Free Form Friday: Tiny House Adventures

pallet house 1

Psalm 127:1  “A Song of Ascents, of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.”

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted something on this blog. It really is amazing how fast time does fly. It can be so easy to get focused on the mundane everyday routines of life and stop looking beyond that to what is ahead. Sometimes though, it’s good for a person to lift their head and look to the future.

I’m about to start working on something new, something rather major, and thought it would be a good thing to announce to the world on my blog. I am going to build myself a tiny house, mainly out of pallet wood and other salvaged materials.

The goal is to use as much reclaimed/salvaged material as possible, with the dual benefits of keeping costs down and making my new home more unique in the end. The home will be built on a trailer bed, so I
can take it with me wherever God may lead me in the future, rather than investing all this time and labor into it only to someday have to leave it behind.

Honestly, I’ve been a bit hesitant to announce this new undertaking. What if I fail? What if things don’t work out the way I thought they would? What if it all just takes longer than I thought/hoped to build it? What if people think I’m crazy for even trying this? What if…what if…what if…? This is the voice of fear, urging me to keep things closer to my chest, to stay “safe”, but it’s a false notion of safety. A big project worth doing will involve risk, and require the willingness to work hard, adapt, and learn new things along the way.

So instead of giving in to the voice of fear, I am letting the world know my intentions. It’s time to get my game face on, put my shoulder to the wheel, and get started.

However, I also recognize that this is a project I can’t successfully pull off all on my own. (Hence the opening scripture reference-I need God’s help with this for sure!) I already have construction questions that need answering, and am busy researching different aspects of the project. Thankfully, I have a few more construction-savvy friends who I can pester with questions as needed. But even with using mostly salvaged materials there will be some costs incurred on my way to this new home. To help with that, I have recently started a Gofundme campaign to offset construction costs. (Feel free to share the link with others, if you feel so inclined.) I am also posting a preliminary list of materials I’m looking for, in case any of my readers have any “useful junk” laying around that they might be willing to contribute.

So how about you, my readers. What projects are you working on now? Are you letting fear hold you back from a dream, afraid you might fail in the attempt? Remember that a failed attempt at a dream can still grow you, shape you, and teach you enough to make even the attempt worthwhile. Please feel free to share your own current or dreamed-of projects and thoughts in the comments section below.

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