Hard to Imagine

When we moved into our house four years ago, we knew we were in for a different lifestyle.

The little cabin that the Lord had led us to had been abandoned for a long time, and everything in it had to go, right down to the studs. And we’ve been slowly piecing it back together ever since. It takes time when you’re doing everything by hand, and also establishing a farm at the same time. So the house became functional very quickly, but is being finished very slowly.

And so, for four years, we’ve been doing all of our cooking over a 2-burner propane stove and all of our laundry by-hand in the sink. To be honest, at first I wasn’t sure I could do it.

Could I keep up with laundry for a family of five, even towels and blankets and all those farm-work clothes, just by hand? But in prayer, though it was sometimes tiring, I found I could do it. And in fact, it just became part of life. And some of the most wonderful lessons from the Lord came over that sinkful of clothes while my mind wandered through God’s word. I knew we would have a washing machine someday, and it was nice to think about, but it just seemed like such a lower priority to so many other things that we were working on. Because, with the Lord’s help, I knew I could do it!

…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

(Nehemiah 8:10, KJV)

Could we really cook all of our meals with just a two-burner stove and no oven? In prayer, though it was sometimes challenging, we figured it out. We cook a lot of one-pot meals, but we’ve even figured out how to make things like cookies, pizza, loaf-bread, and enchiladas right on the stove-top. I knew we would have an oven someday, and it was nice to think about, but it just seemed like such a lower priority to so many other things that we were working on. Because, with the Lord’s help, we could do it!

Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

(James 1:5, BSB)

So when the day arrived that my mom gifted us a washing machine and an oven all-at-once, it was hard for me to even imagine what it was going to be like. It was a weird feeling when I put that first load of laundry in, and walked off to do something else, and realized that I had just gained over an hour of scrubbing and rinsing and wringing in nearly every day of my week! And how delightful to listen to the kids when the first batch of cookies came out – you see, when you bake cookies on a stovetop, you cook them on one side, then flip them, so they’re always flat on both sides – “Whoa, Mom! What happened to them? They’re all puffy on top!”

A set of appliances is show in the homestead kitchen remodel at RivenJoiner.com.
Three kids gather around a plate of fresh-baked cookies at RivenJoiner.com.

It’s a very humbling feeling, when you’ve been leaning on the Lord to help you do something challenging for a long time, and you suddenly get delivered into something easier. Something that makes life a little more convenient, and frees up time for other things in your day. Makes me want to be very sure that what I fill that time with is full of gratitude to the God who gave it to me!

And whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

(Colossians 3:17, KJV)

And also, just…mmmmmmmmm….warm, fluffy cookies…!

A plate of fresh cookies cools in the latest post at RivenJoiner.com.

by Sydney Michalski

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