327 – Going Out, Not Knowing the Details

327 – Going Out,

Not Knowing the Details

October 25, 1988 – I had JOY ALL DAY!! All glory to God!

TRIALS:

*We are going out NOT KNOWING our itinerary—by faith in God—praise Him.

*We are going out with Timmy miserable with a cold –praising Him in all things.

*We are going out with $250. Gas expense alone to Denver will be $200, so we are depending on the Lord’s provision. Praise to our God who is faithful.

*We are going out tomorrow.

Judges 12-21 was only distressing…. I got no encouragement…

October 26 Ohio

As they sent us out with loving goodbyes and prayers, the Pletcher family gave us snacks and popcorn for the journey.

Hidden inside the popcorn container was a small refrigerator magnet that said:

YOU CAN DO IT – Philippians 4:13

[We kept it on the refrigerator for years.]

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Our first night stop was a surprise visit to some Elim friends who lived in Ohio. We had connected with them so well at the school, but our visit was strained. I guess 6 of us appearing late afternoon was a bit overwhelming to the newlyweds!

Ruth – the book of Ruth in the Biblee – AMAZING NIV notes are so appropriate for us!!

NIV notes in my Bible:

Ruth’s and Naomi’s self-giving love FULFILLS GOD’S LAW:

Leviticus 19:18 but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

NIV Bible footnotes: The Hebrew word for redemption occurs 23 times in various forms in the book of Ruth.

Naomi moves from emptiness to fulfillment through the God-blessed acts of Ruth and Boaz.

October 27- 31 Ohio, Indiana, Illinois

Dan’s mom, Beth (Bebo to the kids), and her husband Al, were HAPPY to see us in Wheaton, Illinois.

I had been able to pray in the Spirit one hour. I had also been asking God for encouragement, but I was caught off guard by this opportunity for prayer and love as we met Luann and Dennis at the Vineyard church on Sunday morning. We received the word: for the trip–rest, don’t try to teach. I decided give in. As the boys continue to take turns sitting in the front with Dan, he can exhort them, teach them about the passing geography and all manner of things. I will continue reading aloud to them as we bump along.

OH! Gramp Al, Bebo’s husband, gave Dan a VISA bank card to pay for our gas for the remainder of the trip! We used it for gas, giving thanks every single time and sent it back to him as soon as we got to Reno. 

323 – Trust God and Be Flexible

323 – Trust God and Be Flexible

October 4, 1988 West Chester, PA

Deciding that we needed a school day we stayed in a KOA Campground. Dan worked with Danny and Mark while I worked with Timmy and Steve. We all had showers and I did all of our laundry. Our next stop was Alexandria, Virginia, and our schooling would consist of an extended field trip to DC, focusing on American History and Science! We called my friend JoAnn from a pay phone to confirm our expected arrival time.

Joshua 9-11 I was encouraged to seek God specifically each day regarding school, and to not be hung up on my own understanding and my own plan.

October 6-8 Alexandria, VA

We had 2 full days at JoAnn’s, and we all got to sleep in the house! Reno was JoAnn and Ed’s hometown. Their family had moved across country so that Ed could work in Reagan’s administration. JoAnn and I had taught school together and she was one of my best friends. We had a wonderful reunion. 

I got up early to do my devotions. I kept reading in Joshua (chapters 12-14) till I found something that ministered to me. Caleb was 40 when Moses sent him to Kadesh Barnea to explore the land. (I am 43) Caleb followed the Lord wholeheartedly and he and his children received an inheritance. Caleb claimed it and fought for it because the Lord had promised it to him. He drove out all of the enemies.

Lord, I can fight in the spiritual realm through confident prayer and grounded faith and be an overcomer! We can drive out all of our enemies—like Dan praying for Timmy and releasing him from anxiety.

Also read Psalm 6, Proverbs 6, Colossians 1.

Thursday JoAnn had plans, so our family went into Washington DC on the Metro, which was an adventure in itself. The next day JoAnn was available. Again, we took the Orange Line and had another wonderful day. We went to the Smithsonian, the Lincoln Memorial, the Mall. We befriended the teachers of a group of young uniformed Japanese girls. It was a great family experience to be in the Capitol.

On the 7th I read Joshua 15-22.

Be very careful to obey the law that Moses gave…to love your God, to walk in all His ways, to obey His commands, to hold fast to Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and your soul.

322 – God Made the Sun Stand Still

322 – God Made the

Sun Stand Still

September 28-October 2, 1988

Phyllis was very hospitable. We stayed in a campground and visited her at her house and the church. We went to her English speaking class and to the park for lunch with her and the ladies. We met her Japanese Pastor and his wife. Every time I looked at the wife I began weeping! The crying lasted 40 minutes. I was never sure what this was about. Ask dan

This was 30 years ago. My journal notes indicate that one day we left the motorhome in the camp place and went by transit into New York City. I remember that, but not what we did that day.

October 3

After we left Phyllis, we tried to homeschool as we traveled, but we only accomplished a little. There was much spiritual warfare. Timmy was upset. The freeway was terrible, so we got off and went the side roads. There was a lot of traffic through Philadelphia. Yet Dan and I kept agreeing and God led us for sure.

Sitting in the motor home was like being on a ship during a storm, hanging on, losing footing, but persevering. Finally seeing the shore and a refuge! Dan confronted Tim to surrender his will and give up his way. They prayed. Tim received peace and joy!

My concern about being able to do our homeschooling is huge. We have concerns about the weather and the road conditions that will be coming this time of year. And, we plan to go south to see my relatives, then north and back to Livonia, then west to Reno.

Joshua 10:12 Then Joshua spoke to the Lord…

v 13 AND THE SUN STOOD STILL FOR JOSHUA!! AND THE MOON STOPPED…

God is able to rule over nature for His children!

You always meet me, You always give me hope! I just need to come to You! I will keep my trust in You!

321 – And…Our Journey Begins!

321 – And …Our Journey Begins!

September 25, 1988

Stevie helped Wayne make breakfast. I got a cute picture of it. Last week Tim helped Cheryl and Darlene can peaches. We love it here. It’s like family.

We were anointed with oil at Livonia church. It was humbling. Pastor George and Judy Davis and all of the congregation there are such a wonderful group of friends.

September 26

I gave Leslie some scriptures. I will miss her and pray for her as she grows in her faith. Greg and Cheryl called. They are forever friends. I talked to Judy and Jane. We sent in our absentee ballots. 

Costa Dier, a missionary from Elim, prayed for guidance from the Lord as to whether we should go to New York City or San Francisco. He prayed God would provide for us “so they can minister without strain.”

Joshua 3:3 …You are to move out from your position and follow the ark. Then you will know which way to go since you have never been this way before.

v 5 consecrate yourselves, for TOMORROW the Lord will do amazing things among you.

God is so good! We are going out to begin our journey TOMORROW! Pretty amazing, I think, that I would read this in my devotions today.

September 27

We left the Pletchers and headed for New Jersey!

Joshua 4:8 This story shows me that the Israelites did as God commanded EVEN THOUGH IT MUST HAVE SEEMED FOOLISH.

v 15 The Lord gave commands and Joshua obeyed.

v 24 God did this: that all the peoples of the earth might know that the hand of the Lord is powerful and so that you might always fear the Lord your God.

What is ahead? We will listen and follow the Lord.

320 – God Gives His Girl a Splendid Sign

320 – God Gives His Girl a Splendid Sign

September 23, 1988

Tim made heart-shaped sugar cookies. I made heart-shaped biscuits for Cheryl’s birthday dinner.

This is Dan’s last day of work at SouthCo.

I kept focusing again, as yesterday: love the Lord Your God with all your mind, strength, heart and soul.

Enter His gates with thanksgiving!

*We are Elim missionaries!!!

*I have not had pollen or cat allergies!

*The rain stopped so I could walk.

*The sofa room in Pletcher’s IS GETTING SORTED!!

*Cheryl was home yesterday in time for me to go for my haircut—by one minute!!

*God has filled my heart with purpose and confidence for this day.

*Larry Nobles can help Dan get seatbelts at the junk yard (so the boys will be belted in at the table in the motor home), and maybe fix the tape recorder.

*I was relaxed about the kids eating sugar last night (God help them and me in this!).

After dinner, exhausted, going out to motor home—looked up—3 long pillars of cloud across the entire sky. BLESS GOD. He is with us, He loves us—and here we go with our God!!!

Pillars of cloud was a sign of God’s love for me and His presence with me for many years

318 – What? Lay Down our Plan?

318 – What? Lay Down

Our Plan?

 September 12, 1988

My parents sent $100 for the motor home trip. Life Center Church sent $220. Praise God!

What we know so far about our excursion is that we will follow up on the contact we made with Phyllis Rhinehart at the Elim Camp Meeting a few weeks ago. She is in a small church in New Jersey and works with Japanese who are new to the US. She is retiring and asked us to come to see the work she is doing in hopes that we would take her place and live in New Jersey.  From there we will go to North and South Carolina to visit my Mom’s relatives. That’s what we know so far.

I have been praying about foods because I felt we were eating a lot of meat and that it was not good for us. In my devotions today:

Deuteronomy 12:15 However, you may slaughter and eat meat within all your gates, whatever your heart desires, according to the blessing of the Lord your God….

I heard, Georgann, don’t worry about eating all of this meat. Bless it and go for it.

Deut 12: 18 and you are to rejoice before the Lord your God in everything you put your hand to.

Always a good reminder,Lord.

Dan’s brother Aug called. Al called him. Al is the man whose family God used to draw Dan to the Lord. He got saved while living with them in Colorado. Al wants to see us, has been thinking about us. Praise the Lord. Perhaps we can stop at his place on the way West.

September 13

After my walk Dan and I prayed our regular prayer list which we haven’t prayed together for weeks. I felt I heard very clearly, as it was my turn to pray for Japan: Lay down your plan.

Our plan for Japan? Our plan for traveling to the east before we head west?

Our plan for getting back to Reno to see Dan’s grandmother? Aug said she wants to see the boys one more time.

We prayed but got nothing definite. It remained a mystery for another year or so. 

317 – Hong Kong, Anyone?

317 – Hong Kong, Anyone??

September 7, 1988

Colossians 1:6 All over the world this gospel is bearing fruit and growing.

Faith and Forest Dodge, who lead Elim Fellowship, came to see us at the Pletchers from 7:30- almost 9pm. “Would you consider going to Hong Kong? Kevin Graves, our missionary there, needs someone to help him get Bibles into China!”

Dan ended up telling them we will stick with our plan to go to Japan.

September 9

Deut 9:3 I am to be assured today that the Lord GOD goes before me like a devouring fire, to destroy my enemies and subdue them!

Our day is packed with school for 3 boys, making dinner for the Pletchers and us (we are taking turns), visiting Bema, and (because Cheryl left the car for us) we will go to Ames for a pj’s sale.

Prayers from Colossians 3:

v 8 Please help me get back into walking, praying in the Spirit more because it helps my attitude and personality so much!

v 15 Please help me to be victorious today with PEACE ruling over my heart. That is what I am called to.

v 16 I want the Word of Christ to dwell in my richly, I want to sing thankfully and gratefully to the Lord!

September 10

I feel the Lord gave me insight through a children’s book I was reading aloud to the boys. I want to explain that when I am cross with them it is because I am out of fellowship with God. In Christ I have no reason to be angry. If I am truly submitted to the Lord Jesus and His will for me, and if I am truly submitted to Dan—I should be rejoicing all the time as the Word says. Lord, for whatever sorrow was in my heart today and caused me to be cross and bitter please forgive me and teach me this. Please don’t let the lesson slip away.

316 – God Keeps Encouraging Us

316 – God Keeps Encouraging Us

August 26 – 30, 1988

The Livonia church had a dinner for us. They were especially thankful for the Vacation Bible School that Dan headed up for the children a few weeks ago. The Pletchers came home from vacation and we moved out into the motor home. We went to the Skiff’s house (fellow Elim students) for dinner and they gave us $40 toward our vision for Japan! I called Aunt Flossie and she wants us to come and visit after all. My friends and I kept praying for one another, getting together as much as we could. I will miss my prayer partners: Barb Pray, Sue, Barb Harrington, Cheryl M, Tracey. 

Numbers 21:34 Do not be afraid of (the enemy), for I have handed him over to you and his whole army and his land!

God is working with us in all of this planning. And God is working through us. We are to obey and believe and go forward without fear.

September 1

Deuteronomy 1:29 Do not be terrified. The Lord your God is going before you to tell you (where to camp and how long!). TRUST HIM.

September 2

Psalm 101:5-6 My eyes will be on the faithful in the land that they may dwell with Me.

NIV note: the faithful are those who maintain moral integrity.

Dan and I worked on the application to be missionaries with Elim Fellowship. I typed it. We now wait and pray. Later in my devotions I got: Deuteronomy 3:2 Do not be afraid…v22 The Lord your God Himself will fight for you!

September 5

Labor Day—we went to Pittsford to see the Erie Canal. The locks are so interesting. There was some activity and we were fascinated. It was a real day off –we had Dan with us the whole day and we got to take a field trip.

313 – Identifying God’s Voice Through Numbers

313 – Identifying God’s Voice through Numbers

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. 

As we set out in the Nautilus this appears to be our direction from the Lord also: listen to the Lord, stay or move as He directs us.

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.”

I am to be that tight with the Lord and that expectant of His nearness and His protection!

August 22

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.

TO ME: Georgann, don’t reject the Lord by complaining about His provision, don’t foster any grumbling. Don’t listen to the rabble if they stir up trouble! Don’t be part of that!

v23 The Lord answered Moses, “Is the Lord’s arm to short? You will now see whether or not what I say will come true for you.”

He wants me to completely put all of my faith in Him and enjoy the trip.

309 – Carrying a Vision – Part 2

309 – Carrying a Vision – Part 2

June, 2018

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.