Today is January 12, 2016 and today marks the end of the beginning for our plan of our 100 acre property. It seems ironic that this really is the beginning of a new year and it has started off with such a hard pill to swallow, yet swallow we must because it is our new reality at least for this season.
I have to admit even though I am completely health conscious I really have a hard time taking supplements because I find pills tough to swallow. However, the benefit far outweighs the momentary uncomfortable feeling I endure to get the much needed nutrition I need. I find this situation no different. I am a
.ble to look at this tough situation and outcome and acknowledge that it has happened to test our faith and strengthen it at the same time, as the saying goes… “whatever doesn’t kill us will only make us stronger.”
So what is this great disappointment about?
For those of you who are new to our site I will do a bit of a recap for you. We are a family of nine. We have seven kids from the ages of 9 months to 16 years of age. Once upon a time we lived in Oregon on an acre that back up against the national forest which gave us a “never ending” back yard and a bubbling creek bordered our property.
We had a comfortable home with an adjacent apartment and huge shop for my husband.
My husband had a job that brought home an excellent salary and working over time put us into a category of high paid personnel. However, an injury at work and a car accident just a year later catapulted us into a deep time of reflection. We remembered the direction my husband received in prayer seven years ago. He felt he was told to get out of debt and it was time for a call to action. In brief, my Facebook post today will summarize the circumstances for you.
“URGENT prayer request: Many of you know our family of 9 has been living full time in our RV since June 2014. We edited our life and sold most of our possessions and we had a LOT. We were obedient and got completely out of debt and we have been living the simple life ever since. We bought 100 acres last year and used all of our money on the property which is our hope for the future.
We received some money that was due to us in November, so we used that towards drilling a well. We are 1,200 ft into the drill and still no useable water. We used our house building budget approximately $42,000. We have now decided today to use our furniture fund (some of the money we made selling our household goods) to go 100 ft deeper $3500. What good is furniture money if you don’t have a house to put it in and what good is land if you don’t have water. So, we are sacrificing all we have for this dig today. Please pray #Share Thanks the final dig starts at 9:30 am Central time”
The drilling began the last week of December, just a month after we received our provision in a lump sum. We were waiting for two years for this possible provision and finally we had it in hand. We purchased our property a year before and we have been doing what we can to begin our dream of building a home on our property to raise our children on. We purposely purchased a 100 acres so that we would be able to give land to our children as a heritage. Every step of the way we have paved the process in prayer.
This past year we have seen the hand of a very REAL GOD in our lives. We have experienced more than provision, we have experienced abundance, not by our might but by God’s grace. This is what we had to keep in perspective when we got the final news today after weeks of waiting for water to bubble up, and then there was none.
Actually we did hit a gallon and a half a minute at a certain point, but today our driller told us that it is now less than that said amount, which makes it of no use to try and pump it out.
Last week we hit our mark of 1,000 ft with no water and that was our first big realization that we may not hit water, since that was as far as we said we would go. This was a somber and tough moment for us all, but especially for my husband. He not only had most of our money riding on this, but he had relationships on the line with this. At some point we both agreed this was no longer about water, but about faith.
The battle is not about flesh and blood, but about principalities in the air. Would we allow the deceiver to get in and steal or diminish our faith? I am not saying we would stop believing in our God. I am saying that we were concerned about our children’s faith, about our extended family’s faith. We know that God is merciful and just. However, there are people on the fence ready at any moment to accuse God of being unjust. We so wanted to share about the water that came forth for us today, but there is no water to speak of for the day. So, what is the story now? Where do we go from here?
PERSPECTIVE is EVERYTHING
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Tribulation is not optional for the people of Yahweh, we will experience it. Because we experience hardships we are able to comfort others in similar circumstances. By it our faith is tested and strengthened if we choose to stand on truth, instead of lies from the enemy. I think of Job and how in a moment this wealthy man not only lost all of his worldly possessions, but all of his sons and daughters and as if that was not enough, he lost his health for a season and was covered with misery from his head to his feet and even his friends were of no consolation to him, even his wife told him to curse God and die. Yet with all of this Job did not sin.
My extended family was understandably disappointed for our sake. However, I had to share my peace about the situation. I reminded them about the last year and having not one, but two sons in the Children’s Hospital this year with near death experiences.
Those sons are well and thriving now, praise Yeshua. This year has been a time of testing and this well drilling situation is no different. I have friends and family who have lost sons and daughters, and even spouses the last couple of years or more. What a time of pain they have gone through. This is just a lack of water and not the end of life.
To further help the situation the Father has been so kind to speak to me in His still quiet voice this last year before actions happened in our family. This time was no different.
Approximately nine months ago I heard very clearly in my prayer time that the Father was hardening our family for a coming HARD WINTER. I was so certain this was a real word, I actually responded with a question. The question was, “Father is this going to be like a Hawaii winter or an Alaskan winter?” I heard very clearly it would be like an Alaskan winter. I shared this information with my husband and we prayed about it. For the following months I would feel the impression that we were being prepared for this hard time. In September, in my prayer time, I got the impression that we were entering a season of preparation.
I told my husband and later that day I went on-line and there was a notice on my feed stating that September was National Preparation month! I was not previously aware of this. I felt as if it were further confirmation.
During this time we stored up food and did indeed do some disaster relief preparation. We even taught an emergency preparedness class in September, even though I did not feel September would bring anything eventful for our family. A couple of months later I felt the time of preparing was coming to an end in prayer and my husband felt the same. So, things began to wind down. In November in prayer I felt the nudge that this hard winter was around the corner. Of course, I was actually questioning if this was going to be a literal winter or a spiritual one. I wasn’t sure so I actually bought extra blankets and robes etc, just in case. A couple of days into the drill we were now in the first week of January. It was 3:30 am when I awoke out of a deep sleep. I was suddenly WIDE AWAKE. Immediately, I said, “Yahweh do you want to speak to me?” The next words I heard were as clear as day, “NOW THE HARD WINTER BEGINS.”
This leads me back to the words…”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I told my husband I felt something in prayer, but that I would wait for a confirmation before telling him. I only told my daughter.
We went to that days dig with a dollar figure of what we could afford for the final drill. Our mark was 1,000 feet to stop at. Just before we got to 1,000 ft it actually was looking quite exciting and we were seeing signs of water and moisture when all of the sudden things turned around and looked grim. Finally, at 1000 ft it was basically dry again and the words, “Now it begins…” came shuffling through my mind. We all separated and I know we were all having our own private conversations with Yahweh. It was a solemn time of the reality we were possibly facing, no water.
However, I was encouraged at the same time of all the headway the Father gave us about this very time. He had been gearing us up the past year. This January was a record low for our budget since my husband’s retirement. However, since we stocked up on so much in the better months we have our basic needs in stock. He was preparing us for this time of testing, which meant this is all providence and it is all in His hands.
Before we ever came to Texas we felt that Yahweh was telling us that He was leading us to a place like Meribah, dry and desolate, where water would have to come from a rock.
It was so clear to me at the very moment I spoke to my husband and I saw the disappointment and frustration in his person that we were being tested like the children of Israel in Meribah. It was a place of testing and a place the Israelites murmured against Yahweh. They complained to Moses about their situation and doubted Yahweh. Moses got angry and he struck the rock and rebelled Number 20:24.
Would we be the same or would we learn from scripture? Would we learn from their mistakes? I was just as disappointed as my husband. Why wouldn’t I be? We just wagered all that we have and POOF the money is gone, and there is nothing but a hole to show for it. However, I was resolved not to get angry, not to go into despair. I was resolved to have a Heavenly perspective so that I could pass this test and move on.
After all that is what trials are all about. They are tests and if we don’t pass them we must potentially face them again or worse fail them completely and not ever move forward.
Why share all of this? To try and prove some kind of point like “I hear from God?” No, absolutely not.
This has never been about us. It is about sharing with our readers that we serve a personable God and not one made out of stone or who is mute. No, our God communicates with His people. He says, “He who has an ear let him hear.”
It is our family’s passion to share our story and to let you be a “fly on the wall” as we venture through this life of faith believing upon a real and living God.
Nothing good or bad in our life happens by chance, everything is providence and to this we yield. I didn’t say we understand it all, we just yield to it knowing one day we will have all the answers we are seeking.
So where are we as of today?
I started my post with this statement:
“Today is January 12, 2016 and today marks the end of the beginning for our plan of our 100 acre property.”
All this really means is that we thought we had some plans for the next few months and this year for the property, but we have laid them ALL down. We will not continue without water, my husband said. He said water is a must before we begin to build again. This is not too big a deal considering our finances are dried up, at least for this season.
We are resting in the knowledge that if the good Father wants us to live on that property He will provide water for it, even if it has to come from a rock. This means it may come by an unconventional way, also known as a miracle. However it comes, we just want it to if it is the Father’s will. And we know this that if He has called to this land, HE WILL PROVIDE for this land. Amen
Have you had hardships in your life only to look back and see the providential hand of God in the situation? We would love to hear your story.
Update this morning 11-13-2016 My husband has been praying and we may be able to use our hole for another purpose. Please pray for continual guidance.
I will end with this a favorite quote I tell my children often, when things don’t go as planned.
“When we are down to NOTHING, Yahweh is UP to SOMETHING.”
I was just looking over my posts and found this post from almost exactly two years ago to the date. It was the beginning of our journey before we even sold our home.
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