Welcome to the “Be Fully Persuaded” series! Today Heather Cook shares how God gave her family a home of their own. I pray that it will encourage you to stand strong in your faith and that God will make Romans 4:20-21 a reality for all of us as we focus on Him and His Word:
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)
A Home of Our Own by Heather Cook
My husband and I have been married for 11 years. For the first 10.5 years of our marriage we moved from house to house. Not because we wanted to, but because we always rented. We have always had most of our income come from self-employment. It is fantastic to be able to make money on the side, and from home. However, when it comes to buying things like a house, it can pose some difficulties. We had pursued buying a house, but because of being self-employed they wanted a HUGE down payment. With four kids, and a seasonal business it was just never an option.
Fast forward to 2010. We were given an amazing opportunity to rent a house on the same land as my parents’. It had a huge screened-in porch that looked over the river and was amazing. My husband adored it and joked you would never be able to get him to leave. The kids were right across the field from my parents, so they could run back and forth as much as they wanted. It was fantastic.
Then I got the call. It was only two months after moving there. The owners decided they wanted to sell it. Since we were in a year lease they offered to buy us out. The house would be easier to sell without a family of 6 living in it. I was angry and frustrated. We felt like we were supposed to move there. Who missed it? Was it us, or the owners who decided to sell? Either way we needed to find a home.
We took our money from the buy out, and started looking for the next house to call home. After lots of looking we finally found another house. It was smaller than what we were used to, but the price was right. It was really cute and clean with a nice fenced backyard. The owner was a sweet lady who assured us she had only purchased the home for an investment, and that she never intended to need it for any reason. We could live there as long as we wanted. PERFECT! That was exactly what I needed to hear. We planted trees, put in flowerbeds, painted, and made it a home for our family. After all we would be there as long as we wanted, right? WRONG! After six months we received a text message that she was splitting from her boyfriend and needed the house back. All I could do was cry, cry, and cry some more.
I felt defeated and angry. Where in the world was God? We had prayed about the moves and felt at peace through each one. So why on earth did I have to search for the third house in a year?
I wanted to buy my own house so badly! My husband finally was settled in a corporate job, but half of our income still came from self-employment. God brought one specific house back to my memory. It was in the country, and it was darling. We decided to take a leap of faith and call the real estate agent. We went to look at it. I fell in love. It was about a thousand square feet bigger than what we were living in, and it even had a room for a homeschool room.
I was sold! The best part was that the owners had agreed to finance it themselves, so the self-employment didn’t matter. Everything was set except for the down payment that we needed. We had no idea how we would get the money. Then the best phone call of the year came. We were getting a check for the exact amount needed for the down payment, and the check would be there right in time for closing!
Not only did God provide everything I had always wanted, but it is mine! No one can call and tell me to move. No one can tell me what pets I am allowed to have or what color to paint my walls. God gave me the perfect place for my family to finally call home. Now I look at those last moves like stepping stones to get me to the place I am today. Without those moves I would have never found this place. My heart is happy, and my family is at peace. God is so faithful to provide for us. Even when the road seems a little twisty and sometimes frustrating, there is a purpose.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who
love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
Heather Cook has been married to her best friend for eleven years and is the mother of four incredible children. She is glad to be a daughter of the King of Kings. Heather writes at Cook Family Chronicles, and you can interact with her on Facebook and Twitter.