Friday, February 24, 2012

My plans or God's plans

We keep on planning and God keeps on saying, "have patience, I have a plan. I'll lead and you just follow."

We had a motor home picked out to live on while we worked.  It was only $2000.  We were going to go to Toronto to see it.  But then we encountered a road block in our plans.

We were going to get an old truck to use for the farm, but we weren't allowed to tow it back so that didn't happen.

We were going to buy a combination electric/wood cook stove for our new property but the day we decided to go look at it, God sent someone else to buy it after it had been listed for at least a month.

We took plans to get them done up into proper blueprints, but before we arrived back home we called and told them to hold off.  We were rethinking our plans.

We decided instead to build a cord-wood home, but when we looked into it we discovered that it would be more expensive than a conventional home.

We planned on doing a lot of the work ourselves, and at least saving the labor costs.  But now, Bruce is back in the hospital with another infection in his blood.  His brain is fine, (thank God for that)  but his body is weak.  It doesn't seem practical to expect a whole lot of physical labor from him.

We hoped to sell our home and at least have enough finances to pay the building permits, get the water and septic, and start building, but our home is not sold yet.

We are in His will buying the land.  That is as much as we know for sure.  I truly believe He wants us to work the land, keep a few chickens and some sheep, and build a house, but it will be in His time and according to His blueprint, not ours; a real challenge for a compulsive planner like myself.

I'm so glad the Lord has patience with me!  And even in my own impatience, God  still leads us along.

For the previous post see: Do we really need to go this way, Lord?

For the Next post telling how God started fulfilling His plan see:  The Van

Friday, February 10, 2012

Do we really need to go this way, Lord?

"I do trust You, Lord, and I want to follow your leading, but couldn't You choose a less rocky path, or at least a more convenient time?"

I wrote in the last post of the miracle God would have to preform to provide us with a house for our land.  I think maybe it must have still been too easy, because He has just allowed another obstacle to block the path.

It already seemed next to impossible to build a house with what we hoped our credit union would be willing to loan us when we were done, and next to impossible to get the supplies with hardly any cash available, but at least we figured we could do a lot of the work ourselves.  Bruce can do plumbing and wiring and carpentry work.

But Bruce was admitted into the hospital yesterday.  There is an infection in his blood stream again.  He may have to have drip antibiotics via a pic line for another six weeks.  It could be very serious business again.  There's not much chance he will be building a house any time soon.

It sort of reminds me of the story of Gideon.  God wanted to make sure the people could not say their own ability had saved them, so He whittled down the army to three hundred and then let them see that He was the one doing it all.

I know God has a plan for our lives, and I know He never takes us along the easiest route, but I also know that it always turns out to be best way to go.

I expect some day to be able to tell you why He has allowed this, but for now, I ask that you just trust with me.

For the previous post see:  Come travel this path with us
For the next post see:  M plans or God's plans

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Come travel this path with us

I have shared stories from the past of how the Lord provided for us in our times of need. The Lord was always our provider.  See: Finding a house or Renovating or  God led us to Paisley. We are again in a time of transition.  This time I invite you to travel the path with us, through this blog, as the miracle unfolds.

We take possession of our 10.75 acres of land on March 14.  The Lord directed us to the land, helped us get a mortgage for it when there seemed no way, and all that is left is to put a well, septic system, and house on it.  Sounds simple enough?

Well, maybe not quite so simple when you realize that even when we sell the trailer, if the Lord chooses to sell it for us, we would only have $30,000 to work with.  That would have to cover building permits (over $4000), a temporary trailer or motor home to live in while the house was being built, a truck to haul building supplies, a well, a septic, and a 1200 sq ft. home (the minimum required by the zoning bylaws) before we could apply for a mortgage to pay off the land mortgage.  And that, my friends, is a physical impossibility.

Are we crazy to think God really is directing us?  Maybe, but, you see, we have a heritage of watching God do the impossible when we follow Him. (See links above)

We believe God will prosper us in this adventure, not because He wants us to accumulate earthly possessions, but because He has a definite plan for us, and this is part of His plan.  We are trusting Him to lead us, and all we can do is follow.

I guess this must be how Abraham felt when God told him to get up and leave his nice comfortable home and wander off somewhere unknown to possess a land to give to his children.  His problem was a barren wife and old age; Our problems are: money, age and Bruce's health.

If we are to succeed in this venture we will need our strength renewed.  I am 63 and Bruce is almost 71.  He is still weak physically, needing a lot of extra rest because of the, always lurking, endocarditis which occasionally tries to rear its ugly head.  My stamina is not what it used to be either, but God knows all this.

The Lord has given us promises which we cling to, and I hope you will follow along with us to see how it all turns out.

For the previous post see: Roller Coaster Ride 
For the next post see:  Do we really need to go this way, Lord