So if you remember when I posted the blog, “4 Things That Will Blow Your Family Budget,” I discussed how Christian and I were building a new home. We chose a darker brick, black door and shutters, grey stecco, white cabinets, light grey walls, and an open kitchen and living room design. We were so excited until we discussed our budget with a close family friend of ours. After evaluating our finances, we realized we could not afford this beautiful home we were so excited about. We were so disappointed, because we kept hearing from God that this was our house. We felt discouraged in our walk. We had been sowing seed (tithing) faithfully to our church and putting God first in our lives. I was starting to wonder when we were going to see God’s provision and promises in our life.
So we continued to tithe regularly like we had been and continued to serve God through our church. We looked at pre-owned homes and townhouses online that we might consider, but none of the homes were our home. So this past weekend, we were at church on Saturday night and our pastor was preaching about how we need to adjust our attitudes to being God-centered. He went on to talk about how God’s plans for our lives were greater than our plans for our lives. What we plan our for our lives is so much smaller than what God plans to do through and for us. So Christian said to me “it’s the house.” We both agreed that it was getting this house and stepping out in faith.
The next morning, Christian went with our realtor, Mrs. Jamie, to look at houses, because I was having my girlfriends over for our Friendsmas celebration at 2 and could not go. Christian calls me around 11:45. Israel and I had been playing and tiding up around the house. He asks me if I saw the video of this townhouse he just went and looked at. I said no I hadn’t gotten it yet. He told me that it looks exactly like the other home we planned to build just as a townhouse. He and Mrs. Jamie went to look at a pre-owned house, but he asked me to meet them back at the townhouse so I could look at it.
So I listened to what Christian said and got Israel in the carseat. I drove over to these six townhouses that were being built six minutes from where we live now. I was praying on the way there to God and asking Him that if this was where we were suppose to live that I would feel His peace. We drive down past the first two and he told me it was the last one. It had dark brick, grey stucco, and a black door. When I walked into the townhouse,… I kid you not… it had an open kitchen and living room, white cabinets, and light grey walls. It was literally designed the same way as the other home we wanted to buy.
Christian and I knew in that moment that this was God’s plan for us. That’s why we kept hearing that this was our home! Mrs. Jamie even told us that she did not even plan on showing Christian those townhomes that morning, but she felt like God was telling her to show him that morning. The townhouse is $30,000 less than what we would have been paying for the larger home. It fits our budget! We close February 1st and the builder agreed to pay the closing costs. I just really felt that I needed to share this awesome testimony of God’s faithfulness and power today with you all!
I encourage you to tithe faithfully to God! God will be faithful and return abundant blessings in your life. It says in Malachi 3:10, “Bring the whole tithe to the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” His promise was fulfilled in our family’s life. I know He will be faithful to you and your family too. Feel free to comment, asks questions, or send in pray requests!
We are praying for you!