Since my husband and I decided to step out on faith with our decision for me to be a stay-at-home mom, we have seen God provide in ways we never imagined. However, with the commitment of following God at all costs comes tests and trials. When we moved into the house we currently live in, Josh and I both worked in that county. Now, God has blessed my husband with an awesome job in "the big city". As we are so thankful for Josh's job (we thank God constantly for it), we don't like that he has an hour commute each way. His driving alone, as well as any trips we make as a family to church or shopping, takes 2 hours out of our day. So, we don't get to spend as much time together as a family as we would like. Josh also doesn't get to spend as much time with our 21-month old daughter as he would like. Through prayer and faith, we have put our house on the market, which brings me back to the opening of this post.
Putting our house on the market is a step and a test of our faith. More than anything, we want to sell our house and move closer to everything we do so that we can spend more time together as a family, save on gas money, save wear and tear on our vehicles, and not spend so much time on the road. But is it what God wants for us? Does He want our house to sell and us to move? Although we think it's best based on our limited perspective of what we can see, God has a bigger eternal picture and He wants what's best for us. We have done several renovations on our 1967 ranch-style house and we have 3 more that are still in progress. We were going to wait to finish all the projects before we put it on the market, but someone advised us to go ahead and get it out there so people can begin to visit.
As Nora-Kate and I were driving to the city last week, we were listening to "Focus on the Family" on the radio. The producers of the movies Courageous and Fireproof, etc. were the guests on the show and the interviewer was asking them questions about why their movies are gaining such success and fame in Hollywood right now. They were comparing their movies to the "big guys" in Hollywood and wondering why, when their movies don't have big name actors, they are still succeeding. The producers' answer was that God's favor was on their movies. It is their goal to produce movies that God would have them produce; they don't want to take over the movies or make them about their own agendas, but they want to portray what God wants them to portray on the big screen. They want God to get all the glory from the movies they create. And that's the same with our house. We want God to get all the glory in everything we do, whether the house sells or whether He chooses to keep us where we are. It doesn't matter how many renovations we do or how much work we put into the house, ultimately, if God is not in favor of our house selling, it's not going to sell.
So, as my husband and I wait on God's timing, we will wait patiently and prayerfully and in complete worship and submission to Him and His will. I have learned to always pray about everything and when I can't see anything changing, to remember 1 Thessalonians 5:18, which reminds me to be thankful in all circumstances because this is God's will for me in Christ Jesus. He wants me to pray, but He also wants me to be thankful for the location and the situations He has placed me in because He will get the glory.
We love our God! He is so amazing and we can't wait to see what He will do in our family!