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God-Sufficient, Not Self-Sufficient

Posted by on October 2, 2014

Farmers and homesteaders have always had so many challenges to face, usually from things they had (have) no control over. Too much or too little rain, climate change, weather patterns, crop prices falling, bug invasions, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, wildlife garden invasion, earthquakes… the list goes on and on. Kinda makes you wonder why people get into that lifestyle.


Trying to do it all is stressful and not possible. Instead of relying on yourself, strive to be God-Sufficient, and let Him take care of your homestead! - IdlewildAlaska

But when you finally get a harvest from your crops – juicy tomatoes, crisp carrots, sweet peppers, crunchy apples, delicious potatoes – it makes all those struggles worth it.


Many modern day homesteaders are fighting to be more “self-sufficient,” and for a long time, that was our goal too. Grow a big portion of our own food, hunt for meat, raise chickens for fresh eggs and eventually “stock-pot chickens,” and eventually raise our own goats for fresh milk. But there’s nothing like those completely-out-of-your-hands challenges to make you realize you CANNOT be a self-sufficient homesteader or farmer.

To be self-sufficient is “needing no outside help in satisfying one’s basic needs, especially with regard to the production of food.” (The Oxford Dictionary) Having your own garden or hunting a moose will make you quickly realize how impossible this is. There are potentially too many problems that can arise over which you have no control. We got neither a moose or caribou during Alaska’s short hunting season this year. We came home after work a couple weeks ago to see the roof of our greenhouse half blown off. Things happen.

I’m not saying you should give up your dream of growing your own food or hunting and trying to provide for your family. Quite the contrary.


My husband and I are Full Gospel, faith-filled Christians. We thank God every day for the harvest we got from our little garden and greenhouse. We ask for His protection over our chickens and apple trees (and our home and dogs too!). Every meal is preceded by a prayer of thanks for all He has provided.

Being God-Sufficient - IdlewildAlaska

Psalm 91:4

I’m not self-sufficient, I’m God-sufficient.



All we have is from Him; He’s our Provider.

I am God-Sufficient, not self-sufficient - IdlewildAlaska

Philippians 4:19

Please don’t take this post as a “I’m a Christian. I’m better than you” blah, blah post. Quite the contrary. On our own, there is no way we would have had as good a harvest as we did this year. We’re just a couple of newbie gardeners. The moose typically would have eaten our baby apple trees to nubs, but instead chose to munch on the willow trees next too them. Believe me, that has nothing to do with me. That’s all God!

God-Sufficient, not self-sufficient - IdlewildAlaska

Proverbs 3:5

And He can and wants to do the same for you. 🙂 Be God-sufficient and let Him take your worries!

Be God-Sufficient, not self-sufficient - IdlewildAlaska

Luke 12:24


This is by no means, an “in-depth” post about God’s provisions. The concept of “God-sufficient” has been stewing in my brain for quite a while. There is a very good chance as I study more in His Word, the Holy Bible, and learn, I’ll be back to share with you!

Be God-sufficient, not self-sufficient! Let Him take your cares and worries. Just sit back and watch and see what He can do! -IdlewildAlaska

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19 Responses to God-Sufficient, Not Self-Sufficient

  1. Joetta Colquette

    I am right there with you!~ I enjoy your posts and pics!~ We live in Tok, and are trying to become more self-sufficient and God-Sufficient as well:D

    Thank You,

  2. Leianne Couch

    Thank you for this post. Looking forward to more in the future.

  3. Janet Garman

    thank you for sharing your beautiful photos and inspirations. really speechless at the beauty here.

  4. Jenna

    This is wonderful! 🙂 So true, we need to always remember who it is that sustains us. It is surely not of our own accord.

  5. Heidi @ Pint Size Farm

    Beautiful pictures and a great sentiment 🙂 “Self” sufficient would certainly be impossible.

  6. Pamela

    What a beautiful post, and timely reminder! Thank you.

  7. Tammy Trayer

    Awesome post we are right there with you… We have had quite the year filled with SO many blessing and yet SO many things that were and still are completely out of our hands and all we are left to do is pray and trust. We have been working on a HUGE project this year and there will be a very transparent post coming when it is completely finished… These are things I ponder ALL the time too….

    I would love to have you on my radio show sometime… Let me know if you are interested and be sure to share this if you haven’t yet on my Simple Life Sunday here:

    Blessings to you and yours as you continue to faithfully live your dream
    Tammy Trayer <3 <

  8. Debbie B

    Beautifully expressed and written! And so true that God is the provider.

  9. Rebecca

    This post is AMAZING!!! I LOVE it!! Thank you so much!!

  10. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup

    I LOVE this post! There is so much buzz about “self-sufficiency”. My husband and I throw it around all the time in our conversations as it is something to work towards. But like you said, things change. Life happens. I found myself getting stressed because we can’t afford to do a lot of the things we want to to be self-sufficient. We have resolved to do what we can, but to ultimately trust God with rest. Thanks for the post – I agree completely.

  11. Darla

    Thank you soooo much for this post. I have had this discussion with a very good friend of mine, because it bothered us to say self sufficient, and as Christians we need to depend on Christ and be thankful for all He provides. We live in Texas & would love to move to Alaska, my daughter’s dream is to rodeo for a living & there is not much rodeoing in Alaska, so in Texas we must stay, so I will continue to read your post & live through you. Thank you for your blog. Darla

    • IdlewildAlaska

      There is some rodeos in Alaska, but I’ll admit I’m not sure how much. A friend’s mom used to be really big into barrel racing up here. Glad you liked the post! This one was very close to my heart.

  12. Amirah Mokhtar

    Hi friends! I LOVE this post!

  13. Donna

    This is an awesome and inspirational blog post. Thank you. We have been working to be more self-sufficient and it can be easy to forget that it is not me, everything I have, all of my successes come from the great Creator of all. Thank you for helping keep my eyes toward true success.

  14. Deb Crisp

    Thank you for this reminder. It is so true. I have noticed a few homestead bloggers declaring this lately. I think God is reminding us all to put him first and all other things will be added unto you. I find myself stressing about projects that need to be completed but being God sufficient needs to come first. Thank you for writing this post.

  15. Marie Beausoleil

    Thanks for sharing with us at the Saturday Round Up. I have said for a while now that ‘self-sufficient’ is a misnomer for what it is that most of us do. Still, it’s the word that we have. 🙂 In the end, Jehovah Jireh is the source.

  16. Amie Lovejoy

    I love this post!! I’ve been saying for a long time now that we are not self sufficient, we are God sufficient. We can’t make our crops grow. That is all God. I thank Him everyday for what He lets us do. We are truly blessed. Thank you for this post!

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