We stand at the ready, prepared for stepping out into an unknown future. In fact, if we were betting people, you might call our future a long-shot. For it is. We have made plans and built steps around three pictures. And it would seem crazy to anyone, who doesn’t follow Christ. But we do.
We took those three pictures and prayed over them for months. And over time, God has convinced every single member of our household that we are to move. Some of the loss that they have incurred has been hard, and yet they believe enough to go forward with us–without a fight.
So this next couple of weeks, we are doing the final touches to stage our home for sale. It goes on the market on April 20th.
We do not have a job there, yet.
Yes, you heard me right. And all your what if questions will be given this answer: I don’t know, but I believe that God will provide at just the right time. I believe He’s got this. In fact, we all believe it so much we are putting our house on the market.
And let me make something abundantly clear, we are giving up what we own for something we may never own.
You see, back in 2007, we had some huge financial hits that included a job loss, the housing market turning our house upside down (it isn’t now) and some promised royalties that never happened. We “rowed” for the next year a a half and realized, with much horror and sadness, that we had no other alternative, but to file Chapter 13 bankruptcy. We had Christian counselling and a godly man, who walked with us through the whole, awful ordeal. So the bankruptcy ran from March 2009-2012. We have spent three years since rebuilding so much that crumbled under our feet.
But the Rock was at the bottom.
We hit rock-bottom, and there was Jesus. He raised our down-turned heads. He lifted them and blessed us. He removed the shame of it. He told us to keep going with His blessing.
And even though Jesus did indeed meet us there (and used many to help us on the way), we have come face-to-face with some unfinished business of it lately. The past two weeks, we have tried to get financing for air conditioning and carpet for our house. We were turned down flat. This was odd to us, because we were able to finance a vehicle back in November AND our credit ratings are now both back in the normal/good range.
So Chris pulled our credit reports. And sure enough, there were some errors on them, saying we owed more than we do, but NOT saying that we were late or in default on that. So we are working on Monday to send proof to these reporting agencies that it was taken care of. It can take up to thirty days to get fixed. All the while, we wait to do these two things (which we’d like to do) for our home to sell at a better price. Truthfully, it felt like a gut punch.
But on Friday, I came to a peace about it. If it happens, it happens. If it doesn’t, that is fine. God started this journey. And God will lead us gently on…because He is FOR us. He will cause us to get just what we need for the next step of the journey.
The most wonderful part about the light shed on the errors is this, we hopefully will qualify to buy a home in Texas. That is my hope and prayer.
But even if…even if we cannot buy a home, I will trust God.
We stand positioned. We stand ready. Without a job. Maybe without the ability to buy carpet, A/C or a house.
But we are just convinced that Jesus will do just as He said.
He’s good that way.