It was a Sunday morning. I was tired, it was cold out but I wanted to ensure I got my 10,000 steps in.
“Babe, I’m headed out for a walk! I’ll be home shortly.” I told my hubby.
I put on two shirts and sweater, my baggy sweats and threw my hair up in a messy bun. I hoped my neighbors wouldn’t drive by… I looked like a raggamuffin.
Slipping on my shoes, I set off down our dirt road.
I walked down to the stop sign at the end and then crossed to the other side. “Why not just go for two miles?” I thought… “I’ve got nothin else to do.”
I turned music on in my headset but wasn’t feeling it so turned on Facebook live to listen to our Pastors Sunday morning service. So thankful for technology these days.
The fresh air, the news of the gospel, the beautiful landscape… It was so uplifting!
As I looked up from the dirt road, where my gaze often falls, and I saw something that looked familiar. A landscape I had seen before. A house I recognized.
And then it dawned on me… I had driven by this property a year ago when we were looking to purchase a house to get out of the ever shrinking apartment.
This property was literally a half a mile down the road from the rental we just moved into.
I fell in love with that property when I drove by it. And here we were, just a half mile away, enjoying some of the same gorgeous surroundings!
If I hadn’t kept walking, I would have missed it.
A little back story…
A year ago we were in a bad place with the apartment. We hated where we lived because it was small, there was no room for our two boys to play and our neighbor in the unit below made it a living nightmare.
We wanted out so bad! Do to the rising costs of houses we were forced to sign yet another year long lease with the apartment shortly after viewing that property.
I was heart broke.
God obviously had another plan for us but I had no idea what that was.
I felt stuck. Trapped even. Unable to get out of yet another bad situation that left me feeling absolutely helpless.
Have you ever felt that way? You wish and you work and you pray but nothing changes. That feeling of helplessness is defeating isn’t it?
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Two rambunctious boys and a cat in a 1000 sq. ft apartment was definitely not the dream my husband and I had in mind. Though it did offer us safety, security and the chance to get back on our feet after a business bankruptcy that also hit us personally.
Life has it’s ups and downs, that’s for sure. That season defiantly felt like one of the dark valleys.
We tried to make the best of it, we really did. And every day I would pour my heart out to God asking Him to open a door for us to leave.
10 months later my cry was answered in the most beautiful of ways.
I prayed for a blue house. Guess what color our new home is… BLUE!
I prayed that wherever we moved we’d have a view of His mountains. Wouldn’t you know… there are mountains in every direction I look.
I prayed my oldest son would be able to have his beloved trampoline back. We got it set up the same week we moved in.
I prayed for a cement pad for our youngest to ride his bike and scooter on… It’s huge and covered so not even the rain stops him from riding.
I prayed for a big backyard for the boys to play in… we now live on 5 acres.
I walked by that house just a half a mile from us and thought about all God had done for us through the years. His goodness and grace. His provision and healing.
He knew I loved that house for its property and gorgeous views and He placed us right beside it, in a different house, in a better place, at a better time.
He sees the things on our hearts. He hears us.
God was preparing our hearts for what was to come. There was a lot of hard things we needed to face and heal from. Living in the apartment, as hard as it was, made us face them. As a result we grew, we healed and then…
He blew that door wide open!
It was so hard holding on during that season. There were days I thought we’d be stuck there forever. But God was working in the midst of it. Preparing us and preparing this place for us.
To be honest, I would have been happy anywhere other than that apartment. He didn’t have to answer all those prayers, but He did. Why? Because He longs to bless us and give us with the desires of our hearts.
If you are just barely holding on. If you are waiting for those prayers to be answered. My advice would be to trust Him in the middle of that suffering knowing He has a plan for your life that has yet to be unfolded.
That is the truth I hold on to when things start wearing me down.
This home we live in is a rental. It’s not our dream house. It’s not where we plan to settle down. Our dreams of owning a home again are still on our hearts and in our prayers. That said, I trust that He has a plan for that.
For now, we are is exactly were He wants us to be. And I pray for the work He is doing on us here knowing He is preparing us for what’s to come!
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