We sold our house this week.
Actually, we didn’t sell our HOUSE, we sold our HOME! The truth is, at this moment, I have no idea why we sold it. A few months back we had a contract on a dream property and tried to sell our house then but it did not sell. We gave up the “Dream” property for various reasons and let some months go by before doing anything.
Just praying, listening and waiting to hear God’s plan.
MANY-MANY-MANY things are going on in our lives right now that fall into the “WAITING ON GOD” prayer bucket. Ministry things. Family things. Personal things.
A few weeks back we felt God tell us to place the house back on the market. It sold in 8 days.
So, this will be our families 20th and last Thanksgiving in THIS house.
I have no idea where we will move or what God is doing next.
Can you relate? Have you veer been or are you NOW in a place of unknowns? A place of wondering what God is doing and where He is leading?
Next year, June 9, 2014 will be my 30 Year Anniversary with Jesus. I have walked through many days of listening, waiting, hanging on to His promises and HE IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL.
This morning, in my prayer journal, I listed all the things that I am waiting to hear from God about on one side of one page.
On the other side I started writing out my THANKSGIVING Praises. That took 5 pages 🙂
Then, with tears running down my face I did something I don’t always do, I save it for special moments–prompted by The Holy Spirit, I ask God to speak a WORD to me. A Rhema Word.
A living, life changing WORD to remind me that He Hears Me.
He knows what I need.
I plopped my Bible open and this is what God gave me this morning:
1 The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me
to devour[a] me,
it is my enemies and my foes
who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me,
my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me,
even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
7 Hear my voice when I call, Lord;
be merciful to me and answer me.
8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”
Your face, Lord, I will seek.
9 Do not hide your face from me,
do not turn your servant away in anger;
you have been my helper.
Do not reject me or forsake me,
God my Savior.
10 Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
11 Teach me your way, Lord;
lead me in a straight path
because of my oppressors.
12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes,
for false witnesses rise up against me,
spouting malicious accusations.
13 I remain confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.
14 Wait for the Lord;
be strong and take heart
and wait for the Lord.
Happy Thanksgiving my friend. May God speak His Rhema Word into your heart as you wait on Him, as you give Him praise and Thanksgiving!
I am VERY Thankful for the many, many hearts and words that you share with me here on this little blog!
In His Grip,
Beautiful Pat! Exciting times. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
Thank you Karla. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!
Nancy Smith says
Pat I know how many fabulous memories are stored up in that house. Here is the good news as you pack up you will give away, sell, and throw away things that needed to be gone, it is actually freeing, not right now but you will see all of a sudden your not going to miss things. And if God is having you sell you must be coming into something amazing that will fill up a whole new bag of wonderful memories. I wonder where He is going to bring your family. I pray blessings over you and your family. Happy Thanksgiving.
Thank you Nancy–YES! I know some cleaning and reducing that is sorely needed is in my future my friend!
Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
Lin Sons says
I can so relate to this story, Pat! In April, the house I was renting sold, and I had three months to find my next…….
I prayed and waited. I began sorting and packing so I’d be ready for whatever The Lord had in mind. I packed the most important and essential things first as if I were just going to travel across the US helping in churches. The next group of boxes I packed was additional things I would need if I moved from the four- bedroom house to a studio apartment. Then I packed everything else knowing in my heart I’d do whatever The Lord wanted me to do wherever. I waited.
I explored the Atlanta area at three different times because I’m involved in a ministry there…and found nothing that was from Him. Each time, The Lord told me to return home. Logic then told me to explore Jacksonville, FL for a couple of personal reasons. I worked with three realtors there…. And nothing.
I received a call from VA from friends who were selling their house and thought it would be great if I’d buy or rent it. I thanked them but there was no ministry I was involved with in Virginia. I told them to try to sell or rent it and thanked them.
Since The Lord kept sendings back to my area, I began working with three realtors there in Brevard County, but nothing and it was now 18 days before I had to be somewhere!
My husband ‘s aunt called and asked what I had decided. I told her it wasn’t my decision. It was the Lord’s job and not mine. I would wait on Him.
Ten days out, she phoned again. Once more, I had the same reply. I had scheduled the movers, and told them I was moving. The Lord would have to show me where I was going to land.
The Lord and I talked a lot during this time, but He washed me with such peace, I really wasn’t concerned. In my walk with Him of Fifty years and in these past five years of widowhood, He had never forsaken me and had met my needs, and this was another opportunity for Him.
Five days out from my move date, my VA phoned to share with me about their daughter’s birthday, her husband’s graduation from nursing school, and their move to PA. I asked about their house situation. Her reply, “nothing.” We talked and decided The Lord had a plan for me and that house which would benefit both of us to His glory.
I moved to 6-yr. old 3/2 house I had never seen, to an area I’d never visited, to a place where I knew no one!!!! It is perfect for me for this time in my life, because The Lord knew I needed to be in the mountains where I continue my new direction of ministry to His Glory!!!
Trust and wait! He has a new adventure for you!!!!!
Oh my goodness Lin!
This is precious and a very treasured word of encouragement.
Thank you SO much for taking the time to express your journey so sweetly! You built my vision and excitement for what God will do. I am honored that you took the time.
You, my friend have lived out–Hebrews 10:23-24
Jen Sandbulte says
Love the rhema word. Praying that as you sit around the table and offer up thanks that he continues to speak to you. Praying for answers in His timing.
Thank you dear Jen, prayers coming right back to you lady!
Love this! God always has on time word for us. 🙂
Sharon Green says
pat…waiting =being still=listening=answers=direction=will of God. in the past waiting has been incredibly hard for me but after we moved out of the city and have simplified our lives waiting, being still, listening has actually become something of a respite for me. we are in a waiting pattern right now on several things ourselves. about our living/moving, our children, church. you and i know that the Father cares about every bit of our lives and does have a plan to prosper you and bring you into that place where His peace goes well beyond our small horizontal vision. He knows the beginning from the end…the bigger picture. i can’t wait to see where He takes you on this next leg of the journey of life. i will pray for you to hear clear and concise direction from this point to the next.
when dave’s accident happened…i never returned home from the time i left to go see him that initial time. i knew i couldn’t leave his side. in the next couple of weeks God gave me a list of things i would need. i had no idea where the provision for those needs would come from. one of the things on that list was a place to live in south tampa within minutes from the hospital. how could this happen with 5 children in their own schools, a house i wasn’t selling, no income, plus a dozen more reasons for it not to work. my in~laws had their house for sale at the time of dave’s accident…sold it within days. they were building in brooksville and needed a temporary place closer to the building site but not to live in for a year which most rentals want. because of the circumstances that God was already well aware of, they moved into our home in lutz, we moved over to south tampa within 8 miles of tampa general. i needed to be close to dave with all the time i was at the hospital. the house we found to rent in s. tampa was just what we needed for dave once he was home from the hospital which took 8 months. one level, a master with a room in the back for all his nursing care needs, a large walk in shower, a soaking bathtub, wide opened spaces for wheelchair and walker capabilities, a pool for rehabilitation, not to mention, all the things for me and the kids to feel quite at home in our temporary digs. He even provided an old neighbour that had lived near us in lutz that just so happen to move to south tampa at that time right across the street…instant playmates for my children. there is so much to the story but you get the picture. God is so gracious and good to us all the time…He will provide you with answer, direction and a place to call home.
Lori Behrens says
Thank you for sharing this. I can’t wait to see where God is taking you in this earthly journey! Btw, I love the idea of listing things I’m waiting to hear from God about vs praises in my journal. Think I will do just that 🙂 Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!
Leah Adams says
I keep hoping you will be moving to my ‘neck of the woods’! What a wonderful blessing to be able to sell a house in 8 days in this economy. God has something special for you. Can’t wait to see what He’s up to.