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The beginning of this year I shared my current story of stepping out in faith. Today is time to share the rest of the story. Why today? Why is six months later time to share this update?
Today my wife and I went to court to finalize our bankruptcy.
I know what you are thinking. What the heck? If this is the result to trusting God, why would I take the risk?
“Christianity isn’t boring; Christians are boring. It’s like we’ve been invited to go cliff jumping. We go to the cliff. We look over the edge. But, we never jump. Christianity is only boring if you never jump.” – Banning Liebscher
At the beginning of the year, I felt God leading me to leave my job to trust Him with something new. I didn’t know what He was calling me into; I only knew that first step. Over the last six months I have started my own business helping companies find new customers and increase sales. This has mainly been in online marketing but has also included strategies for the brick and mortar.
Most of these stories of stepping out in faith you will hear, will tell of a rough start and then God coming through at the last minute. My families story got the first half right. I met with several companies and individuals and left encouraged each time of God’s calling for me. However, over the first six month’s I received one client and burned through savings.
The burn was aggravated because we still owned a home in another state that wouldn’t sell. That mortgage plus the rent for where we lived made up a large monthly expense. I asked God if I was to look for part-time work, and felt I was not to pursue those options. As May ended, the pressure of the dual payments created enough red flags to push even harder on the options of unloading the house.
As my wife prayed, she felt God talking to her about bankruptcy. As I looked into foreclosure, I realized that bankruptcy was a necessary step to get out from underneath the loss of equity on the house. The exact word Allison heard for us was that the bankruptcy would be His supernatural provision for us. Some times it hard to believe the still small voice is God’s, but in this case we chose to believe.
As we applied for bankruptcy, we realized we needed to get our finances down to an obscenely low amount because of the assets we had in our cars. In God’s goodness He had been depleting our bank accounts for several months to where we had just the right amount of money at the time of filing for bankruptcy.
The very next day after filing for bankruptcy I was contacted for two jobs. One was on-going part-time that would cover our monthly expenses. The other would put some money back into savings with the potential of future work. Since that time I have picked up another job and have two strong potential jobs that may come soon.
Wouldn’t it have been easier for God to sell the house?
Absolutely! We had been praying for the house to sell. We had no idea when the process started that this was the way He wanted us to unload the house. That’s the thing about God… His ways are not like our ways (Isaiah 55:8). He knows what we need and in His pleasure He will meet them in His ways.
The choice is ours. Will we hold God to come through in our ways or will we trust Him for whatever He wants to do. God is good. As for me and my family, we will trust He is big enough to cover all our needs and He loves it when you trust Him.