By: Mandy Hill
And the Lord answered, If you had faith (trust and confidence in God) even [so small] like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, Be pulled up by the roots, and be planted in the sea, and it would obey you. (Luke 17:6)
The story of how we got to our our current home is nothing short of another amazing testimony of our God’s amazing provision and faithfulness.
It all began on a cold wintery night back in February 2012. My husband and I were discussing our finances and our goals/dreams. We shared about our goal to own a home with a bedroom for everyone and a ‘playroom’! At that time we owned a three bedroom home which served us well with our two children….The only dilemma was that I was due to deliver our third child in just four months.
‘Just for fun’ we browsed real estate online….after figuring out what our budget was for a new home we looked specifically into homes in that price range. We very excitedly happened upon a home that seemed very ideal! 5 bedrooms (we only needed four, but we would use the fifth as a playroom!), 2 bathrooms, and a beautiful pool in the backyard! After a quick call to our agent we found ourselves taking a tour that very night!
We l-o-v-e-d that house. It was vacant, so we very easily imagined where we would place our furniture. Our children, who also came along for the tour, were delighted with it as well. The following Sunday was an open house and so we brought some good friends of ours, who build homes, to check it out and they gave us a very confident thumbs up! It seemed like a perfect fit- so we placed an offer in on the home and it was quickly accepted. Now, to sell our home.
We put our home on the market the day our offer was accepted. There was actually a great deal of activity on our home. We had an open house that was very successful as well as several private showings. But, no offers.
About a month later we had a call in from our agent that a cash offer had come in on the house we had hoped to make our home. Because our offer was a ‘house-to-sell’ offer, it would take precedence over our offer if we didn’t sell our home within seven business days. We prayed and hoped for an offer to come in on our home….but those seven days came and they went and the deal was sealed with someone else’s name on the dotted line.
We had a sweet peace through it all. We knew and believed that God had things in control. Were we disappointed? Yes. But did we doubt or lose hope in our God? No.
The very next month I went into premature labour at 28 weeks. I was laid up in hospital for a week and then sent home for the remainder of my pregnancy on complete bed rest. My gracious husband would prepare our home for showings and take care of our children’s needs all while balancing his full time ministry position at our church. I will be eternally grateful for the way that he stepped in during those long days of ‘rest’.
It was tough on us as a family, but through it all our God was so very faithful. And….that’s not the end of the story!! Stay tuned for more from ‘Our moving story’ next Monday 🙂
Heavenly and ever so gracious Father! Thank you for your provisions over our lives! No matter what it is that we endeavour to do we know that we can count on your presence to comfort us, your Holy Spirit to guide us and your peace to bring rest for our weary souls. Thank you God in particularly today for the way that you so gently guided us through each and every decision we made as we selected and purchased our new home. Thank you for the journey you brought us through; we are so grateful for the gift of strengthened faith as a result of the way that you cared for us so. I pray that through this testimony of your faithfulness that even one of my sister’s faith may also be renewed and/or increased. We give you every bit of glory! In Jesus name, Amen.