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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Timing

I believe God's blessings are meant to be shared, so that we can build up one another. With that said, I have yet to share publicly how Jake and I were blessed with our home and how amazing God's timing was throughout the whole experience.

I am so thankful for the place we lived in college. That single-wide trailer will always hold a special place in this heart of mine; however, we were definitely anxious to move on because of the area we lived in. Jake graduated in May of 2012 and had a filler job while he looked for a career in his field. There were two jobs he applied for that became serious leads, but he was going a bit further in the interview process in one of them.

We started casually looking for homes in the direction that his potential job would be and found a home online that we loved and was a short sale. We spoke with a loan officer friend of ours and he said that as long as Jake got the job, we would be good to go to purchase a home.

We went and looked at the house we found online and were blown away! I'll never forget the look on Jake's face when we got in the car after our first tour of the home. We loved everything about the home! The granite countertops, the square footage, the giant shower, we didn't think we deserved any of it! We didn't allow ourselves to be excited, because in the back of our minds, we knew there was A LOT that had to work out for this to become a reality.

Find a house. Check.

We were advised that if we even wanted a shot at getting this home, we needed to put an offer in ASAP because at least two other offers had already been made. Since it was a short sale, it bought us time for Jake's job situation to work out. Jake and I both prayed about it and decided we would put an offer on the house and "laid a fleece out" that God would allow the process to move forward if it was His will. (If you don't know what "laying a fleece out" means, check out the story of Gideon in Judges 6.)

Find a house. Check.
Make an offer. Check.

The youth group we serve in had a fall retreat and we went as chaperones. On October 26, at the fall retreat, I got a call from our realtor that our offer on the house was accepted by the sellers! Now to wait for the bank to accept the short sale offer, if they accept it at all. Jake shared his testimony with the students at the retreat of how he had been praying hard about a job and how he was believing that God would open that door for him soon.

Find a house. Check.
Make an offer. Check.
Sellers accept our offer. Check.

Shortly after we came home from the retreat, Jake got a job offer! As an added blessing, it was at the company we preferred! Jake got to share at our next youth service how God was faithful and his prayers were answered. The students were so happy for him! So now, just to wait, wait, wait on the bank to accept our offer.

Find a house. Check.
Make an offer. Check.
Sellers accept our offer. Check.
Jake's "grown up" job. Check.

Meanwhile, we put that single wide trailer (that still holds a place in my heart) up for sale on Craigslist. We had a buyer that wanted to move it elsewhere, but our landlord (we rented a lot to put it on) said they would buy it in order for it to stay put. So get this, we sold that single wide trailer for more than we bought it for! That happens pretty much never, since mobile homes depreciate similar to vehicles.

Find a house. Check.
Make an offer. Check.
Sellers accept our offer. Check.
Jake's "grown up" job. Check.
Sell the single wide trailer. Check.

But, oh wait, we don't have a place to live now. Our church had a residence that was being lived in, but the staff member occupying it moved back home the same time we needed a place to stay. We asked and the pastor graciously let us live there during this waiting period!

Find a house. Check.
Make an offer. Check.
Sellers accept our offer. Check.
Jake's "grown up" job. Check.
Sell the single wide trailer. Check.
Find a temporary place to live. Check.

As much as we were ready to move into that nice, new house, we knew that we wanted it to all happen after Jake's 90-day period at work, so he would have more job security. Our realtor told us that we would have 30 days from the date the bank accepted our offer to close on the home. One day, Jake and I were talking and said how perfect it would be if the bank accepted our offer on January 25, so we could close on February 25, his 90 day mark at work. 

We would get little updates here and there about the process, but still hadn't heard anything for sure. There was always the chance that the bank could think our offer was too low and not accept it at all. We continued to pray throughout this time that if this was the house God had for us, that He would allow us to keep moving forward, and that things would continue to work out. We also prayed that if it wasn't what He had for us, that He would prepare our hearts to receive that news.

January 25 rolled around and you will never guess what happened. Or maybe you will. Regardless, I got the call on January 25 that the bank accepted our offer and we would be set to close on February 25! Talk about perfect timing!

Find a house. Check.
Make an offer. Check.
Sellers accept our offer. Check.
Jake's "grown up" job. Check.
Sell the single wide trailer. Check.
Find a temporary place to live. Check.
Offer accepted by the bank! Check!

Jake and I prayed during this whole process that we would stay aligned with God's will and it was a testament of God's faithfulness to us if we obey Him. Jake and I have always trusted God with our finances and I believe this beautiful home is a blessing straight from Him because of that. God even decided to show out a little and things happened on the exact dates we had been praying for. His timing was so perfect for us and is perfect in every single situation.

Has there been a time that God's timing has been evident in your life? I would love to hear about it, so please share in the comments below!


"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens."
Ecclesiastes 3:1

"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps."
Proverbs 16:9

"A person's steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way?"
Proverbs 20:24

4 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading this post so much. I was smiling from ear to ear. Congrats on your beautiful new home.

    In the past I've taken God's timing for granted. When my husband & I wanted to start a family a little over two years ago,we had worries of finances & I desperately was in need of a more reliable car in which I had been trying to get for over a year at the time. My credit was horrible & we barely made enough to keep anything in savings. I stressed myself sick thinking that we'd never be able to start a family. One night I had a moment with God. I declared that I was going to leave it all in his hands & that I trusted in his timing. Exactly a month later, I finally got a new car,the following month I became pregnant. A year later my husband landed an awesome job that jump started his career & provided me the opportunity to become a stay at home mom which I was longing so much to be. Ever since I reconnected with God,I've truly been living a less stressful life. I know who's in control & if he brings me to it,he'll surely see me through it.

    Thanks for sharing your awesome post.
    ~ Osh
    Sun-Kissed Peony

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  2. Love this!!! I can never get tired of hearing this story. God is so faithful. We cannot out give God. He works everything out for good. So happy for you two:)

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  3. God is great and works in amazing ways! faith is everything and when you trust god he blesses you with more than you can imagine!! Your home looks beautiful!!

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  4. So encouraging to read! Thank you so much for sharing! Austin has a "grown up job" now but since I'm still in school, we thought it would be better to rent for our first few years of marriage. We've really been desiring a home to call our home. So good to see another couple at that stage! Gives me hope and peace (and patience) while we wait! Congrats to you both! What a beautiful home!

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