A few years ago when I asked God for His word for our year, He spoke, “Jubilee”. I was so excited and immediately began to see evidence that it was a very true word for that season. But one thing that really spoke straight to my heart was God providing us a home.
The first 4-5 years we lived in Pennsylvania, our 6 member family lived in a two bedroom home with one bathroom. It was cramped. It was such a stretching time. During that time we began to look for a home to purchase, but time and again, could not find what we wanted. We searched for 2-3 years for a home. Finally, I gave up. I remember telling God, “I lay down my dream of owning a home here.” That day in two different ways, He told me “No, I want you to pick that dream back up.”
So I did, but still felt like it wouldn’t happen. Every day I woke in the old rental house, I would thank God for that home. I would ask Him how I could move things around to create a more pleasing space there and we worked so hard to remain content. Then one day God spoke to me and said, “Lisa, what kind of home do you want?” Immediately, I said, “Well, You know what we need more than I do, so whatever You want us to have is what I want.” God replied, “No, tell Me what you want.” Again, I said, “I want whatever You want.” Then very firmly He said, “Stop feeling guilty for having dreams and desires and tell Me what you want.” So, I did. I described many details that I would like to have in a home. I poured out my hopes and dreams for a specific type of home, even though I honestly didn’t think it even existed up here.
One week later, I got an email about a home. I clicked the link and saw it was in the exact neighborhood that Chris had dreamed of living in since he got to PA. As I looked at picture after picture I knew it was our home. I arranged to meet our realtor to see it and I told Chris, “Unless there is something completely terrible about this house, I want to buy it.” That’s when he decided he wanted to see it too.
When we stepped into the home, the realtor and I stood speechless. It was my list! She also knew what we had truly been looking for, and she actually had stopped me from settling more than once during our journey to find “the” home. I am forever grateful for that. As soon as Chris and I got home from looking at the home, we called and made an offer.
The house had been on the market for 5 days when we made our offer.
It is the home God provided.
Little did we know that in a year or so after purchasing this home, we would not have work. The crazy thing is, God provided. One day on my way to a prayer and praise event at church, I even asked Him if we should sell our home and downsize. I didn’t tell anyone I had prayed that, and during the prayer time our pastor said, “Lisa, I see a huge lasso around your home and it’s coming down from heaven. God’s got your whole family and your home.” I couldn’t believe it! In less than an hour He miraculously confirmed we should stay where we were.
Also, during that time, whenever I would drive up our driveway I would hear, “This is your house of hope.” Man, God is so good. He truly delights in giving us the desires of our hearts.
This whole situation has truly brought me into a deeper love relationship with the Father.
But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Matthew 6:6
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33