Sunday, August 14, 2011

The "Reveal"

On November 10, 2006 I celebrated my birthday with the good news that after two years on the market we finally had a buyer for our house. I was so excited I even wrote a post about it.

Two months later that celebratory post was followed by this one. To say we were disappointed would be a huge understatement.

We continued to pray that the house would sell. There were times when I told the Lord that unless He directed otherwise, I was going to unpack every single box (I had unpacked some) and assume He didn't want us to move. And every time, someone would show up to view the house - a gentle whisper to keep waiting.

And praying....praying open-handedly, wanting more than anything else His will.

At the end of July we got a call from our indefatigable real estate agent. There was a couple that wanted to come and see the house. We have learned to temper our excitement, but, honestly, it is hard to not hope just a little.

They came; they looked; they left. Same old story.

But....on July 31st they made an offer on the house, and a week later we had come to an agreement. The contract has been signed. We are still pinching ourselves.

We are also still praying fervently for the Father to go before us. I don't think I'll truly rest easy (a testament to my tendency to worry) until the end of the month when we have the closing.

In the meantime, we've picked up where we left off four and a half years ago. Our builder kindly kept our plans on hold. Our five acres is patiently waiting for us. We are moving forward.

I cannot tell you how grateful we are. Not too long ago my husband was talking about prayer and questioning how long we should pray for something when it seems that nothing is happening. As so often happens, a short time later we heard a sermon that answered his question. As long as the Lord hasn't given a definite "no" - keep praying. He continued to pray daily for a buyer for our home.

When I think of all that is going on in this world, the suffering, the heartaches, the sickness, the poverty, the injustices.... to see that He cares about the seemingly insignificant things - our dreams and desires - is overwhelming. His love is unfathomable.

Truly, if He never gave me another thing, He has already given me far more than I could ever deserve - priceless treasures of eternal value. But He delights to give us good things. He is so very good.

Soon we will say good-bye to this dear place. I have lived here longer than any other house - twenty-eight years. It has held us in its embrace through times of joy and sorrow. It is filled with precious memories.


Another family will fill its rooms with life and love, and we will begin to make memories in a new place.

 Thank you for your prayers - your faithful prayers. It has been such a long journey, and you have encouraged  and blessed me with such love. I never could have imagined, when I began blogging five years ago, the rich blessings that would come with it. Some might wonder how blog posts could possibly foster relationships. We have come to know that, far more than words on a screen, something special has happened here. We have become dear friends in every sense of the word.  We share from our hearts and are bound together with cords of love and faith. My life has been greatly enriched by you.

Thank you,
Linda

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12 comments:

Dawn said...

As I said on FB, I knew it!! I've been thinking this is what you were going to tell us. What wonderful news!! I have asked you off and on the last 5 years if you ever unpacked everything and put things back up on the walls. What a miracle!

lil red hen said...

Oh Linda, I'm so very happy for you and your husband!! You've been so faithful in your prayers and now your dreams will be coming true! Thank you for sharing this adventure with us, and most of all, your love for God.

Glynn said...

Congratulations. Linda. We'll keep praying that all goes well and according to schedule.

allie. said...

How wonderful Linda!
And what a testimony to the faithfulness of God -

I love how He never "puts us out to pasture" - that He opens up new chapters of our lives continually, don't you?

Linds said...

I was also pretty sure the house had been sold, Linda ! I KNEW it!!! Absolutely wonderful news, and so exciting for you to be able to look forward to settling into a new home on those 5 acres. Are they far from where you are now? Oh, I can't wait to see it all come together for you!

grammy said...

Great news!!!
I just caught up here and just in time for your exciting news.
I am excited about this new journey you are about to embark on (o:
Blessings to you my friend.

Donnetta said...

Although the recent craziness of my own schedule prevented me from reading the posts that something big was happening here, it did not prevent me from reading this one. For that I am grateful!

What wonderful news! Rejoicing with you!

Thank you for the reminder that we are never forgotten... by Him is is the giver of good things!

S. Etole said...

What a great encouragement to continue praying. And what exciting and busy days you have to look forward to.

Anonymous said...

I am rejoicing with you, Linda! Your sweet, thankful spirit is precious.

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

I am so, so happy for you Linda! How wonderful. His love is unfathomable! And I totally understand how people become dear friends in this online world. It is beautiful! :) Praying for your journey ahead! ♥

Anonymous said...

dandy news :-)

Christie said...

I can understand you being hesitant to post anything again this time until it was all "for sure". I was hoping that it was about your home. Praise God that he plants dreams, he waters, and he cares for us walking into to them and experiencing a taste of his goodness. Honestly, as much joy as this brings to you after waiting all this time, imagine what he has up his sleeve waiting for you in Heaven. Personally, I can't wait.