Over these past 9 years we have slowly built up our Homestead. I remember the excitement of getting our first chickens! Or planting our first little garden....and it was little! But it was amazing. The joy and contentment of those moments are hard to put into words. There is something spiritual that God has instilled in us when we work the land or raise/harvest our own food. You can't find that peace anywhere else.
Next week we are butchering one of our sheep. It made me reflect on how far the Most High God has brought us. I thought about 9 years ago when we went out in faith and put our trust in Him for this move. How He provided this land (it was a miracle). How He has sustained us through the tough financial times. How we have always had enough and been provided for. Always.
We are humbled to be butchering our first sheep that we have raised right here on our own land. It may not be that big of a deal to some. But this is a goal of ours being realized.
We have butchered hundreds of chickens. We have collected thousands of eggs. We have planted, grown, and harvested tons of vegetables over these past 9 years. But raising sheep has been something I have wanted to do for many years.
And to see it come to fruition is humbling.
Years and years of planning. Hours and hours of research. Tons of work to prepare pastures, pens, and to expand the barn. The expense to become a Finnsheep Breeder. All the failures and successes of breeding.
Yet the Most High has been so gracious and merciful to us. We are thankful. We are blessed.
You see, this lifestyle brings so much contentment and joy. It is hard to look back and not get emotional. The blessings are incredible. The hard work is so rewarding. The joy is unexplainable.
We get a lot of comments on our YouTube channel from people who are longing to live a more simpler way of life. They don't want the things this world offers. There is something missing.
To those people longing to leave the empty promises of this world, let our story be an encouragement to you. We are not special. There is no magical formula or luck that is involved. There is only faith in the Creator of this world. He can accomplish anything. He can give you the desires of your heart. Trust in Him.
Write down your goals. Pray over them.
Do you want land? Pray fervently for it. Do you want to live more simply? Pray fervently for it. The Most High is merciful and gracious. Live for Him and be free! The Bible says in James 5:16:
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
As we wrap up 2021, I am looking back at what the Most High has done for us. It has been a beautiful 9 years. I have learned to enjoy the ride. There is a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). That verse has come alive to me over the past years.
I'm looking forward to what's in store for 2022! We have big plans. But everything is in His hands. We are trusting in that and can't wait to share this journey with you'all!
Thanks for following along and blessing us with the kind comments and all the prayers. We love you all!
Many blessings in the name of Yeshua and Happy New Year! -Steve