Monday, July 02, 2007

385 - On the Road Again -long

Phil. 3: 12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

My walk with the Lord is something that I don't have with anyone else in the world. I only communicate even half as much with my hubby. The Lord and I are always talking as I am sure many people are. The Lord tells me things in many different ways. I think that nothing is an accident and He sends us many clues as what turns to take in our lives IF we would just open our eyes and check them out. So, we are on the road again...

When Clay and I felt led to move to Illinois we didn't really know sure where to land. We looked and looked in Carmi, but could find nothing. My in laws so graciously allowed us to buy there place as they were wanting to move out to a lake community, Sandy Run, anyway. So after much prayer, etc. we decided this was a wonderful option and blessing. As we were looking around in Carmi we continually passed a house and commented to the realtor, "If that house ever went on sale, we would grab it in a heartbeat." I believe she commented that you just never know, but all the time she had ever lived there it had only been in one owner. So we settled excitedly in Norris City.

So one night Clay and I began to really look at adding on to this house. We needed a bigger kitchen, office for him, and Tucker his own bedroom. But there was this lingering feeling of maybe you should rethink this or at least put it off for a while. That is when we started really praying and talking about Carmi and our moving there. Only 10 miles from Norris City. As Bible study girls were leaving the house, Clay mentioned we needed to talk. He said you are never going to believe this - THE house is for sale? The one that the realtor said would never be for sale. I was shocked, I was elated, I was confused, I was stunned. Did God open this blessing up for us to bite? Is it just a confusing thing Satan has done - what is all this and what are we to think about all this???

WE decided to investigate everything. We went to see the house to get a feel for what HE might be doing. I prayed the Saturday morning before we went to see it on Sunday, "God in Isaiah 7:14 the people were asking to show them a sign of the coming Messiah. I am asking you to show us a sign about this house and possible move to Carmi. We want Your will and that is it." We walked through the house and it was great. Many, many, many updates and fix ups needed, but great. Potential unlimited. House was built in 1929 and most of origial stuff was still there. It needed much TLC. The next door neighbor drove up as we were walking out. Clay and she started talking and I wanted to walk back in the house one more time. As I was inside, the neighbor lady said lots of things about the school, town, etc. Then she asked if we had a home church yet? Then she went on to say that church was very important to her family and that they attended faithfully the church down the road - FBC Carmi, a southern baptist church. Even Clay who says I look too much into things was stunned that she made a point to tell us all that. Her statements could have been a deal breaker. For us it encouraged us about our potential neighbors (they have a son Tucker's age), but for another family it might have scared them to death and made them run from they might have thought a "holy roller". I knew He was giving us a sign!

We are still at this point praying and seeking His will. The house needed Central heat and air, all new wiring, finished 3rd floor, landscaping, kitchen reworked, hardwoods refinished - get the idea, lots of work and money! But Clay and I were ready to bite. We felt like it was a great move for our girls and ultimately the Lord's will. We put an offer on the house - but so did someone else the same day or there about. Welcome to a bidding war... A few days ago in my blog I wrote about not being offended by God. I wanted something so bad, but I wanted His will more. I was asking He give this to us, but protect us from our own desires, etc. It was this house. We had never been in a bidding war and knew with owning another house the sky was not the limited. We could not go very far up and would in all likelihood lose the war. God came through!!! We got the house...

There have been many other signs as well. He has once again been amazing through all this. Did Clay and I make a mistake by moving to Norris City first? I don't think so. My kids have been connected with many of our old friends that have the same ages. I got to know many girls that are wives of Clay's high school friends. I got to experience the life of a really small town and loved it. We were able to go to a church very different than we ever have and truly learn to worship!! My kids have been able to see first hand again mom and dad seeking His will and then telling them the signs along the way. That alone is priceless.

So we will put the kids in school in Carmi in August and carpool until the house is done. We hope to be in the house by Thanksgiving, but even that may be optimistic! I am very excited, but sad too. I have to keep in mind that this is just 10 miles from NC. I am concerned for Clay. This was one of the biggest rivalries of all. I don't want people to think he has turned his back on his hometown, but that he is doing what he thinks is best for HIS family. I have never had a loyalty to any location or town - i have lived in so many places all my life. But i do terribly miss all the friends God has given me at each place. I do understand it takes work to stay in touch.

So, God has us on the road again, but I am excited because I know it was His leading. WE talk often and I can hear the confidence of the Lord saying - Yep, go this way!! That is all I need! Straining on for the prize, pressing forward, taking hold of all that He has for me!!

13 comments:

Dori said...

Good morning, friend!

Loved reading about how you are walking in the path that God puts in front of you. I only wish that beautiful house was next door to me!! :)

"Just as the Master kept you alive during the hard times, he'll keep your teacher alive and present among you. Your teacher will be right there, local and on the job,
urging you on whenever you wander left or right: 'This is the right road. Walk down this road.'" (Isaiah 30:20-21)

All this and Jesus, too!
Dori

Kim said...

Wow - I am exctied for you - I love older homes and he thought of renovating one in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas...mmmmmm. God is good and He has certainly blessed you for answering His call!

Kim

Nicki said...

Leigh,

I'm so excited for you! God is blessing you in such an awesome way.....a special blessing just for you!! I can't wait to see all the pictures and hear about everything!! Praying for you today.

Nicki

Dionna said...

I don't know how many times you've moved but it makes it all the more adventurous when you know God is at the helm - doesn't it?

Valarie said...

God is good girl! You know that I'm behind ya'll 100% prayin all the way! Love ya and keep us posted.
V

Irritable Mother said...

What an awesome story! Don't you love when you can see God so clearly? He has created this path for you and will faithfullly lead you on it.
Our house was built in the 20's and we've done lots of fixing up -in this one and the one we used to live in, just next door. Fixing up is lots of work, quite a bit of fun, and so rewarding. Enjoy!!!

Sharon said...

Thank you for your words. They are a great reminder that with our God all things are possible.
What a great journey with God to be able to share with family and friends.

Nise' said...

I am so happy for you and your family! What a great testimony to God's faithfulness.

Crystal said...

Thank you for sharing God's faithfulness to your family.....Thanks for stopping by my blog!
Blessings

Crystal said...

Oh another thing is I LOVE the handbags with verses on them....how much do you charge for them and do you have an online catalogue?

Thanks so much

Deborah said...

This morning I read about the strong arm of God and How He used it to push Jesus through GLory to this earth, I believe the strong arm of God has pushed through for you. I am so excited for you, I will have to send you a gift from africa for the new home please let me know your colour scheme so I can find something original for you. love always me

Connie Barris said...

I have been writing about Desires and our hearts desires.. bec. that is where God is.. and that is who puts those desires there....
I love this story and this so sounds like God, doesn't it...

we ended up with our home in a similiar situation.. which I am forever grateful...

How wonderful....

Leah in Iowa said...

Your post just gave me the chills! The same thing happened to us when we were contemplating moving. God faithfully led us to where we are now, and we couldn't be happier! I'm thrilled for you, Leigh! God SO wants to give us the desires of our hearts!