We are now halfway through the year of our Lord, September of 2017. It has been 3 years this month since our walk down into the river to be baptized, my marriage to my strong and faithful husband (both on earth and in heaven), and oh! what a wonderful, frightening, intense, flesh-shattering ride it has been! I’ve learned so much that I thought I already knew, but I have realized that gaining a relationship with our Father is a perpetual experience. One that lasts, grows, and moves through our whole lifetime! Truly amazing and humbling.
We have added power to our small shabbin’, which has since doubled in size to a 16 x 24 (we are currently adding flooring and a composting bathroom that should be complete by the end of this month! This is the final addition). The power is used for a tiny refrigerator and a single window AC unit to help beat the intense Alabama summer heat. We also use it to keep our tablet and cell phone charged. No internet is available except through these two things, and our plan is to keep it that way.
We have visions of a huge garden to go on a terraced plot that has been cleared. We have ordered blueberry bushes (which we are planting today after work), and have created deep planter boxes painted in bright colors to go on the terraced hill of the plot. We plan to plant fruit trees as well. The abundance shall be shared and the sheep shall be fed!
My husband and I attempted to put in a driven well earlier last month. After hours of getting the well point to go a mere 5 feet into the ground, the coupling snapped at the thread, and is no longer usable. We plan to order a new well point and try again on softer ground :). I can’t help but be continuely reminded of Paul’s words: “… But we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope: and hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
It has been quite the journey, but the destination is still far from being reached. I look forward to everything that is to come, and praise God that we are able to work with our hands and toil with our bodies! I just want to give in anyway I can to all the beautiful and lost people. I cry-out for the fold to be made full!
Persevere dear Children of God. You are the light of the world. You are the salt of this earth!
“Inch by inch life is a cinch; yard by yard life is hard.”