Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Abba, Father!


Abba, Father!  That is the cry of our hearts every day as God leads us on this adventure of faith.   We are terrified, we are excited, we are expectantly hopeful.  We are learning to walk in the knowledge that God has our every footstep measured.  He has filled our cup with blessings, pressed them down and caused them to overflow, leaving us in awe of His mercy, His grace and His everlasting faithfulness.

For years, our family grew and learned and toiled in the classroom of Little Shouse on the Prairie.  While hauling water and lighting lanterns and coaxing generators to life, we were learning life's true survival skills, falling on our knees in dependence on God.  We prayed and cried and praised.  And we trusted.  And now, in the blink of an eye, our lives have changed - our prayers have been answered and our tears have been turned into dancing.  And all we can cry is Abba, Father!

Getting ready to pour concrete

Sir Knight working on the pad

Guys from our local lumber mill using their forklift to hang our sign!

Getting it done


The first sheet of FRP goes up

Sir Knight and Miss Serenity working on the wall

Beautiful!

10 x 4 foot sliding door

Plumbing going up

One of our grinders

The office (the beginnings anyway!)

Painting done - still awaiting the final metal touches
Although we are not open, every day we are getting closer.  We have installed FRP (an FDA required wall covering for food processing facilities) on the walls, removed garage doors and scrubbed every square inch of our building.  We have poured concrete, built doors and painted inside and out.  We have rebuilt equipment, acquired equipment and cleaned equipment.  We have pulled wire, plumbed sinks and cleared drains.   We have hung signs, off-loaded a HUGE cooler door and are expectantly awaiting our cooler and freezer delivery.  And every step of the way, we have watched God do the impossible, paving the way before us and causing us to sing His praises - Abba, Father!

And so, we wake up every morning in anticipation - with the cry of Abba, Father, on our lips!!

21 comments:

  1. Looks great!!! I worked in a place like this for 7 years it was wonderful. Hard work I loved, and miss daily. Blessings and good luck! You are gonna do fine. B

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  2. How exciting! It's wonderful to see God's faithfulness. What an exciting time for your entire family. We wish you well!

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  3. Congratulations from Michigan

    Carlos

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  4. Wonderful! It's so good to get a progress repot. You are truly blessed.

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  5. I lift your family to God in prayer. He is blessing you. God is good.

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  6. So very happy for your progress and blessings. God is good.........Prayers from Alabama.

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  7. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! We are so excited for you! Grand opening here we come! from, Grandma Kathy

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  8. Congratulations from Texas!

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  9. Best wishes from Pennsylvania coal country!

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  10. So glad to see the progress! Thanks for the update. May the Lord bless the work of your hands! Keep us informed as you have time.

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  11. I've been eagerly awaiting your updates. Thanks for sharing your progress - it's looking great. Praise God for His goodness. Jenny

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  12. Praise be to the Father for His blessings!!

    God helps those who help themselves. Many weeks ago, my husband (raised in a typical American suburb where many live above their means to "keep up appearances) glanced over my shoulder at your last post and asked what you were doing now. I said, "Opening a butcher shop." He shook his head and said, "I wish them luck." Having had the good fortune to grow up hand-in-hand with a desperately poor, hard-working, God-honoring family, I smiled and said, "Oh, they will. Just wait."

    You have taught us much over the years. Hearing about your adventures has given him courage to allow me to try doing things he never saw and I only remember. I eagerly await the evening I'm re-reading this post and he glances over my shoulder and says, "What are they doing now??"

    Truly, God continues to bless you. And you continue to bless your children with an inheritance richer than anything money can buy.

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  13. Thanks for the update. I had wondered about your family. Everything looks wonderful!

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  14. Wow... I am in awe of your work; a labor of love. You are on a mission. God bless you.
    Montana Guy

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  15. The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia sing out His praises...amazing, just an amazing transformation.

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  16. Blessings! This is transforming so quickly. Love the new sign.

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  17. I was so happy to see a post! Your place is looking good, it is a wonder what some sweat equity can accomplish. Congratulations from Texas.

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  18. Congrats from Florida.....

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  19. So Happy for you all! Been praying for your family this summer... It's nice to see an update!

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  20. I am so excited for you and your new adventure! I have anxiously visited your blog frequently to see how things are going.

    Yes, the Lord is in the small details of our lives.

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