I am so glad you are visiting our blog today! Feel free to stay as long as you like. Hope you enjoy your visit & please do come by again. You & your friends are always welcome. Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

"Titus Grove"

I really wish I could remember what blog I was reading; but the blog had a great post on putting a name to your home/property. I tried to look for it but when you google "name your home" A LOT of stuff came up & I never found it. Anyhow, from what I can remember the blogger (whom I will refer to as she) had great reasons as to why you should name your home. I remember thinking she was really onto something. She had said that it gives you a real feeling of ownership and allows you to feel more responsible for making sure it is taken care of. She had other great things to say about it & I so wish I could link you to it, but I decided after reading it that I would talk to my husband about naming our new home. Here's the thing.....we were in the stages of looking for a home, we hadn't bought this one yet! But he thought it was a great idea as well.
The fun part was that every time we went to look at a house, we thought about what name we would give that house. We really had a hard time coming up with any (houses or names) that we liked. I prayed about it because I didn't want it to just be a name for naming sake. I really wanted it to stand for something. I also knew that when we found the home we would have a name for it as well.
Flashback several years ago......my husband & I began ministering under the name "Titus Principles Ministry" thus the blog name! We really had a heart to share with others the message the Lord gave to Paul for his friend Titus; For this reason I left you [behind] in Crete, that you might set right what was defective and finish what was left undone, and that you might appoint elders and set them over the churches (assemblies) in every city as I directed you. (ch1 vs5)
We really believe that the things spoken about in the book of Titus are for today. If you get a chance read the book of Titus.  Its only 3 chapters but it is packed with so many wonderful lessons. It will also give you a glimpse of what we have set our hearts on doing in the ministry.
Well, as you know, we are in our new home and so the time has come to name it! We really wanted to incorporate Titus in the name. We didn't want to call it a farm because it really isn't one (even tho we will be gardening and raising a few farm animals). We didn't want to use the word estate because it just didn't fit. We also didn't like acres. So we came up with Grove. We like it. Although when you look up the meaning of grove it doest really fit. But who cares, not everything has to be so perfectly fitting. We think it sounds good & some day (hopefully in October) we will be planting some fruit trees in nice rows & that will make it a real grove. In the mean time there are many other things to do here at "Titus Grove", so I best get to them.
God Bless

Friday, September 7, 2012

Our New Home

Here it is!
After a lot of looking, a ton of praying, and many tears of wondering if we will ever be home owners again....here it is! Our cute new cape cod on over 7 acres in the middle of NOWHERE! It is exactly what we have been wanting.
The Lord says He will give us the desires of our hearts. That is something I have always struggled with. Is it a desire or just greed? Is it wrong to want a nice home on land when we were already living in a great place? Dont forget the scripture...Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. Am I content if I want something else...
Let me tell you a bit about this home. As you can see it is a cape cod, it is also a pale yellow. It has a great wrap porch, all of this stuff you can see. It has 3 full bathrooms (remember, I have 4 kiddos; always good to have multiple pottys), it has 4 bedrooms with a FULL basement. The basement has escape windows. Plus there is so much more I can tell you about our cute house. Here's the cool thing...since looking for our first house back in the 90s, I have ALWAYS wanted a cape cod. Everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE yellow houses, and I have always thought of the day that my hubby & I could sit on our front porch and watch our kids with our grandbabies play in our yard.
Tho some of this may seem like no big deal..the color or style of a house...but these were my desires. It wasn't that I wasnt happy or content in the other homes we have lived in, but there was something about them, they never felt like "HOME".
So after we sold our last house; thats an entire post of its own, we began looking for a new home. We ran into MANY roadblocks that put us in rent for two and a half years. Granted...the rental home was a beautiful 3500 sq ft historical home, but I wanted a house that was ours, one that felt like home. Now I know that there is a whole post in that comment as well, but stick with me and I will post some other time on that stuff. So here we are now....living in a cute yellow cape cod with a wrap porch. Plenty of bathrooms and rooms for the kids. My desires have been met! Why? Because even tho we make mistakes and are in no way perfect Christians, our desire is to do everything to the glory of the Lord. And when we hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord our God, to observe and to do all his commandments... God promises in Deuteronomy chapter 28  that if we do these things... that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth:
2 And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.3 Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.5 Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.6 Blessed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and blessed shalt thou be when thou goest out.7 The Lord shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.8 The Lord shall command the blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.9 The Lord shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways.10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.11 And the Lord shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers to give thee.12 The Lord shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow. 13 And the Lord shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the Lord thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
Again, we are not perfect, but I can say that our true hearts desire is to hearken to the voice of God and follow His commands and because of this He blesses us. However:  2 Corinthians 9:8 lets us know that our blessings are not just for us 8 And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. This is now our desire...to be able to give back. More on that and the story of how we got this home next time.
God Bless