I'd been praying all winter the year of 1998 for a house to move into,
since we lived in a 5th wheel and it was needing lots of repair....
I wanted a Mobil home to put on our lot...
It seemed God was quiet and the answer wouldn't come for me...
But I kept asking God to give me a house before winter comes again!
Every lead we got turned out to be a waste of time, but I kept
praying, and now I realize God was whispering 'Wait, I have a plan'
But at the time I wasn't wanting a 'whisper', I wanted a shout of YES!
Meanwhile there was an OLD house next door to us that had been vacant
for ten years, and was actually falling down in places, and it came up for
sale, and my daughter (Julie) and her husband bought it because it was
so cheap...They gave five hundred dollars for it and the lot it was on,
which was a price unheard of even in 98...
Julie had her dad and I in mind when they bought the house, thinking it
was 'fixable'...But I had nooooo intention of living in that ugly old house!
Although I kept praying for God to give me a house before winter!
His whispering was getting a bit louder, I still wasn't listening though!
During this time Julie and her neighbor (Shelly) were praying that
God would open my eyes to see the potential in the house they had
bought...While I kept praying 'Father, Please give me a house
before winter.' ha ha
I had no idea that Julie and Shelly were praying for God to 'open my
eyes'...But one morning in the early summer of 1999 I awoke and my
first thought was, today I am going to go over to that old house and
really look it over and see if it's 'fixable'...And I did come into the
house with that attitude, and I did see the potential it had, even though
it needed tons of work, I saw it through 'opened eyes', and that was
the beginning of a long hot, and tiring summer for my family and myself,
(we couldn't have done it with out the help of Julie and her husband,
James, my ex son in law)...The house had to be re~leveled, which my
husband did, and the inside had to be gutted and redone just about every
room except what we call 'the living room'......The rooms were small but
it had 3 bedrooms....We took one of them and made it a bathroom, and one
for a bedroom and one for me to use to do the crafts that I loved to do...
New sheet rock on the walls and new paint did bring newness of life in
here...On the outside, we put new siding on most of it and repainted the
outside, it looks 100% different than it did when we started, and is now
where we live and call 'home', since the fall of 1999...
And I want to add in the end, we didn't pay anything for the house, God
did answer mine, Julie's and Shelly's prayers with a YES! He literally 'GAVE'
me a house...And telling how that came about will be another story...
God's whispering finally became a shout of YES! And I heard Him! ha haaa
He is AWESOME and I thank Him for His Gifts to me, and especially
Eternal Life with Him!
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