Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Raining Lemonade. My conclusion.

Thursday was a day all of its own.


Adrain had a very important meeting scheduled that afternoon.  I can't go into those details yet, but you know that when I am able, I certainly will and perhaps we will all rejoice together as the puzzle pieces finally resemble a picture!  Adrain left the meeting tremendously encouraged.  Almost immediately after, he got a phone call from our realtor, letting us know that we had received an offer…our first offer… on our little yellow home. Only one small issue remained. Her offer was nearly $20,000 less than our asking price, which was nearly $20,000 less than we had originally listed it at. We gulped, prayed, and then counter offered with a price just under our asking price.

I’m going to be honest with you here, because basically this is where the story gets good. You’d think, that a girl who had just gone nine whole months with next to zero activity on her home, would be ecstatic and filled with faith. Um. Yeah. About that…

I got good and cranky from this point on. I’m not proud of it, but I was just convinced that this woman would never agree to our counter offer. I was fearful that God was going to leave us hanging after getting us to this place of extreme hope. Somebody just smack me right now please? Nine months of direct encouragements, movement right when I was most in need, and answer after answer of prayers when my heart was breaking had seemingly taught me nothing. ( My head must be made of wood.)

While we waited all day Friday and Saturday, I felt myself getting more and more tense. Like a volcano getting ready to erupt. We were having some major issues with one child, and I couldn’t seem to get a step ahead. Then late Saturday afternoon, we got a call from another realtor, who wanted to show our home. She knew there was an offer on our home, but her client still really wanted to see it the next day.

So Sunday morning, we got up, and did our cleaning-before-a-showing gig. ( Lots of fun, let me tell you.  I found myself praying, "God, please let this be the last time...")  It had been one of the worst days I’d had in a long time. I felt so afraid of what might not happen. We'd been waiting for months with no end in sight. Right before we headed out, I found myself straightening books in a cupboard. My old Esther bible study workbook was folded open, and falling out at the bottom of the pile. I reached for it, and my eyes lit upon the one underlined sentence. Beth Moore said, “God never writes a story without a good ending. That includes yours, Sweet One.” Tears threatened to prick my eyelids, as I quickly shoved it back into place. (It’s not as though I don’t know this. I just forget it as soon as I remember it sometimes.) In that moment, I knew God was speaking to me. I knew He was reminding me, “I’ve got this baby girl. I’ve got your whole story. Be still.”

Somehow we got ourselves out of the house with coats, and shoes, and as we were driving around the city killing time for the people snooping around in our cupboards, our own realtor called. Our counter offer had been accepted. Our home had sold. Of course, many emotions hit me like a tidal wave. At first, I was shocked, then amazed, and almost instantly, I was humbled to the core.

As Adrain and our realtor discussed details and the kids played eye spy in the backseat, I had my own little private moment with God. I gazed into the setting sun, and it was as though I felt the warm and gentle hand of my Heavenly Father enfolding me with love. I’d been cranky all day. God didn’t have to give us a good ending that day. But He did. All I could think of, was the fact that God’s goodness never depends on mine.

If it did, we’d never go anywhere. God’s goodness doesn’t depend on anything I do or don’t do (or anything you do or don't do for that matter) and every fibre of my being cried out in thankful worship for this fact, as hot tears of apology slipped down my face.

I don’t know the next step for our family.  I don't know for sure exactly what house we will end up moving in to just yet, though we have a house we are pursuing.  I don’t know your next step, or your current place either, but I do know that God truly has our stories firmly in the palm of His hand.  Sometimes life hands us lemons... but you know what?  Sometimes... God rains down lemonade. 


I'm believing that for my family, and clinging to this verse/promise; 

"Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-a place near your altar."  Psalm 83:3a

78 comments:

The Every Day Extraordinary said...

SO absolutely beyond thrilled for you!! Happy house hunting: )

Jensamom23 said...

Wow!

Amber said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for your family. My husband and I are going through similar circumstances. Only we are living in a rental and hour and a half away from our home that's for sale. God is so good...and I know he's got BIG plans for you and your family!

Cheryl said...

Sasha, you have such a way when you write. I love how he reveals himself to you when you need it most. That Beth Moore moment with your bible study book had me smiling.
Relax my friend.....GOD IS IN CONTROL. Sometimes we forget.
Hugs to you. So glad your house has sold.

Cheryl said...

Yaaaayyyy!! What a relief for you . . . we all knew it would have a happy ending. :) I can't wait to read the first chapter in your next story. :)

Betsy said...

I love this, our God and you! Thanks for sharing your story girlie! You are such a blessing!

NaomiG said...

Aw!! HOORAY!! Yay! I'm so excited for you guys. It's so fun to see God answer prayers for others... and even lift you up with little things your eyes can fall upon throughout a bad day. Gives me great encouragement and hope as I wait for answers to our prayers. :-) Hugs!! Can't wait to hear you tell us how it all unfolds/what's next. :-)

Chantel said...

Great news!!!! I too love the line....."raining lemonade!!!" Now, to find a house! =)

Jeanneoli said...

Beautiful, perfect, glorious, incredible news!!!!

Elle Bee said...

Yay fo you!! Yay for God!! :o) So happy for you!

Kim said...

I am so happy for you.

God is good.

LeAnna said...

I refreshed your blog and found this post, and it made me SMILE. God is so good, girlfriend!

Kristin said...

Just Wow.

It is true what Beth said...“God never writes a story without a good ending. That includes yours, Sweet One.”

Love this!!

betherly said...

Congratulations! I love the sentiment you shared that "God's goodness never depends on mine." Definitely struck a chord with me. :)

Kerri said...

So happy for you! And I have loved the three part posts leaving us in suspense! Beth's words are so true! And so are yours!God's goodness does not depend on mine. Although I wish it did because it would really force me to never dwell on the negative what if's....
CONGRATS

Creative Ambitions said...

AHHHHHHH!!! YAY!!!!!!!! So excited for you!!

Jen said...

I have been on the edge of my seat waiting to hear the outcome to your story. Thank you for not making me wait until tomorrow! A few months ago when I happened upon your blog, I was hooked with just one glance. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers and I am so excited for the blessings you guys are receiving.

dorminyanecdotes said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!! Just thrilled for you. Thrilled.

Alison said...

I started smiling at the very first photo. Yay God! and Yay for you! Can't wait to watch you put your unique stamp on the new place. Rejoicing with you.

Sharon @ Hiking Toward Home said...

Congratulations! Excited for you!

Melissa said...

I am so happy for you all! I wanted you to know that I appreciate your willingness to share so openly about your feelings and time with God. Sometimes it helps the rest of us to remember that we are just like everyone else, and we need to turn to God with all our feelings, hopes, fears, desires. He is always there, and He never lets us down! Thanks so much, and I hope you get the house you want in the school district you wanted!!

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

what wonderful news, and such a good way to tell it too! so glad that this chapter is coming to a close for you...and can't wait to read what the next one holds in store for you and your family!!

Courtney Walsh said...

Sasha! This is soooo amazing. God is sooo good. As someone with a house on the market (and a faithful renter) I understand the torture that selling a house brings. I mean...I really do...and now, we're faced with a new decision as our realtor back home has a potentially interested buyer, and I'm on my knees once again.

I love to see how faithful he is. Thank you so much for sharing!

mama's smitten said...

So happy for your Happy ending ! :)

Melissa Emma said...

Praise the Lord! I am SO happy for you and your family! God is so faithful and His timing is ALWAYS perfect! :)

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I am so excited for you! Can't wait to see what's next for your family.

Alicia said...

what a relief for you all!!! congrats on your sale AND the price you got! happy house hunting...that's the fun part, right :)

Kristi said...

so happy for you :)

Elaine said...

I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

This is one of my favorite hymns and your verse made me think it was rather appropriate here :) Sooo happy for you!

paige said...

OH YAY!!!!!!!!!
fantastic
hallelujah
awesome
:)

i love this post & i really love how the Lord worked it all out for you "baby girl"
xo

Anne said...

I'm convinced that if God were a car, he'd be a Porsche. 0 to 60 in 2 seconds, right? He's so good!

Congrats!!

(and thumbs up, Lord)

Stacy said...

Sasha, just thrilled for you. after watching you go through these last nine long months-i am so happy for you!!!!i live in west seattle-wish you'd move this way :)

Brandi said...

fun times happening for you! packing.. you probably like packing though..hmmm

Misha Leigh. said...

beautiful! beautiful! beautiful! I am celebrating with you!

Barbara said...

Yeah!!! God is sooooo good despite us! Thank you for your honest sharing of your feelings - it helps me know I am not alone :)

Prayers as you continue your journey!

Kendra said...

thank you so much for this post. it has encouraged me immensely. my husband and i are in a similar situation, but we are living with my in-laws and waiting on a short sale that we made an offer on. thanks for the reminder that God has the perfect end to each of our stories. i hope too, that he pours down the lemonade upon us. :]
Blessings,
Kendra

A Thrifted Market said...

Amen girl!! God is good!! Congrats on your house and look forward to sharing in your next adventure!

Tammy said...

FABULOUS news, my friend!! God is so good!
Tammy : )

CozyComfyCottage said...

you have sunshine in your smile! thank you for sharing it!
blessings,
olivia

Leen said...

Sasha, I am so happy for you and your family! So excited to see what God's plans are for you!

Tori said...

AHHHHHHH!
i may or may not be doing a happy dance right now.
love the way you told that bit of your story, and love love love this example of God's faithfulness.
thanks for letting all of us celebrate with you!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Congratulations!! YOOHOO, now the work and the fun starts, It will be fun to go on this house hunting journey with you and the hoodlums! LOL

Carol

Julianne Hendrickson said...

Eeeek!! So great :) I am so happy for you all. It sounds like God is truly telling your story to YOU right now. Lean on him for he is strong!

Honey said...

Oh yeahhhhh!! I knew it was going to be a good God story! I am so happy for you! :)

Christy said...

So glad for your happy ending...especially today.
Many blessings,
Christy

Flower Patch Farmgirl said...

WOO HOO!!!

You told the story in such a lovely way.

I am all goose-bumped.

Monica said...

I'm so happy for you and your family!! I have to say, I did have a few tears flowing when I read that from Beth Moore. I needed to hear that tonight. :)

Martha said...

oh how I love this post for you and the pictures...what a wonderful, wonderful ending...congrats:)

Kate @ Bliss and That said...

So, so happy for you and your family!! Such a great story... Blessings for your house hunting!! (Any chance you'll be on HGTV for us to follow along!?) :-)

Julie said...

So happy for you and your family, Sasha! Looking forward to hearing how the story continues. :) God is so awesome!

Mandy said...

Don't you just LOVE it when GOD's plans come together .... so pleased for you! M

Renee said...

I am beyond happy for you guys!!! I needed to hear the part about the happy ending... Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you and keep you. :0)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

Congrats!!!! I am looking forward to following along on your journey. I love what you said..."I don’t know your next step, or your current place either, but I do know that God truly has our stories firmly in the palm of His hand." So encouraging. I needed to hear this since I am unemployed right now with 4 kids to take care of and I'm not sure what our living situation will be in the next few months. I truly believe God has a plan for us. :)

Seizing My Day said...

Yay!! God's timing is perfect... Crazy how we can be so stinkin stubborn when we KNOW things... but sometimes it is SO hard to just relax and trust... and apply what we know to our hearts... =) Love that Beth Moore quote... beautiful! I needed to hear that... we have some stuff that has rattled my bones and unsettled my heart... I might just hafta come back tomorrow when I have a pen handy and write that down!! =)

a few of my favorite things said...

wow! what a story - i had chills! congrats to you as you make your next move!:D

Charon Benton said...

YAY!! i'm SO SO SO excited for you and yours! Praying God continues to rain down sweet lemonade for y'all!

Christi said...

Oh, congratulations! So excited to see what God will do next!

Lora said...

thrilled for you :) congratulations!

Farmgirl Paints said...

YAYAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!!! Could you be any cuter btw??

Preppy Mama said...

That is amazing news! We are venturing into selling and it is so stressful. I pray everyday for strength and patience. You give me hope! Congrats!

Alli said...

Congratulations! How exciting for you and your family! Cheers to new beginnings!!

Molly said...

Thank you so much! I needed that verse today!

thedomesticfringe said...

So very, very happy for you!!!!

Praying the rest of the pieces fall into place without a hitch.

Loved your story.
-FringeGirl

Joybird said...

Enjoy the downpour of blessing. And great verse, I think I just found my next Siesta scripture.

kimberlyrenee said...

wow. thanks for sharing your heart! i'm excited for you and for how God has shown you His love for you!

Heather said...

Wow! What a lovely ending/beginning for your sweet family! There is so much joy in passionately pursuing the will of God and finding out that He really knows what's best for us! Obedience is not a burden or restriction - it's freedom to be blessed! All for the glory of God!

A Lasting First Impression said...

Hurray for you! Praying for a new happy home for your fam, and knowing that God will provide just the right place. I love the Beth Moore thing....so perfect. God is so faithful, and I love seeing his gentle reminders in the everyday. : ) Enjoy basking in His faithfulness...it is such a fun place to be.

Alli said...

Dear Sasha,

My Life is but a weaving
between my Lord and me;
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I, in foolish pride,
Forget He sees the upper,
And I the under side.

Not til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver's skillful hand,
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim.
He gives His very best to those
Who leave the choice with Him.

LOVE YOU!!!

Rachel said...

Congrats! We are thinking about buying a house sometime soon, but it's really so daunting!

Your story was so exciting! You sure kept me on my toes :)

deborahspalette said...

WoW! This is such an awesome testimony...It truly brought tears to my eyes. I am gonna have to grab that Beth Moore quote. That is a perfect example of full blown GRACE. {my word this year)Unmerited favor for his beautiful baby girl, He must love your lemonade. Many Blessing,Deborah

anneoverbeek.blogspot.com said...

Congratulations! What an amazing God we have isn't it?!!!So happy for you and yours!

RC Reese said...

Congratulations! Selling and moving can be scary! Love your blog!

MrsJenB said...

What a beautiful line - God's goodness does not depend on mine.

I am soooooo happy for you! Your prayers, and those of your friends, have been answered. I'm filled with happiness and renewed faith. Congratulations!

Angie said...

Congrats Sasha!!!

Lissa said...

I'm so very, very happy for you!! I LOVED reading this! LOVE the quote you read in the esther study. and girl. you look DANG cute!

Amanda said...

Congratulations!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Congrats! Praying for God's next step for you and your fam! Exciting times girl :)!

Dandy said...

I've just read thru a load of your posts trying to get caught up and I am sooooo excited!!!!