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Journey to our Promiseland

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by Autumn Lui
March 1, 2014
Category:   Family Life

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How to find land, by trusting in God.

Is it any coincidence that I just happen to be reading through the account of how the Lord brought the Israelites into the land He promised to give to their ancestors in my quiet times right now?  Hmmm…since I don’t believe in coincidences, the emphatic answer is NO!  Throughout my entire Christian life, I have experienced first hand the Lord’s favor in my life and in the lives of my loved ones.  He has shown me time and time again that He is faithful and able to do exceedingly more abundantly than I can ever think or imagine.  This is just another one of those accounts…

About a month a ago, Edward and I went out to look at a piece of land, as we’ve been doing on and off since we got here to Northern Virginia (NOVA) 6 months ago.  This property was about 7.5 acres…way more than we really wanted and it was also out of our price range, but we thought if we could buy it and then split it in half and sell the other half, it wouldn’t be so bad.  As we did more research we realized that this was easier said than done and with the myriad of rules and regulations that Fairfax County has, there was really no way we could accomplish this.  However, during our visit, the owner just happened to mention that he was also selling the land next to it.  It was about 4 acres and would probably be a better fit for us.  It was not yet on the market and the owner was in the process of making sure the land was buildable, meaning that a septic system could be installed.  When we found out that the asking price was within our budget, and our dream of having a Timber framed barn-style house  on our very own farmette was within reach, we were awestruck!  We had pretty much kissed the dream of building a Timber framed house “good-bye” after visiting several plots of land and finding out what the going price for land is around this area.  We really wanted to stay close to the kids’ school and we had gone down from our original goal of 5 acres to 2 acres (the minimum for chickens) in order to hold on to our dream of having our very own farmette yet knowing that we were holding on with a very thin piece of thread.

Have you ever prayed for something knowing that it was nearly impossible, yet at the same time trusting that nothing is impossible with God?  That’s how I prayed.  So when we found this land, I was shocked, but not entirely.  I would say my emotion was more along the lines of complete and utter gratefulness that God would bestow such favor on my family.  I knew I didn’t deserve it…I mean who really does deserve God’s favor?  It was most definitely unmerited favor…it was grace.  And the really really neat thing is that He does this all the time. I mean ALL the time.

Because of that, we’ve decided to start a Jar of Blessings.  This gives us an opportunity to record all the blessings of God…His unmerited favor…inside a jar.  It’s a tangle way of remembering His goodness.

Our farmette and home are still many months away and still not quite a reality yet, but we are hoping and praying that one day soon, we’ll be able to post pictures of it for you to see.  Right now we are waiting…waiting for a piece of paper that gives us the green light to move forward with the land contract and the building project.  This is always the hardest part, but it’s easier when you know who’s really in control of the traffic light.  And we do.  Here are several more pictures:

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Edward and Joshua and their makeshift handrail for the bridge.

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Chloe and Sabrina enjoying a natural swing ride.

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One of 2 creeks that runs through the property.

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In the distance is a barn structure that’s not on the property yet, but I’m praying it onto the property ;)

~Autumn