"Jude and Alisha,
Congrats on selling your house...and congrats to me on my very first home! Myself, my family and numerous friends have all been praying along side of you that this house would sell and I would be the buyer. From what I've read, you have this burden on you for 3.5 years and wondered what God was teaching you over this time. I can't exactly say what He had in mind for you but for me He had my timing in mind. I am a 28 year old single, divorced mom of two wonderful kids, Audrey (6) & Logan (4) and a survivor of 5 year domestically violent marriage. My credit was destroyed by my ex and I walked away 2.5 years ago with $100 to my name. I moved from Texas back home to "Normal" to start over. Never did I picture myself in a position to buy a house 2.5 years later. As selfish as it may sound, I am thankful for your struggle. Because of your struggle my kids and I can start a new chapter in our lives, which we are so ever grateful for. I impatiently waited 8 months to get this house. That is nothing in comparison to your 3.5 year wait. What I do know is that "all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" - Romans 8:28
I thought of your family often as I painted my new house. I could see the pretty blue color you had on the walls (left over behind the electrical face plates)and wondered how excited you guys must be to have this all DONE!!
On Monday Aug 6, 2012 at 12pm, all things did work together for both of our families. Mine started a new chapter and yours finally, after a long wait, closed one. I'm happy for you guys and I wish you all the best!!
God was preparing our home for her and our hearts for Him. Our pain, her pain, united together and offered to Christ at the foot of His Cross brought forth the peace and joy and new life we all share in now. May we never forget the goodness of the Lord.