1. He has taken away the security of a home: We could be forced out of this rental at any time due to the landlords having to sell, and there are no feasible rental options for us. If they are affordable they are too small and won't let us rent, or if they are large enough they are too expensive, and the few that do come along even close to what we need do not allow pets.
2. He has take away our TV. This I'm not too upset about. I knew it was creeping it's way in far too much again recently, and frankly was a little relieved to see it go. No fight there God.
3. He has taken away our van. Now, if we lived in town, or close to family this one might not be such a struggle for me. However, we are a 15 minute drive to town or the nearest grocery store, we are at least 20 minutes from the nearest hospital, and I'm due to have this baby in less than 2 months, this will mean that IF we can find someone to come pick me up and take me to the hospital when I go into labor it will likely take an hour to get there, and hubby will not be able to be there as someone will need to stay home with the kids. My stepdaughter comes up at the end of this month and we won't be able to pick her up let alone do any activities outside of the home as a family this year, no swimming, no camping, no going to my parents for lunch, no getting groceries, picking up milk or diapers, taking the kids to special appointments, getting them to the hospital in case of an emergency, and we will have no way to get our large family to church either.
My husband is refusing to go into debt for a vehicle or owe anyone for a vehicle, (which I get biblically the not wanting to go into debt thing) but is this really a possibility? To live without a vehicle with a family this large (6 and soon to be 8) for years this far from town and in this day and age? We would not be able to save up enough to buy a vehicle with cash for years.
So, is God teaching us simplicity? It seems He is slowly teaching us how to live with nothing but him. He is weaning out the unnecessary, and what we deem as necessary, and leaving us with only the most important things, Him and each other.
If this isn't the lesson I really hope we figure it out soon, this tired mama is wearing out fast.
Any advice or personal stories on how a large family can live without a car these days I would really appreciate it.