Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What have you got in the house?

I was quizzing the Lord for answers again.  It bothered me to think of increasing our debt load again.  We were so determined to get out of debt.  "What's the answer, Lord Jesus?" I questioned.  He had given me answers in the past, monumental ones.

I knew He had an answer for us again, there had to be a precedent set in His word.  All the important answers are found in His word.  Normally I open my Bible and He speaks to me through the words on the page, but this time I sat thinking, listening, and sifting through the many Bible stories I had heard and read since I was a baby.

There was one about a widow woman who was about to loose everything because of her debts.  She asked the prophet Elisha for help.  "What have you got in the house?" he asked.

Her answer: "Just a little bit of oil."

"What have I got in my house" I wondered.  I did have some plants I could sell, but the garden season was still a couple of months away.

I thought about the Widow's answer, "Just some oil" and yet God used that little bit of oil to get her out of debt and let her live from the sale from then on.

It took a while to register.  Bruce had already been suggesting we take the coconut oil we had bought in bulk, and repackage it, and sell some of it at the market.  I was dragging my feet.  I expected to have to deal with a heap of rules and regulations.

Today we visited Keady market.  The Market clerk didn't think there would be any problem selling coconut oil.  Then we went to see the health Inspector.  It wasn't all that bad.  We called our supplier and cleared it with him.

All we need now are the glass jars, a folding table, and the blessing of the Lord.  This may only be a way to develop a customer base at the market before garden season, or just the opportunity to witness about God's miracle working power, but whatever the reason, we expect to be marketers again soon.

(By the way, if you live in the Owen Sound area and need some coconut oil, please let us know.)

For the previous post see: Surprise welcoming committee
For the next post see:  Build that sheep shed - but

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Incredible surprise welcoming committee

The Lord is still full of fantastic surprises!  We walked our own land today after waiting impatiently all morning for the lawyer to finished the paperwork.  Our Heavenly Father had timed it just right.  He sent the most amazing welcoming committee.

It was already after 2PM when we arrived at our property, so Bruce and I immediately began planning where the house would be built.  We were pacing out the site of the septic system when a beautiful black lab came bounding across the field toward us to say hello.

He was still making sure we knew we were welcome when two little girls emerged from the trees.  They were looking for their dog.

Even from a distance the girls looked familiar.  They were approximately the age of our granddaughter Noelia, and when they started talking with their distinctive British accent I knew I wasn't imagining it.  These girls were the best of friends with Noelia, and they were homeschoolers as well. 

It wasn't long before their mom came to find out what was keeping them, and together we had a jubilant praise time, knowing that this was all part of God's plan.  We even learned that our neighbors on the other side are Christians, too.

For the previous post see: Even the little things
For the next post see:  What have you got in the house?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Even the little things

Yesterday I was wondering what I would do for a wheelbarrow.  There are so many things that I will need on the land, some more urgent than others, but the one thing I didn't have and will need right away was a wheelbarrow.

Not any wheelbarrow would do.  I needed a light one that didn't weigh a ton even before I filled it. I find heavy duty ones just don't work for me.

 I didn't want to go out and spend a lot of money for one, and even if I could have afforded it, I didn't see anything in the stores that would work for me.  And yet I knew that somehow I would need a way to haul things like dirt and plants across my field. 

We get the land tomorrow, and I am taking King Solomon's advice and working the field before building the house.  I have my shovel waiting in the car ready to go, but I had no wheelbarrow.

This morning I went to see if the new windows, that the restore said they were getting, were there yet.  They weren't.  But there was a little wheelbarrow sitting out in the yard.  I had never seen one there before.  It was old and small and not worth much to anyone else.  But for me it was perfect. 

I wound up paying $5.00 for it.  

Thank You, Lord for supplying even the little things.

For the previous post see: The Van

Saturday, March 10, 2012

The Van

In the last post I listed a number of things the Lord stopped us from doing, and in that list I mentioned the need for a farm vehicle, and how the Lord stopped us from buying one. I said that when we found out why God had stopped us, I would let you know.

Well, we know now.

 A couple of days ago Bruce called his friend, Ray Maddox.  After being in the hospital for a week, Bruce wanted to catch up on the news and thank Ray for his prayers.  Ray is a minister, too, and has always been a real encouragement to Bruce.  The two men often spend the evening on the phone with each other.

Ray was filling him in on his latest acquisition. Apparently, he had just bought a 2009 truck.  He explained that he thought there was some work that needed to be done on his van, and because he didn't have family nearby to do it for him, he decided to put the money into a new truck instead.

We have a son-in-law who likes to work with cars and is good at it.

  When Bruce asked his friend how much he wanted for the van, Ray said he didn't want anything for it.  He wanted us to have it.

Our Loving Father must have wanted us to have it, too.  It is much better than the truck Bruce had tried to buy.  The Lord didn't let him take that truck home because he wanted to give us this van instead.

(I can't post a picture of the van because we haven't picked it up yet, so I posted a picture of Bruce with his friend Ray instead)

For the previous post see My Plans or God's Plans

For the next post see: Even the little things