I seem to just about sit down to start typing and all kinds of things start to happen...... phones ring, people stop by, guests check in, or return from being out and want to chat... just constant. The Lord has blessed this transition from 2007 to 2008 in a way that boggles my mind. I have been trying to get after crunching all the numbers to close out the year, but won't begin to touch it till tomorrow. It seems we have been non-stop with virtually every room filled for two weeks. I crashed at 8:00 last night and slept for 10 hours. This morning our last guests checked out.
I think I can point to scripture for most of the things I try to communicate. Feel free to ask! :)
The other day, I was talking about seeing through the Matrix (the kingdom of darkness)...... (the kingdoms of this world that we see with our natural eyes)..... and getting past that to see into another Kingdom that can only be seen with the eyes of our heart. The natural world that we look at every day, as against the spiritual world which we cannot see with our natural eyes.
We were born into a world at war! Although we can look around in our real world and read about wars in various parts of the world, read of violence, suicide bombers, assassinations, or whatever.....rarely do we understand why. If only we could just all get along! There is only one way we can all get along..... and it starts with our need to understand we all live in the Matrix.
And just when I thought things were winding down for the year..... another 3 bookings.... kind of the Lord's Christmas present to us on Christmas Day. I continue to be clueless as to what He is going to do next in our lives... or how this year will actually wind up.... except it will be better than I was expecting it to be when I wrote the other day.
We are having a great Holiday week with our Seattle contingent in with us for the week.... just another blessing! Lots to get going on this morning with the place filling up with guests for the next 6 days.......
Back in 2004, we were up 20% and I was hard pressed to think we could keep growing like that, since we only have 5 rooms to sell, just so many weekends and so many holidays in a year and those special times like foliage when you can sell every room, every nite and get almost any price you want to ask...... anyway.....we decided to raise our rates in 2005 knowing it would affect the number of nites we booked, but felt that would be offset by the rate increases.
I am so happy that I never took any of the exhortations to write a book! There were quite a few encouragements over the years, but the Lord never told me to write one...... and it was a good thing. I would have had to write a retraction of most of what I would have written..... :) even the one I was going to entitle 20 years ago "What I Learned after I Knew Everything"!
I was so excited about everything I had read in Waking the Dead ..... so psyched ....ok then.... where is he going next?
My balloon deflated with a great rush of air.... the wind came out of my sails.... my ship stopped........ just sat there kind of rocking in the water.... saying "Lord, I don't believe this." Eldredge was telling me to pray this wrote prayer every day... their entire ministry staff prays this prayer...... every day.
To put this miracle into perspective, I guess I need to give a little more background to what I had seen about the battle. Eldredge had painted a picture for me through a series of movies, which began to open my heart to more and more look beyond the Matrix of what we call the Real World and look into a dimension that has become more and more real than what I can see with the natural eye.
Anyway..... Ellen was saying, "Philip, you have to read this book that Jeanne sent you!"
If I have learned anything in our 40 years together , I have learned that when my wife says "Philip, you have to do..." something....anything.... that it probably would be a good thing for me to think seriously about doing it! :)
1999 - 2005 were the best years of my life... just learning this moment by moment walk with God where I didn't need to do anything.....just enjoy Him! I saw Him in everything that went on every day. Life was fun again.
He gave us an OK to start the Bed & Breakfast....what a hoot that has been. Literally, from knowing nothing about the B&B business, He taught us how to do it, one step at a time with absolutely unreal results. His very specific word to us was that "He would send us only those that He Himself wanted."
I can't tell you what great people He has sent to us..... no horror stories (we've heard plenty from other innkeepers). Each year He has increased our business 10% to 15% in a very normal, gradual growth as He taught how to care for and serve our guests.... nothing that would overwhelm us.... just one step after another.