Nothing is Impossible -- A Testimony
Maintaining Promised Land Living? What Does That Mean?

Maintaining Promised Land Living

Hey SUM family, Tiffany here! 20220305_165024 (2)

It has been just over a month since the Carter Crew has signed papers and moved into our new home. A lot has unfolded - both good and bad in this time. I was going to list some things for you but I don't want to make it sound like I am out to complain...

...because that is exactly what the devil tried to get me to do. And I almost fell for it.

The Israelites, setting out on their journey out of Egypt, began with excitement. That excitement eventually faded as they succumbed to grumbling and eventually ungratefulness. After 40 years of wandering, the time had come for the next generation to step into the promised land. All that waiting. All that preparing. All that anticipation.

Stepping into the promised land was not an instant garden of Eden or heaven on earth. They had to work for it. There were enemies that had to be conquered in order to take what God deemed rightfully theirs.

Just like the Israelites, I too have had to fight to conquer and claim my promised land. My fight is not of the physical nature. Remember "we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12). The battlefield is in my heart and mind. Tiff house new color

I've physically stepped into my promised land. This beautiful home that I have invested 2+ years claiming, praying and interceding for, crying over, anointing, and welcoming heaven to come and dwell. I am HERE! I've finally made it. BUT...

One lesson I've learned in the short time that we've been here - being in the promised land does NOT guarantee promised land LIVING. I have had days that would only allow myself to see what I DIDN'T have. As I type this, looking out the window, I still do not have a sprinkler system or sod. We have weeds and dirt. Unfortunately, this means we have to take our dog out across the street to the middle school and allow him to go "do his business." Most days, even when doing so before work, we will come home to find that Skyler has soiled our unfinished basement. This is a whole other story in and of itself but suffice it to say, pray for my mental health over this issue. I am at my wits end some days.

BUT I've got a large yard for my children to be able to play in...they don't care if it is dirt and weeds. They just love to be outside. My dog is a wonderful companion and we love him dearly (though I have had to do A LOT of forgiving of his new bad habit). I've got more than enough storage places for our things. I'm closer to work so it is a little less of a drive. My kids have a group of people they walk to school with in the mornings so I don't have to worry about them being alone. Tiff and Jase r

The best part of this new season is the atmosphere. Inviting Holy Spirit to dwell and move into His home, welcoming an open heaven where angels reside in the rafters, it just feels different. I can honestly say with joy that I've been the "right hand man" to Jason on the various home projects that we had to complete. We've worked together with great communication and listening skills. We've completed projects without arguing, been patient, had a lot of fun! The amount of yelling that happened in the past and the impatience and tears - is nothing in comparison to the joy and peace in this season.

It hasn't been easy. I've had to really be intentional to walk and live the promised land life - gratitude, patience, humility, forgiveness, calm, and most of all love.

"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them." - Deuteronomy 30:19-20     

Tiff cabinetry rPictured: our house finally got painted! I absolutely love the color. Jason and I worked together and got our cabinets hung and set. More than the cabinets being hung, the beautiful memories of a happy and pleasurable experience was the best anniversary gift I could have ever received. We paid one of the men who painted our house to stain the cabinets. Waiting for our countertop to come in so we can finish our pantry with some backsplash as a final touch.

See you in the comments. Many blessings!

 

 



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