His Great Faithfulness
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.
– Lamentations 3:22-23
In May 2016, my husband, Jerry retired from First Baptist Church, Cary, North Carolina after 14 years as Associate Pastor.
Prior to his retirement, we had been praying about where we would move. The 18 years we spent living in North Carolina and his 14 years in ministry were such a blessing to us both. We really hated to leave such a beautiful state. We knew that we did not want to move back to the Tulsa area where we had lived for over 30 years prior to moving to North Carolina. We did know that we wanted to live someplace closer due to family living in the Tulsa area and in Missouri.
We thought of several pretty areas in northeast Arkansas or somewhere around an area lake perhaps, but nothing really felt right. One day, Jerry sent me a link to an article about one of 10 best places to retire…one of the 10 was Tulsa, Oklahoma. Then one day we were driving around town, and as we pulled up to a stoplight, a U-Haul trailer pulled up beside us. And there, on the side of the trailer, was Tulsa, Oklahoma! We both looked at each other and felt that God was leading us back to Tulsa.
After much prayer and discussion, we decided Tulsa was the place for us and so we began the process of finding a home and making the move halfway across the country. In God’s perfect timing and His perfect faithfulness, we found a home, closed on it, and moved back to Oklahoma in June of 2016.
We also still had a home to sell in North Carolina. The summer of 2016 is when our Lord truly showed us His faithfulness and His perfect timing for our lives. The real estate market was very good in the area we lived in, and our home sold within hours of putting it on the market. However, that deal fell, and we put our home back on the market. Again, it sold within hours, and for almost 6 weeks, we thought our home was sold. At the last minute, something happened with the buyer’s credit, and it looked as though the deal would fall. It was at this point of stress that we got on our knees and cried before the Lord to ask His forgiveness for our sin of worry. God’s Word commands us, “…do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. So we gave the transaction up to Him. I’d like to say that deal went through, but it did not.
So back on the market, one more time, and again, under contract within hours. This time, we gave the contract to God and asked Him for guidance and direction. This time our home closed within 30 days to a sweet couple who told us they sat outside the house in their car and prayed over the transaction.
We know, without a doubt, that we are where God wanted us to be. My mother passed away a year after we moved back, so I was able to minister to her and help provide for her needs. And our family experienced another death that showed us that we were needed exactly where God had placed us!
What a comfort to know that every single day when we wake up, God’s mercies are new every morning! All we have to do is give our worries and anxieties to Him and He will take care of us. Great is His faithfulness!
Pray: Dear Lord, thank You for Your mercies and Your compassions and that You do not fail us. Though we fail You, we have the assurance that You will forgive us if we acknowledge our sin. We pray that we can show Your mercy and compassion to those we come in contact with each day. Thank you for your great faithfulness!
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