Surviving the Storms and Sinuses!

After a harrowing Friday night of an intense band of severe storms, I am pleased to report we and our sailboat faired just fine. Despite the whipping winds and nearby tornado warning in the wee hours of the morning, the storm wasn’t as bad as some others we have encountered since dwelling on a sailboat. Thank you, Jesus! Unfortunately, several others in the South and Midwest were not afforded another day. We realize though the Spring storm season is rapidly approaching (Spring seems to arrive in February in our area) so we will leave everything tied up and stowed away unless we get the urge to go sailing.

In the meantime, I am also delighted to report I finally saw an allergist to address my ongoing heightened allergies and consequent sinus congestion. I was worried perhaps I am allergic to our boat, being boats generate mold quickly in humid environments like the Houston area and seem to be magnets for dust too. My mind swirled with nagging questions like, Am I allergic to my boat? Will I have to stop cleaning yachts for a living? So upon making my selections for the allergy test on Friday, I carefully selected items I suspected I may be allergic to. Each item or unit of the test cost $9.50 so I picked a few totalling around $114. Amazingly, the attentive and wonderful allergist I saw said she wanted me to know for sure what the issue is so she offered to do the entire 60 plus panel of items that should have totalled over $600 for just the $114! What a blessing… All glory to God! As it turns out, I did not react to all the things I was allergic to as a kid: cats, mold, dust, oak trees, etc. In fact, she tested me for 16 different molds and I did not react to any of them. Wow! So either I was miraculously healed or the allergy shots I took as a kid actually worked. Awesome! I did react, however, to some outdoor allergens I figured out in time I must be allergic to like Bahia grass found in southern coastlands, pine trees, as well as a few others I had not known I was allergic to such as cotton wood and elm trees and some prairie sage and pigweed, two common weeds.

Overall, I feel very much relieved to know some allergens I deal with on a daily basis don’t seem to be effecting me and won’t sink me or my cleaning business, but outdoor allergens are certainly challenging. Nevertheless, knowing the problem is half the battle, right? Thankfully, the doctor prescribed me some medicine that we hope will break up the congestion. Thus far, it seems to be better than before so we are on track to actually sounding normal again soon! I look forward to not sounding like I have a cold and hopefully, being able to sing with my guitar again in the near future.

Thank you for your prayers as we overcome storms and sinuses!

God’s On The Job

While Carrie & Jerry are at a cleaning job, God not only abundantly blesses them, but surprises them with divine appointments as well.

Daily Bread // A Different Type of Provisioning

(Recorded Jan 19, 2019) In this brief episode, Carrie shares how Abba (Father) is providing for their daily provisioning needs much like He did the Israelites in the wilderness. Have you ever trusted in God for your daily needs?

Driven By Flesh

It was a partly-sunny, low-70’s winter day here in Texas this morning. A perfect day to go do some marketing as I handed out my business cards to various apartment communities in the area (my business specializes in cleaning apartments). Early on while still driving to the first apartment community on my list, I had a premonition of me being in a bad car accident. downloadIn the brief premonition, or open-eyed vision, if you will, I had just been severely struck while driving and handed my cell phone to the first responder weakly asking him to call my husband. Just that quick, the premonition vanished. I shrugged it off as a weird thought and happily went about my business.

In the past I have had these sort of prophetic warnings . Just last year, I had another premonition while driving, and it manifested moments later, but in that incident I was prepared and calmly maneuvered my vehicle to avoid the reckless SUV cutting across four lanes of traffic. Oddly, I didn’t think anything of it – I was prepared and alert and responded accordingly. Today, however, I was in my own flesh-driven world, not paying attention to the premonition, the signs, and the impression or embedded feeling of an impending accident to come.

After visiting the seven apartment communities, I decided to make one final stop at the post office. In order to access the parking lot of the post office, I needed to cross two busy lanes of oncoming traffic. I sat for a few minutes in the turn lane with my blinker on as I patiently waited for a break in the traffic. One pickup truck towing something big and bulky stopped in the lane closest to mine and graciously flashed his lights indicating it was safe to cross over. Although I couldn’t see what may or may not be on the other side of the generous truck, his flashing lights, as well as my strained glance behind him in the distance, seemed to indicate it was OK to pass, but that still small Voice said, “Don’t do it.” Due to my impatience and apparent disobedience, I gambled it all and proceeded to cross the highway. Mind you the last accident I experienced was 23 years ago at the ripe young age of 19 so I’d like to say I am normally a responsible and cautious driver. Before making it to the second lane while trusting in others flashing lights, I thought to myself, Now watch there be something barreling down the road and strike me. grille_320Sure enough I froze in fear upon seeing a metal grill of black large pickup truck about to t-bone my tiny Fiat Pop. I cried out, “Oh, God, help me!!” And instantly, my foot punched the gas pedal. I’m not even sure if it was actually me or perhaps an angel pressed my foot on the pedal because my being felt paralyzed in fear and braced for potentially fatal impact. I heard my car’s wheels squeal in urgent motion. It was awful, sudden, and perplexing how I miraculously ended up safely parked in the post office parking lot. Once the realization of the incident hit me, I sobbed as I called my husband to tell him what just occurred.

Later, after being home for awhile and sipping some chamomile tea to calm my nerves, I made myself drive to accomplish a few more errands and even traverse to the post office again just so fear would not take root in my heart attempting to lord over me. This time, the trip was uneventful.

Today, I learned to not only be grateful for every day graciously granted and everything and everyone bestowed unto me, but to never dismiss the Holy Spirit for His intention of the premonitions, the signs, and the instruction is for our own benefit.

Pay attention, beloveds, and listen closely to the Spirit for being driven by flesh is a dangerous gamble.

Trust & Obey Testimony (Vlog)

(Recorded Dec 19, 2018) In this episode, Carrie shares what it is like living by faith, bread crumb by bread crumb as she follows the Spirit from Pennsylvania to South Carolina to Texas. Carrie explains how Adonai called her to a cleaning business as a worshipper of Spirit (John 3:3-8) and truth//law//torah (Psalm 119:142) and how He is blessing her through it all!

The Husband, The Business, The Beach

Perhaps one of the most common questions Carrie gets as she meets new people at the beach is “Are you married?”, “Do you have a job down here (in Myrtle Beach)?”, and “What brings you to Myrtle Beach?”. Watch the video to find out the answers…