Yep, that is a "For Sale" sign in our yard. This has been an incredible month in our family journey. It all started when our church began a preaching series on finances. We were really quite caloused to the idea of talking about money "again!?!" as our church does a financial series once a year. But, soon the Lord began speaking to us and truly working in our hearts.
One phrase stuck out from that sermon about debt. "Run with Gazelle-like intensity away from debt." We were most certainly trapped in our pattern of spending on debt, and overwhelmed with it. Then, Todd spoke on tithing. The truth about tithing that was so clear was God saying, "Test me in this, and I will open the flood gates of heaven". Well, we were both being prompted by the Spirit to do something, but we didn't know what we were supposed to do. Kyle and I sat down with our little spreadsheet of finances and discovered this... if we were tithing, the full 10%, it would be $15 LESS than we were paying each month in debt. We needed to run from our debt. We started looking at how to make this possible. We both knew, selling the house, paying off our debt and starting over fresh was what we needed to do. So, we wanted to run with gazelle like intesity and put it on the market immediately. We went to work cleaning our house, getting it ready to show.
We told our next door neighbors (a wonderful Christian couple) of our decision to move on Friday afternoon, so they wouldn't be shocked by the sight of a for sale sign in our yard. Saturday, they mentioned that they had some friends that said one time that if we were ever going to move, to tell them, because they wanted our house. Kyle got on the phone and called them. They came over on Saturday evening to look at our house, while it was still a disaster from making a bigger mess as we cleaned. They are also a wonderful Christian family. We all prayed together before they left. We could feel the Spirit moving in our situation. Sunday they called and said they wanted our house. They met with their mortgage broker and we are under contract with them for essentially a full-price offer (giving us enough to pay off our debt!!! and put a down payment on a new house, with a smaller mortgage payment, the ability to tithe, etc etc.). This all happened BEFORE our house was even listed on the market!!! (Which never happens! Especially in this market!) Within 2 weeks of hearing the sermon series, we had a full price contract on our house and a contract on a new home for us that we are going to love affording! :-) Seriously??? I will always remember standing in the kitchen making grilled cheese sandwiches with tears of joy flowing down my cheeks as Kyle hung up the phone and said "They want our house".
The story just goes on and on. Small things keep happening... our new home is being built for us, and we negotiated for a ridiculous price on it and it was accepted. The day after we signed a contract with the home builder, Kyle got a call from a national Appraisal firm that wants to give him 6-8 extra appraisals a month, for his full fee, which is completely unheard of in the appraisal world right now. After that we got a call from the home builder that they made a mistake on the contract, and over charged us $2000 for our house. God is for sure, opening the floodgates of heaven on us right now. God is so Good, and gives such good gifts!
If you want to check out what our new house is going to be like, here is a link! It should be done by August 15th!
Tomorrow is a big day for us. Our house will be undergoing inspection, so pray that all goes well with that and there are no surprises. At the same time, we get to go to the design center and choose everything for our house!! We are so incredibly excited!
Also pray that we will have wisdom in deciding where to live after we close on this house and our new house is ready for us. If any one knows of anyone with a rental property, or basement please send them my way! We are trying to keep all possibilities open. I am confident that God's got it all worked out, and whatever happens will be great!
Thanks for reading!
P.S. If you are interested, here is a link to the sermons we heard.