314 – Determined to be Faith-Filled
August 23, 1988
We went to the library. We did our school work. Friends came over to pray. Pastor George Davis met with Dan.
August 23, 1988
We went to the library. We did our school work. Friends came over to pray. Pastor George Davis met with Dan.
August 21, 1988
Numbers 9:15-24 The Israelites obeyed the Lord’s orders through Moses—to stay in a certain place or to go—whether it was a few days or many days.
Numbers 10:35 Moses would say, as they set out: “Rise up, O Lord! May Your enemies be scattered! May Your foes flee before You.” Whenever the ark came to rest He would say: “Return, O Lord, to the countless thousands of Israel.”
Numbers 11 After three days on the road they began to complain, “If only we had…”
v 4 The rabble (those of little faith) raised trouble.
v 10 Their attitude toward the manna (His provision) the Lord had said was a sign… a test of their trust and obedience. The Lord became exceedingly angry.
August 13, 1988
God, please send helpers! And please have a friend invite the boys to go swimming. IT’S YARD SALE DAY! [We made $956. God sent Larry and Stephanie Craft! PTL!]
The house is EMPTY and the Wilsons are already moving in!
I will fix my eyes on Him.
We went to the Belcastro’s for dinner and the Porters (our home group leaders) came also.
Dan was offered two more weeks of work at his job at SouthCo. So rather than his last day being on the 2nd he would finish the 17th. He prayed about the decision for two days and felt he should take the work. That meant we would be here for the Billy Graham Crusade and also we would be able to give the Livonia School District our ‘intent’ letter to homeschool for the 1988-89 school year. We would then be covered as we head across the country.
All of the boxes are taped for shipping and are on side porch and in the mudroom. WE ARE MAKING PROGRESS!
Each day the boys help us and then swim or play with the neighbor kids. Each night someone has invited us over to dinner. Eddie and Joan Carl gave us a goodbye party! We have made so many fine friends.
We moved into the Pletcher’s house until the 29th, maybe longer if they extend their vacation. God, YOU ARE GOOD.
August 11, 1988
Leviticus 19:3 Everyone of you shall revere his mother and his father.
Repented of not honoring my parents in my heart like I think I probably should.
Leviticus 20:23 You must not live according to the customs of the nations.
Felt reinforced about our decision to homeschool. Our nation’s customs have become so divergent from the days when God was more respected and right was right and wrong was wrong.
I sped through the rest of Leviticus and finished it.
I praise God for the grace that met me today. I have a POSITIVE attitude. With the loss of possessions, timidity about our future, people’s questionings about our adventuresome journey—and the fact that we do not know what we are doing—thank God for PEACE and positivity!
We named our very small motor home the Nautilus.
A nautilus is a mollusk that swims in the ocean with its shell buoyant and upright. We had named our homeschool Nautilus–believing we were propelled and ‘covered’ by the Lord in our lifestyle to educate our sons.
Today we moved in! Yes, it is v-e-r-y cozy!
We stored all of Tim and Steve’s homeschool materials in the shower! (We did not have the money to order Mark’s.) We took a minimum of clothes for the six of us, basic cooking pans and utensils, a few toys. Remember this thing was perched on top of a Toyota pickup truck bed.
When we moved from Reno to NY, we moved most of our worldly goods across the country in pods. But for the return trip, we had not yet received a final destination from the Lord and we had no funds to warrant the luxury of holding onto our possessions. We could afford to keep only the basics. So we sold all of our furniture and appliances and a good amount of our stuff. We stacked our 50 boxes in the shed. Dan had carefully enumerated what was in each box and numbered the boxes.
As it was, about a year later we were unable to send for only a 4 or 5 boxes. Dan’s dad’s train set, my grandmother’s silver, the boys’ bikes and hot wheels, and much much more—we never saw again. We finally wrote a friend in our little Livonia church and gave permission for her to empty the Wilson’s shed, have a yard sale, and give the money to the church. It was sad. But during this season I met a family whose house had burned to the ground and they lost everything. I decided to buck up and be a good sport.
A lady named Nancy saw our newspaper ad and came by and bought our clothes dryer. She shared she had six children and they were a farm family. She started having kids late and had the last two in her 40’s!!!. She shared how important it was to put our values into the children.
I had asked the Lord to give me acquaintances with women who are older, have large families and are family-oriented. Praise the Lord for this answered prayer which encouraged the baby vision.
August 4, 1988
My life is a constant death to self. WHAT? I shouts my flesh! OH NO! But then I must say to my Lord: Thy will be done! Have another baby? WHAT?? Thy will be done! Go back to Reno? Thy will be done.
When I asked Paulette, who with her husband and 3 children had set off early this year for 3 months in their van on a similar type of excursion, “What are we in for as we take off in the motor home by faith that God is leading us we know not where?” Her answer was: “Fun, desperation, and answered prayer!”
Today I said – OH LORD! I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU! But how can I hear you in Leviticus? So I went to Larry Lea’s book on prayer. In praying Jehovah-Jireh it says: God has ordained your success and one of the references is Deut 28:1-4 I was not consciously thinking of anything for me, only worshipping and praying, but this is what I read—this is what my God let me to!!
If you will fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all His commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God: You will be blessed in the city and in the country. [regarding our traveling!!] THE FRUIT OF YOUR WOMB WILL BE BLESSED, and the crop of your land and the young of your livestock, the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. [regarding the baby vision!!]
After the kids were in bed, just as I was about to bring up the subject of the baby vision—Dan said: we’ll do well with the Calvert (homeschool materials) because we’ll have to do a certain number of pages a day and it will be very disciplined, and WE WON’T HAVE A BABY! So I launched into my thoughts about babies, everything that had been on my mind (the possibility of me getting pregnant or whatever else God has in mind). He was a bit shaken but a while later at bedtime he said: IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL.
Leviticus 9:2-3 After Aaron atoned for the people’s sin FIRE came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering. The people shouted for joy and fell face down.
Your glory must be so awesome, Lord!
Marsha (my sister) called—I was honest and told her the boys had prayed for me today. I have been nervous about our going out from here by faith. She told me about David (her son) and the 450 Mormon missionaries who are all SELF-supported going out all over the world.
This is continued from the previous post, 308, an article I wrote about visions.
Dan had an idea (a vision) (in 1983) of a solar house he wanted to build. So, on property his dad had given him, he pursued that goal, while I was pregnant with our third son, and completed it about the time our 4th son was born.
We had realized when we were in Japan that we were not as prepared as we had thought we were to live in a foreign country. We were not strong enough spiritually to battle the demonic forces. (Dan had been a Christian 2 years, I had been a Christian 5 years.) Through a movie about a missionary couple who lived in Papua New Guinea, Peace Child, God gave Dan the idea to get more training. We followed that vision and applied at several Bible Schools in America. Just when we needed a boost, God gave us a supportive and directive prophetic word from a friend. Our departure was delayed for two years while Dan helped our church family to fulfill their vision of building a new church. We were finally emancipated and spent 2 ½ years in upstate New York at a missionary-preparing, missionary-sending school, Elim Bible Institute.
We never lost what we felt was our ‘calling’ to go to Japan. We were accepted into Elim Fellowship, a missionary-sending arm of the Bible School. AND I had a heavenly vision of babies while we were living in New York. The Lord seriously began to teach me how to carry a vision, how to work with Him to see it come to pass. It was a long six years before the vision was explained and then we went into action to bring it to pass. We had returned to Reno after 8 years away, we joined the foster care program and were foster parents for the next 12 years. We cared for 52 foster children: 5 elementary school age kids, many toddlers, and 26 newborns straight from the hospital. We also adopted our first foster child, who is now almost 25 years old.
During this time, we received the vision from God to homeschool our 5 sons, and later Dan received a vision to go back to school to get his masters degree as well as his marriage and family therapy license. He has worked as a therapist for 8 years.
We are currently seeking God for a new vision. Dan will be 70 in July, and I just turned 73. How can we serve you, Lord? We are in excellent health, we have been Christians for over 40 years. We have 9 ideas that we are considering. We need God’s nudge toward one of them OR we need another idea that He would drop on us!
In the meantime we have had many many God-inspired visions: Dan had a ministry teaching the churches about missions, for a few years Dan organized and ran a teen group that helped senior citizens in the morning by doing yard work, by running a vacation Bible school at a local motel in the afternoons. I mentored 3 teen girls for 3 years. We read purity books.
July 30, 1988
Through our ad, God brought a couple from Naples, New York, and they bought the green van for $900. Praise the Lord. They will pick it up on Monday. A huge hurdle has been surmounted by selling our vehicle. And we are happy with the price.
I’m seeing that in my devotions in Exodus, God was giving me an increase of healthy respect and reverence for Him.
This was imperative, as I was still in the transformation process from being the anti-establishment, rebellious, 1960’s girl, to becoming wholly submitted to my holy and awesome God and His Word.
Exodus 26-28 God’s directions were specific, and obedience to them was required. Aaron had to follow orders or receive the Lord’s disapproval or even die in his ministering in the holy place.
Exodus 30 God’s guidelines were clear: He expected obedience.
God generously gave skills when He called artisans to specific tasks.
Aaron was easily distracted by the people. He was unfaithful to his brother and to God. He left the teachings of God and took the people with him into idolatry.
Exodus 33 Moses was a man who wanted to know God’s ways and God made sure that the people knew that Moses had His favor.
All of this said to me: Listen for the voice of God, respect Him, take Him seriously. Determine to please Him in all things. Expect His blessings, expect His favor! Work with Him and thereby be peaceful and happy.
August 2nd and 4th -more prophetic revelation about THE BABY VISION –from my 6 year old son and a man from Elim
We were setting up the motor home and Markie was sitting on the ‘master bed.’ He said: Mom if you have a baby, if you have two babies, you can change one over here and one over there. (The baby vision was not a subject we brought up for family discussion because it was such a far out topic, so I was completely surprised by Mark’s words. I realized that it was a sort of nudge from the Holy Spirit to my spirit to keep the vision alive, to not neglect it, forget it, dismiss it. Not to let it die.)
Listening to a tape from an Elim Camp Meeting message from last month, Paul Johansson said: “Don’t reveal a revelation! After you get it you must go by way of the cross to be prepared for the actuality of it. ALWAYS!”
Johansson’s exhortation was prophetic for me. The few times I had shared the baby vision people laughed or looked at me blankly. Their incredulity shook my faith. I made it my standard to keep silent about it, and I kept the vision to myself. How precious it was of God to let me have the understanding that I was expected to carry the vision with Jesus alone. (and Dan)
I would ‘carry’ the vision of having more babies for 6 years until God revealed to us the next step in His plan.
From now on, all of the comments that relate to the baby vision will be in green.
July 29, 1988
Thank You, Lord. I take this for just what it says: in listening for Your voice and obeying You, we have Your blessing and protection.
20 an angel will go ahead of us to guard us and bring us to the place God has prepared for us.
21 pay attention to him and listen to what he says: do not rebel against him! My presence is in him.
22 If we listen carefully and do what He says, God shall be an enemy to our enemies.
24 Do not bow down before other gods or worship them or follow their practices; demolish them.
25 WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD AND HIS BLESSING WILL BE UPON YOUR FOOD AND WATER.
I WILL TAKE SICKNESS AWAY FROM THE MIDST OF YOU.
26 None will miscarry or be barren,
I WILL GIVE YOU A FULL LIFE SPAN.
27 I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter.
I will make your enemies turn their backs and run.
29 Little by little I will drive them out – until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.
32 Do not make a covenant with them or with their gods.
33 Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against Me, because the worship of their gods will be a snare to you.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, NOT KNOWING where he was going. Hebrews 11:8
Just as we had ‘gone out now knowing’ on our trip from Reno to New York, and at other times in our Christian walk, this is what God was requiring/requesting at this juncture.
July 25, 1988
The Lord has provided the Pletcher’s house for us to stay in from the time we have to be out of our house for the entire two weeks until Dan is off his job at SouthCo! They are leaving on vacation August 17 and will be gone for two weeks! They have been our longest NY friends. The day after we arrived, Cheryl came by with treats for us and they quickly brought us into their family. They have been faithful and devoted friends.
My doctor turned a checkup about my ankle into a physical for the Elim Fellowship application. $136 – Praise God.
In my devotions today, God gave me a promise for our family’s health on our trip:
I am the Lord who heals you. Exodus 15:26
July 26, 1988
Insurance for the motor home is $271 for a year through a company in Lima. Thank YOU!
Another encouragement for the trip: The Lord delivered his people out of the enemy’s hand as they prayed and kept their trust in Him. Exodus chapter 17
The-Lord-is-my-banner! Exodus 17:15
Banner means: He is my hope and my refuge and my praise!
July 27, 1988
A command: Do not be afraid! Exodus 20:20
Up at 3-4am to pray in tongues. God showed me I didn’t believe He was very reliable and why…I turned it over to Him, and I got release.
An uplifting reminder: The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving refuge of His anointed. Psalm 28:8
July 23-25, 1988
By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. Exodus 13:21-22
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13
These scriptures in my daily reading, just on the day when I need them, embolden me and invigorate my faith. We will be like the Israelites who had God’s loving support with a pillar of cloud and pillar of fire to guide them. I believe He will guide us that carefully. AND we are not to be afraid in this faith journey, but to stay in FAITH in God and trust Him to take care of us!
We believe we are headed for California, but are contemplating visiting relatives who live in this part of the country before we head west. And a woman who works in a Japanese church is very interested in us joining her church to work in evangelizing the Japanese somewhere in Pennsylvania.
I am resisting this. It seems like a distraction.
He suggested we go to church and be open as we worship God. The Lord touched me. He showed me Our God Reigns and that He considers the feet that take the gospel are beautiful. He brought to my mind the Jesus freak hippies on the beach in Hawaii. I count their reaching out to me as very significant in my coming to the Lord two months later!
Exodus means: a going out; a departure or emigration, usually of a large number of people. Six is a pretty large amount.