Learning About Trusting God
Trusting God can transform your life.
It often pushes you outside your comfort zone.
But it’s always worth it!
Trusting God is simply believing that He loves us, He really does care about us, He is genuinely good and kind, He has the power to help us, He wants to help us, and He really does help us everyday.
This is a story about just that.
The story of a woman trying hard to be a better person. Trying to keep a roof over her head and food on the table.
The story of a woman learning about trusting God and being rewarded by seeing Him in everyday miracles.
Where We’ve Come From
If you have read the previous Miracle Series posted here you know over the past four years I’ve struggled through a dramatic downturn in my business, loosing my contract with Delta County, and finally moving to Cortez. I moved for a job, but my “Little Peanut” kept me here while the Lord kicked me out of my comfort zone, grew me up, changed me, and showed me incredible love and care through it all. He has blessed me beyond imagination. And continues to bless me every day!
But it has been a process of learning every step of the way. But isn’t that how life is supposed to be?
A Quick Review
For those that have not read the previous Miracle Series posts I want to do a quick review. (And I’ve included links at the bottom of this post in case you want to go read the previous Miracle Series posts)
The month before the last Presidential election my health products business crashed. Then Delta County didn’t renew my contract. To keep the wolf from the door I started a little office cleaning business. But old back injuries quickly let me know I wasn’t going to be doing that long.
I started praying for a new and better job.
A month later I was driving down a dusty gravel road outside Delta headed to one of my cleaning jobs when my cell phone rang. I pulled over and answered. It was the Director of Human Services for Montezuma County. We had never met, but he offered me a job right there on the spot.
They were in a bad situation because of Obamacare and needed an experienced Med person and troubleshooter. We talked about me working 2 or 3 days a week for several months. I was going to Cortez the following week to house-sit for my daughter and son-in-law and would stop in and meet him while there.
As soon as he shook my hand I knew I liked the man. And by the end of what turned into an interview, he offered me a full time position.
But that would require shutting down a life that had taken me almost 30 years to build, uprooting, and moving. I wasn’t too keen on that idea because it meant leaving the bulk of my family, all my friends, and my home. And I loved my place:
Add to that my daughter was furious that I was even considering taking the job. She didn’t want me commuting, or camping out at her house, and certainly not moving.
So I ramped up my prayers for guidance and clarity in the situation.
The following Sunday, as I drove to church I had yet another argument with Mika about the job. I had to give the Director my final answer the following morning. Through the entire service I prayed and begged God for direction. By the end of the service I had decided to not take the job. It just wasn’t worth the fights it was causing with my daughter.
After church I drove a few blocks to the gas station. As I put the car in park, my cell phone rang.
It was my daughter.
I debated if I should answer.
Finally I gave in and the conversation went something like this.
An agitated voice on the other end fired back, “Where have you been?
As calmly as possible, “At church.”
“Well we have to tell you something and now Hardy (my son-in-law) has to leave so we have to hurry.”
“Sorry, I didn’t know you needed me.”
“And don’t cry!”
I thought, great, now I’m going to yelled at by both of them and it’s so bad it’s going to make me cry.
With that, my son-in-law got on the phone and together they told me they were pregnant.
I didn’t cry.
All I could do was laugh!
God knew about the coming grandchild all along. He knew it would kill me to not be close enough to see her often and to not have a bond with her.
And there was the answer that I had been diligently praying for.
Trusting God, the next morning I accepted the job.
Trust God And He Will Bless You
When I accepted the new job my second trial came moments later.
As I had driven home after my interview the week before, by accident I had looked at a rental property that would work perfectly for me if I accepted the job. I had walked the place with the owner’s aunt and uncle who were managing the property. I told them I should know in a few days if I was coming. They called the owner and he said not to worry they would hold it for me.
After accepting the job I called the owner to confirm I wanted the property and see where to wire the money. He informed me he had hired a local realtor as his new property manager and the rent had Tripled!
I tried to get him to honor his commitment but he would not.
And I could not afford the new amount he wanted. So there I was with a new job, but nowhere to live. Thanks alot God!
I had two weeks to find a rental property – with room for me, 4 horses, 2 cats, and 2 dogs, pack up 20 years of life, move, get settled, and be ready to start a new job.
You would think that in this economy finding such a rental property would be fairly easy. But it is not!
I searched, Mika searched, Hardy searched, everyone I knew in Cortez searched. But no one found a rental that would work for me. I almost backed out on taking the job. But then I found a one room cabin 20 plus minutes out of town with a 10’x10′ corner of fenced in dirt. I wasn’t enough ground for my horses and the cats would have to stay at the barn in Hotchkiss for the time, but it would give me a place to sleep, shower, and keep my dogs while I looked for a different place.
But I was pretty frustrated with God. He got me in this mess! He knew I came as a “package” and needed a place with some land for all my animals. I believed He was a big God, capable of great things. But I couldn’t believe He would get me this job, in the same town as my daughter, son-in-law, and coming grandchild, and not provide a decent place for me, and my animals to live.
But never doubt God!
He was at work.
The cabin owner said she would email me wiring instructions for the rent the following morning. Instead the email I received asked if I would consider renting the main house and rest of the 30 acres where the cabin was located instead of the cabin.
As she and I were talking the night before, a neighbor had emailed her pictures of how bad the place looked. She and her husband were going to evict the current renter as soon as her husband could drive from N. Carolina. If I was interested, I could have that place instead.
That place consisted of 30 acres of lush horse pasture, a six stall horse barn, hay shed, and a beautiful custom home with a giant fenced yard.
I could not have built a more perfect place for myself!
To top it off, the property was for sale and the owners said they would consider taking my rentals in Delta as part of the purchase price.
YES! Oh definitely Yes!
Trusting God will provide can be challenging, but SO Worth It!
A New Place
I was apprehensive, but excited about the possibilities the Lord was laying out in front of me.
God was taking amazing care of me and my little menagerie of 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 4 horses!
But I had my work cut out of me! The weeds were over my head!
But by spring, this is the jewel God had dropped into my lap!
More Chances for Trusting God
Soon after I moved in, the owners decided they couldn’t afford to take my rentals. I would have to sell them to be able to afford the place.
But the economy in Delta County was already in the toilet, and tumbling towards the sewer. The hope of selling my properties was slip-sliding down the drain with it.
With each showing of my dream property my anxiety increased. I wondered if today was the day I would be told “it’s sold and you have to find another place.”
But not just a place for me, but also my little herd of animals and pets.
From the time I figured out I wouldn’t be able to buy the place, I had been praying, and casually looking for a different one. Preferably one that was not for sale. But the rental properties that allowed horses were so expensive there was no way I could afford them. I needed yet another miracle.
Back Track For A Second
When I had been getting ready to move from Hotchkiss, a friend from Crawford who had always wanted to live in Cortez asked if I would consider a roommate. She would pay half the rent and utilities. I gladly said yes!
I was so thankful she moved with me not only to help with the rent, but also because I didn’t anticipate was how much propane it would take to keep that giant house warm. It had tile floors sitting directly on the concrete foundation. The heat was in the ceiling. Making it nearly impossible to keep the house warm in the winter. It defiantly took us both to pay the rent and utilities during the cold months.
But by August, my roommate decided Montezuma County wasn’t the place for her. She packed up and moved back to Crawford. Leaving me with winter coming and a huge house to heat with pro-pain, (Yes, that’s spelled correctly!) and her horse and one of her cats!
The propane bills for the coming winter terrified me. When my friend told me she was moving I ramped up my search for a cheaper place to live, or another roommate.
I ran around like a crazy person for a month and found nothing. Nothing to buy, nothing to rent, and no one wanting to live 20 miles out in the country in a house that might sell the day after they moved in!
Let Go and Let God
Finally, out of desperation,
I gave up.
I decided the Lord brought me here so I had to remember He is faithful and He would provide.
I settled into enjoying the property the Lord had allowed me to be living on. And I started praying He would provide an incredible, Christian roommate before the winter cold set in, or a different place.
Pray and trust.
Trust in the God that I firmly believed had brought me here and had been providing miracle after miracle in the process.
One of my favorite sayings to share with others is “Speak It Till You See It”.
But did I really believe that? Did I honestly believe God was trustworthy?
With every fiber of my being!
I started speaking positive about the impending winter cold.
I started thanking God for taking my roommate out of my house.
I thanked Him for bringing me an amazing Christian woman for a roommate.
I thanked Him for the great friendships and amazing blessings that would come out of this transition and situation.
I just kept thanking Him and praising Him as the nights grew chillier, and the days grew shorter.
I trusted Him with every fiber of my being.
At first I had spread the word around work and the church I attend that I either needed a new place to rent, or a roommate.
I had put up a flyer at the vet’s office and the local feed stores.
But with winter looming, eventually I felt I had no other option but to put an ad in the local paper for a roommate.
Oh I dreaded doing that.
Because . .
I was afraid.
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