Delight House

All About Delight

By Kristin Wall, Founder of Delight

So I am human & I tend to worry. Yesterday was no exception. I have a feeling that you are going to be hearing a lot about the Delight House in the future, so I am going to try to journal a bit along the way and share the ups and downs as I’m sure there will be many. I know it is going to be a journey. . .and I know it’s truly taking steps of obedience. One at a time.

The older I get the more I realize that my heart has a difficult time resting until a project is completed. So trusting God and knowing that He has asked us to take steps with this and not really having a big picture or final plan is totally out of my comfort zone.

So back in December. . . well, let me start at the beginning of this dream/vision (for lack of a better term). Sometime in early 2013, God gave me a picture of a house. . . a white house with a big front porch and white rocking chairs. I’m not one to get “visions” or pictures in my head regularly (wouldn’t that be awesome??), but I’ve had three other very real “snapshots” in my head in my lifetime that all did come to pass. So when I got this very real picture in my head, I knew God was giving it to me, but had no clue what it meant. As I spent time in prayer, had some pretty intense conversations and things God showed me over the course of a few months, I knew that picture meant there was meant to be a house specifically for Delight.

Well, this summer I drove by a piece of property every day while taking my kids to swim team. I honestly in the depths of my heart felt that this property was perfect and thought God might be leading us to somehow purchase it. Long story short, I struggled for a few months with this whole issue as I felt so sure in my heart that God had told us pursue the Delight House. I got a bit frustrated as I felt no clarity, so I finally just let it go.

In the beginning of November a friend of mine stopped by our house to drop off something and randomly said “I feel like I’m meant to tell you that should see what the zoning is for future use of this property next to you.” I was like “okay, but we don’t even own it!!” The next day, Emily (my sweet daughter) arrived home from being gone to California. We went for a walk & as we were walking, she “randomly” said “Mom, I think the Delight House is meant to be on this property.” Hearing both my friend and Emily say something about the property within 24 hours of each other, I knew I needed to listen.

Long story short, it’s been less than two months & I get the keys today for the house adjacent to our own personal property that sits surrounding three acres of beautiful cherry trees. **I will share the whole story of this in the future**

So back to yesterday’s worries. . . John (my amazing hubby) and I know that God has asked us to pursue this house for Delight. But it isn’t without human concern in regards to finances. But we also know we serve a big God and we know that He’s already moved mountains for us to get this far. Yesterday, I had to switch the power over into Delight’s name from the previous resident. I had to drive up and get all the paperwork changed. Then, I found out that there was a $150 new user fee. I internally freaked a bit. What a waste of money that could be going to other upcoming expenses (like hiring a lawyer for figuring out the non-profit stuff)!! But, guess what was in my wallet? A $150 check from a proposal session that I did before Christmas. It was like God was saying to me “just relax. . .I will provide everything you need. . .this is Mine. . .”

So I am going to take one step at a time. I’d love everything to be done NOW. That is my personality and I need to rest in His timetable. . .in regards to the non-profit status and when the house will be completed. There is so much to be done in regards to getting the house ready to be used. . .plus this will only sleep six girls, so we are dreaming and planning to add on and make it so that we can host 25 at a time!

I will do my best to share this journey online with you. . .I would ask that you pray for the process. That God would open doors that need to be opened in regards to zoning, that He would provide help in regards to setting up the non-profit, that He would just guide every step of the way. Especially for financial provision & people who would feel led to come help rip up carpet, tear down walls & then help build it back up! ☺ Things could happen quickly or it could be years. My heart’s desire is to have it done as soon as possible as I’d love to have the house available for whatever God has in store for the future of Delight. I know that He has beautiful plans for this house & property. . .and I am choosing to trust and rest and be thankful for being part of this amazing story!
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January 23, 2014

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  1. Jana Long

    January 23rd, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    EEEEEEEEK! Kristin this is AMAZING!!!!!! So excited for Delight!!!!! What a huge blessing!

  2. Emily Ruth

    January 23rd, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    This is amazing!!!! I will definitely be keeping this project in my prayers!

  3. Heather Dunnigan

    January 23rd, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Kristin, your devotion to God and stepping into the unknown with full trust that He is guiding this is so beautiful. What a blessing to Delight and an exciting time for you! Keeping you and this home in my prayers.

  4. Rachelle Chase

    January 23rd, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    AHHHHHHHHHH! this is sooo exciting!!!!!!!!! I am freaking out right now!!
    I am literally picturing girls in that kitchen dancing while Emmy cooks, girls sitting in front of a warm fire reading their Bibles, girls walking outside and looking at that beautiful creation and growing in their relationship with JESUS!!! xoxoxo

  5. kasey loftin

    January 23rd, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    kristin!
    once again i am feeling tugging in my chest and my gut for Delight! i’m not one to typically believe in visions or signs but man, hearing you talk about this takes me back to dreams i used to have when i was struggling. they are so vivid it takes my breath away. i want to do EVERYTHING i can to help the Delight House. i already have two more people in mind in my area that could help possibly too! [one used to work with me in the non-profit world and the other just started a creative business and she has a sensitive soul like me!] what’s even more crazy is i just had a heart to heart with my husband TONIGHT about sharing my story, out loud. i had to make sure he would be okay with me being that honest online. once it’s out there, it’s out there. i’ve prayed about it but it is his life too and i had to consider his feelings as well. he was surprised that i thought he would hesitate in me telling my story if it meant something good came of it. i’m more confident than ever to ‘delight’ in being imperfect.

    you are doing AMAZING, LIFE-CHANGING, REMARKABLE, INCREDIBLE things for these girls. don’t EVER forget that!

    you’re BEING the change. you are radiating Jesus, my friend.
    kasey

  6. Allie

    January 23rd, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    This is so wonderful and exciting! We serve such an AWEsome God! Thank you, Kristin, from the bottom of my heart for all that you do for Delight!!

  7. Meredith Sledge

    January 24th, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I immediately stopped what I was doing to read this whole post! OH MY GOSH. So excited. Praying that everything comes together!!!

  8. Suzy VanDyke

    January 24th, 2014 at 4:42 am

    WHOAH! Amazing! I can’t believe it! :D So exciting. I’ve been praying for you :)

  9. Karen Taylor

    January 24th, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I love this!! God is so amazing and awesome, someone gave our church a building a few years ago, an amazing blessing, we had to replace the roof before we moved in, the insurance company paid for the whole thing, we also expanded the sanctuary, we took some of the wood/trusses from our remodel and made a beautiful cross that is hung behind the pulpit. Every time we look at it is such a beautiful reminder of his goodness, provisions and love for his people, anyway what I am trying to say is look for treasures like that you can keep as a reminder :) along the way!!! I am so excited!!

  10. Tori Watson

    January 24th, 2014 at 7:40 am

    this is SO AMAZING and exciting! so grateful for you & your family & your sensitive hearts to what the Lord is doing in and through you. :)

  11. Donna S Wysong

    January 24th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Amazing! Love seeing how God is working you through and the Delight ministry! and how I wish it would have been around when I was this age! Love you! and will be praying for you!

  12. Katie Ballue-Dommel

    January 24th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    So so awesome…can not wait to see where God is going with this. It’s such a blessing to see where obedience and faith take people. Just so exciting!!!!!! :D

  13. Olivia Thompson

    January 29th, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    this is great – so happy for you guys. I am sure it will be amazing when it is finished, what a blessing!! :)

  14. Shannon

    February 1st, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    HOW EXCITING! To see the Lord lead and guide you is so inspiring, and your testimony of faith in His providence is an encouragement!

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