What seemed impossible to the world and everyone around us, became possible and accomplished! A while back I expressed my heart on what I thought faith looked like. I said how it was like walking from one island to another without looking down. Keeping your eyes on the promise and allowing no doubt to come in. You then later realize you just walked on water to get where you are. So, here we are, we reached the other island!
This journey was a three man team- my husband’s faith, determination and hard work, God doing all the work behind the scenes plus his favor on our lives, and me… all I had to do was support my husband 100% and believe in the promise.
I’m here to tell you what transpired from that one island to the other.
Almost a year ago, my husband and I came to visit the property where we are currently living. It’s located 3 hours from what we called home. The moment we walked onto this property, we felt the calling of God. Our lives are an investment, so everywhere we go, we are investing financially or into people’s lives. This property is an investment property involving an apartment complex and wooded land for a potential wedding venue. (But for now, we are enjoying the wooded land with our children, sledding, riding 4 wheeler, fishing, hunting, etc.)
This was NOT an easy journey getting here. Like I said that was 1 year ago when we first visited this property. That’s when the journey began.
So, where did all the faith come in with this?
Well, after running all the numbers with the property, realizing they have the rents for the apartments extremely low, we couldn’t make an offer close enough to what they had wanted. We did not want to be super cheap to the people, however, at the same time, we didn’t want to make a decision off our emotions. After much thought and prayer, my husband and I came up with a number to offer and felt a complete peace about it.
After a week of the realtors communicating back and forth, we decided to withdraw our offer. They were not willing to accept it or budge even close to it.
This is where the FAITH journey began. Like I said in my faith post, never before have we both felt so confident about something; however, at the same time had absolutely no control over it. If we would have allowed our emotions to take over (because we liked the property so much), we would have budged our offer to make sure we got it. This would have opened the door for some extreme financial stress between my husband and I.
So, there we were, standing on faith. Every day one of us would say, “We are meant to have this property. It’s just a matter of how and when we will get it.” We were used to build up each other’s faith, constantly reminding each other what God placed on our hearts and what to believe for. The battle in the mind was to not allow the circumstances determine your thought pattern and beliefs.
This was the waiting period. As we waited, we continued to look at the numbers. My husband sought out wise and successful financial people. He had many discussions with our realtor, attorney, and several banks.
After they had declined our offer, it would have been easy to allow doubt to come in. Daily, I had to remind myself of the promises He gave us.
It sure was well worth the wait… a month later, they contacted us asking us to put another offer in again. A few days later (on the National Day of prayer) it was accepted!
That day was filled with much excitement and tears of joy. It was a miracle that they accepted the offer. However, it still was not an easy ride after that. We had road block after road block, the devil trying to prevent us from getting this property. He did everything he could to discourage us.
We had complications with finding investors to join us in this property. We had complications with the bank. We had complications with getting insurance on the property. The list goes on and on. But we DID NOT GIVE UP!
When something is beaten down and with all its strength rises up again and again… this is how strength is built. The devil tried to destroy our faith, but what he didn’t realize he was doing was helping our faith get stronger and stronger.
Rather than to go into all the detail through the rest of that journey… 7 months later, we arrived at the island!
We feel blessed. We give God all the praise for what He has done. We feel blessed that He would call us to a place like this and entrust us with this kind of responsibility. We love it here. Our children love it here. This definitely was a faith builder.
Thanks for taking the time to hear my heart on our journey this last year. And thanks to all our friends and family who have been a support and encouragement to us during this whole process.
WE ARE BLESSED