In the book of Acts the 17th chapter we come upon Paul after his conversion expounding to the men of Athens just who Jesus was. 

The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands;nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,--Acts 17:24-26

Now I included verses 24 and 25 for clarity but my focus this week is on verse 26. That's where the word clearly states God sets the boundaries of our habitation. God detemines where you will live.  The state, the city, town, the house, apartment, condo, hut, or tent.  He determines all that in advance. Let me be clear, we are talking location not the condition. That is another blog.  Do we have free will in this process? Yep. However as you walk with God he will steer you towards the boundary of your habitation. Can it change?  Of course but if God has gives you an appointed place and you know it, no man can remove you from it.

'Cursed is he who moves his neighbor's boundary mark.' And all the people shall say, 'Amen.'--Deuteronomy 27:17

Now in 2004 God picked a home for me.  I had no idea I would ever live in Gaithersburg, MD.   Didn't know the area hadn't set foot in it.  I lived in DC most of my life and until around 2003 loved it. Then was time to move. So I began to look. With little money I began to search. Then I got a random spostcard in the mail. They were advertising this condo development called Rosewood.  I heard a guy in another department on my job mentioned to someone he lived in Gaithersburg. I asked him about it. He told me if you move there I will be able to hear you if you scream. Turned out he lived up the street from the place. He and I would become good friends. Anyway the first unit I wanted was cheaper. It looked out over a parking lot but someone had snapped it up.  They had one more spot and it was perfect for me and my son. It overlooks a walking path and is tree lined. Perfect.  My first home. When I found out how much I would have to pay a  month I was heartbroken.  Too much. Told I would lose my down payment if I backed out. I felt I had no choice I went forward.  In the beginning God told me a storm ws coming. I began to get into the word more.  Long story short in 2005 the lender started foreclosurer actions because I was late every month by one month. Yet God intervened. We are talking court and auction dates. I took off work one day just to pray.  God said to me. Walk around the inside boundaries of your home, against every wall and pray in tongues. I obeyed God.  At the end of this action God spoke these words in that still small voice.  You will not lose your home

Ok you can't spend your time debating if tongues is for today or if God speaks directly to us. Have fun with that.  God doesn't need me to defend His word he needs me to live it. God will have you do things that our natural minds want to reject. Yet when we obey watch God move in our lives. So God led me to an small organization that worked with my lender. They kept telling me, the lender won't do anything until you make more money.  So I began to look for a part time job to work in the evenings.  Then God said.  I don't want you to take another job. I was like ok I know that wasn't God. Then it happened again, and this time the voice in my spirit wasn't so little. I spent many days in tears. Horribly afraid that I would be the cause of my son and I becoming homeless. Yet I felt torn but I obeyed God.  Suddenly after months of struggle God stopped the foreclosure without me making a penny more. Then they told me when I would have to begin my payments and only after that did God give me a promotion on my job. I was good.

Then a few years go by. It's 2008 and God said leave my job. I wanted to leave my job before and used to chant out the gate in 2008. Now things were good and I was happy.  A job where I was well liked. Making more money than I ever thought I could. Had my own office and two folks working under me.  We are talking beyond sixty thousand, with no college degree. God did that for me and now he was saying. Lisa it's time to go. The first thing I thought about was my mortgage payments. How is this gonna work. People looked at me like I was crazy. But I obeyed God after praying and wondering. I told myself it was to write. Because of course God is not telling me to just sit around all day. I had no idea until recently how much that time changed me. It was like a honeymoon only it was God and I forming a trust and bond that will never be broken.  I am working for the Lord without an income except for four months making a little more than minimum wage.

I could filll up serveral blogs telling you how God provided without government help, but not today.

So now it's 2009. For a solid year not one mortgage payment has been made. I simply didn't have over two thousand dollars to give them. Then God reminded me of what he said before.  You will not lose your home. I was like ok yeah but that was back then. What about now? Yes it was a struggle at times just making do. I didn't always get it. But I knew God had a plan. He said. When I speak something it is eternal.  That blew me away. So without stress and worry I moved on I didn't have a care about it. God changed my lender twice. That was part of the plan too. All the time, I still haven't paid a dime.  Not by intent. I was looking for work again knowing I had God's ok to do so. In June of this year I went back to work. June 30th to be exact, because God is exact.

I called my lender as soon as I was hired to tell them.  As always they were remarkably kind and patient. It was sorta weird. A totaly different experience from what I had in 2005. There was this peace as God hid me.  I knew beyond all doubt no one could take my house from me. This wasn't arrogance or self confidence. It was what I have learned while I was home. To totally on God for my daily bread. He has set my boundaries.

Now I pray you'll see God's hand in this. Not luck or coincidence.

A couple of weeks ago I heard radio annoucement for NACA. They help homeowners save their houses and they were coming to DC.   Now I am only two weeks into my new job. I don't want to take off.  I said God if you want me to go let me know. After that I get a letter in the mail from my lender. NACA's flyer is inside along with my lender's letter urging me to attend and saying they will be there to help modify my loan. See God in that? Me too.  So I get the day off and go.  They need at least 30 days of paystubs.  By the time I go to the event it is July 29th.  I am one paystub away. It's a very long process and I have to come back the next day the 30th.  The night of the 29th I get home to find my paystub in the mail. Now I have 30 days worth of stubs. Remember I was hired on June 30th.  See God in all that? Me too.

Now the end result.  My mortage will be 790 less a month. I can pay this.  My new finance rate is 3%.  Fixed. For the life of the loan.  That's right done, as long as I have the loan my payment won't go up nor will the rate.  Now that is the God I serve.

I am told NACA is a Christian based organization. The atmosphere in the place was full of God's annointing. After people finished they allowed them come to the podium and to tell their story to the thousands of people sitting and waiting for their turn. People came to microphone praising God for what he did for them and thanking their lenders and NACA. I did too. Now I will be able to not just make payments but to pay it off.

God loves you and wants what is best for you. If you are having a problem holding on to your home. Go to their website. It's a tool God is using.

Remember it is God's who sets your boundaries. Thank you Jesus!!!!

You have established all the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.--Psalm--74:17

Of all the positive traits I think this is the one I admire most. Determination.  I love to hear stories of people who tried and failed yet tried again and again.  I most admire it because it's not one of my strong personality traits. If I keep encountering failure I need time before I make the attempt again. There are things I am very determined to do well at. Other things not so much. Those things nag at me and I dismiss them with, one day I will do that.

One of those things is something almost everyone I know does. Drive.  I don't drive. I've never had a driver's license. I know I know. I have heard it all. So don't fill up the comment box with but how do you manage questions. Oh I took lessons and failed the road test. There was the "professional"  instructor who fell asleep as I was driving.  I didn't wear something sexy to pass as one person advised.  I failed the road test when others said I should have passed. Really?  Where I lived you tested on the road with traffic. The test booklet to study was a tri-fold pamplet with 100 questions and third of those were for motorcycles and trucks. The written I passed every time.  I've been told I am not bad driver by fearless friends who would let me behind the wheel with my learner's permit. So why at this ripe age don't I have my license? I could give you a list but the real answer is simple. I haven't determined to do it.

Like weight loss we may long for the slender person we used to be. However deciding and committing to eat healthy and workout is another matter. Some of us can drum up will power for a short period. Then we fall back into our bad habits. We lack real determination.

Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding.--Provers 3:5

As I have gotten older I discovered that God doesn't expect us to do what is hard for us on our own.
When we try to do the difficult thing on our own we can become critical of ourselves. Why can't I do this, what is wrong with me? It's just shameful I haven't done this yet. Or embittered. Why doesn't someone help me with this?  This is so unfair, it so easy for everyone else. Why has so and so gotten this and I am still struggling. Oh yes, that is what it's like when we try to accomplish things without God.

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.--Philippians 4:13

Yes like you I  have some things in this life I haven't achieved. One thing I am determined to do.  I am determined to follow God and live a life that pleases Him. If I never go back to school, ok. If I never drive, ok. If I never ever finish the book, well that's ok too. It's not ok to lack a determined commitment to God.

"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.--Deuteronomy 6:5

I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.--Philippians 3:14

What are you determined to do?