Taking possession of our home took months. It was a battle. The house was owned by the church and we were in a building program.
It sat empty for 3 years and was on the market for 2 years. As Treasurer of the church, I really wanted to sell the house. As a wife pregnant with her first child, I really wanted to buy the house!
We were approved for a loan, but several things had to be repaired before we could close. I walked to the house and prayed because God told Moses he would give him every place the sole of his foot touched, see Deuteronomy 11:24 and Joshua 1:3.
We finally went to the council with a proposition, we would rent the house and provide some of the labor on the repairs. (It is harder to sell an empty house.) We moved in November, 1985.
Our son was born March, 1986 and I spent the summer painting rooms. I remember painting the nursery with low VOC paint while the baby slept. When he woke up he threw a stuffed animal into the tray full of paint!
We finally closed on the house in August, 1986. Today I read of another “step of faith” that the Israelites did when possessing the land seemed impossible.
Joshua 18:4, “Provide three men from each tribe, and I will send them out that they may set out and go up and down the land. They shall write a description of it with a view to their inheritances, and then come to me.”
They wrote a description and kept the vision of their inheritance before them.
Habakkuk 2:2, 3, “Write the vision, make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.” ESV
Thank you for the home you provided for my family. I pray you will bring to a close the battle that Doni is fighting her inheritance.