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.
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.
July 21, 1988
And Aaron spoke all the words which the Lord had spoken to Moses. Then he did the signs in the sight of the people. So the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel and that he had looked on their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped. Exodus 4:30
We have been very concerned that as the time draws near for us to leave that we still do not have an agency lined up that will agree to take us on and eventually SEND US overseas to Japan. We have been praying a long time about this. And then hope came today. Costa Dier (from Elim) called about our house, wanting to inquire for his son who is in Scotland and returning soon. We told him it has been rented. He asked about our plans and encouraged us to go through Elim Fellowship as our sending agency—to make application and get tentative approval NOW before we leave the area.
Of course, I was very concerned about the hours needed to complete the application and the time and money needed for the physicals for Dan and me. Our lives are on the clicking and clattering, diving and dipping roller coaster ride again.
Sig and Joy and Jeremy and Nadine have been with us for over a week, delightful people. Our kids love having more kids around—like when Paulette and Bob stay here with their children. They are also itinerating for their Africa vision. Sig said itinerating doesn’t always bring results—try to be with people who have a real vision for missions. Joy said to pray the specifics of what you need, but guard yourself from being overly disappointed. It sounds like a lot of hard work, Lord. Bless them!!!
They also said to keep a detailed list of the contacts we make of people who sound interested in our plan and then to send newsletters if we can afford stamps. Also, to never drop any names from the list because the person may be reading them and not just tossing them– and they may get a nudge from the Lord to pray or send support money.
When I shared the overload of our lives with Cheryl, she said, Georgann, God waits until the situation gets totally impossible and then He moves—and He is glorified!
July 10, 1988
We drove to Buffalo to hear Pastor Paul Yonggi Cho who pastors the largest church in the world, which is in South Korea. I always take notes and I summarized his message:
Pastor Cho taught on Psalm 23. It brought release from the pressure to have everything lined out and pre-planned before we leave Livonia. HE WILL PROVIDE. He is our Shepherd.
Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on….But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you…. Matthew 6:25
In other words: don’t worry or strive.
Pastor Cho suggested praying 1 hour a day so that my soul will be restored.
He prays three hours a day—so his soul is restored and so that he is bold in the spirit.
He said to look to God instead of looking at what the enemy is doing. Even tragedy is turned to blessing when we are trusting God. Even in bitter experiences, God’s mercy is there.
Since Jehovah is my God, I have nothing to be negative about.
Everything is good with Jesus, whether there is sun or storm.
Lord Jesus, it’s all about faith in You, trusting you, not being afraid, keeping the faith going,