As I sit here and contemplate my life for the first and second quarter thus far of 2018, I am amazed. Let me share a bit of my recent testimony that has quietly unfolded over the past 5 months.
On 1/1/18, I dragged out my old crooked whiteboard. I found some green and blue markers and I began to write out my intentions and goals for this year, after having prayed, hand written and typed them out.
I knew I needed something to look at — a reminder on a daily basis of my goals in each area of my life to stay on track.
On goal in particular, was to type up a list of all of the things that needed repairing in my home. I felt led to do this, in spite of feeling quite foolish because I did not have the funds for all of these repairs. This home was purchased five months after my divorce was final – 13 years ago.
Over the years, I have had many moments of shame, embarrassment and struggle around keeping this house together with two small boys at the time, a limited salary as a single mom with a large daycare bill.
My intention was to somehow, someway take small steps to get things repaired so that I could sell it and move. The list was long and exhaustive there were several major repairs and lots of minor things that needed to be done before the house could sell. We are talking thousands of dollars. On top of that the value of my home decreased when the housing market crashed in 2008, and it was just now starting to regain value over the last few years.
Yet, I felt that God was leading me to walk around the house and type up the long detailed repair list.
“But God, you know I don’t have the money to do this….it was painful to even walk through and list it all out. He said, ”Do it.” So I did.
Mysteriously, as if on cue, the VERY next day, my real estate agent (who had been quietly and persistently pestering me for the last year and I would blow him off) reached out once again …”Ms. Breeden, are you ready to talk about selling your home? I know it will sell.”
Instead of brushing him off like I have always done in the past because of fear, not having money to fix it, and because I didn’t think it would sell high enough for me to net a profit after the repairs, I listened to him.
This time I said “Yes.” I surrendered my pride and sent him my long list. I signed the paperwork. Packed up and moved out. Two weeks later, the home was restored better than it was when I purchased it brand new.
Upon my first view of the home, when the repairs were completed, I wept. I’m talking about boo-hoo weeping. Why? Because it was unrecognizable. It was beautiful inside and out. I wept because of the prayers. Because of the shame. Because of hiding out.
Within 48 hours of being on the market, the house was under contract.
As I type this today, it is now sold. Now here is the clincher. In going through the paperwork on the original purchase of the home to dig up some information for the pending sale, I noticed that I purchased the home on 5/11/05. I almost fell out because the closing date on the sale of the home was scheduled for and has now occurred on 5/11/18!! Pause and think about this. What are the odds of this happening??? How could the real estate and the attorney somehow manage to schedule my closing to sell the home on the EXACT same date that I brought it 13 years ago? Purchased 5/11/05. Sold 5/11/18. WHAT!?!
God’s timing is impeccable. He is flawless in execution. He KNOWS what he is doing!!!
If he did this for me, dear reader, he can do it for you!
I said all of that to say this. No matter how badly I wanted to repair and move out of my home, last year, three years ago, five years ago —-
I wasn’t ready mentally or emotionally.
The timing wasn’t right.
The market wasn’t right.
The right people and connections for repairing it were not In place.
But then there came a DUE SEASON. A certain time. The moment when KAIROS and CHRONOS time intersected. If God did it for me, He most certainly can do it for you – if you believe and act accordingly!
For this to happen for you:
- Must have an ear to hear that little nudge to act in faith – not overthinking it, doubting it or second guessing. What would have happened had I not written that list in spite of how foolish I felt typing it up? I would still be sitting in that house right now.
- Must be willing to take the leap of faith and act! When the window of opportunity that you have been praying for presents itself, you had better act! You may not get another chance for a very long time! I had to move in haste without hesitation because I recognized it as God’s hand moving in my life. I am now very glad that I did.
- What is God nudging you to do, but you keep distracting yourself on purpose, watching Netflix, scrolling on social media, going on dates and dinners, being all caught up with this and that, running behind your kids, being all busy with stuff and activities, falling asleep, being too tired, etc.?
There is a time and season for everything. ….Your time could be now or on the way. Are you ready for what you are praying for? Reply back and let me know what faith step you are taking this week.
Remember: God makes everything (all of the pain, the bad stuff, the struggle and sorrow) beautiful in its time (Eccl. 3:1 and 3:11)
Get ready, Your time is coming!