How did I get here?

I was looking around today, at what seems to be a foreign land. The walls, the rooms, the terrain.

How did I get here?

If you had told me a year ago that I would move away from the only home(town) I had ever known, I would have said you were crazy. Even a move 30 minutes down the road much less 1,300 miles away.

From someone who had lived in the same town all my life. Living in the same home for almost 2 decades. The home before that for almost a decade. To say that I am not one that favours change would be an understatement.

I like things that are familiar. It soothes me, calms me. I have had anxiety all my life, and having things stay the same keeps me in check.

But last year, starting in July, we were forced to move out of our home so it could be repaired. It was only suppose to be for a little over a week. We were going to stay in the building behind our home, and use the kitchen and bathrooms at night when the workers were gone. That turned into our home being gutted. No facilities to use.

We moved not once, not twice, not three times but four times. Something some one like me finds terrifying. At the time, I kept asking the LORD, why is this happening?

Lookig back, if that had not happened, I wouldn’t be here.

If that had not have happened, when hubby got the job offer, I would have looked at it and said, oh well another few years of commuting.

I would have never agreed to move.

I would have stayed home, commutted and made it work just like we have for over 20 years. I see now that although I saw that as a trying time the LORD was preparing me to be here. To be able to pack up, yet again, and move to a whole other way of living.

It has been good. It has been scary but I am thankful for this change the LORD has put before us.

The little apartment, which I doubted would ever fit us both has become quite cozy. It is in a nice location. Quiet for the city. In the middle of everything but not loud, busy or noisy.

It has started to become home. Not that I don’t miss home, I do. I miss my comfortable, familiar place that was my solace for so many years. I miss the yard, the trees, the birds, the animals that were a daily normal for so long. But this is becoming normal.

I still sit and look around and think, how did I get here? The LORD has a plan for this adventure. He always does. Looking back at what we went through last year, I can see that it was only a preparation for what was to come.

Thank You God for Your preparation of what is to come. Always strengthening us, making us ready for what you have planned. Praise the LORD for His mercy, and infinite knowledge of what we need to do now, to get us to where we will be in the future.

I thank the LORD for blessing every one who is reading this, and for blessing every one who is not reading this :)

It’s official…an update

I don’t feel like putting all the links back to the whole story of this all. Just go to the search bar on the blog and type in “update”, and you can read all that leads up to this.

I am officially moving to Texas. From there I will be traveling to only God knows where. And that is the best thing because He will pick all the best destinations.

I will keep posting verses, where there is wi-fi, and pictures from where I am. I am still here at “home for now” but as of the second week in January everything will pretty much be from Texas or where ever in this world the LORD is taking me.

We will be keeping our home here until we figure out all the details. I pray that y’all pray for me, as I have never been this far from where I was born, or lived my whole life.

Praise the LORD for all the blessings He bestows on us. By us I mean, me… you…and every one reading this post. I went from a demolished home, not knowing if my home would ever be livable to living half way across the country, and traveling the world.

God really does give us more that we can ever imagine.

LORD, thank you for blessing every one reading this :)

God is merciful… an update

Well if you have been keeping up, you know what is going on. If you haven’t here are the links to what has been going on in my life. Or should I say the life God has planned before I was born :) Praise the LORD :)

Here are the links to all that preludes this post, in case you missed them:
Praise the Lord y’all
Feeling more than blessed…an update
Thank You LORD…an update
What is put in front of us…an update
I don’t really know what to title this…an update
An update….progress is good?

Well, since all of that happened the LORD has proven to me once again that man knows nothing.

Man said this would be months in the making. God proves that with Him all things are possible and it has taken a fraction of that time.

It has been lots of hard work but He has given us the strength to be able to accomplish this.

We are back in our house.

Everything is mold free. Everything works. Building inspections have all passed. AND the building inspector couldn’t stop raving about how he has been in million dollar houses and $50,000  houses and  he could not remember one of them. None of those houses stood out but, to him, our house is beautiful.

I might have blown this off as him being nice but he went on and on about every detail about how our home stood out. About how as he walked up the porch, looking in, all he could think was, “this is so beautiful.”

Praise the LORD. :)

Now, the miraculous part of the story, if that wasn’t miraculous enough. We will probably be moving soon. Really soon as God has provided us with an opportunity that is more than what we could have imagined. Which is what His Word says, does it not?

It is a great opportunity for us, and travel galore! I just talked about traveling, LORD willing in the post The Barnabas Award, and hallelujah. God has provided. You can read it here. I don’t mean just a little travel here and there. I mean a lot of travel all over the world!!!

Again I stand in awe of our Almighty God :)

I am in such awe of all that our Almighty God provides that I really don’t know what else to say in this post other than our LORD hears our prayers. He answers us. And He fights for us every single minute of every single day. He loves us so much more than we can comprehend.

So, when things look impossible, they are not because we have God. Get ready for God has something greater than you ever imagined waiting for you on the other side of what we  perceive “impossible”.

LORD, thank You for blessing everyone reading this post :)

An update…progress is good?

Well, sorry I haven’t been too talkative as of late. There have been so many changes, revelations, and just plain lessons.

If you want to catch up, you can read my adventure

I don’t really know what to title this… an update,

and

What is put in front of us…an update

and

Thank You LORD…an update

and

Feeling more than blessed :) and update

and

I need prayers please

God blessed us with a wonderful place to stay while our home was being repaired then Hurricane Dorian blew threw, The blessing soon came to an end as when we returned to the condo it had been flooded, and we were without a place to stay.

A preacher had replaced the felon who originally started repairs to our home. The preacher assured us that for a price, $55,000.00 everything on the list of repairs would be done. We had to purchase the cabinets, the carpet, and flooring but everything from the studs up would be replaced, and all the windows, and flooring would be installed.

Well, Ecclesiasted later began to change his word.

He said things like, “your husband told me not to worry about this and that.” As if we didn’t need windows or flooring, or a kitchen.

I stood with him in my yard going over the list.

We had drawn out a full diagram of our home, and a diagram of all the rooms and listed everything that had to be done. He called and said everything on the the list is $55,000.00 we just had to buy the flooring and caninets but the installation of those things plus the repairs were included.

After 2 hours in my yard discussing this he told me, “I never looked at the list”

So, now I know where we stood.

The work he did was sub-par to put it nicely.

Crooked walls, paint pealing, bows in walls, nails popping threw, lines and mounds where the tape and puddy lines. I have pictures I will post. You can tell me if “I am just being picky” since that is what the preacher told me.

So, here we sit. Living in the building behind our house. Sleeping on a couch, and finishing the repairs ourselves.

The cleaning crew I had to hire because after a week of tryig to clean, since the workers didn’t clean one day while they were here(something Ecclesiates promised they would do) and running my HVAC system the WHOLE time, (while cutting wood inside, sanding, etc. ) so it had to be cleaned too, the cleaning crew told me they were so upset for me because of how BAD the work was done.

They said from my tub and sinks that are 16 years old how well I had taken care of our house, for these people, a man of God no less, destroyed our home. We have hard water, and they said mine were like brand new, as if they had never been used, so they KNEW I had always been maticulous with the things God provided us.

So, we will be installing the cabinets and flooring ourselves, even though we paid some one, a man of God as he so affectionately likes to refer to himself, to do the work. We will have to purchase the window, and install them ourselves, we will be sanding, mudding, and repainting every wall in our home, although as I said, we paid a man of God to do all this work for us.

The carpet we will have to pay someone else to do, even thought we have already paid, well, as I said a man of God to do this.

It has really caused me to doubt my judgment. God has always blessed me with being able to discern people. I have heard more than once that I have always been able to “see” right through people. Now I am doubting that.

I know God has a reason, a season, a lesson here for me to learn. I hope I learn it quickly as I am getting tired with this whole period in my life.

Praise the LORD for I know when I am weak, as I am now, He is strong. If not for knowing He is merciful, I don’t know what I would do.

I thank God for blessing everyone reading this.

 

I don’t really know what to title this… an update

If you are familiar with all that is going on you can skip the links. If not please feel free to read all about it Praise the LORD y’all, and Feeling more than blessed and I need prayers please

If you are up to date then I will give you a short update as I am just to exhausted to do anything else.

After Dorian, the condo that God had so graciously blessed us with got flooded. So, we are back to square one. We are living in the building behind our house :) Praise the LORD. It is all that I know to do. I don’t know the why’s, or the reason for all of this but I know that the LORD has a huge blessing for us on the other side of this because the evil one doesn’t work this hard for nothing. He wants us to give up, to turn around , or to give into doubt.

I refuse.

Not trying to sound perfect. I have cried. I have been angry, frustrated, scared, soul searched. I have been through it all.

BUT I know that God is fighting for us, just like He fights for every one reading this.

I thank all of you for your prayers. I can’t wait to share what this blessing will be.

I thank God for blessing every one reading this. Amen.

9/8/2019

In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and He did hear my voice out of His temple, and my cry did enter into His ears. 2 Samuel 22:7

For Thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. — 2 Samuel 22:29

Praise the LORD y’all :)

I have so much going on, and am so exhausted that I can’t post a full update. But y’all the LORD does so much for us that I just wanted to give Him some praise, and I pray you all do the same.

We might not see it. We might not understand it. But if we keep our faith in Him, and trust that He wants what is best for us, praise His Holy, Holy, Holy name for He will provide us with all the mercy that He has promised He would.

Stop what you are doing and give the Almighty living God the praise He deserves.

I ask God to bless everyone reading this :) And I thank Him for always hearing us and answering our prayers. :)

What is put in front of us…an update

I praise the LORD for always putting in front of us what He wants us to see.

I will update all of you, my wordpress family, on the happenings with my house very soon.

There always seems to be things that happen to us that I ask the LORD why?

Well, He is revealing to me the why at this point. I ask that you all pray for me to listen to Him, and not jump to my fleshly desires to “fix” all these things that only He can fix.

Trials come, and although I might not like them, and might not know why, the Good LORD reveals all if we have eyes to see, and ears to hear.

Praise God for His wisdom that is far past what we can understand. Praise God for the strength to get through what we, at first, think is the end of the world, and see that the end of this world will come when He decides. Not when we think it is so.

I ask God to bless everyone who is reading this. And I thank every single one of you for your prayers because they are worth more than everything this world has to offer.

 

 

Feeling more than blessed :) and update

We moved into our new temporary home today. It is more than I could have ever imagined but isn’t that what God says, He is more than we can ever imagine.

I feel so blessed that words can’t even describe it.

We are still waiting on the insurance to “process” the new adjustment for the repairs to our house. They said that should take them 10 to 14 working days. Which amazes me since right after the hurricane last year when there were 10’s of thousands of claims it was done in a matter of days.

However I am so thankful for the housing that God has provided, and miraculously we had exactly the amount of money to put down the deposit and first months rent.

For here, during the peak season, when rentals are only done by the week, and run in the thousands per week. The owners of this place let us have it on a month to month basis. They charged us less than they could have, and have been renting it per week.

Please say a prayer for these owners who could have made 4 times the money by renting to the tourist but found it in their hearts to let us have it for not just a month but for as many months as we need. Taking a huge loss to their bottom line.

Praise the LORD for His loving mercy. He sure does things in such a way that it can’t be denied.

I appreciate all of your prayers for our family. We still have a long road, and we are not waiting for the insurance to start to pay the contractor. We are going to the house everyday and doing all the work we can. And at night we are washing, and cleaning everything that can be salvaged from the mold exposure.

Tonight as I type this, listening to the washer and dryer. I am blessed to be in a safe, clean, temporary home. Looking out over the ocean, and all its beauty.

Again I say praise the LORD.

I need prayers please

Well, hello Brother and Sisters. I sure do need your prayers right now.

Some of you may or may not know that my house was damaged during Hurricane Florence. I felt really blessed that we could live there, as many people lost everything

We have been patiently waiting to come up on one of the 20 plus contractor lists that we are on for repairs. We had planned on being slightly inconvenienced by living in a room above a workshop we have, and but still be able to use the bathroom, and kitchen while the work was being completed. Should have taken about 3 weeks.

Here is where I need prayers.

The contractor arrived bright and early today and as they started pulling down walls we found out that our house is going to have to be completely gutted due to mold.

The cost will be way more than the value of our home, and therefore more than the insurance will pay.

We live at the beach, and since it is summer there are no rentals that are for only a few months. It’s an annual lease or nothing. Insurance will only pay for the amount of months the repairs will take.

Hotels are full because, well, it is summertime at the beach.

We could just take the insurance check, and knock down the house and start over BUT we had already had the roof repaired(because they can’t repair the inside until the roof is repaired) and the foundation repaired. Which was fine because we couldn’t get a contractor until now anyway.

So, if we just tear down, we will be short that huge amount not to mention that is money that was thrown away.

We are staying at the only place in the county that has rooms. It is the only place that has rooms for a reason. It is affectionately call the “drug Den”

So, we are displaced which is just, a nice way of saying homeless.

I could go on and on but I will spare you the rest.

We just need your prayers. It is the only thing that is going to solve our issue right now.

I ask the LORD to bless every one who is reading this and thank Him for hearing and answering our prayers.