Good morning ladies, and a happy Sabbath to you! It looks like today will be absolutely lovely in our neck of the woods. How good the Father has been to us!
I felt led to share a bit of an update with y’all regarding our cabin. It has been an interesting journey in which God has proven Himself faithful, yet again.
In 2019, we moved from South Carolina back to our home state of Georgia. Our South Carolina move was necessitated by a burning desire for us to get out of debt. We sold a more expensive home and moved to an extremely rural area, over an hour from where my husband worked to keep our costs down. We scrimped and saved, and reduced our debt drastically in the nearly two years we were there. By the time we moved to Georgia, we only had around $136,000 of mortgage debt left.
Back in Georgia to give birth to our little boy, we looked high and low for a suitable home. We didn’t find what we were looking for exactly, and decided to purchase a $200,000 cabin in a quaint mountain community to live in temporarily as an investment. While there, this cabin became precious to me. It was small for our family of eleven, but it’s coziness and charm was just what I needed in the last months of my pregnancy. We kept our frugal mindset, and paid it off in six months time, once our home in South Carolina sold. We decided to stay there for a while longer in order to improve our financial situation further.
Well, the Lord (YHWH) had different plans! A neighbor moved in who disliked our dog in a big way, and we discovered that the covenants and restrictions we believed had been voided were still in place. The pandemic began, and we felt the need to once again have a bit more land to grow food. So we left our cozy cabin, and moved to a fixer upper on five acres.
My plan was to keep the cabin…it was a lovely home with a sweet little creek. My mother-in-law stayed there for awhile, and we used it often as well.
But again, God has other plans. He has asked me to let it go. My husband has gently told me that he thinks it’s best. And I finally feel a peace about it that I haven’t before.
Letting go of hopes and dreams can be so hard. But I do not want my own plans to stand. I want His to.
We are set to close on our cabin on Friday for the purchase price of $397,000. Mind blown. We can pay off the mortgage on our fixer upper, and again be 100% debt free. We also will be on the lookout for nearby land, Lord willing. I would love to own a water source like our creek once again.
We will be keeping our attention on our fixer upper. Oh ladies, there is still so much to be done. We need to put on a new roof, our septic system needs to be serviced, and our well needs to be repaired or replaced. There are many cosmetic items that still need to be addressed. We will be praying for wisdom as we look at these items. (On a side note, my husband told me he would install wood ceilings in our home, which is something I loved about our cabin. Be still my heart!)
The times are strange…there surely needs to be a balance of saving money for the time to come, and taking care of the home the Lord (YHWH) has blessed us with.
I’m praising God as we look to navigate our future. Not our will, but His be done.
I hope your weekend is lovely, ladies. Blessings!
A psalm of David. Adonai, who may dwell in Your tent? Who may live on Your holy mountain? The one who walks with integrity, who does what is right, and speaks truth in his heart.
Psalms 15:1-2 TLV