These past few days I have day dreamt about our land, the land that God blessed us with a little over a year ago. In fact, I daydream about it quite often, and what will be established there. It's something I pray about constantly. I long to be able to live on our land and embrace all the big and small gifts that will come along with it. Sometimes thinking about it makes me smile from ear to ear, sometimes it takes my breath away, and still other times, I feel frustrated from being anxious and overly excited about living on our land. You see, this dream of mine (and Brandon's) has been embedded into my mind for so long and in-detail that it's hard to wait patiently all the time for that glorious day of when we will be able to build our house and live on our land. The idea of our dream slowly coming true, and having the land is both an incredible blessing, and yet nail biting as well. Having that dream at our finger tips is like the analogy of having all the presents wrapped in a pretty little bow under the Christmas tree, but you can't open them until Christmas morning. Our dream is a gift waiting to be opened... and the land is a peek into that gift... into that dream.
Although I don't know when we will be able to build our house and start establishing on our land, I DO believe that it IS going to happen. It's something I have always believed in. I don't think it's just a coincidence that I have had this dream for so long. I believe that God has some amazing plans for us once we get there. And I can't wait to live them out. I know that He is preparing us now to be ready to live on our land. Preparing us financially, mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I feel like He is having us go through a season of growth (a growth in many different ways) before we can officially begin the process of living on the land that He provided for us.
I have many many goals for our land, and I will mention a few of them a little later on in this blog, but right now, I'm going to talk about one in particular... One of the biggest goals, if not THE main goal of our land, the property that God gave us. It is to completely give Him all the glory for everything accounted for on our property. I crave to have God's presence so deeply at our place that people who just drive by can feel His presence and His peace. Due to so much hate and evil in this world (it's not everywhere of course, but it is definitely more noticeable), I want our place to be a place that God's peace resonates. Not that I want to be put in a box or that challenges won't come our way when we live on our land, but I just want it to be a place that God holds us tightly so that we fear Him, and not anything of this world. I want this peace to flow from us to anyone who visits, walks by, or as I've said before, drives by. In correspondence to the goal of wanting God to have all the glory, I also want, when people come visit us or go by our property, that they see HIM and HIS anointing, and not us or our works....after all, none of it would be possible without Him, plus it all belongs to Him anyways.
Some other goals that I have, which is what I often catch myself daydreaming about include the following (and don't worry, the goals that I have are the same ones that Brandon has as well, only his might not be quite as detailed as mine):
Although there may be some changes between now and when we actually go to build our house, this is a close replica of what our floor plan may look like on the top level, which would also be considered as the main level. We both like spacious rooms, plus, my desire is to have our house be the one where people visit often, enjoy all the parties that we will host, holiday traditions, etc. so we feel like it needs to be sort of big enough to hold enough people. Another goal is that we want this place to be our first home owned, as well as our last one. Therefore, creating enough space to grow into, as well as space that is easily accessible for later is important to us.
So those are some of the really big goals and priority goals that I (we) have. Below is a just a few more pictures of some smaller goals we have in mind. Yes, we realize that these dreams cost money, but with the help from God and working really hard, I believe we will get there...one step at a time, one paycheck at a time, and one prayer at a time.