Over the last year we have prayed many prayers. Some big, some small, some through tears, some through gritted teeth and a whole lot of anger. Some prayers I honestly wasn’t sure what to pray for, so it sounded a lot like me just saying, “God’s will be done.” Through it all, I can say that God is still in the business of answering prayers. He listens and He is more faithful than we can even imagine.
A prayer that we started praying back in the summer was for a buyer for our home or if it was God’s will that our home would not sell and He would guide our path. Do you know how hard it is to REALLY pray for God’s will and not your own? That sounds awful I know…but I am a control freak and honestly at times I wanted to “help” God along and I know I am not the only one.
I would secretly think in the back of my head: Hey, God, if you could just please let our offer be exactly what WE want. Let it be exactly when WE want it. Let it be easy on US. If you could just make sure this all happens by THIS date, that would be great.
This isn’t the only thing I have done this with. I have done with jobs, finances, my marriage, and everything in between.
In this last year God has taught me several valuable lessons about letting go and letting God take control, not only in our home selling process, but in just about everything else too.
If you have followed along you know that this year has been a wild one. I have had health issues, major changes in my job unexpectedly due to the health issues, putting our house on the market, family, getting a dog, and the list can go on.
At times this year has felt like that ride at the fair where it spins so fast in circles that you physically cannot lift your head from the padded seat. You know the one I’m talking about? I literally felt at times that I was strapped down and spinning out of control with no way to get off, just like that fair ride.
For a while now I think my husband and I had both given up on the idea of our home selling. I have even caught myself saying there is no way it will sell during the holidays. That is the worst time to sell a house. Who wants to move in the middle of Christmas?
God proved me wrong yet again and man am I thankful.
We have officially accepted on offer on our house and we will be moving if all things go as planned before the end of the month.
We accepted an offer this Saturday and they have asked to close by December 28th. Yup. You read that right. In less than 20 days we will be handing over the keys to another sweet family. (We might also be handing over a bit of my sanity with doing this all in under 20 days, but that is yet to be determined.)
We will shut the door on this chapter and begin writing a new one. One that entails moving back in with my parents and embarking on the adventure of building a home.
If you are reading you probably think we are crazy and honestly, I think we are too at times, but we have so much faith in what God has planned for us.
We have prayed for this family since June. Every time we would have a showing and I would be cleaning like a mad woman I would also be praying. Praying that a sweet family would fall in love with our home. That God would allow the perfect people to come through the door and that this home would be a blessing to them. I never wanted to pray that it would just sell. I prayed that it would provide all that it did for us over the last 3 years. We have grown in so many ways in this house and it has provided so many wonderful memories for us, but God is opening new doors and we couldn’t be more blessed.
So if you think about it we would greatly appreciate some prayers as we embark on this journey. I know it won’t be easy, but I am faithful that God will carry us through and put us exactly where we need to be and when we need to be there. He never gives us anymore or any less than what we need and has proved that to us over and over again.
I hope that if you are reading this and you too feel like you are on that spinning wheel of death at the fair, that you will find hope in knowing that God is in control. Eventually, the ride stops and you will be able to get off. You might be shaken. Your feet may stumble, but God is good and will set your path straight. Let go of your fear and enjoy the ride because that is exactly what we are doing right now….well trying our best to do. I can’t promise I won’t panic and have my moments, but that is why I am so thankful for a God who is full of mercy and grace. ❤️
**Updated to add that we will be staying in Arkansas…actually our land is only a matter of minutes from our current home. We can’t wait to take y’all on our home building journey! I will be sharing more as we go along. Right now I am just trying to figure out how to clean out my house and pack in less than 20 days! 😬