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God’s Word – to Me!


Inundated by documents

  … just one more … and more … and more …

“Your loan is approved.”

“Terrific. Thanks for all your help.”

“Oh, but wait. We need a little more documentation …”

This conversation was repeated multiple times over the past several weeks. Every time we thought we had dotted all the i’s and crossed all the t’s, the Lender asked for something else. A few weeks ago I felt overwhelmed. Will this ever come together?

On 1/17 I wrote about the sale and purchase of a rental property, and some of the lessons God was teaching me about worry.

Then I was reminded that we are to give thanks in ALL things.  In light of the critical issues in our world, this was sorta small. BUT it was big to me, and to my hubby. Jockeying back and forth, having repeated demands for more – information, documents, signatures – pulled energy from me. I felt exhausted. But I began to thank God, telling Him, “I can’t wait to see how you’re going to work this out.” And I was more relaxed.

Our Purchase Contract gave us until 2/10 to close escrow. Tuesday morning, 2/9, we had another potential obstacle. I opened my “verse of the day” from my YouVersion Bible application, and read:

“And I command you today: Love GOD, your God. Walk in his ways. Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exuberantly, blessed by GOD, your God, in the land you are about to enter and possess.”

Deuteronomy 30:16 MSG

Last one!

Last one!

While this promise was written to the nation of Israel, I felt the Holy Spirit affirm that this encouragement was for me, right now. I went through that day, February 9th, and the 10th, with the promise of God encouraging my heart as we pulled together last-minute items, signed off on closing papers, and even waited in a parking lot for an hour for our title company to call verifying they needed one more signature (which they did). And somehow, with lots of effort on multiple folks’ part, we recorded close of escrow late the afternoon of the 10th, just under the wire.

When has scripture encouraged you with a message you felt was just for you at a particular point of need?


  1. Karen O'Connor says:

    Carol, I remember what a stressful time this was for you. But how wonderful that you let the Lord take charge even in the midst of your concern. I remember God reminding me of John 10:10 “My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” many times during the ups and downs of my life. I began to understand that the word ‘fullness’ applies to all facets of living, not just the ‘good part.’ In other words, a ‘full’ life is a beautiful one because God is there with me–no matter what.

    1. carolnl says:

      Thanks, Karen. It is wonderful to rely on God’s promises during all of life. I see you doing that too, knowing God is with you in everything, good and bad.

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