365 days with Jesus- Days 1-5

Warning I am writing this from my phone and will make an attempt to have all the spelling correct but I’m not making any promises so I apologize in advance for errors.
Now that that has been said.
My last day at my “real job” was almost a week ago. I am following my calling to be in ministry full time. The building I live in if you have read any of my other posts is less then usual. It’s a big wear house. I’m the only person that lives in it and I Iive here because God told me to move here in April of 2012.
I was at my last job for 5 years and in the same field for 9 years. I have prayed the last 2 years about what Gods will is for me and the purpose of me being in this building. I have gotten answers. Too many to share in the blog post.
That is why I think I will blog the next 365 days as I pray and follow God. So others can see the way He can speak into your life.
So how have my first 5 days off been? Well I haven’t had running water at home for the past 10. So I have felt very displaced. Monday felt like a I was on long weekend. Tuesday I felt free as a bird and amazing. Wednesday I felt confused and frustrated because I’m working on things I don’t know much about. And now Thursday… We will see how today is. I’m still without water and all I want to do right now is shower and brush my teeth. Thankfully I have some bottled water so I can brush my teeth. It’s like I’m on a mission trip in another country in my own house. Doesn’t bother me too much really.
Had a meeting with a woman in ministry here in Cleveland and we are excited to work with each other. I also have a photographer lined up for the first gallery show.
Now I need to get a contract together, renovate, get some advertising designed and printed, oh and get some money together to do all that.
So that’s my idea of how I need to proceed. Now the best part of my day.
Heavenly Father- I turn all these ideas over to you. I pray for your will in these days to come and pray you show me your perfect will for this ministry and how it will work and come together. I pray for you to guide me and to put me in the path of the people you would have me meet today. I pray you help me hand over my idea of how this should work and how this should go together. I pray For provision through out my day and throughout the building process of this ministry you have called me to. I know you will provide and you will show me these things Father. I pray you give me the sight to see them and the knowledge to use the resources you send me in a way that is pleasing to you. I pray that you would be with me and that I would feel your presents close to me through this day and all other days.
I pray you bless the meeting I am about to attend and that you would help me to make the choice of being a house church or not. I thank you for your Grace over me and pray all I do brings glory to you.
In Jesus name- amen

Reposted from an old blog i never let anyone read.

Se7en: the beginning

May 4, 2012 at 5:00 am (Uncategorized) · Edit

There are a lot of factors that have gotten me to the building I am in right now and a lot of different ideas have crossed my mind as to why I am here. Here as in, in this building and also here as in, in this world.

I believe that God has put us all here for different reasons, some great and some small. Sometimes we know exactly what we are doing and feel like we are “supposed” to be doing them. At other times we feel like we have no direction are lost and have no idea what is going on with our lives.

Se7en started in the space somewhere between those two trains of thought. I had a desire to do something with my photography but not sure what. I also had an irresistible pull in my heart that told me I had a higher purpose. So, I prayerfully went about my days sort of in this limbo between what I thought I wanted to do and what I thought God was telling me to do.

I followed leads that I got from people to start a business and in the process I found the building I now call Se7en. I thought it would make a great place to live and work but never thought that I would have such large ideas attached to it.

The place is not even half finished. But, there is a very energetic feeling and a comfort there that made me want to be there from the first day I walked through the door.

I found it on line, called the number on a whim one day while driving around and the owner was available to show it to me right then and there! So I met with him and he showed me the building.

It smells like dust and wet tile I guess would be the best way to describe it. The stairs are steep, very steep as we walk in and I have no idea what to think. We get to the top of the stairs and the floors are uneven and missing spots there is no kitchen, no bathroom, no dry wall just framing and wood and dust and who knows all over the place. The plumbing and electrical was all exposed and looked a little frightening. But, my mind quickly filled in the spaces and could see Se7en as it would look completed. I tried to hide my smile as the owner showed me around. I could not believe how cool the place was. Even in its current condition.

We talked about contracts and deposits and rent and it all seemed do able. So, I left excited and feeling half crazy. Was I really thinking of moving out of my very comfortable 2 bedroom apartment with working kitchen, plumbing and walls. Was I really considering doing all that work and living in conditions less then normal… I was.

I prayed about that situation and sort of felt crazy. I didn’t have to move, was very happy where I was. So, next day I just had to go see the place again but the owner wasn’t available I had to wait two more days till I could see it again. Those where a long two days. Every thought was of that place and me talking to God about what I should do. Even when I closed my eyes I would dream of the place and me working on it and it open for business. Every time the answer was the same GO.

40 days later and more anxiety then I can possibly explain (just ask my family I drove them nuts) and I was moving In.

I was thankful to have electricity on the day I moved in and the shower had not been installed yet (and wouldn’t be for 10 more day), no hot water, no fridge or stove and no clue when I would be getting any of those things.

So, I moved in and got my stuff sorta settled. During that time God also gave me good company and much needed help. From a very amazing person. Who helped me get most of my stuff  settled into a room on the first floor for storage and the furniture and everyday stuff to the 3rd floor. Which is 1/2 the amount of space I was used to living in. All though I will tell you it is plenty of room for me.

It is hard for me to remember and go back and write all the awesome things that have happened to lead me to this place. I wanted to start a blog for Se7en because I believe God is at work and he is using me and that place to do something great for him. I want to make sure I have the story/ history of Se7en written somewhere. What better place to do it and what better time then to do it then as it happens. I can’t guarantee it will be exciting to anyone but me but I feel I need to have it written down some where. So, Here goes nothing.

Let the journey of Se7en begin.



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