Someone has said, “No matter where you go, there you are.” We can go on to say, “No matter the circumstances you find yourself in, there you are.” – for better for worse, for richer or poorer, in sickness or health, in calm seas or stormy seas. We may not be able to always choose what each day may bring out on life’s seas, but we can certainly choose the captain who is in control and commander sailing our ship.
Shirley and I will be married for 46 years this coming December 20th on her birthday. I remember some at the 37th Aeromedical Evacuation Group at MacDill Air Force Base (where we both served in the Air Force Reserve) saying they would give us six months being married. Obviously, we have exceeded their misguided expectations.
Most certainly, Shirley and I have had our share of life’s daily challenges, but we have never abandoned the covenant we have made with each other and our Great Father in heaven and Lord Jesus Christ. And now, here we are in Tennessee with our fifth change of address on earth since we have been married. Our Kingdom address, however, has not changed. We still remain seated with Jesus in His Kingdom. Once again, “No matter where you go, there you are.”
We are now in Tennessee with a binding relationship and covenant with Jesus Christ. God has a purpose for us right where we are, and He has a purpose and plan for you right where you are. In fact, Paul said in Acts 17:28, “In Him we live and move and have our being.” This “address” of being in Jesus must be every day, all day in Him. Never a “time out” with God. But trusting Him at all times. Job was so committed to God regardless of his circumstances that he proclaimed with passion, “Though He slay me, yet I will trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own ways before Him.” (Job 13:15) Wow! Job said he will maintain his own ways before God. Job had an address in God’s house, no matter his horrific physical conditions and loss of his family, animals, and earthly belongings.
Shirley and I must also maintain our own ways before God at our new location in Tennessee. However, the mailbox of our heart, mind and soul will receive our Father’s kingdom mail with a readiness to receive what He desires to say to us. Living in TN with lots of trees, turkeys, deer, bears and other critters, must not ever be a retirement destination but an acceleration, revelation, and impartation of God’s Kingdom plan for us. Shirley and I love being a part of a cord of many strands in our Lord’s Ekklesia, Bride, His Church. We love how God has called us to promote His Kingdom as faithful ambassadors of His life and light.
How about you? Are you thirsty and hungry to receive Kingdom mail right where you are? Are you open and willing to “…examine yourself to see whether you are in the faith to test yourself, or do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you unless of course, you fail the test.” (2 Cor. 13:5) Our journey in Christ must be a life of faith for without faith, it is impossible to please Him. And we understand that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
We are now in Tennessee not knowing exactly what God has in store for us, but we know His plans will be revealed with substance, hope, and evidence of things not seen. When you logically think of what we are doing, it doesn’t make sense. But when you ask, seek and knock, He will respond! We must then obey and actively engage in His response. For Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to Him and I will sup with Him and He with me.” (Rev. 3:20) We desire to open our hearts to Him and to meet with Him at His table — to go to deeper places we have not known before.
It’s a new day for Shirley and me. It’s a new day for you, our friends in Jesus. Let us be most willing to open our hearts as Jesus knocks and arise to the life He has for each of us. “Arise and shine for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the people, but the Lord rises over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and the glory appears over you.” Is 60:1)
We will keep you informed of what is going on with us in Tennessee as our Father in heaven informs us. We will pass on to you what Jesus and the Holy Spirit reveal to us on our glorious journey.
Once again, where do we go from here? Most assuredly we will go with Jesus – the way, the truth and the life. All is well and all shall be well.
New Directions – What a journey! As most of us know, any change of direction in life can be exciting but must also bring us into unknown places. Those strange and new places can expand our territory beyond comprehension or launch us into fear if we are not careful. Praise be to God! I am so delighted to give Him praise and to report to all believers that God has expanded our territory in a most miraculous way. We now own 200 acres in Tennessee.
A Little History
A quick back history may be in order.
Enlarging Our Territory
To our great surprise and marvel about a year later, the most unusual and, to us, impossible circumstances arose – we had the opportunity to purchase 200 acres (in the same area). God supplied a buyer for the 100 acres (that’s another whole story). A 607-acre parcel became available after two deals had strangely fallen through. Now it was available again but figures of over 2 million dollars were not in our vocabulary!
For sure we heard the Lord say two things: “Secure the land” and “Buy the whole thing.” We believed Him, and we obeyed. And, as you may have guessed, that is another whole story! Within one week, we had a solid contract on 200 wooded acres with nearly a mile of pristine creek. We had asked the Lord that we own this property with no debt and He did it! We own it, free and clear!
As one would expect, we moved the church storage shed from the 100 acres to the 200 acres.
God is on the Move
As we continue to move in the Spirit, we know for sure that “God is on the move!” We know this property is fully dedicated to the will of God, to the furtherance of the Kingdom of God, and we are excited about what He is doing. Surely, there are times I think He is unveiling and revealing things much too slowly, ha-ha, but He is patient with us. We know all His plans and timing are perfect.
So, we walk the property, praying, rejoicing, singing, and dancing, delighting ourselves in our God and His ways. Owning this property is exciting, and obedience to Him is our purpose in life. This brings us to the short “ceremony” and video of staking this God-given land on Hope Summit (that’s the name God gave for the lane), right on the top of Sheepnose Mountain. This land is dedicated!
Delighting Our Hearts in Him
I guess you can tell just how excited we are, greatly delighted to know our God, to move and exist in Him, and to have our being in Him. Our hearts are so full as we receive revelation after revelation from Him, as we move through a process we have never experienced. (So many stories of His goodness.) We trust Him more than ever when we do not see or understand what He is doing until it manifests, but we have found again and again that our King is faithful. After all, that’s part of His name!
We have located the perfect site for building the “Great Hall” as we are directed and are in the process of clearing it now. Work continues on floor plans and such. And, you may have guessed, this is yet another story that we are sure will bring great glory and honor to our King Jesus.
Everywhere we go, we are Christ’s ambassadors. There are opportunities to bring good news to needy people, bring encouragement to the downtrodden, bring the love of God to the unloved and lost, and to bring the Kingdom of God to the earth as it is in heaven.
Partners and Supporters
To all our faithful supporters, we thank you for your prayers and contributions in this great work of our King Jesus. Your participation in the Kingdom of God is paramount. Let us all be faithful to our blessed Lord Jesus Christ.
“What are we going to do today, Jesus?”