Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Faith Wrap-Up

2017 has been an amazing year!  It has been a year filled with God's goodness and grace for us.  We felt like He called our family to step out in faith and we responded by doing just that or at least trying out best to.  Faith was my word of the year for 2017 and we have seen God step in so many times this year.

Our first step of faith started a couple of years ago as we felt led to pray "God move us."  We didn't know exactly what that meant, whether it was a physical move, spiritual move, or something totally different, but that is exactly what God placed on our hearts.  So we started praying that way and knew that by being obedient God would lead us.  He did just that when we began the process of moving in December of 2016.  I found our dream house barn and God flung open the doors for us to move.  When I say that God flung open the doors, I mean that He made some impossible things happen and showed us time and time again in our moving process that He was taking care of the little details.  I think our realtor thought we were insane every time we said, we aren't worried about it and if it is meant to be God will handle it.  Handle it all, he did.  We closed on our barn in February 2017 and have loved being in our new home this year.

One small example of God's hand on our moving process is this story:  We had to sell our old house to be able to move.  We had many showings on our house in December of 2016.  We were starting to get a little discouraged that we weren't getting offers on our home, but so many showings.  I just had a gut feeling that we weren't going to go into the new year (2017) without an offer on our home.  I kept telling my hubby this and as December 31 approached we were starting to get nervous.  I prayed and prayed that if my dream barn was meant to be God would provide.  We went to a friend's house for New Years Eve and our friend kept asking how we were going to make it work.  We kept saying we are just relying on God.  He called us to step out in faith and we are leaping out.  So New Year's Eve came and went with no offers on our house.  The next morning on January 1, 2017 I was getting ready for church and heard both hubby's and my phone beep for text messages.  It was our realtor and he said you have an offer on your house, but I am headed to church and will text you later.  Hubby texted and asked out of curiosity, when did this offer come in?  December 31 just before midnight was the answer.  You better believe I was praying and thanking God for providing.  This ended up being the offer we accepted and everything went through, but there were plenty more times God had His hand on the whole process.

After we moved, it started to become clear to us that we needed to change churches.  The 30-35 minute drive to church was becoming a lot for us and there were some other reasons we had for changing churches.  We kept praying and seeking God's direction and He again asked us to step out in faith and change churches.  We were struggling to find a church that was a good fit for everyone in the family, but we knew that God would show us where to go.  He did lead us to a new church just when we thought we were never going to find the right one.  God did this at the local county fair of all places.  We met the youth pastor and his wife and decided that the next week we would try out the church they were at.  We went there and knew it was exactly the church God was leading us to.

There are many other times we stepped in faith this year and God provided.  This post would be a lot, lot longer if I listed them all out.  It has been amazing to us to see God show us the things he has showed us this year.  Obedience has been key to it all and the more obedient we became to the steps God was telling us to take, the more he opened the doors.  I wish I had the time to tell you every single step He had us take this year, but I don't.  Just know that while faith isn't the main word I feel that God wants me to focus on for 2018, it is something I will continue to be obedient to.  Next week I will be sharing the word I believe God wants me to focus on for 2018.

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5 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing how God walk you through faith this year. Looking forward to reading about your word for 2018.

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    1. Thank you! I appreciate your encouragement and I am just trying to find the right words to explain my word for 2018. It's a good one.

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  2. Praise God! Look what the Lord can do when we stand in Faith and Obedience! I have read several of your posts on your barn house. Y'all have been fixing it up and got it looking really good. Thank you for sharing your praise report :-)

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    1. Thank you for your support. Sometimes it is hard sharing something so personal, but I wanted to show God's faithfulness in all areas of my life and I am glad that came through.

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  3. Change is hard and definitely a faith walk. Our 2016 was a year full similar changes. We learn and grow so much through these hard times, don't we?
    Happy New Year to you and your family!

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