Tuesday, April 28, 2020

We Made It!

“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” Psalm 37:23 

If you read my last blog post, it talked about Gumby - yes the green flexible character.  Well, that was definitely what we needed to be with this move.    Our movers were originally scheduled for 4/10, but the Lord had a different plan.    

In our quiet time, the Lord told Ken to look at the weather forecasts.  In doing so, he felt the Lord showed him that we should leave a day earlier.  So we changed our movers to the 8th and were planning on leaving on the 9th - which we felt the Lord said "crossover on Passover".   Long story short, the movers were done early on the 8th.  Our plans to stay in KC for a night or two changed, so we decided to head to KC just to get ahead start on travel and leave early on 8th from there.  Neither one of us could sleep well that night so we were up and gone from the hotel by 4am.   The weather was good, except the 40 mph wind.  That made pulling a Uhaul trailer quite the challenge.  Our gas mileage went from 20mpg to 14mpg.  Ken couldn't even keep up with the speed limit.  Then suddenly my phone let out this alarm that made me jump a mile..."Squall warning".  I thought what the heck is a squall warning? LOL... well, we were in the middle of near white out conditions, blizzard snow coming down.  In looking at the radar it made more sense to keep driving then to stop so we could get through it.  Otherwise we would of had to wait it out a very long time!    

The drive was really boring - I mean worse than Western Kansas boring.  And what else, was that we were literally the ONLY car on the highway with an occasional trucker passing by.  Ok, once in a great moon we saw a car, but seriously it was rare.  The first time we saw even a few in one place was when we stopped in Rapid City, SD for a quick bite.  We thought that's where we would bed down for the night, but God had other plans.  He said get to Montana - stop in Broadus, MT for the night.  By the time we got to our little hotel room in a town of just a few people, it was 930pm.  That made our driving day a 17.5 hour day!!!  We were exhausted!  But we made it there safe and sound! Thank YOU Lord.   What the Lord showed us was that we "crossed over" into our Promise Land of Montana on Passover, literally!!!  How cool is that!

The next day the 10th, we again we got up and out the door by 5am.  The sun was shining and you could see why they call it Big Sky country.  It was all you could see for miles!   Again, not a car in sight, but a random trucker would pass us by.   That brought a smidgeon of anxiety, beings that we had no cell service and our car was burning oil, like it was gasoline.  Adding the weight of the trailer I'm sure didn't help the engine's efficiency.    By 5pm we were rolling into our new town of Hamilton, MT.  We made a stop by the new place to drop the trailer and meet our wonderful neighbors and landlord George & Anna.  We then went to a Airbnb in Darby, the south end of the Bitterroot Valley.  That place was magnificent.  It was a fully equipped 1 bedroom apartment with of course mountain views and a nice hot tub which our bodies so needed!! We couldn't
move in until Monday afternoon until the internet had been installed as we would have needed to be "quarantined" for 14 days first.   As we told you, the Lord wanted us to get here before the weather hit......and it did hit.  The first night we stayed in Darby, it snowed 5-6". It was beautiful as we sat by the fire and took in the amazing mountain views.  And enjoying Huckleberry everything - Montana is known for Huckleberries.  It's kind of like a blueberry - cross with raspberry?  It's delicious. 
On Monday afternoon, we got to move into our new place.  The movers called and said they'd be there Friday.  So we had sometime to unpack what we brought in the Uhaul and roughed it a bit with 2 folding chairs and a blow up mattress as our only furniture.  The mover called and said he would arrive at 3pm.  At 630 he showed up to our storage unit.  Did you catch that, mover, singular, one older man.  I thought how in the world would he be able to unload everything first of all and secondly how long would it take.  I finally convinced him to only unload storage that night which it took 3 hours and then the rest the next day.  The next day it took him 6 hours and both Ken and I 4 hours of doing what he should have been doing, but it got done and we had our own bed to sleep in.   He had a special stair climbing dolly (we have 15 stairs to get up to our place) that he used and was able to bring up our full size couch and other pieces of furniture and many boxes at one time with it, with no other help.  Crazy!   


Our home is comfortable.  It's much smaller in some way and doesn't have as many cabinets or storage places so we will be living out of tubs and boxes.  Much more ended up in storage than we had planned.  Our kitchen table is a 2x4 folding table (that's what fits)- not going to be conducive to guests....but we'll figure out something.   Our landlord let us use his bison rug (see picture).  It goes well with our furniture and decor.   George and Anna, our neighbors and landlords have been most amazing.  They brought us homemade salsa - some of the best I've ever had, Albondigas soup - which seriously was the most incredible stock base ever....and did I say geese jerky?  Geese jerky he made absolutely delicious!!!  We have geese that fly over the house often, so that's where it came from!  He has brought us other yummy things and I have reciprocated with a few things as well.  Soon, we will have them up for a meal.  We've enjoyed their company, sitting outside (with coats & blankets) taking in the views and getting to know one another.   Actually the temps here have been in the 60's which feels like 75 with the sun shining...but when the sun is behind the clouds or the wind is blowing, it's cold.   We have no air conditioning so hoping the cooler nights, keep our home comfortable. 

The views from our place are incredible.  To the west, our back deck you see us with the Bitterroot Mountains behind us.   The front deck view is the Bitterroot River which is absolutely stunning with the sun glistening on it...and this river runs through much of the town/valley.  We also can see the Sapphire Mountains to the East.   The few people we have met have been very friendly and welcoming!  We got to visit a church live and in person Sunday and that was much needed!  Each day we venture out for a drive to one of the nearby towns - there are about 10 of them in a 45 mile stretch.  We found an Amish store in one yesterday that we love and will shop at often!   

The other thing we have learned quickly is that there are a bunch of "gardening" type farms -that raise beef, chicken, produce, make cheese and more.  Everything is organic, grass fed and non-gmo. Matter of fact, you can't be in the farmer's market unless you are... so pretty much all are!  One farm offers what they call "mayday gardens" free to those who want to learn.  So we signed up for one and will get that in a few days.  Here's what it includes: 


What will I get in my Mayday Garden?
Your Future Food will include these vegetables, herb, and flower plants:
6 cabbage, 6 swiss chard, 6 kale, 3 broccoli, 3 kohlrabi, 1 pac choi, 1 chinese cabbage, 1 napa cabbage, 6 lettuce, 6 onion clusters, 6 bush beans, 2 dill, 2 calendula, 2 nasturtium, 2 tomatoes, 2 zucchini, 2 cucumbers hills, and 2 winter squash hills.

We are excited to have a place where can we garden again and will be thankful for the food harvest!   Our neighbor gave us a ton of pots and planters so we can transplant our garden into those.  

The grocery stores here are great... most offer a big big selection of hormone, antibiotic free meats, free range eggs, organic produce and healthy options.  The downside is food is much more expensive than what we are used to paying, but we will be eating healthier!  There is one farm here that offers beef filet for $64lb, not a restaurant, but buy and take home.  Farm eggs are $5-6 a dozen.    Our nearest Walmart is almost an hour away and Costco too.  We haven't ventured that far yet but will probably in the near future.  The town we are in has 4400 people in it.. and around 12k in the country around it. The whole valley has about 65k people, not counting Missoula which is the town we will go to for Walmart, etc.  It's a college town and has about 70k in it alone.   Actually, that's where we saw cars and traffic for the first time in our 29 hour drive from Eldo to Montana!  

We are so blessed to be here and thankful for all of you who prayed for us - and are continuing to do so.   Thank you for those who have checked in on us!  It's been nice talking with some of you even through video.   That is still the hardest thing for me - not being able to see you all face to face.... so I'm hoping you'll come for a visit soon!   

Please continue to pray for my health - pain levels are ridiculous and unfortunately sleep hasn't improved, maybe even worse.  I am fighting discouragement as I really felt the Lord said He would heal me as we came...but hasn't yet.     Ken has made job applications at quite a few places, but no one is in hiring or interviewing mode quite yet.  Of course, we are still contending and believing for provision to step into the destiny God has for us here.  

We love you and are thankful for you!!    


Ken & Michele Cole
...God's love and care is amazing!! 
michele@wantinsight.com

Here are ways you can give if you feel led:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:
     Ken & Michele Cole, PO Box 1982, Hamilton, MT 59840  
     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.  or through PayPal.Me/micheleacole.  We also have Venmo & CashApp

2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 1982, Hamilton, MT 59840
     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.
     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212
     Phone 913 310 0279
     www.thesignatry,com
     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.


Vision
God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  
The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 
We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 
In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.  













Saturday, April 4, 2020

What Does Gumby Have To Do With Our Move?



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We can make our plans,
  but the Lord determines our steps. Proverbs 16:9


Are you one who likes a plan? A semi-set schedule that you can follow?  A plan often brings peace, comfort and a guide to help keep you on track.  But what if the Lord says "Be flexible" and all of that goes out the window.  

I remember back in the 90's we were taking a vacation to Kauai with some friends.  I solicited all the things they wanted to do and what we wanted to do and started mapping out a plan and making schedules (so that we could get all of it in).  After discussing some options, they said, "we'd prefer to be spontaneous" and if we can't do something, that's ok.  So in an effort to accommodate them, I said, ok, I will "plan" to be spontaneous.  I still had to make a plan, a plan to be spontaneous. Planning to be spontaneous at least gave me peace in some odd way.  

Well, here we are again.  I am being asked of the Lord, to plan to be spontaneous as we MOVE across the country!!!  What I believe that means is, be flexible.  Be flexible and open to His promptings each day.  Be flexible on the timing of leaving here and the timing on arrival in Montana. Our movers come 4/9 (that may change) and we had planned to stay in KC for a couple nights, but now that may be changing.   It also means being flexible in not making hotel reservations and just "winging" it as we go.  We are finding that many hotels & air bnb's are not open along our path.  It means being flexible on the actual "path/roads" we take as we are being told certain states do not want you traveling through due to COVID19?  I haven't actually seen this anywhere but am making some calls to the various states and their local governments to confirm or not. 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.  1 Chronicles 16:11

As I was praying this morning in my quiet time, I heard "Gumby".  I was like what does Gumby have to do with anything? I felt led to do some research about Gumby, because frankly I have not much knowledge about his character other than his body was flexible. 

Here's a few key points I found: 


Taken from: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/gumby-is-the-meaning-of-l_b_115511.

1. Because Gumby was a Claymation™ creation, he was eminently flexible and had a special knack for getting in to, out of, and through fantastic and often-danger-filled escapades

2. Gumby's power is much more than flexibility. Gumby is more than ever becoming key to success in whatever world you tool around in. The next time a colleague, friend or Aunt Bertha asks how you triumph in the face of unbelievable odds, tell them "Gumby."  

3. Gumby is action. Lazy is easy. Action is often strenuous and sometimes exhausting, but those who have Gumby (or saw him on TV) know that taking the effortless path rarely gets you where you need to be. Identifying nascent trends, for example, requires vigorous analysis of information from multiple sources, searching beyond your comfort zone.

4. Gumby learns. In each of his escapades, Gumby learned from those around him. He sought information and explanation, and had fun doing it. Today, we're bombarded by data from more sources than we can count, and those who embrace Gumby invest the energy to constantly expand their wealth of knowledge.

How our move compares to Gumby - 
1. Much like Gumby, to some, our move seems dangerous & ridiculous and yet to others adventuresome.  I waffle between the two.  As mentioned before, the Lord told Ken and I on the same morning to book our moving truck for 4/9.  Two days later the Lord said to me, crossover on Passover.. and when I looked up the date for Passover this year, it begins on 4/8 sundown and goes to 4/9 sundown.  That was pretty amazing to learn.  Leaving our Egypt and heading into our Promise Land.  


2. Much like Gumby, we are going to triumph with God's help in the face of unbelievable odds.  Here's how I know that - 2 Corinthians 2:14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us as captives in Christ's triumphal procession and uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.  We are up against a lot of odds - 1. Will our SUV make the trip safely?  No heat/defrost (forecasting snow/ice along our path), big oil leak problem.  Both of these repairs require hours of labor, the cost would be more than the car's worth.  2. We are on a tight budget and not being able to "book" a room could mean higher cost - but yet trusting God!!  3.  Not knowing with roads to take or being flexible on that gives me some anxiety... I'm not fond of mountain passes and high elevations and especially with inclement weather and pulling a trailer with a car that's not necessarily safe.  But God!! Right, He will lead us into victory!  


3. Like Gumby, strenuous and exhausting activity of a move is accurate.  It has been physically hard for Ken & I. And it has been requiring much seeking the Lord, keeping up with the news on COVID19 and how it affects travelers, etc.  So far, I don't think it's going to impact us too much except using extra caution at gas stations, rest stops, hotels and eating... LOL!   

4.  Like Gumby, I am/we are learning and growing our faith, trust and utter dependence on the Lord.  Like Gumby, we are expanding our wealth of knowledge in areas we never thought we'd would be interested in.   Years ago when we first got saved, there was a song we loved (still do)and prayed the words of this song each time.   It's called Live the Adventure of Jesus - Here's a link to it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNSKVbhhIsY.  Oh, dear ones, be careful how you pray.  God just answers those prayers in ways you never imagined!! Hee Hee!!  

I had no knowledge or desire to know about Gumby until God led me to it today.  It is so amazing how God speaks to us and uses odd characters to do so.  

Is there a situation in your life that requires you to be like Gumby?  Is there something you could be more flexible on?   Know that God is your source for everything as you keep tuned into His voice.  He will always lead you in triumph as you follow His lead!! 


Prayer/Praise
1.  Praise God that He is with us!! 
2.  Praise God that Ken's last day of work was yesterday.  It ended well! His boss even made a comment that Ken had to hurry and get out of there or he would cry.  
3.  Please continue to pray for my healing and for sleep.  
4.  Please continue to pray for provision for a new/reliable suv before we go. 
5.  Please continue to pray for God's provision as we arrive in Montana...and also to step into the fullness of the destiny God has for us.   
6.  Please pray for open doors for a place to stay as we travel and no issues or hiccups. 
7.  Please pray for my heart.  If I focus any amount of time on the thought of not being able to say goodbyes in person, it hurts.  I am extremely relational.  

We are so thankful for each of you who support us with your prayers and encouragement.  May God richly bless YOU!!   Our new mailing address is listed below!  We will keep the same phone numbers for awhile.  If you are wanting our new numbers, please email me.  


Ken & Michele Cole
...God's love and care is amazing!! 
michele@wantinsight.com

Here are ways you can give if you feel led:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:
     Ken & Michele Cole, PO Box 1982, Hamilton, MT 59840  
     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.  or through PayPal.Me/micheleacole.  We also have Venmo & CashApp

2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 1982, Hamilton, MT 59840
     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.
     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212
     Phone 913 310 0279
     www.thesignatry,com
     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.


Vision
God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  
The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 
We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 
In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.  


















  


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Testimony of God's Goodness!

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord  in the land of the living. Psalm 27:13 

Last Thursday through Saturday we had our huge moving sale.  When we had a garage sale 3 years ago, we had over 500 people come to it.  I have to admit I wasn't sure what to expect as most people are staying home.  But God!! 

We had advertised the sale in the local paper, had FREE radio coverage for a week and had a very successful sale!  By successful, I mean, everything we wanted sold, SOLD (or was given away)!!!  Even things that we didn't think would sell, DID!  God brought the crowd (safe social distancing and used precautions, gloves, hand sanitizer and washed hands often).  Of course, we said when they arrived at our sale, "the more you buy, the cheaper things get" and BELIEVE me when I say they took great advantage of that.  They left with boxes full!!!  And for that we are THANKFUL.   We had such a beautiful opportunity to pray for many people and infuse courage in these times.  We had one man say that he would be going to the doctor the week of our departure and IF he was healed from our prayers, he would stop back by and let us know.  He was so filled with faith and hope after we prayed for him, it was such a blessing.  We had one lady say that we were "unusual".  She had never met anyone that not only gave away things or for such a good price but was amazed that we prayed for folks.  She was a 3x repeat customer to our sale.  LOL!  Our neighbor down the street brought 2 huge boxes of kitchen pots and pans and said whatever we got for them, we could keep.  Well not 5 minutes after she dropped them off, a couple came. They had been rummaging through the pots and pans and shared with us how their house burned down in December.  They had nothing and was starting over.  The Lord impressed on me to give them both big boxes!  We did... they were in tears!!!  God is so good!  He is faithful to provide!!!  Another fun testimony - we sold our kitchen table & chairs, a freezer, washer and dryer and our refrigerator - all of them we get to use until just a day or two before we go.  3 different buyers and they all said we could keep them until we GO!!!  That is a huge blessing!!!!   We are so THANKFUL for the support of this town and God's nudging in them to come and buy up everything!!!!   There was just a few boxes of little stuff left -that we donated to our Christian school for their fundraising sale.  

We are down to 10 days and counting.... We have so much to do still.  Ken is back to work this week, so a big chunk is up to me.  I am thankful for the grace God is giving me during the day to get things done.  (little bites of cupcakes at a time - previous post).  When evening comes and we quit for the day, I am pooped big time and in great pain.   

God has promises for each of us.  His promises are Yes and Amen!   What are some promises He has given to you that you are believing Him for?  

This is one that He spoke to me back in 2002.  He spoke to me and said I will be healed completely!  The last 18 years since this promise have been completely opposite of it and it's been difficult to hold on at times.... but I am trusting that He will bring me into a place of healing soon. 


But for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays. And you will go out and frolic like well-fed calves. Malachi 4:2  

This next one is my life verse.  Little did I know how much I'd have to cling to it.  

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. Phillipians 4:19 


Prayer requests:
Please pray for Ken - as he finishes his last days at work this week.  Strength, stamina and protection from any sickness.  Please also pray for his boss.  Ken's replacement has not been working out as well as hoped.  They are going to miss Ken.  Many from the garage sale recognized him and said the same thing - they will miss him.   So proud of my husband. 

Please pray for me - manifestation of healing from pain and insomnia primarily.  I do feel that it's coming.  I am trusting to see God's goodness!!!

Please pray for peace in my heart.  So many people I want to see and hug goodbye and can't.  We are going to stop in KC to see Ken's folks but then take off for MT quickly.  With the quarantine it's just not possible. I can't dwell on this thought long or I get very discouraged.  I have been holding back tears.  When they hit, I'm sure it will be a flood!!!   If you would want to FB messenger us, I would love to see you!  OR please come visit us when it's safe to do so!! 

Please pray for ongoing provision to pay rent, food (having to sell or giveaway all of what we have), insurance, etc.  We have both been looking for work but with this COVID many businesses are closed down.  We will continue to look when we get there, but they are on lockdown so not sure how to do that?  I don't know if we will be able to find a place to even get on the internet as nothing open???  But God.. He will make a way until He opens the doors to destiny!

Please pray for God to bring us a new suv or provision to buy one.  It's going to have to be Him....Ken took to mechanic last week and the work to be done is just to extensive and for as old as it is and with high mileage, does not make sense.    We do have someone who offered us there 2005 GMC Yukon - but costs to ship would be 2k or more and there are some needed repairs.  God is working!!  

Please pray for the PROVISION for the VISION God has given us.  We are moving to Montana with His leading..... and are trusting God to OPEN some BIG DOORS! 

We are so thankful for each of you who support us with your prayers and encouragement.  May God richly bless YOU!!   Our new mailing address is listed below!  We will keep the same phone numbers for awhile.  If you are wanting our new numbers, please email me.  


Ken & Michele Cole
...God's love and care is amazing!! 
michele@wantinsight.com

Here are ways you can give if you feel led:

1.  Non tax deductible donations can be made to:
     Ken & Michele Cole, PO Box 1982, Hamilton, MT 59840  
     This is the only way currently we can use funds for our personal needs at this time.  or through PayPal.Me/micheleacole.  We also have Venmo & CashApp

2.  Tax deductible options:

     Checks payable to Sonlit Fields, PO Box 1982, Hamilton, MT 59840
     This goes into our ministry account to be used for outreach and saving towards our vision.

     Donor Fund - The Signatry - Ken & Michele Cole - listed under Want InSight Fund.
     7171 W 95th Street, Suite 501, Overland Park, KS 66212
     Phone 913 310 0279
     www.thesignatry,com
     This is an option to keep gifts anonymous - again for outreach and savings toward our vision.


Vision
God has given us a vision to build a retreat property along with ministry equipping center.  
The retreat portion of our ministry is to provide a safe place for pastors, lay leaders & other ministry folks to come and be refreshed & encouraged through prophetic ministry (if wanted).  We will offer private cabins with kitchens & full bathrooms, and plenty of places to roam on the property to get quiet with the Lord. 
We will offer other specialty retreats - marriage, healing, prophetic teaching & activating people into the world & health and wellness retreats and more.  

The Lord has graced us with the desire to come alongside the Church - to bring healing, deliverance & freedom to new/newer believers.  We are not wanting to replace their church, but better help them be ready to serve in their church. 
In our community building - we will eventually have a 24/7 prayer room, healing & prophetic rooms and a place for community worship services for those on the property.  

Our passion is to minister to a lost & hurting world.   To equip the saints to do the same and to be a blessing to our community and surrounding areas.  Our hopes are that we can pour out God's love in a mighty way to bring more and more souls into the Kingdom, get them discipled, called into their purpose & destiny and released to do God's business!!!!  We also have a passion to give generously to help those in need and to help others launch into their God given destinies.