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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Another Financial Miracle to be Thankful For

Recently, I decided to start writing about miracles God has done for our family........ We have so much to be grateful for and I want to give God the Glory for it. I believe that telling stories about things God has done for us will encourage others and renew our own faith. The Bible tells us that:

Romans 10:17 "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

It also says that :

Revelation 12:11 "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death."

I can testify of so many good things God has done for us and I bet you, the reader, can too. Remembering past victories in Jesus will strengthen our faith for current and future battles.

We bought a house a few years ago that I thought would be a blessing to us. It was big, with lots of land and even on a small, private lake. It was everything I thought I ever wanted. We had a lot of trouble getting the loan and I had focused a huge amount of faith and energy into getting it. Not long before the closing, Kevin said he didn't have any peace about buying the place. He felt that we shouldn't do it. I, on the other hand, had invested an incredible amount of work into getting it and I was determined that we were going to do it.

Any way, long story short, we weren't there long before we realized that the time we had to invest into working to pay for that nice big home, was a lot more than we'd bargained for. We were gone from the kids a lot more than we wanted to be. We fought a lot more, being under a tremendous financial strain. I began to realize that the dumpiest place anywhere would be better than having a nice place that we never got to enjoy. I realized that paying for that place was stealing time with my kids.

When we moved back into our old house, I thought that we could sell that place no problem. As the months went by, I realized that it was going to take a lot more faith and energy to sell than I thought. Bills continued to stack up........ A huge mortgage we couldn't afford, 2 electric bills, 2 phone bills, 2 places to heat, etc....etc..... By Gods grace I got a contract job working away from home to keep up on the payments. I was exhausted and overwhelmed. Other problems began to plague us and the whole situation seemed hopeless. To be honest, I was ready to default on all my loans and start over, but Kevin said "NO". After we went through some other terrible things, I hit an all time low in depression.

One day I was watching Joyce Meyer on TV and I felt really encouraged. I started writing Bible confessions - scriptures that could pertain to my life and situation. I said them out loud every day. I felt encouraged. Day after day, I kept having time with God. I read my Bible, prayed and continued confessing scriptures over my situation. One day the Spirit of God spoke to my heart to put an ad in a Big City Paper. I hadn't done that because the ad cost around $100 just for a few words and no pictures. It seemed like a waste when we were just scraping by. We had gone through 3 Realtors by then!!! I had also put up a lot of fliers on bulletin boards. We had had it for sale for at least a year and a half with not so much as an offer.

That one ad that God put on my heart to put up caused such peace to fall over me. I remember that day well because even though nothing in the situation changed, peace flooded my heart. I knew God had solved my problems. Around that time, my contract job came to an end. They had renewed me two times by then and they finally had full staff. God spoke to my heart and said "you don't need that job any more". I wrote that on top of my list of bills.

We had a few calls from that ad, and over a period of weeks to months, one of those original callers made a fair offer on our property and then bought it. The same week that our house closed, Krystiana was conceived.

God had shown Himself faithful again. During a horrible time in the housing market, we sold that house, and got what we needed to be free of the debt. There are so many people today locked into high interest loans, just like we were. I want to encourage them that there is hope in Jesus. He is the author and finisher of our faith. One name for Him literally means "provider". Trust in Him and remember how He has already provided for you. Stir up your faith with times He has come through and remember that time. Economy and circumstances are of no obstacle to Him.


Heather said...

This post is so valuable, Shirin. Thank you for sharing the ways that God has provided for you, because sharing stories of God's faithfulness really does spark faith in others.

Thank you!

"Indescribable" said...

I think I'll start to journal God's gifts that I take for granted. It will help me to praise and thank Him for specific blessings instead of blindly thanking! Thanks for the inspiration!