Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Away We Go

So I have retyped this post now at least 3 times. How is it possible I have so much to share since its only been a month since my last emotional outburst. Ooooops... I mean blog. well I do have crazy stuff to tell those of you who are curious.  By the way I do appreciate that you take the time to read these things. I enjoy writing but I really enjoy documenting things. I cant tell you how many times I've gone back to re-read old journals or old posts and find it so encouraging to see where we were and where we are now and all that the Lord has been so faithful to do. 

okay here we go. So we started looking at rentals right away. The first 2 we pursued were total scams! They wanted us to transfer funds to their bank and THEN they'd mail us a key to view the property blah blah blah. And then we found this great house. When I say great I mean it was in our budget with the space we needed and in a decent neighborhood. It didn't move my heart but I suppose not everything in life has too. So we contacted that management company filled out our application and waited, and waited ,and waited and nothing. We never got a call back from the owner, he never returned my emails etc. So strange right! And it hadn't rented out to anyone, its just sitting empty. I didn't know if this house was "the " house for us so I just always said "Lord your will be done" because I'm not sure if this is resistance or you not wanting us to be there. At this point I'm feeling pretty discouraged and frustrated. So lets fast forward to Sunday a week ago.

 Ferrill wakes me up at 4am to tell me this dream he'd just had. Ferrill doesn't have dreams often but when he does weird things start happening. ( some of you may understand what I mean by this and some of you may not) he goes on to tell me in this dream a woman from church comes to him and says "I'm worried about you and Sharon taking on more than you can handle by renting a house." right after that another woman from church comes up to him and says " The Lord wants me to paint a landscape of your life and He says its the verse I used to pray over my oldest son when he was a baby." Ferrill then wakes up and is overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord in our room. Well the next day he calls this second woman from our church that was in the dream and tells it to her. She said "My son is 35, how would I ever remember 1 verse I prayed over him?!" She says she had a journal at home somewhere that she would write in while she was pregnant with him and she would see if there were any verses in it that could help. 3 hours later she calls and says "you're never going to believe this but their is one verse in that whole journal and its Isaiah 52:13." That verse says See, my servant shall act wisely. He will be raised and lifted up and highly exalted!

Whoa crazy right. So the next 3 days I would hear Ferrill all day long praying "Lord give me your servant wisdom. Be exalted in our lives and in this situation were in." On Wednesday he calls me and says, as he's been praying he feels like the Lord is showing him that he wants us to buy a house and not rent! oh geeez I thought. It had been only about a year since we sold our home in Kansas city and I couldn't believe he was even open to the idea. We had to do a short sale and it wasn't an easy process by any means. We both continued praying and once again id just say to the Lord "your will be done" I hadn't even thought of buying a house!  That same day he contacts a realtor to see if it would even be possible. She tells us their is a slim chance, but would love to help us. You could literally feel her cringe when we told her we needed to be out of our place by April 1st." I Mean, it could happen but the chances are so slim." So ferrill prayed some more. Then he called me again. "I feel like the Lord has shown me a family in our church that we should ask to stay with while were waiting out the process of buying. I'm going to call them to see if they can meet today and discuss it." I was thinking this was all pretty crazy at this point.  Within hours we had gone from looking at rentals to hoping to buy and move in with someone! And it was all coming from what the Lord was sharing with my husband (which I will say was quite sexy, but also slightly stressful) I was really going to have to believe and trust in both my husband and God if this was really going to happen.

So The wife of the couple comes to church before service Wednesday to talk with Ferrill in his office. He goes on to tell her about the dream and that he feels like the Lord had a home for us to own and not rent. She quickly asks Ferrill "Are you about to ask if you and Sharon can move into our house?"  He smiles and says "why yes... yes I was." And she starts laughing. Apparently that morning during prayer the Lord had already spoken to her and said "The Gallaways are going to be staying with you for a while." And although she hadn't expected the conversation to come up so quickly, nor why we would be needing to stay she was prepared with her reply, which was yes. Ferrill called me back and just like that a plan was in place. Of course we met over lunch with the couple to discuss details but clearly the Lord was up to something. My husband is practically radiating faith for us right now and our household has been consumed with peace ever since. So... we are moving in with them in about 2 weeks, by then we will hopefully know what loan we can get and will pursue looking for a place. I will say even the idea of owning a home again goes beyond what I could have hoped the Lord to do for us. whether its a fast transition or one that takes the next year or so I'm always amazed at the Lords desire to bless us.

How do I feel about all this? Well, The Lords been speaking to me about being a whole hearted servant. When he asked me the other day if I thought I was one, I easily said yes, duh. Then when I studied what it really meant (which is to without any reservation or delay, attend to the Lord) I remembered back on all the times the Lord had spoke to me to do what he desired. To marry...to move many times... to become pastors...to adopt a baby, and I couldn't think of a single time I did any of these things without reservation or delaying. Every stinking time my heart was reluctant to do what I knew he was asking me to do, but the results were always the same. He always made a way, he always provided, he always blessed us. So now having been made aware of this about myself I don't want to just be obedient to him, but I want to participate without any reservations! To simply obey is good, but their is an even better way, one that requires the heart to invest fully. And if that's buying a home or adopting another baby or moving overseas I want to be excited about his plan because it is so perfect and so good. That's how I feel.

I was at a friends house for dinner last night and I was tossing sweet Finley up in the air and it was so sweet how shed just relax and giggle as I caught her every time. We both thought isn't it so wild and beautiful how trusting babies are. If Jesus himself were tossing me up in the air id be saying, "don't drop me don't drop me!" but I'm sure all Finley felt was "I trust you I trust you I trust you!" and I want to be more like that. I can trust God, and I will trust Him. Id be a fool not too. So that's the scoop . Be praying for us as we transition into the great unknown. Pray for a supernatural loan and a home that radiates another testimony of his greatness. Your will be done Lord.

 Until next time. xoxo -Sharon