Thursday, May 31, 2012

Silence~It Builds Faith in the Waiting

It was clear from the get-go of meeting them, that they were believers & lovers of Jesus, and our spirits connected instantly. This is an excerpt from an email I sent to the family purchasing our farm. They are working through some of their plans. And we wait...
 "It is so very encouraging to see God's hand continuing to guide and bless and direct His plans. It  feels like we are riding His wave  and are waiting for where we will land! The Lord has been speaking to me about waiting and trusting in the silence...stretching my faith~we are always in training aren't we? We are proceeding with life in "we sold the farm mode" with no signatures, no appointments...and He has made it clear that I no longer live, but Christ lives in me and the life I live in the body I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and died for me (Galatians 2:20)!!! And I rejoice~to God be the glory! 

In The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson expressed that it is NOT our reputation on the line but God's when we trust Him. I LOVE that!!! I can relinquish all to Him and trust that whatever the process, whatever the outcome He is making Himself known to the onlookers, the curious and the skeptic, and moving for our good in this life and the next!!!"
Yesterday I spent a few hours cleaning out my lily bed. The one where I cleared out the back side to make room for my little outdoor nook. I had just enough time left before the cool of evening set in to sit, listen to the birds sing, and thank God for the years of blessed memories we have enjoyed here with our family. 

Today I face the next two weeks of saying goodbye to my little shop and its shoppers in this location. That is one of the more difficult parts of this journey...another post for another day.
My consolation in good-byes: the new beginnings.
See, the former things have taken place,

    and new things I declare;

before they spring into being

    I announce them to you.”

Sing to the Lord a new song, 
    his praise from the ends of the earth, 
you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, 
    you islands, and all who live in them.

Isaiah 42:9-10
Joining up with Jennifer at Getting down with Jesus

and Sandy for Still Saturday

Friday, May 25, 2012


at home
at the airport
As you kick-start your head with the cup
Kick-Start your Heart with God's Word
~so you can truly be~

Trust in the Lord and do good;

    dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 
Delight yourself in the Lord 
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord; 
trust in him and he will do this:

He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him...

~Psalm 37:4-7~

Linking up with Sandy for STILL SATURDAY

Friday, May 18, 2012


 With the vines hanging down, the 
concrete foundation, and the barn-wood patina,
this has been a popular backdrop of several 
professional photos taken on our farm.

Here is what happened to our lovely backdrop
this winter....
My heart broke when it began it's collapse somewhere
during the past 12 months. We knew that with the snow 
this past winter, it would be the last year it stood.
And EVEN with a record "small-snowfall" this year, it still
Gave up.

Can we have a beautiful heart
and have places that are collapsing at the very same time?
Do you?

Then join me in claiming this promise:

The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: 
thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: 
forsake not the works of thine own hands. 
Psalm 138:8

Linking w/ Sandra for:

Thursday, May 17, 2012

God is Moving {and we are too!}

When life is full of frazzle, I tend to be quiet. It is a quality that was exaggerated and put a tremendous strain on my husband when I was in labor with my children. It was best for him to hold his breath during my contractions. Yes, even if he turned red (Dads have labor too, right?). I like it quiet until the hard part is over. Anyone relate?

Life lately has been like a contraction  but without the intense pain. More a discomfort actually. And we will be giving birth to something new on the other side of this labor. 

Three years ago Dale began working away from home. The change in the economy at the end of 2008 slowed the prospering commercial construction industry to a snails pace. As a result, the company he works for had to expand their horizons and went into building wind farms which are four or more hours away from home. 

As you might imagine, there have been some challenges and many questions swirling around in our minds regarding our future. It started as a temporary, 'not so far away' adventure ...with a four or five hour trip home on the weekends. But in December he went states away to Florida for six months and now he is off to Montana on Friday...then perhaps New Mexico after that. 

I've been left home with the farm and my shop after the {mostly} empty nest. It's a lot to take care of and the inconsistency of living this way is wearing on us so we felt we needed to make a change. We have pursued several things. New jobs, selling the farm, etc. Until now, nothing has opened up. We have been in "hard prayer mode" for three years. 

Before leaving Florida, Dale was having great success selling everything he used there (washer, dryer, microwave, etc) for profit on Craig's List. Even the USED curly light bulbs. No kidding! So one day I said to him, "You are on such a roll, we should put the farm on Craig's List!"  

We have a record of doing things this way. On a whim and a prayer. 

He told me to write a description and I sent it to him over a week later, after dragging my feet (from fear of packing I think~lol). The next day I got a text saying, "Are you ready?"

Um, yeah...

A week later I flew down to Florida to drive back one of his two vehicles. The job was finished and he was coming home. It was a four day adventure with a truck losing power going into the mountains, but miraculously making it up as we prayed, and then the next day, a popped tire on the trailer. During that time we received emails with interest on the house and even set up a showing for the following weekend.

That meant when we got home we had tons to do. Yard, decks, house. We exhausted ourselves, and by Saturday we were as ready as we could be. We had appointments for two showings that day and one the next.

I felt in my heart that the 4:30 Saturday appointment would be our buyers. I felt God had put it on my heart. MUCH prayer (did I already say that?) has gone into the sale of our home over the past three years. We wavered between wanting to sell and wanting to stay. We wanted "the word" from God.

Its hard to describe how clear His voice has been to me at times over the past six months. (I will talk about that in another post) And it has been exhilarating to experience God moving so dramatically as He has in our life through this season of questioning.

While on the road and separated from all his projects at home, Dale has drawn nearer to the Lord, and as a result nearer to me. God has moved his heart toward more giving for the kingdom and toward hearing His voice. He EVEN read most of a book! 

Without dragging out this post, (I will relay more of this story in the future), we did receive a full cash offer on our house (from the 4:30 Saturday showing) and are still waiting for some finalization on plans and the paper work. I am super-excited to share with you the rest of the story~Its AMAZING what God has done in answer to our prayers!!!

My summer plan is to spend time with Dale in Montana (or wherever he is!!!) and travel back here off and on to be with my kids and grandson and to keep things up in the yard until our closing date which will most likely be the end of July sometime. 
My plan for Bittersweet Farm is: 

Closing for the summer on Saturday, June 9th 
and then I plan on 
opening up something somewhere mid September for a fall sale 
(typically the time of the shop's anniversary and Amery Fall Festival).

I will keep you posted. 

For those on my mailing list, look for details on a SALE in the mail soon! 

May you feel the light of the Lord's presence with you today, and may you come to know Him more!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pondering the Wanderings and Being Still

It's been a "still" few weeks for me here at the blog 
with other things pressing, and imposing, 
but thought I would jump in with Sandy for

~Flight to Florida~
Driving home to Wisconsin. 
My husband has completed his five month job stay!
 Sunrise from our bedroom in Asheville, NC
 God's glorious brushstrokes compel my camera
while driving. {rolls down window & extends left hand}
Beauty in the rear view...
May you enjoy your comings and your goings 
this weekend!
And remember...
You are loved by God!