We bought a house! Praise the Lord!

Our new home!
Our new home!

About nine years ago, we moved to the tiny, rural town of Butler, Missouri (which means it’s out in the sticks!); I always say not willingly, but ONLY because my husband Ray got a great job there as a paramedic at Bates County Memorial Hospital. We wanted a house located close to Ray’s work, so we wouldn’t have to fight Missouri’s winter snow and ice driving him to work (we have one car and I usually take him to work).

Initially we lived in a small, brick rental home, and then moved to a larger house in Butler, that was built in 1960 and the landlord who bought it inexpensively remodeled it beautifully. As soon as I saw the ad in the paper to rent the house, something in my spirit leaped.

Couple leaping
Couple leaping

When I met the landlord to go look at the house, and she told me that she flips houses for a living, as soon as my feet stepped inside the back door, I sensed that God wanted to bless Ray and me with this home to buy it, for us to improve it a little, and then us flip it, too, for a profit after several years.  I just felt that the house was mine.

Ray and I knew from the start of signing the year-long lease that our landlord intended to sell the house at some point. She had worked hard on remodeling it and she preferred to sell it to us, because she knew we loved the house, especially me, and that we’d take care of it.

The house is my personal taste and style, with the original wood floors stripped and polished, arched Spanish-style doorways, a sunroom like many homes in Florida have, and many other nice features. 

Image resource: https://katjacoby.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/this-week-is-national-pay-your-bills-week/
Image resource: https://katjacoby.wordpress.com/2012/02/20/this-week-is-national-pay-your-bills-week/

Ray and I have had a LOT of financial struggles during the 25 years of our marriage, including a home foreclosure, filing bankruptcy, and bills going into collection agencies (such as Ray’s medical bills), because we were living hand to mouth, just trying to survive and pay the basics each week.  Because of all this, Ray’s credit score wasn’t high, which is usually necessary to buy a home. 

Marines in war
Marines in war

When our landlord decided to sell the house after we’d lived there the first year, she offered it to us first since she knew I really liked the house. Ray served over 14 years in the Marines military, and wanted a VA (Veterans Administration) loan, because they don’t require any down payment.  He applied several places, but was turned down due to his credit score.  The VA usually requires a minimum credit score of  620.

Ray immediately began working to improve his credit score. We prayed and asked our family and our friends to pray for God’s favor and a miracle to buy this house.  

Our landlord generously allowed us to sign another year’s lease as Ray rebuilt his credit.  It took longer than expected, and then she allowed us to sign another year’s lease while God worked behind the scenes on our behalf! This is God’s FAVOR!

“”For he who finds me finds life And obtains favor from the LORD.”–Proverbs 8:35

The landlord also added a rail to the steps outside the house, which the VA required, and made repairs (paying for them  herself), including a new roof, hiring plumbers to fix a major plumbing issue, repainting,  and other expensive improvements to the home.

When God speaks, it shall be

Two of my friends gave me prophecies that we were going to buy the house, as well as people I didn’t even know—prophetic vessels of God’s on Periscope. When God speaks, it shall be. 

“So shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” –Isaiah 55:11, AKJV

Ray applied for a VA loan and his application was again turned down. He said it looked like we’d have to move, which we both dreaded as we have moved a lot in our marriage and own a lot of stuff! I began searching the papers for a new rental house, but wondered about the prophecies. Like Mary the mother of Jesus, I pondered these things in my heart. (Luke 2:19) Had all those people simply missed it and given a false prophecy?

Then one morning in town, I met a woman at the post office as we waited in line, and admired her beautiful silver bracelet. She said her daughter bought it for her from Tiffany & Co. It turned out that she was a realtor, who knew a lender. This turned out to be a Divine appointment and the lender had a VA lender contact, who made it possible for us to buy this house! Look at God go!

Our house: God did it!
Our house; God did it!
Back door & sunroom
Back door & sunroom
Detached garage
Detached garage
Pink azaleas blooming in our yard
Pink azaleas blooming in our yard

You can see pics of the INSIDE of the house by clicking here. I have made some changes to the decor and furniture since I wrote that blog post. 

I’d told Ray that a VA loan would involve a lot of red tape, and I was right. He was about to pull out his hair from all the paper work he had to keep filling out and the information he had to get in order to process the loan. At times it still seemed “iffy,” but I continued to stand on God’s word. While I struggle with faith in the area of our children and grandchildren, I did have FAITH that we were going to buy this house, and at times I had to encourage Ray to BELIEVE and TRUST GOD!

My friend Stephanie Carter, one of the women who prophesied we’d buy the house, encouraged me to do something as an act of faith that the house was our own, so I planted wildflower seeds outside with Ray as we waited to hear for the response about the loan.

“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” –Hebrews 11:6, NASB

Stephanie urged me and Ray to ONLY speak words of faith over this house and the loan, and go to the four corners of the land, praying silently over it as the people of Israel did at Jericho before the final victory. (Joshua 6) She said tell everyone I knew that this house was ours, even strangers, lol. I did all this, and I dropped the communion elements of bread and wine at each of the four corners. (Matthew 26:17-30)

I also buried a mustard seed which was inside a heart charm for a necklace of mine, at my friend Shelley Valasek’s encouragement, right beside the wildflowers. (Matthew 17:20)

Here’s a picture of me planting the seeds, and Ray and I holding a green stone that says “Faith” on it that I found at the Dollar General store. 

me planting wildflower seeds
me planting wildflower seeds
Ray & me Holding our "faith" stone, as we wait for final approval of the VA loan for the home we're buying this year
Ray & me holding our “faith” stone, as we wait for final approval of the VA loan for the home we’re buying this year

Here is Ray in the picture below, signing the papers with the attorney and our landlord at the attorney’s office. 

God gave us favor to not need a down payment, AND our landlord even paid all the closing costs! Praise JESUS!

Ray signing papers at the house closing
Ray signing papers at the house closing
Landlord signing papers at house closing
Landlord signing papers at house closing

After the papers were signed, Ray and I went out to lunch to celebrate at Olive Garden! All the glory and praise goes to Jesus Christ! This is a miracle, with our financial problems in the past and Ray’s previous credit score. God did it, halleluah!

Ray & me toasting at OG
Ray & me toasting at OG
Ray's green apple Sangria
Ray’s green apple Sangria
Me with Italian Moscato red wine
Me with Italian Moscato red wine
OG bread sticks and salad
OG bread sticks and salad

I’m so happy to tell you that we are now proud home-owners! Ray and I prayed over the house, the land, our marriage, our children, our grandchildren when we bought this house, breaking any curses over it and asking God to bless us and our home.

Me & Ray at 25th "silver" wedding anniversary & home purchase party
Me & Ray at 25th “silver” wedding anniversary & home purchase party

We had our 25th “silver” wedding anniversary and home purchase party on Mother’s Day 2017, which I’ll share about in another blog post. Thank you to all who prayed for us to buy this house; it wouldn’t have happened without YOUR prayers!

GOD DID IT! PRAISE THE LORD!

What are you believing God for in your life? What miracle do you need? Leave your comments below.

Are you needing more faith? Read my book on praying in faith at Amazon by clicking here. 

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Italian for Thanksgiving

Cinzzetti's Italian Market tables
Cinzzetti’s Italian Market tables

Winter Storm Cato is beginning, with 1,200 flights cancelled across the U.S. Although it’s primarily hitting the northeast U.S., the storm was already starting here in the Kansas City, MO area, very windy and cold, when I was picking up a few snacks for tomorrow.  I’m praying it will pass by Sunday, when Ray and I are supposed to eat out with our kids and grandkids at Cinzzetti’s Italian Market for our Thanksgiving meal. We had to coordinate Ray’s work schedule with our daughters Heather’s and Eden’s work schedules.

An Italian buffet is different from the traditional American Thanksgiving fare, but I’m REALLY looking forward to it! No cooking. No mess in the kitchen. (When Ray and Eden are in a kitchen cooking, it looks like a tornado hit it.) No dishes to wash. Just eating, relaxing, and enjoying our family!

ravioli -Cinzetti's
ravioli- Cinzetti’s

My friend Shelley said one year for Thanksgiving, her family went out for Chinese at a restaurant. Love it!

Our family
Our family
Our 3 precious grandchildren, Jacob, Annabelle & Violet
Our 3 precious grandchildren, Jacob, Annabelle & Violet

How are you planning to spend your Thanksgiving? I hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family and friends. 

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:8

 

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Exchange your old slippers for glass slippers

This week I was hammering a picture into the wall that is above the stairs that lead to the downstairs recreation room (Ray’s “man cave”), and when I finished, I tripped on my slippers that I wear to keep my feet warm in winter.

I fell forward, rolling down several stairs, hitting my left cheekbone, left shoulder, left wrist, and left knee.

This is the first time something like this has ever happened and the fall scared me. I am thankful that God protected me and I didn’t get a concussion, a broken bone, or wasn’t more seriously injured.

(I threw the backless slippers away and am getting a new kind that have a back. I also anointed the staircase’s walls and prayed the blood of Jesus over the stairs, asking God to dispatch angels up and down the stairs, and for His protection and blessing over our home, our children’s and grandchildren’s homes and property. You and I have to be wise to the enemy’s devices.)

Here’s a pic of the impact to and rug burn on my left cheekbone (it is healing and I’m praying it doesn’t leave a scar).

impact rug burn on cheekbone
impact and rug burn on cheekbone

Here’s a pic of my scraped knee.

scraped knee
scraped knee

My left shoulder wasn’t very red but it is hurting the most.

shoulder
shoulder

I still have a small bruise on my wrist and knee, a rug burn on my cheekbone, and my left shoulder and left wrist still hurt. My shoulder needs the most prayer. 

I texted my husband Ray at work and he came by our house to check on me for injuries. (What a guy!) He didn’t believe I had a concussion, and advised me to keep ice on and off on my cheekbone, wrist, and shoulder. I posted on Facebook for friends to pray for me. 

One of my friends from Sunday small group, Dan Zacharias, posted on my Facebook wall a word which I believe was right on.

First he said, ” Praying. Any connection to those glass slippers you posted earlier? I’m not trying to be funny, just wondering.” (I had posted earlier that I was thinking of having another Cinderella women’s conference in spring 2015.)

Then when I asked what he meant and thought he was onto something, he replied, “Beth, I don’t know what it means, if anything. Perhaps prophetically you (or believers in general) are to exchange your old slippers that trip you up, for glass slippers and step up into the Kingdom. Just a thought.

Dan Zacharias' comment on Facebook
Dan Zacharias’ comment on Facebook

Please understand, that I have been attending Dave and Ruth Christian’s small group (home church) for over a year now, and Dan has shared words of encouragement with me and others that were extremely accurate…so he isn’t just some random person on the street who gave me a prophetic word. The Bible says, “Test all things; hold fast what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21, NKJV)  Dan has a reliable prophetic history. I trust that he hears God’s voice. I believe this was a word from God, for me and all believers.

How is the enemy Satan tripping you up to hinder or stop you from your purpose in Christ? He attacks God’s people in many ways, including:

  • Discouragement
  • Distractions
  • Anger
  • Fears
  • Envy/jealousy/comparing yourself with others
  • Entertainment (T.V., movies, internet)
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Financial struggles
  • Health issues
  • Job/career challenges
  • Problems in ministry
  • Accidents/disasters
  • Feelings of unworthiness/low self-esteem
  • Sin
  • Guilt/false guilt
  • Laziness/apathy/cynicism
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulemia, gluttony)
  • In-law difficulties/Family strife
  • ______________________ (You fill in the blank.)

 Which of these are tripping you up?

Another thing Dan said which really encouraged me was that the reason Satan attacks me is because I am a warrior for God. “Warriors like you get wounded, get back up and defeat the enemy. You are a testimony and encouragement to many people.”

Dan Zacharias- warrior word
Dan Zacharias- warrior word

 

 This is true. Satan hates the people of God. He is doing all he can to kill, steal and destroy – to keep us from fulfilling God’s calling for our lives. But through Christ we are unstoppable!

We fall. We get back up. We defeat Satan by the blood of Jesus, the word of our testimony, and through laying down our lives. (Revelation 12:11)

It is time for you to exchange your slippers that trip you up for the beautiful, Divinely-Designed glass slippers – your unique purpose and mission from God.

Cinderella knew that to go to the ball, she couldn’t wear her old rags and old slippers. She needed a new dress and new shoes. The fairy godmother provided a beautiful new gown and extraordinary glass slippers. She stood out among the rest of the women attending the ball and danced with the prince.

She had to run away at midnight before everything changed, but she left behind a glass slipper. He was determined to find the owner of the glass slipper and his servants discovered that was Cinderella. Cinderella was the one he wanted to marry.

She became the radiant bride of the Prince. Just as the Prince chose Cinderella to be his bride, Jesus our Prince has chosen you and me to be His glorious Bride.

Beth Jones, International Speaker The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes
Beth Jones, International Speaker

Get up! It’s time to walk in your glass slippers – your unique shoes (purpose). Remove whatever obstacles or hindrances are keeping you from doing what God said for you to do. Ask God what those obstacles are that are standing in the way between you and God and your purpose/life assignment.

Exchange your old slippers for your glass slippers; step out in faith and do what God has called you to do and to be!

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Thank you to all who prayed for me after the fall. I appreciate your prayers so much!

Please keep praying for my left shoulder and left wrist, and that my face will completely heal with no scarring.

Thanks so much to my family and friends who cover me in prayer-and to God, my protector and healer!

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