My name is Carrie and not only do I deeply love Yah/God(Psalm 68:4; Isaiah 12:2, 26:4, 38:11), whom I call Abba (Father in Hebrew – see Romans 8:14-17) out of respect and relationship, but I love to follow Him wherever He leads and whatever it may look like…
In 2016, after many years of living a somewhat normal (ha ha!) adult life, Abba began speaking to my husband, Jerry, and I, an entirely new direction and a new adventure to walk out. It became evident we were to sell or give away our most treasured possessions, follow Jesus/Yeshua, listen for His voice, get off at whatever exit, sojourn along whichever trail, and do whatever Abba invites us to do. So per His Spirit’s/Ruach’s instructions, we listed our 5 bedroom house for sale specifically during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot/Succoth), a Feast of the LORD (Leviticus 23) we weren’t that familiar with, and began purging, selling, and giving much away. In the Fall of 2016, Abba informed me our Pennsylvanian home of 10 years would sell in April and to write it down so I don’t doubt hearing Him. Sure enough, we settled in early April 2017.
Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. ‘There is still one thing you haven’t done,’ he told him. ‘Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me’ – Mark 10:21 (New Living Translation)
Originally, we thought He was going to have us get an RV and travel all over to encourage, pray for, and simply love others, but the closer we got to our house settlement date, the more His Spirit/Ruach revealed we were to follow Him to Myrtle Beach. Say what?! Jerry had never even been to Myrtle Beach and I assumed we couldn’t afford it. But Abba confirmed such a place to me by having me read Isaiah 55 (see verse 13) and studying how the myrtle branches are used to decorate the booths during Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles).
Amazingly, with the sale of our home, we were able to buy a little beach condo in cash – HalleluYah! Never in my life had I thought such blessings were possible, but I see now if Abba calls you to it, He will surely see you through it! In hindsight, we also can see why He invited us to consider an RV so we would have the mindset of being mobile, living very simply, and with few belongings while trusting in Abba. It all prepared us for life in a small studio condo at the beach…and later a sailboat!
With thousands of tourist coming to Myrtle Beach all year long, Abba’s Ruach/Spirit cultivated our listening skills as we had many opportunities to respond in obedience to Him and His whole word. Just as there are endless grains of sand, we had numerous opportunities to bless others through evangelism, an encouraging word of knowledge, prayer, prophetic song, or however else Abba chose to manifest His love onto illuminated beach goers. Through it all, He illuminated the importance of His whole word and what it means to be a worshipper of Spirit (John 3:3-6) and truth (Psalm 119).
After approximately a year and half (Acts 18:11) of living in and ministering in and revealing more of Himself to us while in Myrtle Beach, Abba invited us list our condo and follow Him to the next assignment…By responding in obedience again, we nearly doubled our money! From beach to boat, we now live aboard a small sailboat in Kemah, Texas. Interestingly enough, we received a contract on our beach condo in just 10 days, but due to Hurricane Florence, our settlement date was delayed causing us not to receive our settlement funds till Feast of Tabernacles in 2018. Even more fascinating was when the Ruach invited me to investigate what “Kemah” means. To my surprise and delight, “Kemah” means “camp, tent, tabernacle.” Humm..I see a theme here, Abba!
Needless to say, as Abba’s plan for our adventures began at the beach (and wherever else), the name “Flip Flop Fellowship” seemed appropriate. Because it’s about walking out this faith journey wherever the Spirit/Ruach leads, much like the Israelites in Moses’ day (see Exodus 13:18-22) and as us grafted-in Israelites (see Romans 11; Ephesians 2:11-13) will walk out in the final days (Revelation 12:6). Through these last few years, He continually weaves the Feast of Tabernacles / Sukkot in our story and teaches us more and more about our Jewish Messiah, HOW to love, live, and worship as defined in the Torah and all of the Scriptures, as well as Abba’s purpose for us.
It’s been a YAHsome journey! 😉
You may call it crazy. We call it faith. Yah calls it obedience, blessings, and inheritance.
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Maybe you can’t live at the beach or in a boat, but want to, or maybe you love the idea of doing something different with your life, or you just love the idea of doing something radically cool with God. Wherever you are at in your journey, we invite you to walk along with us in our sandy and salty adventures! Subscribe to our blog and YouTube.
May our sandy flip flops inspire you to also courageously follow Yeshua wherever He beckons! You never know if He will call you to your very own neighborhood, the wilderness, or the coastlands, or a sailboat, but rest assured He is inviting you to walk His way.