Goodness, where has time gone? It seems just like yesterday Robert and I began to seek God about our housing situation. Here we are two years later living in our dream house, made possible only by the grace of GOD! The past few months I have been working on putting together a video to share with you. The video documents, through pictures, our house from the very beginning to where we are today! I hope you enjoy watching as much as I enjoyed putting it together. I have to admit, I was brought to tears as I put together our video!
Also, one confession about our weight loss journey! Robert is down several pounds where me on the other hand —- I am scared to get on the scales, scared what the scales will show. I know from the shopping I did today, the scales will show me something I don’t want to see and don’t know if I am ready to see!
I was asked the other day a few questions and a few of these questions happened to be, “What habits do you need to say goodbye to the most? Make a list. What do you need to do more?” It was followed up by “When you know what your temptations/weaknesses are, then we will work towards how to make the choices to avoid or say no to them.”
Since being asked those questions I have thought really hard about it. Over the next few days I will be documenting a list of habits I need to say goodbye to. I hope you will following along as I pour my heart out to my readers and document my struggles and successes over the next little, let’s be real here — the next long, while!
It was roughly a year ago Robert and I realized we were heading down a path in our lives which neither of us had ever been. We were starting on a journey which few would understand and yet many have been down in recent years due to the economic issues our nation has faced. We realized we would not and could not afford to keep the house we were renting, our first house as a married couple and a house which we had made our home even if we were renting and we would have to rely on family to have a place to rest our heads at night. During the past year we have been able to grow as a couple and at times we wondered why we were sent down this path, why we had not been able to find a house to rent, why every road we had taken to get into a house had been met with a dead end. There were times I seriously began to wonder what we had done wrong and what we were being punished for. Little did I know that these were not punishments but trials to increase our faith and to set up a miracle from God. A miracle which would help others who may be struggling just like we were and still are at times, see just how BIG of a God we serve and what He will do for His children.
What better time for God to start revealing His miracle – but a year to the day Robert and I made a decision to give up our rental! You know what our God did for us?? Singing… We met with a builder….We met with a builder….We met with a builder!! I am so excited we finally have been able to meet with a builder. I really never thought this day would come. I know we are still several months away (we will have to clean our land up and allow for the house to be built) from actually having a house of our own but this is a big first step.
I have been meaning to write since Wednesday night. I have to tell you what happened with Robert and I. As many or all of you know, Robert and I have struggled with the idea of not having a house of our own. Last week made exactly 11 months since we have been without a house to call our own. I have to admit I really struggled several days over this (being sick did not make it any better). Wednesday night Robert asked for everyone to remember us in their prayers as we continue to pray and search God over getting a house. This prayer request did not seem any different than the request we have been asking for Sunday and Wednesdays for the past 11 months but something amazing happened.
After the church had congregational prayer service, the pastor called Robert and I up to the front of the church. Robert and I were surprised and all we could do was really look at each other. To be honest I did not know why Bro. Jimmy was calling us up to the front of the church. But like obedient sheep we listened and went. As we were on our way to the front of the church he called the rest of the church to come to the front also. This made me wonder even more what Bro. Jimmy had up his sleeve. When we all made our way up front he did something which totally amazed me and I know Robert was caught by surprise too – I could see it in his eyes. Bro. Jimmy told everyone to gather around us, hold hands – he wanted them to form a house around us. He then told everyone at the church more about our story and reminded them we have been seeking God about a house and have faced many obstacles along the way. At that moment this group of individuals which I had tried my best to hide all of my feelings from when it came to not having a house yet began to pray for us and at that moment all these months of fear, anger and desire were released from me. The tears began to flow as I heard this group of Christian prayer warriors pray for my family to get the house God promised us. After the prayer was over the pastor gave Robert and I a hug and he used words I have heard before when I was seeking God for my husband, “God is going to move and you will be amazed at how fast things will move!”
Robert and I knew when we walked away from that prayer circle our months of prayers had been heard. We both felt a peace which I cannot describe to you in words still three days later. I don’t know when or how God is going to work this miracle but I do know our house is on the way.