Hey, everyone… Daniel here (a.k.a. DanielthePoet – a.k.a. Daddypotamus?). As I began to explain in my last blog post, we’re doing the family blog thing. Originally, we were going to start a third blog for all our family stories. I’d already condensed my DanielthePoet.com blog back into DanielDessinger.com, and Heather and I both sort of just agreed that the family blog should reside right here at Mommypotamus.com.
Which means I’ll be “guest posting” from time to time. Once a week is my goal. Gigi will also be contributing, though we’ve got to figure out a better means of a Gigified blogging process than her submitting chicken scratches on spiral notebook paper. I know I’m not planning on transcribing that messy awesome handwriting.
There’s something strategic, prophetic, and pioneering in all this. God has called us on a strange journey. I call it strange for your benefit because, honestly, it’s all become quite normal to me. Not to spoil all the future posts Heather may have planned, but one can only endure so many ground eggshells, kale chips, and fermented “stuff” before pretty much nothing short of a live animal on the plate would be surprising.
The Family Vision
We have a family vision, and it’s been taking on more and more definition as time passes. Vision is important. Very little is MORE important, honestly. Without vision, the people perish. Without vision, we live wasted, purposeless lives and look back at the end and wonder if all that time we spent was worth it. Each of us has a God-given mission, and the Dessinger family is determined to see those individual missions and the unified family mission come to full-fledged reality.
I can’t spell it all out for you yet because A) I don’t know it all, B) I don’t feel comfortable putting all that out there before it’s happened, and C) God typically doesn’t like it when we blab about what He hasn’t released us to say.
Suffice it to say, the burden for that specific house is heavy on our hearts. We’re a significant ways from attaining it. But either God will deliver, or He will lead us to a better option. I’m all for exceeding my expectations. I’m all for the “more than I can ask, think, or imagine.” I have a wonderfully potent imagination. Yay, God!
Thoughts on Pioneering
Let me say this both to pacify my own heart and to encourage maybe a few of you out there. Pioneering is hard, often lonely, sometimes maddening, frequently frustrating, sometimes hopeless (feeling), and always worth it if you’re called.
There are other people doing the organic thing, or growing their own gardens, or starting farms. But there’s something unique stirring here that’s more holistic and, dare I say, supernatural at work here. You see, I’m not so much the gung ho gardener or do-it-yourself permaculture guy. I’m more of the “recognize that God intended and desires us to be whole in body, soul and spirit IN THIS LIFE guy.” And He has given His Church power to accomplish this.
I want to live a life of significance. I very much respect the Haggertons for all they do because they are forming community at the point of giving selflessly and from rich deposits in both their minds and spirits. Jim Bob and Cindy have cultivated a spirit of excellence over the years that is evidenced by the excellence in which they love and help others. They are pioneers in that they’ve learned a collection of amazing things from various sources and have put them together to provide a unique flavor of ministry that heals people.
God has given us a vision to pioneer in much the same way. Ours will look different, but we are very much excited to be molded and shaped so that we can make the passions of our hearts actually useful and find amazing fulfillment using our most beloved personal gifts to transform people.
Let me encourage you to pursue the purpose God has given you. Each one of you will feel incomplete as long as you are settling for a life of something less. I settled for years, but all the while God was working other areas of my heart so that a few years ago I would begin stepping one foot at a time into the purposes and destiny that will most fulfill us.
I pray God’s blessing on you. I pray He will breathe His breath of life on your hearts and cause your passions to come alive again. I pray He will give you wisdom and understanding of the passions and the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
Some of you will read this and wish I’d left God out of it. Sorry. He’s so closely tied to who I am that I would be false to ignore it. My heart’s passion is for the wholeness and restoration of the whole man or woman. Not just the body. Not just the soul. Not just the spirit. I want it all. For me and for you.