October 20. God is so gracious! My, what a long day it has been! I am so tired! But I am so thankful to be now in our new home, even though it is a temporary home. My real home is in heaven. Won’t be long before I’ll be there. But in the mean time, I am thankful to God for allowing us to move up here on top of the mountain. For I while I would say, “I’ll be so thankful when….” But I started to realize that wasn’t right. I need to be thankful all the time in all places and all circumstances. So every day, I would try to find as many things as I could to be thankful for. Even if the Lord didn’t allow us to move up today, I had made up my mind to be thankful.
It was a warm night. I had a hard time getting to sleep last night because of a very bad earache. I finally woke Daddy up so he could put eardrops in my ear. After that, the pain went down, and I was able to go to sleep. Am thankful for a good sleep the rest of the night.
The day started bright and early. Both of us were awake a little before 5:30, and we were up before 6:00. Had an early breakfast with time in the Word. Started on all the last minute packing. Quite a gang of people came to help — the workers and their families, from the littlest ones up to the bigger ones. Jerin and Anselina came and helped too.
Javin heard we were moving and came by to see us. Daddy went in the other room with him to talk and pray with him. He cried. I feel so sorry for him. He knows what is the right thing to do, but is afraid to do it.
I had Repeka come in the house and help give boxes out to the carriers. Later Silvia came and helped too. Some of the men were in and out getting the big items — stove, washing machine, freezer, file cabinet, desks, etc. It took only about three hours to get everything out of the house and up the hill. Praise the Lord for all those who came and helped!
After everybody left, I locked the house and headed up the hill by myself. I took my time. The trail was dry and slippery from lots of loose dirt. I thanked the Lord for the beautiful day and the beautiful view as I stood and looked back. And with tears in my eyes, I thanked the Lord for his graciousness. The men worked the rest of the day at different jobs. They finished the other piece of the east wall. Praise the Lord! All that is left now, as far as walls, is the north end of the house; then the living/meeting room floor. Some of the men worked on putting a window in the office. Later this afternoon, when the sun wasn’t too hot, some helped Daddy put the solar panel up. Wan put hydroseal around the stove pipe where it comes through the hole in the roof. Some helped me when I needed it. I worked on cleaning and unpacking. Swept and washed the bedroom floor first. Unpacked kitchen and bedroom stuff mostly. Cleaned the bathroom sink and cupboard, the tall kitchen cupboard, the shelf unit in our bedroom, and the kitchen sink and counter top.
At noon, I washed and peeled kaukau and Singapore (a root vegetable something like a small taro) and put them on to cook for the men. Then I warmed up our dinner. Severah also cooked a pot of food for the men again. Erisapet and Matyu cooked food for those who helped dig their garden today, and she brought the extras for the men here.
“11For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me that I should not walk in the way of this people, saying, 12Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. 13Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. 14And he shall be for a sanctuary….” Isaiah 8:11-14