Friday, July 8, 2011

Can you really live a life of abundance on ten acres?

We started with ten acres, two open, and eight in woods. To start with, we needed a house. So, we borrowed a band saw mill.

We bought a chain saw, cut down some of our pine trees, and sawed them into lumber on the mill. This was a learning experience, but it went very well.

We were careful to pick and choose trees from different spots, you could hardly tell that we took any out. We worked on our house plans at night, and cut the trees into lumber during the day.

In only a few months, our house was taking shape. And best of all, we acquired no debt, since we were making our own lumber. With the exception of the foundation, my family and I built the entire house, with some help from friends with the heavy stuff.

We read in Proverbs that the borrower is servant to the lender. Not having a loan on our home is one of the best things we've ever done. The freedom you experience by not being indentured to a bank for thirty years is unmatched.

The Lord knows and provides for our needs.

Our first need has been met, a home for our family. Not only was there an abundance of trees to build our home with, but we were able to sell some of the lumber we sawed in order to pay for some of the things that we couldn't make. Things like insulation, the metal roof, and plumbing.

We have enjoyed the good of all our labor, it is the gift of God.

1 comment:

  1. I am amazed. What a powerful testimony to me and my family that this can be done. We have bit the wrong life style hook line and sinker and add my health issues (kidney issues and diabetes) our debt has grown. All I want is to take our 5 kids and find our self a place like you have and make them a home. I will read your blogs.... 11 kids! you are a blessed man! my 5 little ones we adopted after our 2 oldest were in high school. We were starting over... I suppose its time to recreate ourselves again! God Bless you!