?
Honestly, Divine providence. We never plan to be rich. That isn’t the goal. We just want to provide a safe and simple life for our children.
We plan to do our best and let Him do the rest. If He is really calling us to do this, then He will not abandon us. He will provide our every need, and then some.
Everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.
But, practically speaking, what do you plan to do for $$?
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Besides that, our hard work and the land He has given us will provide for our needs.
As we grow and learn, I’m sure we will discover other opportunities as well. You can read my post on The Beginning of our Story to learn about our other ideas.
We will always be looking, and He will always provide.
A mentor I admire very much once told me,
Once you have discerned well, at some point you have to stop discerning and start living it!
This was advice given me just minutes before walking down the aisle.
It was the scariest thing I had ever done in my life… and I have never regretted it for one moment.
This is just the next step in our adventure. I can’t wait to see what else He is planning to teach us!