Have you ever wondered what your purpose in life is, or what your life as a homesteader should look like?
I remember when I first left my full-time corporate job I wandered aimlessly around our farm trying to find where I fit in. It took me a long time to realize God had a purpose for me and I just needed to embrace and figure out what his plan for me was.
At that point, I wanted to do it all:
- I wanted a big garden.
- I wanted a barn filled with animals.
- I wanted to milk a cow and raise goats.
- I wanted to spend hours spinning alpaca fiber and sewing.
- I wanted to plant a herb garden and make my own herbal remedies and lotions.
- I wanted to raise bees and sell honey.
- I wanted to bake, can and make everything I could from scratch.
- But most of all, I wanted to be here to take care of my family the way God intended me to be.
I had to learn the hard way that I have a set of unique talents and skills that were naturally bestowed upon me. Those skills didn’t include some of the items on my wish list and I had to come to accept that. I came to realize that I couldn’t spend my life doing things that I was not gifted at and I needed to concentrate on the things I loved doing and did very well.
So where has that left me?
- It left me planting more raised beds then that huge garden that I couldn’t take care of myself.
- I figured out I love raising chickens, but really don’t enjoy raising pigs.
- I found a source for fresh raw milk rather than milking a cow.
- I found that I can grow mint, calendula, and thyme really good so I concentrate on those herbs.
- I found that the three bee hives we have kept me busy enough that I didn’t need to venture into selling it.
- I found I would rather crochet then sew and I enjoy carding alpaca fiber better than spinning it.
- I found that it’s perfectly acceptable to enjoy a meal out or pick up a loaf of bakery bread when needed.
- Above all, I found that my greatest joy comes from being here to take care of my husband the way he enjoys. The smile on his face when he comes home to a home cooked meal, or knowing exactly where something is he’s looking for and even being here to run errands for him is what God has sent me to do. Being his helpmate is my God given talent.
I encourage you to look at what you enjoy, what you’re good at and then let that mold you into the life you desire.
Trust in your ability and don’t be afraid to be unique…no two homesteaders are the same!
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