God reliance

You must trust God in everything. He will always show you the way in every situation. He will give you the tools to be who He created you to be. Learn to trust Him.

Introducing The One Acre Homestead

I am working on a new project that fits in nicely with Renewed2win. You can watch the video here: Introducing The One Acre Homestead.

Watch the introduction to The One Acre Homestead

Romans 12:1-2 says: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  (Romans 12:1-2 NIV)

In another version it says: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” (Romans 12:1-2 MSG)

The One Acre Homestead is a living classroom designed to teach you a better way to live.

We learn to walk by the time we are one; we learn to ride a bike by the time we’re six, about the same time we are starting school. We learn to drive by the time we are sixteen.  We get married, have kids and then retire.  We do this without learning about success.  I’m talking about real success.  Some of us may have learned society’s version of success and that is precisely why most people are unhappy and unfulfilled.  Of true success, we know very little or even nothing.

The One Acre Homestead is designed to teach you to live beyond your comfort zone; to stop living paycheck to paycheck. You will learn to stop working a job you hate to buy things you don’t really want or need to impress people you don’t like. 

Learn to live with God and He make  2 immediate changes in your life:

  1. He will meet all of your needs. Philippians 4:19 (NIV) says: “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
  2. He will change your desires to match His.  Psalm 37:4 (NIV) says ”Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

He does expect you to do your part. You will need to work hard. Working towards a self sufficient lifestyle isn’t suited to someone with little self discipline. You will also need faith. You must have the faith that believes the promises of God are true.

Living the One Acre Homestead lifestyle will lead to many exciting changes in your life. You will have: 

  1. Independence. You will break free from society’s stranglehold on your happiness, peace and joy.
  2. Health. You will become healthier as you do the work necessary to live this lifestyle.
  3. Preparation. You will expect the best but be prepared for the worst.
  4. Wisdom. You will have a clarity of mind that you have never experienced before.
  5. Spiritual Growth. You were not created to be sitting in a cubicle all day.
  6. Glory to God. You will show a lost world how God works in your life if you let Him.

As the social, economic and political structures that have controlled our lives for so long seem to be crumbling all around us, take heart. There is a better way. God’s way: Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV): Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

The time to live the life God intended for you is now. Don’t put it off for another moment. Break the chains of the past as you build a bridge to the future. You will see that God truly does for us what we can’t do for ourselves if we let him.

Join me as I begin the journey of a lifetime on The One Acre Homestead because maybe everything you have ever believed doesn’t actually matter to what is truly real.

 

Michael at R2W

So What Exactly Is This Thing I’m Doing Here?

The simple answer is: I don’t know!

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First things first… a little background about me. Not too long ago, I had a job that I loved more than anything. I think that was part of the reason I stand here today… baffled. It was more than a job. It was a calling; a mission. I was good at it! People loved me! I was a kids and youth pastor for 12 years. I put it before everything, even God himself! …

My Experience With Success

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As we begin our journey, I would like to share with you my personal experiences with success as the world and popular society defines it and what I have come to know as true, lasting and real success.  My journey began, like everyone else, as a child.  It’s when we are young and impressionable that our beliefs, attitudes and behaviors are formed.  They affect the rest of our lives, and for many people, it is never realized that they may develop these characteristics in an atmosphere that isn’t or wasn’t supportive of real success. 

God Not Government

If there is anything the past few years has taught me, it is the importance of being prepared.

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Since 2018 my family has experienced several blizzards, a micro-burst and other severe weather related events. These situations have caused disruptions in our everyday lives; in many cases for at least a week or more. We have weathered each storm and have learned many lessons. It’s important to learn from each event. What did you do right? What did you do wrong?

Money & Success

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It is my belief that any program of success would be incomplete without a discussion about money and finances or more commonly referred to, as economics.  I am not including this principle because money is a measure of success, but because if we learn to manage and use our money correctly, we can do so much good with it for ourselves, the people in our lives and the world around us.  

Take Care of You

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It is your responsibility to take care of your health.  No one else is going to do it; so don’t expect them to.  Whether you just ran the Boston Marathon and only need a gentle reminder or you haven’t moved off the couch or eaten a green bean in years, let’s go through this principle together.  When I was in the planning stages of this program, I struggled with including a section on physical health.  There are many people out there who ignore health and instead, are focusing on so many less important things.  Just taking a look at the state of many people today would tell you that we, as a society, do not place enough importance on health and physical well-being.  I finally decided to include this principle because I believe that the state of your overall life is absolutely dependent on your physical health.

Communication Basics

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There are many different types of people and therefore many different personalities.  There are people who are social and people who are not.  One thing that everyone has in common is our need to communicate.  The ability to communicate effectively is necessary for almost every endeavor in life.  We, as a society, have lost that vital skill and it’s about time we learned how to get it back.

Success

We learn to walk by the time we are one; we learn to ride a bike by the time we’re six, about the same time we are starting school. We learn to drive by the time we are sixteen.  We get married, have kids and then retire.  We do this, most of us anyway, without learning about success.  I’m talking about real success.  Some of us may have learned society’s version of success and that is precisely why we are unhappy and unfulfilled.  Of true success, we know very little or even nothing.  Many of us never learn what success is and what it isn’t.  We don’t understand what failure is or what it isn’t.

Trusting God 

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We don’t make money because we are smart or have more ability than someone else.  We make money because God knows that we need it to function in this world.  He provides and we are meant to do certain things with that provision.  We are trusted to make good decisions and when we do, we are given more.  “But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today.”clxvi  

One of the most harmful traits someone can possess is over reliance on other people.   Being overly reliant on other’s kindness or generosity makes you extremely vulnerable.  I believe that God wants everybody, including you, to be God reliant.  He hasn’t given your ability to produce wealth to someone else such as a long lost relative or a friend who just won the lottery.  You don’t have to wait for unlikely events like these to occur.  You can produce wealth today.   

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When the Israelites became Egypt’s slaves for 400 years, they had nothing to call their own.  Everything they received came from the “generosity” of their masters.  They couldn’t improve their lot in life.  All their initiative and self-reliance was taken away from them.  God however didn’t want them to be reliant on others or even self-reliant; he wanted them to be God-reliant, so he led them into the wilderness. Sometimes we are led into our own wilderness so that we can become God-reliant. 

The freedom from over-reliance on others is a great feeling.  It means that you can now follow God’s plan for your finances without fearing what other people think or say.  I am not saying to reject other people’s help or generosity.  Just don’t depend on it.  Depend on the promises of God. 

God Bless

Michael at R2W

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Sleep! 

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Your body needs rest!  The “experts” recommend six to eight hours a night.  I recommend whatever your body needs.  It has become a “badge of honor” in our society to push yourself beyond your limits.  I hear people boasting all of the time about their lack of sleep and I can’t help but think to myself how foolish they are.  Your body needs sleep.  Your mind needs sleep. 

I understand that there may be times in the short term, when you may have to put in some extra work time or emergencies may develop which prevent you from getting a good night sleep, but they should be the exception.  Take care of whatever pressing issue is at hand and get yourself back on a normal sleep schedule.