Our Home: Updated 9/23/19

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This has been a 10-year battle to save our home from bank fraud. A battle that our lawyer believes we can win… As many of you know I am being a single mom and have disabilities due to an accident I had in 2001 that damaged my back and my neck. This has been our home for 13 years and really the only home my three youngest have known. So far the court has stopped the sale of our home 4 times and then ordered this stay on the foreclosure sale, but as per the law set this moderate undertaking required by law
when someone applies as a poor person to wave the fees for the filings. If they had set this as a monthly payment, I could have done this alone, but since they asked me to do a one lump sum ($7200), it’s far harder for me given my income and needing to pay bills.

 I have prayed and I am praying for answers and for a miracle. These last 3 years have been very hard on the children and I as we fight for our home and face losing it. Many of you already know our story over the years, but those of you who are new may not. Its been a struggle, but one I am not about to give into, to do so would be to me showing a lack of faith. All I know is my God is Able and I am standing…

 

Update: 9/23/19

Currently, we’re still living in the house, although it was sold July 2nd of this year. There should be word from the court soon as to the appeal on ownership issues and there is so much even that I didn’t know that I am just here living my life and trusting the Lord in all of this.  I was finally approved and found medically disabled by Social Security, so I will be getting SSI and this will help us to make ends meet.  Having been disabled since 2001 in a car accident that broke my left leg in 3 places and gave me back & neck damage. At my husband’s request then, I didn’t apply for SS, probably the first mistake as I was in a wheelchair for 10 months and then had to learn to walk again. Since then I have not been able to do work that would support us. (myself and the children) Mark doesn’t live with us due to his own issues with mental illness. (Not going to feel shame for saying so) Mental illness isn’t great to deal with, The person suffering or the person trying to care for them when they have psychosis dementia and don’t know who you are at times.  That is another whole post in the future.  After 17 years together and apart… I told him he needed help when he got violent in the home. No one should have to deal with Domestic Violence and No one has any excuse for causing fear and heartache in another person.  Over the years have tried many businesses in Direct Sales & MLMs and finally, after it never panning out, I quit trying that and just continued to devote my time to Prayer, Bible reading and Book Reading & Reviewing. I can tell you that God has been nothing but Amazing this past year and a half! Always going beyond anything I could imagine would happen. And right now I know he has a plan and His perfect will is all I am seeking in everything.  I can see His Hand in my life and He has blessed me in ways, that I knew were just His doing.  Someday maybe I will write/blog about those things…  This week even being granted the SSI and Doing what he has called me to do! Him making a way for me to help us and others! Even the things we have had to part with, we have given to those that truly needed it.  That part still floors me. Leaves me in tears of blessing and gratitude. Just so thankful for each thing he shows me, gives to me and helps us with.

 

 A Little History

2006 Bought this Home

2008 Went to TN for the winter

(we couldn’t afford the propane heat, hot water & cooking. Mark said he couldn’t work)

2009 Told by the Bank they were going to foreclose, so we had tried a short sale and asked for a modification on the loan as our income decreased sharply

2010 Bank of America threatens to foreclose and were given permission to sell the house and then for whatever reason, never did, claiming they had paperwork to file.  In the meantime from 2010 – 2013 Kept saying they would work on a modification with us. Never sent real papers to use to fill out and kept saying we were $100 short monthly from getting a modification. We had LawNY working on this case on our behalf.

2013 They sold the Mortgage to Lakeshore Mortgage Services who let M&T Bank service the loan.

2015 Bank of America comes back and tries to foreclose on our home and doesn’t really own the mortgage they sold. Yet M&T never comes even when asked to by me, to bring their lawyer in court and tell Bank of America to stop their trying to steal a house they don’t own.

2017 Bank of America is still trying to steal the house and M&T does nothing.  We go to TN almost yearly to see my son and grandkids. Sept 2017 we come home to the house being full of MOLD… We pay $900 for mold testing, $5,000 for mold remediation, $1000 for 2 30 yard dumpsters of belongings we lost to MOLD. Meanwhile, I find a program to insulate the house and each year getting more of the electric updated to the tune of $3000 total.  We bought plywood, flooring, cabinets (freestanding) ect ect ect..

January – July 2018 Mark leaving repeatedly and then causing Myself and the kids to worry and fear Him and it just became unbearable to care for him and his issues and still be able to focus on everything the kids needed and trying to still deal with everything life was throwing at us.   Like I said, that is all posts for another time.

He got his own place, still angry and bitter that I for one got an order of protection, filed for child support and filed for custody of the kids.

July 2018 thru?

August 2018: Enter God… Smiling…  He just totally floored me in meeting our needs, taking care of us and making a year that could have been a real hardship and unbearable…Totally Blessed and Amazing!  He met every spiritual need I had, He provided for every material need we had and I am ever grateful for each day’s mercy and grace!

 Learning to trust the Lord for All things, Learning that Humane nature 101 ( Smiling Faces Tell Lies) was really a lie from the man saying it continually. Learning who really loved me and who had my back! Who my real friends were and are! Creating a stable life for the kids & I!  Learning that I had the power and ability to stand up to the devil and anyone working on his behalf to try to mess me up and trying to get me to take the wrong path. Thankfully, when you are free of negativity, mental, emotional and financial abuse, you can see things so clearly when your mind has stayed on the Lord God.

There is so much that happened, far more than could ever be shared in one blog post!

More things I will share at some point…  He stopped the sale on the house 3 times, Filled the well with water when I prayed and asked him for this as a sign and it is still working.  I won’t guarantee it will if I have to leave here, but that won’t be my issue then right… it will be the owners. Which is the Dept of Veterans Affairs!  I learned so much in a year and a half. More then I ever learned in Real Estate School! About Auctions, About Investments, About the Law!

Well, here I am and it’s Sept 2019, somehow 2019 is flying by with trips to the beach, birthday parties for grandkids & our 2019 family picnic that was a total washout lol. We stayed, we lived we had rain all and sunshine and kids finally went swimming that night! We made a few more trips to the beach with friends and it was healing and just a total blessing!

I can say that it has been those times that I was alone, torn, broken & in tears that I reached out to God and found Him there, to hold me, to wipe my tears away, healing my heart and my mind…  If anyone found me to be uncaring, quiet, anti-social, downright rude blocking you on socials, well I am not sorry… I had to do what I needed to for myself and for my children… I still am doing so at times… but The children have learned that as in the past, I am here to care for them. Listen to them and love them no matter what we go through! And I will never leave them and never have…

Like I said years ago…It’s Not About Me! It’s Not About YOU! It is about these children and their needs and loving them…  Providing for them! Raising them not to follow bad examples that have been set before them. About breaking the chains that once bound us, due to the sins of the fathers and reaching for what should have been a normal life for the 17 years they have been growing up.  Materialism? No, We have learned to make due as in the past, we have learned that God provides for us, but we learned that sometimes it comes in ways that we never expected.

Goals: Raising them, Schooling them, Protecting them from bad influences & examples. Helping them mature so that someday they can care for themselves.

I am going to leave the info below as I know that God works in ways that totally amaze me…

If anyone feels led to bless us in any way, you can email me at this email or help too.  I am still praying for Some needs that I know the Lord is going to supply for us.

I hope this post brings just a bit of understanding of what has happened over the last 17 years in our lives!  All Glory goes to the Lord God!

You may donate personally by using my PayPal faithfulacres7@gmail.com

Thank you for your love to us, words are not enough sometimes to express
how I feel and have felt over the years to those of you who have prayed and walked this out with me… Some have been such a blessing and encouragement in word and deed the last 10 years

Thank you
Linda


Can you See the Light ?

Can You See the LIGHT ?

I don’t believe in Luck, but I can see the LIGHT !

L.I.G.H.T. = Luck Is God’s Help Trusted.

My God is into Miracles !

I don’t believe in coincidence either, everything happens for a reason and God has a purpose !

Walk in the Light !

Linda w rose


I’m Moving ! To my own Domain

I’m Moving !!!!!

 

~ That’s right, to make life simpler and more productive for me, I am moving to my own domain !

My own Website hosting my blog on it.  If each of you 493 Folks who follow my blog, would hop on over to

www.faithfulacres.net and Sign up to follow me there by email, I would be most appreciative !

I hope you will follow me there. All posts from this blog will be moving over there as well.

After a time I will no longer keep this blog here on wordpress.com

On my new website you will find all my posts, things I love and share with my readers and in the near future a store

of gently loved books and homemade items.

Please come to my new home and lets have a cup of tea and a good visit, right now I am finishing up my posts on The Balanced Challenge with Tricia Goyer.  I have some wonderful books to share with you and I wouldn’t want you to miss a one of them this year !

Come on over  !

~Linda~


Wanted for the Children’s Book: The Best Dinner I Never Ate

 

 

Wanted: Reviewers, Influences, Author Spots and Radio Spots !

 

 

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The Best Dinner I never Ate

By Lori Prentice

 

The Best Dinner I Never Ate is a true story about our family’s experiences with housing needy families and individuals in our own home. Over the last three years we have had these people live with us temporarily, and for free, so they can have a place to stay while saving up money for their own housing. These experiences have been teaching our family about what is truly necessary in our lives, and what it looks like to show God’s love to others. It has also taught us how making time for loving strangers and going out of our comfort zone can leave a lasting impact on a life.

One particular homeless guest we recently housed encouraged us to publish our story. So far it has been inspiring many in our local community, but we believe in the power of the ripple effect. We believe this lesson can be far-reaching and spread Christ’s message of love and selflessness beyond our small town.

We are very far from a perfect family – each of us is a work in progress in our own way. Though we have many areas where we look to others for inspiration, this is one example of being willing to reach out to the vulnerable, the strangers, and the forgotten, even when it makes life harder on us. Help us share our message of love and hope.

The Proceeds from the sale of this book are going to Victim Services and to help the homeless.

Are you an Author, Influencer, Reviewer ? Do you have a Website or Blog you post to ?

                                Please get in touch with me about and upcoming Christian book releases.

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Up to 50 Reviewers/influencers

Wanted

To Read, Review and host a giveaway of the book on your website or blog.

If you are interested in participating in this  Please send me your Name, Email Address, Mailing Address and the address of your blog or website  in a private email to  faithfulacresbooks@gmail.com  or leave me your information here in a comment and I will get back to you. If approved you will receive a copy of the book to you for your reviewing and a book will be sent to the winner of your blog giveaway by the Author Lori Prentice. We are hoping to have all reviewers lined up by the end of March to do an April Blog Post

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Please feel free to share this post with the buttons below , I do so appreciate it

I will have more books to review in the near future.

Thank You

Blessings

~ Linda ~




Can you believe it !!!! LOL I WON !!!!

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The winner of the Kindle Fire is number 149…

LINDA MARIE FINN!

 For liking Stacy Monson on Facebook!

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Yes once in a while I join giveaways !  I had been praying for the Lord to bless us with money for another kindle fire , the children and I enjoy reading on the one I had  won last year from a contest that Author Julie Lessman and Becky Wade had.  I hardly thought I was going to win her giveaway with over 600 entries on rafflecopter.  but I did, I had 43 entries and I won !

And last year I also won a kindle paperwhite from Helping Hands Press in their Road Rally Blog Hop ! ( I gave this recently to my Daughter in Love who had just gave birth to my new Grandson, I wanted her to have a way to read books and not have to use the library to get them. I wanted to bless her)

Whats my point in a writing this ?

It has nothing to do with luck.

The bible says that ” He makes it to rain on the evil and the good “.

I thank the Lord each time I win, because I know that It comes from the Lord God !

The other thing you need to remember is this: ” If you don’t enter, You can’t win “

It doesn’t matter how many entries there are , a machine in most cases is going to pick the winning entry. So that one entry you didn’t do, well that may be the one you would have won with.

What you need to enter giveaways ( in most cases)

Your Name

Your Email address

A Facebook Acct.

A Twitter Acct.

A Pinterest Acct.

A Google + Acct.

An Instagram Acct.

In my experience these are the top sites that the Person holding the giveaway uses to give you entries.

My Tips for entering Giveaways !

1. Always go back and do your entries daily( Sometimes I forget)

2. Make sure you read the directions thoroughly.

3. Remember this is for fun !

4. Don’t get bent out of shape if you don’t win !

5. Enter Often on as many giveaways s you can for things you would like to win…

6.If it is something you really need, pray about it and ask the Lord to bless you and your family with it.

7. Do not enter giveaways for things you don’t need, just for the sake of entering !!!

8. Praise the Lord and give Him the Glory when you do Win !

I can’t tell you how many times he has blessed me with something that I could use to better our lives. And remember this ok. The BEST way to support your favorite Authors, Publishers or favorite manufacturers is to Join their giveaways and  Share, Tweet, Pin there stuff !!!!

My Favorite Places to join giveaways:

Goodreads First Reads Giveaways

Facebook

My Favorite Authors~ Frequent their Websites and Blogs

My Favorite Publishers ~ Like and watch them on FB and their Websites and Blogs

Other  Folks who Blog about those things I Love

Have Fun Today and Join a Giveaway !!!!

~ Linda ~


A Woman In Her Home

BEATITUDES FOR HOMEMAKERS

Blessed is she whose daily tasks are a work of love; For her willing hands and happy heart transform Duty into joyous service to all her family and God.

Blessed is she who opens the door to welcome both stranger and well- loved friend; for gracious hospitality is a test of brotherly love.

Blessed is she who mends stockings and toys and broken hearts; for her understanding is a balm to her husband and children.

Blessed is she who scours and scrubs; for well she knows that cleanliness is one expression of godliness.

Blessed is she whom children love; for the love of a child is of greater value than fortune or fame.

Blessed is she who sings at her work; for music lightens the heaviest load and brightens the dullest chore.

Blessed is she who dusts away doubt and fear and sweeps out the cobwebs of confusion; for her faith will triumph over all adversity.

Blessed is she who serves with laughter and smiles with every meal; for her cheerfulness is an aid to mental and physical digestion.

Blessed is she who introduces Jesus Christ to her children; for godly sons and daughters shall be her reward.

Blessed is she who preserves the sacredness of the Christian home; for hers is a divine trust that crowns her with dignity. By Ella May Miller

A Woman In Her Home.


Today Is The First Day Of The Rest Of Your Life

Well that is what they say right !  When all else seems to be wrong, someone has failed you and hurt you deeply, nothing seems to be going right. Start over…  I continue to ask God daily Why ?  What should I do Lord ?  How do I make it work with my own disabilities ?   How do I get there from here ?    I know your saying ” Linda, you don’t have a clue whats been going on “.  Well, if you want to talk about Teen Pregnancy, Rape, Abuse, Bad Marriages, Mental Illness , Depression, Physical Disability, Vitamin Deficiency , Rebellious Children , Tight Budget, Alcoholic Spouses , Unsaved Spouses, Living in a Shelter etc.  Need I say more ?   Been there , Done That !  but I am saying, let it go and start over.

Anger, Bitterness,Stress  can and will eat you alive , it will ruin your health.  Yes you can be angry and it is ok to be angry if you have a good reason to be so.  I personally don’t hold on to grudges , so being bitter doesn’t work. That is anger that is allowed that causes you to want to lash out at someone else or not be around others.  It is a hateful attitude for someone or something. Stress will literally make you ill. Constant stress can wear you down and cause depression,physical pain and steal your Joy.  Sometimes you have to get rid of the source of your stress in order to get well.  I know you are thinking I can’t get rid of it…  Yes you literally can.  Do stop allowing the Drama and Abuse in your life.  You Draw the line and don’t allow anyone to cross it.

You do this for You and for your Kids.  You do it to regain your sanity, so to say.  You do it so that you do not become sick, literally.  You do it because God does not want you living in the state you have been in.  You ask everyone you know to pray for you and your children.  You do the best you can, even if money isn’t there and you don’t be afraid to ask for help.  And you don’t bare your heart to anyone you cannot trust.  Those who have been where you are, are usually the ones to trust, they know just how you feel and where your heart is at.

Today, I am starting over, for Me and for My Kids.

~ Linda ~