God has been intimately involved in every aspect of our tiny house journey. He was involved way before it was even a twinkle in our eyes. It brings tears to my eyes as I reflect back on the last year. God has validated every step along the way, however, I did not see that.
When our kids were in high school and we contemplated our future as Empty Nesters, we were intrigued by the thought of traveling the United States in a RV. We went to RV shows and researched the lifestyle. We could not seem to see how this would be a reality in our lives. There were some enticing aspects of RV’ing, but we wanted it to be more than a recreational lifestyle. It is nearly impossible to live in an RV year round in the frigid Minnesota winters. We tabled the idea, but it continued to nag out our hearts. We believe God put that desire in our hearts from the very beginning.
Since that time, the Tiny House Movement began. I loved watching the shows about tiny houses, looking at pictures and reading about those who lived in them. Again, we looked at all the reasons it would not work, but the idea never completely left our mind.
Fast forward to a year ago. John and I separately felled the strong urge from God that it was time to sell our house. The sermon at church that day again validated that this was from God. We thought it might be to provide a sober house to those coming out of addiction. Those plans fell through, but the yearning did not. We knew something bigger than us was at work, but what? We have been through some unique challenges in life, which we feel called to help others through.
Shortly after that, we heard about a Tiny House Open House. We knew we had to go. After touring some tiny houses, we just knew we wanted to pursue this lifestyle. Should we build on a foundation or on wheels? Where will we park it. We met with the couple who hosted the Open House and thought maybe this is where we should build. Although we did not end up choosing to live in their tiny community, we were divinely led to them. They were an amazing couple and they had similar experiences that we did. The next day, we shared with some friends that we were pursuing building a tiny house and they were shocked because their friends lived on hobby farm and wanted to have someone park their tiny house on it. Hmm. More options. Where did God want us? We met the couple and instantly fell in love with them. Guess where we are parking our house? On the hobby farm. We were divinely led there. You see, I had just completed a certification in integrative nutrition where I felt compelled to live a life of sustainability and minimalism. We will have access to organic food.
So many things have fallen in place along the way that continued to encourage us that we were part of a greater plan. We found an amazing builder who is local to Minnesota and is custom building our home to meet our specific needs. Thank you Ryan Ott, from Midwest Tiny Living. We found a wonderful realtor, who guided us to do the hard, but necessary tasks to get our house ready. Our house sold the first day it was on the market. We found the best professionals to help with the big stuff. And we cannot adequately thank our friends who have given up time, energy, muscle to help us. They also provided moral support and prayers. Once again, God is so good. He has been so faithful to us.
God gave me the desire to use more natural, chemical free products in my home. I started using essential oils to make my own cleaning products. I had no idea at the time that I would become an oil addict. I use them every day and not just for cleaning. They have helped me stay grounded as well as manage my emotions during this chaotic time in my life. They are so important to me, that I am having a special shelf designed to store them. I need my tiny essentials (oils that is).
Are you hearing whispers from God? Do you feel the nudges? What about those crazy dreams and ideas that do not go away? My best advice is to be still and listen for the next step, the right step. God has big plans for all of us. I am so thankful to be following my divinely inspired path. I wish that for you as well.
The journey so far has not been all sunshine and roses. I have more than once lost sight of the fact that God is in control of all this. He had this plan long ago, even before tiny houses existed. We do not know with certainty what big thing is unfolding, but for now we are leaning on God to reveal the who, what, when, where. I believe the why is to support other baby boomers through the many life transitions they face.
Remember, God has big plans for you.
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