As I am typing this out I am still in a bit of shock. Although I guess I shouldn't be because I know how God likes to surprise me. No, I'm not pregnant so just calm down, but it is pretty big.
As you may know, I have been packing up for us to move. What you may not know is that we were actually moving to a smaller house to decrease the amount we pay per month and further tighten our belts. With my husband being in the mortgage industry, this turn in the market has really been hard on us. We rent the home we are in now and have for 2 1/2 years. We like it here but the rent has steadily gone up over time. We both felt that God was calling us to be ready to move. I just didn't know how. We didn't have the money to move (it's expensive, you know). We didn't have a place to go. I knew God was going to have to open every door for us.
We have spent the last few months getting ready to move even before we knew where we were going. I looked for another house to rent and started sorting out things we didn't need to move. Many of those things ended up in the yard sale we are having this weekend. One of my friends found a house for us in her neighborhood. It was empty and in need of repair. I called the owner. It was just the right size, just the right price, just the right school district, just perfect. He needed until June to get the house ready, which again fit our needs perfectly. He was willing to work with us on the deposit. We found movers who were good and affordable. It was really too good to be true, but I knew that God had been pulling strings for us, and I have been trusting in that. Something, by the way, that does not come naturally.
Everything has been progressing flawlessly. On the 1st we gave notice to our landlord and started getting things together for the new one. On the 2nd our current landlord called and offered to lower our rent to match the price of the other house.
I did not see this one coming. I was so ready to give up our comfort and move. I have boxes packed. I have downsized a lot of our things. I have repaired things and cleaned things and mentally unattached myself from stuff. It never crossed my mind that God would reward our faithfulness by allowing us to stay. I never even thought to ask Him to.
God clearly provided this home for us the first time and has provided it for us again. This day has been full of surprises, but certainly none as big as this.
In case you are wondering, the man with the other house is going to be just fine. He really needed something to get him to work on the house instead of letting it sit empty. He is going to put it on the market, and in it's new condition and price range, it will probably sell quicker than most. I know I'll be praying for him, and that God has a family just waiting for that house.
More than once I have called upon the Lord to be our Jehovah-jireh The Lord who provides, and over and over again He has proven Himself faithful, merciful, and wise beyond all men in the ways He has provided. I can not express the praise I have in my heart today. Every time I try it comes out in tears instead of words. Hallelujah! Thine the glory!