Time keeps on ticking, ticking....into the future!
And, we remain waiting and wondering and seeking and looking for our farm dream to be a reality. We know God is able and continue to believe it is His plan for our lives.
I have come across a number of "signs" lately (the Lord showing me He is in the midst of this crazy journey and is at work all around us - yes, we do believe). And just yesterday, I received an e-mail from someone I don't know that lives in this area and is seeking housing/farm work (to learn for their young family - initials JMZ - and it nearly broke our hearts to be "in the city" at the moment when part of our heart and vision is opening our home/farm for others to come and learn/live/be restored with us)... God knows our hearts and we are praying for this precious family. We believe:
God is good. All the time.
We are praying, and believe, Joy Bell Farm will be our reality - soon and very soon!
We appreciate your prayers and thank you for joining with us in seeking God's provision.
The Lord has done great things for us and we are filled with joy. Psalm 126:3
A couple weeks ago, I returned to my parked car in a parking lot and this was stuck to the ground next to my car.... Hope. Love.
A couple of days later, after almost getting rear-ended leaving a plant nursery parking lot near us (I was letting this very van pull out from a driveway across the street), I see this bumper sticker... Yes, Lord. You are with us.
About a week or so later, at the end of a challenging evening, I see this heart on the base of a crosswalk sign in downtown Seattle... I see you and love you.
Last Friday, I met up with my precious cousin and we were walking and talking along Alki. We both were wondering if we'd missed "our calling" - that thing we were supposed to have done in our life - when we looked down and this was in our path!
Tears of great joy! We are each on the right path and the Lord is with us...
Toward the end of our walk along Alki, I felt that I should look down...and saw this.
...with these next to it: a huckleberry branch and a hammock.
Food and rest.
A HOUSE OF RESTORATION!
We did a lot of praising God right there along the beach. God is good. All the time.
And last Sunday (after a very discouraging incident with my health on Saturday), Blaine and I ran an errand to downtown Seattle - and while searching for glass loaf pans (which we couldn't find anywhere), we did find these - a wire chicken (at a kitchen store) and a Pickle-ator kit (Britt's Pickles was just closing, but allowed us to make our purchase).
More encouragement that God is with us. And, we continue to walk out this journey by faith; believing nothing is impossible for our amazing Lord.
This morning, a friend posts this and I feel like the Lord is speaking to me; how my heart and spirit is feeling....
Please Lord, we are willing and desire to fulfill Your purpose and plans for our lives. We believe You've shown us where to go. Now, we wait on Your provision. There is nothing humanly we can do to make Joy Bell Farm a reality in our lives. It's up to You!
And then, I see this photo. This is the verse posted with the Chuck Swindol photo above. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. My heart rejoiced and I felt great encouragement.
When I returned home late this morning - after missing my massage appointment, because of a roadway issue on a major highway in Seattle (and the road I travel on became the alternate route for all the traffic detouring around the road issue - backing it up and causing none of us to go anywhere quickly) and my driving foot cramped up, forcing me to pull over to work out the cramp and wanting to stop and get a little treat at Flying Apron Bakery (but again, the roads were all clogged with cars, because of the detours) and I just felt really down.... Blaine reminded me of the Chuck Swindol quote and I praised God.
Then, at home, I see this photo. Posted by a sweet friend. She had no idea what it said to me. So many times, I've asked God if He could just let me know what I should do. Like a neon sign or something... This works too!
I Am at work in Your life, Child (says the Lord). Trust in Me. Believe. I am your Provider.
Joy Bell Farm and JB's Kitchen. We believe. We are believing!
God is able. More than able. God's timing is always perfect.
I stand amazed at how awesome our God is!