About a week ago we signed a sales contract for our house. We have intended to sell our home and move for about 20 months. Our home has been our safe haven during the current season of our life. When I quit my job and we began the 200 mile commute to Tallahassee each week, our home was a refuge for us – a place of our very own that served as a spot that protected us from everything and anything negative in our lives.
While we said we wanted to sell our home, we did little to make that happen. While we said we trusted God to provide for us, we held on to stuff that we thought we had control over. Even when we listed our home almost a year ago, I’m not sure we fully surrendered the process to God. When our listing expired about six weeks ago, we decided to list it ourselves and see what would happen. What happened was God brought a family to us that was looking for just this house! God’s timing is usually never our timing but it is perfect!
As Cyndi has begun the process of packing our stuff, we’ve realized how much we have accumulated over time. We’ve been married almost 30 years and in this house for 15. You can keep a lot of stuff in 30 years! We have begun selling some of our furniture and belongings that we just don’t want to move. And for the most part we are ok with letting go of our possessions! There are a lot of memories attached to things and that makes it harder and longer to pack or let go!
I’m thankful for what God has provided for us in our lives together. He has and continues to be our strength – as corny as that may sound. Without our faith, I would have given up a long time ago! I’m thankful for the unknown blessings He is going to provide for us – unknown because we really don’t know what the next step is!
Kind of crazy to sell your home without knowing where you are going to live isn’t it? We don’t think so. We think this is our physical demonstration of our faith. He has never let us down and we don’t expect this to be the season where that happens! I’ve referred to this scripture before and it’s very relevant today:
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11 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.”
I’ve got to believe!
We have been a transitional phase of our lives for about 19 months. Wanting to leave the area but tethered to a home here like thousands of Floridians. The housing market is great if you’re looking to buy a home. Not as great if you are looking to sell a home! We listed our home with a friend who is a realtor – nice gesture but no action! When the listing expired we decided to try to sell it ourselves. While we were a little discouraged, we were convinced there was/is a family out there that will be perfect for our home – God just hadn’t shown it to them yet! Long story short, it appears we will have a contract to sell our house in a few days! God’s timing is certainly not my timing but I have got to be convinced it is so much better! Of course, now the other part of the mystery equation is what I will do as gainful employment and where! We have devoted a large part of our lives during this phase to serving at City Church Tallahassee and want to continue to be where God wants us to be. City Church has been able to provide me some part-time income and will soon begin providing us health insurance – both we are very grateful for! I still need to find something to supplement that and I’m convinced that God will either show me where in Tallahassee or provide for me where He wants us to be!
While my housing comments seem to be about good timing, I received a text yesterday from a friend that wasn’t good at all. My friend shared with me he was now counted in the ranks of the unemployed. Terminated with no cause given. The day before a holiday. That just sucks. No nice way to describe it. But I’ve got to believe that God has something better planned for my friend. And I hope he will believe that soon. Our timing is never God’s timing, even though we like to think we have some control over things.
Today is the 4th of July – Independence Day in the United States of America. I’m grateful for the people who decided to do what they did to make this nation. I don’t worship them or this nation. There are some great things about being an American. There are some great things about other countries as well. If we’re not careful we can make our patriotism an idol in our lives. I’m more excited about the freedom I have in Christ!
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Freedom in Christ
5 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.