I was praying that by now this saga would be over. It isn’t. As I write this I am still waiting….we should learn within the week which direction this will turn. God is never too late!!! It has become my motto for the new year. My prayer is that this story is giving hope to those who are in a faith journey as well, either with their house, or in any other part of their life they are being tested in. God will get you through. Always look to Him as your source. He won’t let you down. Even in the fire He will be standing there with you.
The banks don’t get to make the decisions for us. Our hope is in God and He will prevail. Interestingly enough, the first home I looked at was 5000 square feet and less money per month than we were paying on our 2000 square foot home. And it was beautiful. Hmmmm. I didn’t want to look at another house after that one. What did that mean? Well, gosh, was this so I could just see what God could do and would do if that was His plan. Had we held onto this one so tight that we failed to see that possibly He wanted to bless us with a larger house to expand our ministries?
Well, then, the next day the Representative served us papers that we have 3 days to leave the premises. What? Could this get any worse? God, are you sure this isn’t something you should intervene in? We told her we would not be leaving in 3 days. How ludicrous. The next day the buyer suggested he give us until the 15th of February to be out with us paying him rent for the month. We were dazed.
Then came the “faith shots” as I call them. We began to get multiple phone calls from people all around us and people in other states. All with encouraging words and support. It was amazing…out of these calls we received this word from Jeremiah 33:11
There shall be heard again] the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing as they bring sacrifices of thanksgiving into the house of the Lord, Give praise and thanks to the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is good; for His mercy and kindness and steadfast love endure forever! For I will cause the captivity of the land to be reversed and return to be as it was at first, says the Lord.
And then came this one from Isaiah 61:7
Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach you shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
Wow, He is going to cause our land captivity to be reversed!!! And we shall possess double what we had forfeited? We received this word as our own.
Okay, now this gets interesting. We have been waiting with much anticipation this entire year for a miracle to occur. We have always been sure of the fact that God would not leave us destitute. A woman appears sent from God. (Remember my prayer on December 18 that God would send a warrior?) Sandee, who knew Greg as a Pastor from 22 years before, called him and wanted his services as a Private Investigator. As they reconnected he shared with her our plight to which she immediately began to take an interest in encouraging and helping as she had been through a similar experience in her own life and she was a paralegal, and a Real Estate agent. As we shared together we felt we needed to ask Sandee to be there the day we were served the papers to make sure it was all done legally.
As a result of that meeting Sandy went to bat for us and contacted her partner who in turn began investigating the possibility of a private lender loan for us to buy our house back!!! At $150,000 less than what we owed on it to begin with. Hope!! Could this be the miracle we have been expecting? God is never too late.
Also, as a side note, Sandee knew the exact house I had looked at that day to rent and said it was secured for us should this loan for us not work out. So, now we had peace that either way, whether we are able to obtain a private lender loan and buy this house back, or we have to move, we will be so much better than when we first applied for a modification to get our payments down. Unbelievable!!!
After the house sold many of our friends started supporting us with bringing over boxes, tape, and offers to help. We took it all in stride because we knew it wasn’t over yet and we still didn’t know what God’s plan B was.
January 1, 2012
Wow, how fast you can turn things around Lord!! It is happening. Something, but not sure yet. Our miracle is in the works. You sent an angel (warrior) and we will either be able to buy this house back or rent one twice the size of this one. You are so awesome!! You have also given us $500 out of nowhere to add to a payment help pay the new buyer rent while we wait for a month. The very first day of the new year and our hope has arrived, don’t know yet in which direction but you have filled our hearts with hope and faith. Such a long dark journey this has been—and so wrong—but you are our vindicator—our deliverance—our bright light shining out of the darkness. It was truly darkest before the dawn!! Your love is so overwhelming and all encompassing and I can’t praise you enough!! In looking back to December 18 Lord I prayed for you to raise up a warrior and you did that very day, and revealed her 3 days later. Doing a happy dance!!
Jesus says: The winds continue to blow. The delays have been my doing, not yours, not the banks; it is all for my glory. Your steadfastness in this whole process, Dixie, has not gone unnoticed.
With Sandee working on our behalf as fast as she could, we found out January 3, 2012 that her investors could not help us due to the fact it would end up costing us more than we could afford for the down payment. Ugh! Today we have heard that there are 2 private people, one is a personal friend, and the other an investor, who are considering buying this house outright and letting us make payments to them, either in rent or to buy back. These are pending. We are down to the wire. We have until February 15 to be completely out of this house. We are willing to do either as now we are assured God indeed has a plan for us and he knows things that we do not know. We simply must trust Him. God is NEVER too late.
Well the winds are still blowing as this morning we have heard that the rental we thought was ours is not going to work as the owners decided they are selling it. Good grief!! There is a scripture that says that hope deferred makes the heart sad. We are feeling profound sadness today. We’ve been making comments such as “Let’s just buy a Fifth Wheel and live in that a while.” Or “Let’s just give up and put everything in storage and take off for places unknown.” Or, “Let’s just move out of this stinking city and go north to the ocean.” We kind of got into it and ended up laughing at ourselves despite the situation. I am sure the Lord was just laughing with us because He already knows the outcome. Sometimes in my mind’s eye I see Him shaking His head with a smile on His face. It seems that our hope is up one day and then the next it is dashed to the ground.
Then on the same day we get an encouraging call from our ‘warrior’ who informed us that our “out of the blue” friend in the Lord, from another state, wants to buy the house and lease it back to us. This is someone we hadn’t even talked to for a long time and we didn’t know he even knew what we were going through. He just randomly called one day and said he had heard and could help us. Just like that. So, now we wait to see if he can procure what he needs to perform this sale. So, a few more days and we should know if God intends for us to stay in this home or move out to places unknown. I long for rest from this ordeal. My rest is in Him and always has been, but the not knowing does have to come to an end, right? It’s not over till it’s over.
January 4, 2012
Oh my gosh, Lord!! You are still working on this! We are down to the wire. Our rental we were looking at fell through and with that the day looked so bleak. We both so tired of our hopes being so up and then dashed down. It has been exhausting. And the prospect of searching for a home to live in was just too much. You promised to not give us more than we can bear. Early this afternoon we heard that our dear friends in Texas are obtaining a loan to buy the house and then lease it to us with an option to buy when we qualify again and at less than what we owed to begin with. Now I see that this could not happen unless the house sold first. You are never too late!!! I pray you make the crooked places straight and hasten the sealing of this deal. I pray this ordeal is over. I know there is much more out there for us to do.
Jesus says: I have taught you to never trust in men to deliver you, but Me alone. I am who I am—your redeemer. I am in total control of this situation and I will deliver you. The winds of adversity will die down soon with victory at your door step. The heat of this fiery trial has burned many toxins out of your life and Greg’s too. I have taught you many things about Me and how to remain steadfast and become stronger in your faith through trials. Even at the prospect of losing your dwelling place, with no direction of where to go, you kept your eyes upon me. Being willing to give up all for me means that you have passed with flying colors. I love you Dixie—your face is continually before me. ♥♥
Next week’s blog should have the outcome of this walk of faith. Thanks for keeping up with me!!!