Now is the time that you can be a blessing to the elderly and veterans in your community by helping us get our facility operational. It is our desire not to be a government funded faith based operation but totally depending upon the kind hearts of our friends and community to fund the upfitting (furnishings) needs of the facility as well as operational costs.
When Pam and I felt God was leading us to start this ministry, I had not retired from Anne's Dumplings and I thought when I retired which I did in January of this year that I would have a lot of time for my nature photography,but as this vision began to unfold it became apparent that my camera was going to be taking pictures of the progress of the remodeling of Homeplace instead of bears and birds.
One day, from the very root of God's plan for our lives, will come forth a book, a testimony of the goodness of God, of the mighty restorative power bestowed upon us both, the miracles we have experienced, the mercy and grace that have been like rivers flowing from His hand, and the love of our Father poured on our heads like warm oil.
I am praising the Lord for these amazing last 15 months.These past months have brought us both great joy amidst many tears and prayers. Those who know me well know the complexity of my nature and that I am not a wait for it to happen person but a get in there and make it happen gal who has no fear, so when God steps in and starts shuffling my cards and dealing me a new hand, I dig my heels in and start my barrage of why and how questions.Mind you, I am not "Whying and Howing " God because I am smarter or wiser than He is, but I am human and want to hold on to my current lifestyle. you know, the things I find pleasure in, the security of relationships that are comfiortable, the "idols" in my life, but then that inner voice of the Holy Spirit starts feeding me with thoughts that would direction my life on a different path. After an upsetting situation in 2017, I was shaky about any changes in my life.I had spent many hours before GOD asking for specific things in my life and on December 16, 2017 I wrote these requests on paper and placed them in my Bible. Little did I know God had already laid the first paver about 25 years before in this new journey called HOMEPLACE He was NOW about to set me on.
Here I am in this pretty comfortable place when God drops another paver on the road. I got a message from a Facebook friend that I had never met, but had contact through another ministry who wanted me to meet for dinner to ask me something.Well, there I am staring at a new situation already digging in my heels and perplexed that God would want me to consider my getting involved in another business.Biting the bullet and wanting to get this off my plate, I set up a time for the meeting and as I was going out the door to meet her, I walked by the mirror and plain as day I heard the Holy Spirit say, "whatever she asks, you say yes". I looked in the mirror and said, "Oh God, No!" When I got to the restaurant and was walking over to her, the spirit of God placed before me a vision and I KNEW I was going to say yes. I DID, and my journey with Pam Eldridge, a best friend, and sister was underway. God's love, compassion, and favor overwhelms me every day as I see His plan unfold.
How many times this past year have I repeated these words to myself, "Trust and Obey"?How many times in my life have I asked God to lead me, direct my path...but then when He steps up to the plate and starts doing what I asked, I balk and say, "Oh God, I can't do that, I want to keep that, no that is more than I want to spend, I don't want to give that up. I know God you are doing a new thing, but I am having to sacrifice so much. Don't you see my tears, this hurts. Yes, I KNOW you are blessing me, growing me and I do want that but....
I'm listening and I'm struggling with my emotions, not sure if I'm following through, that my heart is right. I am fearful that I will let God down. I cry to Him, "Help me in my lack of trust and unbelief. I know that I should not be moved by what I SEE OR HEAR, but the enemy has set up camp in my mind trying to disrupt your plans."
Your voice in the night is gentle and loving as you question me. "What do you believe? Where is your faith?Is My Foundation in you strong enough for you to build this house on?"
The whys and hows keep racing across my mind, not always verbally spoken, but resting heavy on my heart. The enemy likes to play games with our minds and make us wonder did we really hear from God. I know that He has shown me in so many ways this last year that the whys and hows were His responsibility as long as I HELD UP MY END BY trusting and obeying.
How often have I sung this song in church...
Take my life and let it be
Consecrated Lord to thee
Take my moments and my days
Let them flow in ceaseless praise
Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of thy love
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for thee
Take my voice and let me sing
Always only for my king
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from thee
Take my silver and my gold
Not a mite would I withhold
Take my intellect and use
Every power as thou shalt choose
Take my will and make it thine
It shall no longer be mine
Take my heart, it is thine own
It shall be thy royal throne
Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At thy feet its treasure store
Take myself, and I will be
Ever only, all for thee
So, God, my answer to your call. "I SURRENDER ALL"
Sometimes when it seems life is so complicated and it is hard to make decisions, I find that if I WILL JUST CLOSE MY EYES, TAKE A DEEP BREATHE, AND SAY "GOD YOU'VE GOT A PLAN FOR ME, JUST HELP ME THROUGH IT, a peace comes over me .
"For I know the plans I have for you, " declares the Lord,"plans to prosper you and not harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11
We should all search our hearts and ask this question."Do I have a desire to do God's will?
God uses people who are willing to pay the cost.
God uses people who dare to trust his promises.
God wants you heart today... Are you that one who will make a difference in someone's life?You have not gotten this far reading this testimony to not stop and reflect on the God of our creation and not know that He is waiting for you to make the decision to run into His arms. Your life will never be the same. Call us, we want to welcome you into the family of God.
That appointed time, that meeting at 6 pm, May 5, 2018 will forever be etched in my mind and heart. As I read again that list I folded and placed in my Bible December 16, 2017, I know that God answers prayers, that He more than anyone know us and our needs.I AM SO THANKFUL that God had a plan, a journey that included Pam Eldridge, a precious sister in Christ, that has indeed become my sister whose heart is to serve God and He has put us together to birth this special ministry for seniors and veterans called HOMEPLACE. Obedience to God opens doors and my yes to her question merged our lives. Our paths crossed more than 25 years ago . but we did not know one another. In 1998, I had a vision that she was in but I never knew who the woman was beside me washing dirty clothes until one day she spoke an expression that I NEVER REMEMBER HEARING ANYONE SAY EXCEPT FOR THE WOMAN IN THE VISION and with the same northern accent. My heart leaped when I realized we had a connection through God.
This has been a year of laughter and tears. It has not been easy for either of us.Satan has been riding our coattails and we both have been stretched physically, mentally, spiritually, and sacrificially, We both know man cannot shut a door that God has opened. Trusting Him every step of the way, listening to His voice and responding in obedience has brought us favor you cannot even imagine and everyday we see the results of God working things out in His time and His way. The spiritual vision in our hearts and heads is becoming a reality as we see in the natural the HOMEPLACE, our headquarters and Pam's home is finally finished to the point she can move in, our plat permit from the county has been approved and we can now contract out our main building, and we have after months and months of waiting gotten our non profit status approved by the government.How could we not believe that God loves us, protects us, and strengthens us through these trying times? I remarked the other day we had lived a lifetime in one year. I am so thankful that I belong to an awesome God who has preserved us for such a time as this.
THANK YOU FOR YOU PRAYERS AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.