When a Quiver is in the Shape of a Tiny House { by Cathy Baker • guest post }

As a child, I was always drawn to small and quiet places.

Like the secluded corner in my backyard where wild violets grew, my aunt’s 16′ Bambi Airstream, the tree house coop by the lake, and the edge of my grandmother’s concrete back steps where I baked magnificent mud pies, if I do say so myself.

When my dad encouraged the idea of our building a tiny house on the hill out back (and more importantly, when my husband agreed to pay for it), my childhood dreams took flight.

In this dreamy space, I plan to write, lead online Bible studies, host podcasts, and pen my memoir-ish book about our journey. But this won’t happen right away because the Tiny House on the Hill is currently a little over halfway finished. You see, my husband and I are what you call weekend warriors—code for slow and steady. Mostly slow.

But we had to start somewhere.

First came the Pinterest frenzy. Images of bright colors, designs, and creative storage were all pinned to My Future Tiny House Ideas board. The underlying desire, however, included finding specific ways to use the tiny house to bless others.

Since I plan to write from my tiny house instead of living in it, like the brave souls on HGTV, the desk takes center-stage. I stretched the length of the desk to eight feet to allow room for another writer to join me for a day of writing, or daydreaming. I suppose we’ll have to wait and see if the view of the Blue Ridge Mountains is considered inspiring or a distraction. Either way, the eight-foot matching window will give plenty of opportunities for both.

If coffee counts as a blessing—and oh, it should—a Keurig machine, stacked with various flavors, will be ready for guests to enjoy. It also prepares hot water. Tea, anyone?

The enclosed reading nook, the size of a twin bed, will be the perfect spot for reading to my grandchildren, especially on rainy days when the drops fall heavy on the tin roof.

A loft above the nook will give the grandchildren a tiny place to call their own.

Above all, I pray God will take the tiny offerings of Spirit-lit words produced in the tiny house and radiate His love far beyond the confines of a hundred and forty-four feet.


cathyFBprofilefinalCathy Baker is an award-winning writer and author of Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Beach as well as Pauses for the Vacationing Soul: A Sensory-Based Devotional Guide for the Mountains. Cathy is a Hope*Writer and Bible teacher who has taught numerous studies and workshops over the past twenty-five years. Her work has been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Upper Room, and Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family. She is a monthly contributor to The Write Conversation; Writer’s Digest 101 Top Websites for Writers. She and her husband, Brian, live in the foothills of the Carolinas with a beautiful view of Glassy Mountain and a soon-to-be tiny house.

To connect with Cathy, visit The Tiny House on the Hill https://www.cathybaker.org. Become a part of the THH community and receive a free gift, “10 {Tiny} Prayers that Offer Great Hope.” 


 

 

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