Wednesday, September 5, 2012

In His Timing

Welcome to another week of the Into The Word Wednesday link-up.  This is your home for encouragement today.  Each Wednesday you can link-up your posts about what YOU’VE been learning in Scripture.  I LOVE reading what each of you has to say about YOUR faith journey.  I read each one every week and the encouragement YOU give me is SOOOOOOOOO appreciated!  Just wanted ya’ll to know.

As some of you know my family has been living life a little bit “up in the air”.  By that I mean we are selling our home to specifically downsize financially.  We are looking to drop our monthly housing payment approximately $700.  Considering that was approximately the TOTAL of the monthly mortgage of my condo back in my 20’s that number just sounds a little crazy.  Fast forward 8 years, 1 marriage, 2 homes and 4 kids later life has changed a…lot.  Our priorities for our life together as a couple have changed.  The priorities we have for our children have changed as well.  Living a more simple life appeals more now than that “important” career and expensive home did.

We are commanded to wait on God.  The BEST things come to us in His timing. 

but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31
Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.
James 5:11
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
Psalm 33:20-22
I KNOW this…but I have a HARD time with it…with trusting and waiting on God’s best.  Does anyone else wish they could see the future?  Just to “know”?

Our journey to find a new place to live has spanned the last couple months.  We’ve scoured the internet, realtor Listingbook listings, newspapers, you name it.  We’ve driven around neighborhoods.  Heard back that place after place was taken.  We went and looked at about 5 places a month or so ago.  One was sort of ok.  We were turned down. 
A week or so later we found what we thought was the perfect place!  We were excited.  We thought we had it and then we didn’t get it. 
In the meantime we got a contract on our current home. 

We found a beautiful place out in the country that seemed perfect.  We went to look at it and it was FAR down a gravel road.  I KNOW my husband was hearing “Deliverance” playing in his head as he was driving our minivan down the little road.  I was seeing my “dream home” slipping away before we even arrived.  We saw it and loved it but not that road.  It turns out we took the “long way” and the only part of that road we REALLY needed to drive on was about 1/3 of a mile instead of the 3 ½ we bopped down on our way there.  Things are looking up. After many conversations and looking at a couple other homes we decided we really would LOVE this house for our family.  In my head I was preparing for not getting it for some reason.  It turns out WE GOT IT!  We didn’t even have to pay the $25 application fee for the property!!!  The owners seem very kind and flexible. 

Never in a million trillion years did I imagine living in an old stone home in the country with a yard for the kids to explore and a home for me to decorate JUST how I’d love to.  I never imagined we’d REALLY have enough comfortable space for overnight visitors in our next home…or a large place for a garden space…not on OUR budget.  This is just the general reality of the part of the country we call home.  It’s simply just expensive. 

BUT, somehow we do.  I had major anxiety.  I doubted.  I was upset and disappointed.  I prayed for contentment.  I prayed for God to take away my want for anything other than His best for us.  It turns out His best is actually my dream.  How awesome is that??? 

I don’t deserve this.  Somehow God saw fit to allow it.  I pray I don’t take one minute of this blessing for granted…the fresh air for the kids & trees to climb…big kitchen to work in…an actual laundry ROOM.

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  1. Awesome post, and its right on time! We am in that same predicament trying to find land, thought we found, put our proposal in and get turned down because we have no credit! I was so upset and thinking isnt that a plus, but to these mortgage companies you have to have credit, or no loan, so we went and got 2 credit cards, purchase things and pay the balance off at the end of each month, so we will go back at the beginging of the year and submit our proposal again. Like your post says IN HIS TIMING, I got that oneday, not in my timing! Thanks for this reminder!

  2. Beautiful post. Things have a way of working out. We went through the same frustrating process for two years. And when two houses got pulled out from under us when I was pregnant, I thought the world was caving in. Then I had a beautiful, healthy, happy baby and nothing else seemed to matter. We resumed our search and just got under contract on our dream home. It's still in the city, in a great neighborhood, with a very suburban feel. I know now why the homes we thought we loved last year didn't work out.

    You have such a positive outlook and will have so much fun decorating your new place!

  3. so happy for you. glad things worked out for the best!

  4. What an awesome blessing!! Can't wait to see pictures, I'm so excited for yoU!

  5. Praise the Lord for His faithfulness. thank you for sharing, sweet friend. God is so good and faithful to His promises, but sometime that is hard to remember when we are in the thick of it! Keep trusting in Him, sister!

  6. Wow!
    What a blessing! Especially the yard space!

    I have been learning that Nature is a great teacher for my little many bugs, butterflies and birds and so much dirt to play know the things that geniuses are made of! :-)

    I believe the Lord is leading me to take a couple of hours (broken up into like 20-30 minutes) a day and teach from His great open book--nature.

    I call it detox from screens (tv screens, computer screens, ipads, ipods, iphones etc)!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  7. This story is so cool! Thanks for the reminder that worrying is just silly. :) But I'm super glad that you found a place you love! I'll be praying that the move and all that goes with it will go really well!

  8. That is great!! I'm so excited for you. Moving is the best! Well, besides emptying boxes. I love rearranging things. Its good for the soul. You are an incredible woman and I am so lucky to have found you and your blog.

    Much love,

  9. I have to say, I'm a little envious of you right now.
    Our dream is to live in the country and have a farm. However, hubby is resistant to leaving the military for at least another 7 years.
    How I long to grow my family and my garden in the simples way possible. Enjoy every second of it!

  10. I'm just over the moon with joy for your family!


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