God Has Plans for Us: Jeremiah 29:11

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As we were going through the process of buying our homestead, our mantra was

“If it’s meant to be, it will be”

We absolutely love this place. We are so excited and thankful to get to live here. The day we closed I got to the house before anyone else. When I drove up and saw the fields full of yellow flowers, I was so overcome with joy that happy tears were rolling down my face.

Troubles

We have so many plans and ideas and things we want to do. Things aren’t working out quite like we had planned though. The house needs more extensive repairs than we thought. The home warranty is not working out as expected. My income from independent contract jobs, has pretty much disappeared.

I was worrying about all this last week, and I got myself in quite the state of depression and despair. Crying and thinking we are going to lose everything and be homeless.

I prayed

As soon as I got to my knees and began to pray, I experienced a small miracle. The tiny terror (aka our 3yr old), who had been getting into everything and causing major chaos all morning, settled down and started quietly playing with his cars.

I started telling God all my worries and fears. Asking Him why he brought us to this place only to dash our hopes and dreams. As I prayed, a sense of peace flooded through me and this verse filled my head.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

I ended my prayer promising to trust in His plans for us. Knowing that everything will work out.

An answer?

Several times over the next few days, blogging was presented to me. Each time I felt a little nudge. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never really believed that I could actually make it work or that anyone would want to read what I wrote.

I read voraciously. Writing and blogging was coming up in everything I read. From my fiction book, to the herbal site I follow online. Each time it came up I would feel this little nudge and this verse would come to mind. When I prayed, blogging would pop into my head.

I guess I’m a bit dense sometimes.

I finally got the point, and this blog was born. I still struggle a bit with my worries. I am learning to trust that God has a plan for us and that everything is going to work out just fine.

*** Update ***

Jeremiah 29:11 Was the subject of the sermon at church, the very Sunday after I originally wrote this. We are still putting our faith in God and his plan for us. Twice now we’ve had unexpected funds come in and we are managing to get the bills paid. I know there will be struggles along the way, but I am excited to see where God takes us.

Nicole Crosby
  • Nicole Crosby
  • New homesteaders, Nicole and Michael want to share their journey and pass on all the info they will learn along the way to help other homesteaders.

3 Comments

  • I really enjoyed this post. Keep trusting God and standing on His promises. He will never fail you.

    • Thank you! Encouragement like this really helps when I start to falter.

  • Another blessing! Last week after checking the mail, GOD blessed us once again. As Nicole and I are contemplating our future homestead options, so are we planning our financial paths. It has, and still is, a tough battle. We are treading through it with our faith and GOD as our guide.

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