for we walk by faith, and not by sight.
for we walk by faith, and not by sight.
Trust in the Lord and lean not on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:4
May 2016, I decided that my daughter and I were going to move out of the county that she knew all her life and the space I called home since 12 years old...good ole Delaware County, better known as Delco to its proud residents.
Wait a minute, let me correct myself – as I smack my hand.
Here we go: in 2016, the Lord placed in my spirit the desire to move from the place my daughter and I called home, Delaware County (Delco!).
My first priority was to seek out the top school districts in the state, with the lowest taxes and best home value. In the thought of wanting to move, it was excitedly in my spirit to buy a house...whoa, I know! This was the first time I ever wanted to buy a home. One minute I didn't, the next I did. It happened just like that. That's how I knew it was the Lord, because it just wasn't ever a desire I had.
I prayed and sought God's direction, and landed in the quaint time of Ambler, Montgomery County. I had sweet memories of the area from college. My TU days! The school district was top notch and the real estate market was super hot. God perfectly orchestrated everything from beginning to end. It started with me taking a drive through the community looking for "for rent" signs, when my car began to give me trouble. I had taken the 45 minute drive with no problem, but out the blue, my car needed attention that forced me to leave, immediately.
When I heard screeching come from my car, I began to make a u-turn to head back to the highway and the tiny twin caught my eye. It was adorable and it had a for rent sign in the window. I copied the number down, called, scheduled a viewing, met and had a chat with the owner. He already had a deposit from someone else and there was another family ahead of me if that didn't go well. However, he had chosen to return the deposit due to unfavorable results on the background check. And the other family? I don't know. Well, maybe a I do. The favor of God touched the owner's heart and he chose me and my baby girl to occupy the unit.
The owner said, "if you want it you can have it. I like something about you." He didn't run a background or credit check. That something he saw, was the glory of God.
I told him I wanted the house but what I didn't tell him was that I didn't have the two months security deposit to hold the home. I trusted God. The Lord knew what I had and He blessed me with the house, so I had to wait to see how He was going to work things out.
The owner called me a week after I confirmed I wanted the home. He told me he was going on vacation for two months, and I needed to get the security deposit to him before he left that week. Ughh the first thing I thought, but didn't say was, I still had another two weeks before move in day. Then before I could say a word, the owner told me to drop the check off and he would hold the check and wouldn't deposit it until he returned AND he would give me the keys that same week.
Did you read what I just wrote? The man told me that he was going to hold my check for two months, but give me the key to move into the home. First off, I can't wait until God positions me to go on vacation for two months. Secondly, I can't wait until I can be a boss and bless people financially like that. I digress.
Won't God work it out? Oh, yes He will.
I moved into that cute little house, my daughter started school in one of the top school districts in PA, and I didn't experience a tough financial hardship like I expected. As we settled in our home, I told my daughter that we weren't going to unpack everything, because we would only be in the home for one year, because we were going to buy a house.
I had no idea how it was going to happen, but I spoke by faith and released it in the atmosphere. Exactly twelve months later, I closed on our very first home. I can't wait to share that story!
Trust God and look for Him in everything and everyone. I prayed blessings upon blessings on the owner. I prayed for his business, his finances, his family, and his health. God touched his heart and used Him to bless me and my daughter and open the door for the next chapter in our life. I will always be grateful.
The Lord will position people along life's path to specifically bless you. He will assign individuals to your need, and He will use the least expected person to open a door for you. You never know how someone is connected to your destiny. Worry and stress may drive you to friends and family to seek relief, but the Lord already knows what you are dealing with and before you stress, he has already spoken to unexpected hearts to bless you.
I love you Lord!