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Obedience in All Things

We made it to our destination in Mexico! It had been a long four day trip to move down here. We have all of what was left of our belongings with us in two trucks, a Ford Expedition, and a work trailer. Most of our things had been either sold, given away, or taken to the dump. It’s amazing how much you can accumulate in six years.

We prayed for an uneventful trip in our travels. We didn’t want any car problems, sickness, or accidents. All of which was kept at bay, thanks to the many people who had been praying for us and to our friends who helped get our cars in good working order. 

As I drove up the long dirt road to our house on the hill, I had flashbacks to twelve years ago driving up to our little cabin in the woods, where God would forever change my life. Now, I am further south and in a new country, with people that I can’t understand because I don’t speak their language. What will this journey entail?

Already God is showing me obedience. Obedience in the midst of being in a strange land. Obedience in obeying God even when others think we are crazy. Growing in understanding that it’s not complete obedience if we kick and scream along the way.

In looking at Jesus’ obedience to death on the cross, I am reminded that obedience comes with a heart that is pure and wants to obey out of love. Again, it’s the dying to self and putting other people’s needs above my own and doing what God desires most.

My prayer is that Mark and I, and even our girls will trust That God has something great in store for us in La Mision. I know there will be trials along the way. I understand that it won’t always be easy, but nothing worth fighting for ever is.

So, what are we fighting for? We are fighting a war against good and evil. Against the lies Satan has sold us and the truth that will set us free. Whether we are in America or Mexico, the lies are the same. Satan doesn’t use new tactics depending on where we live. He has come to steal, kill, and destroy. But, we rejoice because Christ has come to give us life and life to the fullest! (John 10:10) that, my friend, makes me want to rejoice and obey all the more!

Sunrise in La Mision

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Threshing Floor

Being refined when you don’t like confrontation.

(Taken from my book, Beautiful Dependence)

…As we drove up the long, winding dirt road to the small cabin, I wondered how our lives would change. I knew this move would provide change in all of us for sure, but what I didn’t know was that I would be threshed like the threshing of wheat and, that our trials would be numerous. However, it would be through those various trials that I would become the clay jar with a great treasure in it shining Christ for all to see (2 Corinthians 4:7).

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Thinking back to the first time we drove up to our small cabin in the woods I remember being so excited about the adventure ahead of us. The first year was our hardest year physically. We had to completely change our way of life and learn to do things in a much different way than our 21st century lives taught us. However, I learned that life, even though work was harder, was more simple.

I was being squeezed spiritually and emotionally. Now, I am not one that likes confrontation. I try to avoid it at all costs. Sometimes this is a good thing. It helps to diffuse trivial arguments. However, confrontation is sometimes needed. When I look at Jesus’s life, he didn’t go looking for confrontation, but he didn’t shy away from it either. He spoke truth when truth needed to be spoken, knowing the truth would be a blessing to those who would listen.

As we were living in this simple way of life, I was realizing that I had some big issues that I needed to deal with. I was seeing how negative I could be even in the midst of blessing, I was afraid of being hurt, I was pulling away from my husband in hopes that I wouldn’t have to confront my issues.

God loves me too much to leave me where I was. When I thought about the woman caught in adultery, He said to her, “Go and sin no more.” (John 8:11) He confronted the sin, but encouraged her to no longer live in sin. God had begun the refining process. With my husband’s help and after finally crying out, the process started. There was nothing left to do but get into the word daily. I had to. It was the only thing that gave me peace. Slowly, I saw changes happening in my attitude toward life.

The threshing floor is a process of beating the wheat to receive a harvest of grain. Without the beating and hammering of the wheat there is no harvest. I am now experiencing the harvest!

Thank you Father, for refining me. I am free of worries and fears because you took the time to thresh me. I can see each day as a gift and every sunrise and sunset put before me is a present that I enjoy you unwrapping for all to see.

(To read exactly how I became free please order the book, Beautiful Dependence.)

 

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Beautiful Dependence

Have you ever wanted to learn to fly with Jesus? Have you ever wanted to go deeper with Christ? Have you ever wanted to tear down your walls and taste freedom?

Well, I am happy to say, my book Beautiful Dependence is now published as an Ebook and is FREE on amazon.com for Kindle Unlimited customers or $2.99 for regular customers! It is my personal story of moving to the mountains of eastern Washington and living off-grid (no power). It is the story of surrendering to Jesus, and letting Him tear down my walls, and set me free, and teaching me to fly higher each day! It is also about the affect that this freedom had on my marriage and the raising and homeschooling of three beautiful kids.

It is finally finished!

We have been hearing from so many of you who have read the book and how it has touched your lives, and left you with a desire to go deeper with Christ. Two of the most common reactions are, “I couldn’t put it down!” and “I’m reading it again, because there was just so much there.”

Email, and text your friends.

In a world that tells you Independence  is  beautiful, our hope is to get the message out of just how Beautiful Dependence is! We long for every one to surrender to Jesus and let Him have His way with them.

Beautiful Dependence is Christine’s story of  Surrender;  of falling into the arms of God and learning to Fly – daily!

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Hiding Place

Here is the story of how we ended up at our 20 acres of land…

Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordon. And it will be that you shall drink from the brook, and I have commanded the ravens to feed you there.” 1 Kings 17:3, 4

I had been in a car accident two years before the Lord showed my husband this verse. I had received a settlement from the accident and we were trying to decide what to do with the money. We prayed about it and felt like God was telling us to buy some land. We weren’t sure where or, how we were going to do this. We kept praying. We knew the Lord would show us what to do in His time.

We had just moved from California to Washington state and had a peace about looking in Eastern Washington for land. I had grown up in Washington and I was not looking forward to being in the rainy state once again. However, I knew that the eastern part of Washington state was much sunnier than other parts and it is known for its fruit orchards. We started to do our real estate search and found a few pieces of property that intrigued us. We took some time to look at the different properties but nothing looked promising.

The last day that we were on our mini vacation looking for real estate my husband, Mark explained that he had two more properties he wanted to see. I wasn’t hopeful as the last few properties were not what we wanted and we didn’t have a peace about any of them. We finally headed out from our motel room and went for a drive up a long, winding road up into the mountains. We drove for what seemed like a lifetime and finally came to a dirt road. As we drove up the last part of three long, rock infested hills, we came to a tiny, cute hunter’s cabin. We all got out of our small car, turned around and saw one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. At that moment we knew this was the property for us.

Eventually we bought the property and we were now on a journey that would forever change my life. Little did I know how much the above verse would play in our everyday life. We had a natural spring that ran on the property. This is where we would get our daily water. We learned to hide in God’s presence here. We called our land Cherith Brook because it was so full of peace and provision.

Is God asking you to do something that seems impossible in your own eyes? Cry out to the Lord and seek His face. Ask Him to direct and lead you.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your provisions and for taking me on a lifelong journey of trusting you. I ask forgiveness for my doubts that seem to creep in. Help me to abide in you at all times. Remind me that You are continually working in my life to make me more Christ-like. Thank you for your love. In Jesus name…Amen.