Saturday, February 1, 2014
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" Jeremiah 29:11
It has been a very long time since I have written on this blog and felt I needed to write again. We are in the process of a very unexpected move. This has been tough because the circumstances that have led to this required relocation caused some bitterness and hurt feelings of family members. It came as a surprise to Gary and I but nothing surprises God and He will use this experience to teach us more about how to follow him and rely on him. Ok so on to the good parts!
So for the last couple months we have been looking for a house and we had been praying and asking God to lead us to the house we are supposed to be in. There were several that we loved but they each ended up under contract before we were able to make an offer. This past Saturday we found a house we love! We made an offer on Sunday, and the offer was accepted yesterday evening but they changed the percentage they would contribute to the closing costs. We asked for 4% and they offered only 2%. The response to our offer came in at 9:30pm so I went in an woke Gary up so we could discuss this change and decide if we wanted to accept it or counter. We were really going back and forth about what we should do so finally, we decided that we would pray about it and sleep on it and make a decision the next day. So that's what we did.
This morning we decided to accept their counter offer with the lower contribution. After making the decision I was a little worried that we should have tried to counter with a little higher contribution. As I was starting my car to leave for work I was praying and saying "God is this what we should do, is this the path You are leading us down?" the very first song that played on my radio after I asked this was Sidewalk Prophets' Help Me Find It. Every time I am making a big decision the words of this song are prayer: "If there's road I should walk help me find it, if I need to be still give me peace for the moment, whatever Your will can you help me find it?" This song always comes to mind when I am making a big decision, as soon as I heard this come on, I knew it was meant for me, I knew it was God reminding me that He is in charge and that nothing surprises him. He knows his plans for us, He knows where we are headed. At that moment tears flowed down my cheeks, and a wonderful sense of peace came over me, and I knew that no matter what happens God is in charge. He will lead us where we need to go. I was all worried about all the things that can go wrong in this purchase journey, but now I'm not, things will work out the way God plans them to work out. If it is His will, then this house will become ours, and if it isn't then that only means He has something even better out there for us. We just have to be faithful, we have to walk the path when it is time to walk and be still when we need to be still.