I knew the battles would become more difficult as time went on, but I had no idea of what I was really in store for! If you're not ready to take a stand for Jesus, you'd better sit down quickly!! It wasn't long before full blown war broke out! Yes, the 'mountain" that I was so concerned about was crumbling quickly, but Satan was not willing to step aside easily!! He was attacking me with a vengeance! Things that I never thought could happen were coming upon me with increased regularity, just like they were prophesied for the last days! With each battle, I tried to get a better understanding of what the Lord was doing. I had waited so long for my "special" puppy, why did he have to die in such a strange way? Too many things were becoming overwhelmingly depressing! The only answer I could come up with was that I needed to spend more time in His Word. So I started an in-depth study of the Exodus, I worked hard, and typed many pages of notes. Just as it was all coming together ……. And while I was busily working on my article the biggest tragedy of my life struck out of nowhere!!

In retrospect, I can clearly see how much this has taught me. So many people came to my aid, that it made me realize that the bitterness I had felt for a few, was certainly overshadowed by so many others that honestly cared! The Lord showed me that I had truly made an impact on many lives. I was flooded with letters, cards, and e-mails ;-) Many of them came from the brethren, and some included a "Word" from the Lord. One of those I would like to share, because it came at just the right moment to confirm what I felt the Lord was speaking to me, and what I heard my Pastor prophesy to me the next Sunday! I guess some of us just need to fleece the Lord more then others ;-) These words gave me the strength to continue! I praise the Lord for using His children to strengthen me, so that like Job, I would ignore any unfruitful advise.

Dear Tina,
You are much in my heart and on my mind, as though in some measure going through this trial with you. I know many on the list feel the same way. God is truly linking us together!!

I did not post this to the whole list, because this is just for you. I don't frequently feel that I have a "word from the Lord", but as I was praying for you this morning, I felt that the Lord was speaking regarding all the things that have happened to you. I hope that it comforts you and encourages you. Test it and if it doesn't seem right, ask the Lord to give you confirmation through someone else.

Love, Tami

"Tina, remember that you do not see things as I do. I see the whole, while you see only a small part. I see eternity while you see that which is immediately before you. My plans and purposes for you are greater than you can imagine. I have given you Shiloh Shepherds, but My plans for you go beyond these dogs and the lives these dogs touch. You have many people who are looking to you, seeing your faith, watching to see how you react when trials come against you. You are My witness and your faith will touch more lives than you will ever know. Be strong and take courage, I am a God of restoration. Lives are being touched through you for all eternity. Trust Me and glorify Me in these circumstances and many will learn to trust and glorify Me. The battle is intense, but I am with you. I have never promised you that you will not have trials, but know that I am with you always. Lean on me. Let me be your all in all. Trust Me. Know that your treasures are in heaven. I am the God of exceeding abundance. I am a generous God. There is a battle, but the battle is not all about the dogs, the battle is about the lives that are being touched through you. You have been My witness, now I would say unto you, continue in Me. I desire to give you hope for the future. Look ahead and know the goodness and love of the Lord which will never fail you."

Ten weeks ago I had no idea of where the road would take me. I did not know if I was to continue working with my breed, if I would have a place to live, or anything else. Things have moved very quickly, and in many ways miraculously! Since the small insurance policy I had on the farm went to the mortgage holders, and rebuilding would be out of the question due to various zoning difficulties, etc., my only choice was to find a house and rebuild the kennels. This was just not to be! The properties available were much too expensive, and the kennels would be way beyond reach! The funding that appeared to be a possibility soon vanished too, and those doors were closed. Then a place came up that was owned by an older couple who had to sell due to health reasons. Please pray for them! This seemed perfect, and I stepped out in faith, with no idea where the money would come from, placing an offer that was accepted. Yet by no means is this the end of the story -- actually it is only the beginning! I feel like Moses must have felt when his back was up against the Red Sea, yet I know that my Father is perfectly able to move the waters!! On Easter Sunday I plan to walk this place with my pastor & church elders, please stand with me in prayer as we claim it in Jesus's name!!

Please go back and follow the links I have placed for you, to share my story in more depth. And be sure to come back soon to read my next update!! Whatever will happen, I know it will be the best for me, since my Father would not give me a serpent when I asked Him for bread. Matthew. 7:8-11

These are the days of Elijah
Declaring the word of the Lord.
And these are the days of your servant, Moses
Righteousness being restored
And though these are days of great trials
of famine and darkness and sword
Still we are the voice in the desert crying
Prepare ye the way of the Lord.

Behold, He comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun, at the trumpet's call
Lift your voice, it's the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion's hill, Salvation comes.

And these are the days of Ezekiel
The dry bones becoming as flesh
And these are the days of your servant, David
Rebuilding a temple of praise
And these are the days of the harvest
The fields are white in the world
And we are the laborers in your vineyard
Declaring the word of the Lord.

Behold, he comes, riding on the clouds
Shining like the sun, at the trumpet's call
Lift your voice, it's the year of Jubilee
Out of Zion's Hill Salvation comes.

C. 1986 Daybreak Music--Robin Mark


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