|Posted on November 6, 2015 at 5:30 PM|
A year ago we entered through a door that left us in a vulnerable position. We didn't have a job or a plan, just conviction and a mustard seed of faith. My husband got one job, and then another after that, and I began working from home, (I got the better half of that deal!). Around that time we started to dream and pray. When all falls out from under you, you have two choices; see destruction or a blank canvas. We were seeing that canvas and praying big dreams. The Lord gave us a massive dream and we got excited! As we talked about it that late night in our living room, it was like one of those football movies where the coach is giving a big motivational speech trying to push his team towards glory! We dreamt and I danced around like a little girl at the thought!
The next day we woke up still with excitement, but also with realization what a miracle it would take for all of that to fall into place. We kept the prayers and excitement going but I have to say, over time, from job to job, running out of money time and time again, having people discourage and encourage... That little light of excitement got close to being quenched.
We then started reaching the one year mark of praying this prayer. Most attempts had fallen through, we had a couple long shots left, and we asked the Lord for clarity and a final answer. With people starting to think we were crazy, and starting to wonder if we should agree with them, we told the Lord we could only hold onto this prayer (that was keeping us from moving forward in a few other areas) another month. We were coming to our end financially and really needed to make a move. And then God answered and continues to blow our minds as he rolls it all into place.
So here are the details!!! We bought our home three years ago through the most amazing city program! But if we sold our home before nine years, the city would get to keep a percentage of our equity unless we had paid their loan back in full. We knew we had enough equity to pay off our enormous load of student loans and that was our prayer- to obtain a private loan with low enough interest to pay off our city loan that would enable us to sell and become debt free. If we could sell our home, and have a fresh start being debt free, what an amazing blessing that would be! My husband wants to teach again so then we added in there getting his masters degree. The Lord directed our whole hearts to South Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary in... wait for it... North Carolina! But this loan we needed for all these balls to start rolling was a substantial number! $109k- wide eyed emoji moment. None of this could happen without that loan.
Well towards the end of the last month of prayer, something crazy happened. It was a normal Tuesday night, which meant our home Bible study group was coming over. We have been with them for almost two years and it's been the biggest blessing in our lives. One of the couples had been preparing to move as he was going to start working for his dad and eventually take over the company. We had been very excited for this blessing in their lives! They had planned to rent out their current home as they moved into their new home on the buisnesses property. Well that Tuesday night they came in and announced they had decided to sell their home instead, and that the equity would be the amount we needed, and it was ours to borrow! Just like that. And interest free. And no rush. And full trust. And no contracts necessary. We really could not believe it and we still can't!
They got offers on their house immidiately when they put it on the market, and as soon as they closed escrow, they wired the money to the city for us. Is this real life?! While their house was on the market we worked our butts off to make our house look as amazing as we could to ensure we did all we could do to help it sell quickly. We painted every wall at least twice, redid the kitchen cabinets, laid new floors and baseboards in our master, re-painted all the baseboards in the house, completely redid the bathroom floors and added a new vanity and toilet, worked on the fence, and completed a lot of gardening and planting for curb appeal. Not to mention a lot of scrubbing!
Then it happened! We got the final letter that our loan was paid off and we were ready to put our house on the market that next day. It has all felt so surreal. That moment that we had danced and prayed and had butterflies, is actually coming to fruition. I am so excited and I am so terrified!
And for the most up to date information... We accepted an offer a week after it was placed on the market and closed escrow a few days shy of 30 days and were moved out a day later! Now get this... The offer we accepted is a random number that's over our asking price and it turns out it's the same amount our friends got on their home!!! This was the Lords plan all along and we are so thrilled for this adventure. To our dear friends who have stuck by our sides for the last two years, and have believed in us THIS much... You have changed our lives in so many ways. We love you and are beyond grateful!
We are living at Cody's parents rental home that's vacant and starting our road trip three days after Christmas! We will then be moving onto the school's campus housing.
Ready or not, North Carolina we are coming for you!