Pray and believe for a good deal on a house that fits our needs. Pray for this...
- A house we can afford without constant worry
- Good area with friend potential
- Close enough for my babysitting job
- Space to grow in
- Space to entertain and have the kids close but not too close
- Something attractive and with character
- A special space for Nathan to get away in
- A view of the mountains
- A fireplace
- A fence for a dog
- Nice neighbors
- Under $120,000 total costs
--I know it's not too much for God--Yesterday we put in an offer on a house that meets everyone of the above mentioned criteria. It needs a little work, mostly cosmetic but is in a pretty good area just right down the road. As I was beginning to type this post, the phone rang and my realtor informed me that we are in a multiple offer situation. Basically, that means that their have been other offers submitted today on the same house-- now they are asking us to give our highest and best offer. They will only counter-offer with one party, the party that submitted the highest original offer. Because the house was listed at $119,900, we have decided to stay at our original offer of $120,000 with the seller paying up to $4,000 in closing costs.
Coming to this conclusion was a very big struggle for me. I realize that there is a very good chance that the other party will put in an offer higher than the listing price of $119,900 which would knock our offer right out of the game. However, in my journal entry, I just so happened to list 14 things that I wanted and it appeared that God met all 14. Now #14 is in question. Thoughts running through my mind are "Should I offer $4000 more, that's only a $20 increase in monthly payments" or "Was that $120,000 a divinely inspired number, or should I disregard that part of my prayer and allow for some lee-way" or "By ignoring the fact that I wrote these criteria, and God answered every one except the last, I can come up with a plan B and make this house happen on my own terms... God gave me the common sense to know that it would only be a $20 a month increase and I should use that common sense."
I have decided to let my initial offer of $120,ooo stand. In my journal entry I wrote, "I know it's not too big for God." Now, because of the circumstances, I question whether or not this is too big for Him. I am tempted to make it happen on my own, but I will not give in to that temptation. It's like saying, "Well God, I'm asking you to answer my need for this ________. But if You don't, it's OK, I'll just do it myself." Foolish as I am, this is an extremely difficult act of submission for me.
Would you please pray that by a miracle, our offer would be accepted, Lord willing?