Facing the Giant

It was my battle to fight. Alone. Our testy & ever-tipsy neighbor with a hostile, redneck attitude became my giant. Had I known how long and hard the fight would be I would have given up early on but I kept clinging to the only hope I had; the Lord had given us this land. I could fill page after page of the small intricate details that worked out right before my eyes as I clung to the Lord’s hand through the last ten years, but it’s long and tedious reading so I’ll stick to the highlights.
Between the time we purchased our property and the date we actually moved out here, the Giant began to rub me the wrong way on a consistent basis. We’re using the same driveway/easement at this point so we saw them quite a bit. Seems he was always making his presence known on his 30 ft. and if that weren’t enough, he dotted the landscape with his empty beer cans along the way. I go through seasons of time in my spiritual life where I’m an avid, down on my knees, prayer warrior. THANK GOD I was in that mode. I began praying day and night for that guy. I prayed for my marriage, I prayed for the kids, I prayed over the garden, I prayed about every detail of the house we would soon build, I prayed about homeschooling, I even prayed that God would show us which specific trees to cut down! Anything that came to mind, I offered it to the Lord as a prayer. (“Thank you, Lord, for dishwater, laundry….”)
You know what happened? His house burned down.  Nooooo, I didn’t pray for that. So, I did what any red-blooded American Christian woman would do; I  gathered up some of Phillip’s old clothes and other things I thought they would need and took it to them. He quickly bought a new house and much to my surprise it wasn’t near the original home site, nor was it even on the Back 10 at all! Little did we know, he also owned, (or recently purchased) the 24 acres parallel to ours. The new neighbor with the new house were now …..gone.
Or so I thought.

The Old Oak w/ our swings

13 comments on “Facing the Giant

  1. Leah says:

    You leave me in such suspense! =)

  2. Anonymous says:

    I sure wasn't expecting THAT – burning houses and all. My goodness! You're a great storyteller, Angela. Press on! mel

  3. Haha…I'm not kiddin' when I say this place comes with a story. 🙂

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing this story, you are an amazing writer. I find myself watching your blog because I'm in such suspence. The pictures you post look like a post card, the whole thing is such a blessing.

  5. Loving your story, Angela!! I can't believe his house BURNED DOWN. I've always known you were a powerful pray-er.. hee-hee!

    I know all about some redneck neighbors, now. 🙂

  6. Michelle says:

    Hi! I'm blogwalking, coming from the TOS Crew.

    I just want to say that you are such a great writer. Your blog reads like a Christian fiction book, except that it's your life you're writing about.

    I'll be following your inspiring story of how your land changed you.

    God bless you!

  7. Nanette says:

    As I read through your blog, the Lord has gently reminded me of my need to allow him to be an active presentence in ALL areas of my life. Thank you! The Lord has definitely blessed you with the gift of writing. I’m eager to hear the rest of your story.
    ~ Nanette
    TOS Crew Member

  8. Marie says:

    You've got my attention…now I'm anxiously awaiting your next post.
    BTW, I'm a fellow TOS'er

  9. Welcome fellow TOSers! Thank you for the sweet encouragement. As you see, I write from the heart so if it's not “there”, I don't write. Hence the reason I'm sporadic. I'm happy to be getting back into the swing of blogging and being on the TOS crew this year will help hold me accountable. FaceBook has pulled me away from blogging, honestly. You can find me there: Angela Greenwell OR the Providence Farm Fan Page. Blessings!

  10. Marie says:

    I can't find you on FB, there are about 23 with the same name. I think I found your fan page though…does the profile pic have apples? Just want to be sure I'm following the right farm 🙂

  11. Marie says:

    geeze!! not APPLES, Tomato's! The profile pic, it has tomato's on a plate not apples. sorry 😉

  12. Very well written!!

    I am late joining in the stroll so I thought I would join the TOS Crew Blog Walk and drop by and visit your lovely blog this week.

  13. Lindsay says:

    Excellent writing!

    I am strolling by on the blog walk a little late! i am a fellow member of the TOS crew 🙂

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