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:
New International Version (NIV)
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!
I am constantly in awe of the beauty of creation. This time of day is one of my favorites. To view the waves, the sunset, the nature and to consider how it looks and acts the way it does can be confounding.
A friend regularly calls me and arranges a time to get together – sometimes with a group of other men and sometimes just the two of us. Today was one of those times we got together. It’s a time where we drink coffee, catch up with life and our families, encourage each other and generally laugh a lot!
During our conversation my friend asked me about our finances. He knows our life story and knows the season of life we are currently experiencing. He knows we have stepped out in faith in a manner that is beyond his imagination (and sometimes ours)! As I shared with him some details and some of the crazy things that have happened to keep us going, I was quick to acknowledge I don’t believe at all it is a coincidence. I firmly believe that God has provided all we have, as we need it, when we need it and only what we need. My friend gets it. He understands. While he has never questioned our faith, I know he has wondered if it was genuine and real. I’m convinced God uses examples like this, uses our story to impact other lives. I know it has impacted my friend.
I don’t really believe in coincidences. Just as the sun rises and sets each day, I know God is in complete control. I’ve got to believe Jeremiah 29:11 – 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.”
Without making this post too long, here are a few thoughts that are bouncing around inside my head the past few days:
Responsibility doesn’t equal influence. Had a really good conversation with a friend this week about this statement. He was spot on in saying it. Too often we confuse the two or even try to equate the two. Both are important but they can be independent of each other. Organizations need both. Sometimes I think I would rather be an influencer.
God answers prayers. I have been praying for a number of years that God would allow me to be a part of a big movement of His. Easter He answered my prayers! Cyndi and I have been volunteering and attending at City Church Tallahassee since January 2011. We have witnessed God grow the attendance at worship services to over 800 on a weekly basis. Anticipating a really bit crowd on Easter, City Church rented the Tallahassee Civic Center. Approximately 4,000 people showed up for the service! Hundreds of people indicated they decided to become a Christ follower that day! Check out the music and the message here http://t.co/3ipubZdG
Here’s a view of that day:
Seasons of Life. We have been in one of the most unusual seasons of life ever the past 16 months! Literally pouring our life, our time, our resources, ourselves into new friends and City Church Tallahassee. It has been a great journey! Is it just beginning? Is it over? Waiting on answers can be a hard thing. One thing we both know – 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. – Jeremiah 29:11.