Thursday, June 21, 2007

Good Things Come in Threes

I've heard it said before that "good things come in threes." I don't know if it's a true statement or not, but if the last two days are any indication, I am more inclined than ever to believe it...

As the week began on Monday, the stress of waiting for our house to sell was starting to get to me. In fact, I wrote about how I was feeling here. We had been praying for God to take care of the details, but we were also coming up with all of our contingency plans in case our house didn't sell. I was also getting discouraged when I read articles like this one that said the housing market was slumping and probably not going to get better any time soon...BUT...that was just the beginning....

Good Thing #1- We had an upright piano that we had decided we were not going to take with us to Texas. It was not a particularly valuable piano, and we weren't sentimental about it, so we just wanted to sell it. I went online and took out an ad in our local fl
yer which gets mailed to most households in the Tampa Bay area. I thought the ad was going to come out on Wednesday, but on Tuesday morning I received a call from someone who was interested. I met them at the house at 3:00, and we agreed on a price that was good for both of us. Since he owned a remodeling business, he called his work crew and they came and picked it up within thirty minutes! I couldn't believe that we had sold our piano in less than a day, and all I had done was take out a free ad and answered one phone call. I told Anne that I thought it was a sign. God was just showing me that he was still in control, and that He was not limited by our circumstances.

Good Thing #2- I was having lunch (unfortunately my last one for a while) with my good friend Roy, when I received a call from my mom. I wrote here about how she had to have a double mastectomy two weeks ago because of a recurrence of breast cancer. She was calling to inform me that she had just met with her surgeon who told her that they were able to remove ALL of the cancer and that she was now 100% CANCER FREE!! We are so grateful that God has been with her through this whole process. Even though her recovery is painful, she knows that this episode is behind her, and she has much more LIFE to look forward to.

Good Thing #3- We were scheduled to have an open house last night. But it never happened. At about four o'clock, a couple arrived who had been sent over by Josh, our realtor. Anne let them in to browse through the house while they were waiting for Josh to arrive. They seemed like a really nice couple with one elementary aged son who was having fun on the swing set in the backyard. It turned out that they had been scheduled to close on a house last Friday, but through a series of unforeseen circumstances, the deal was called off. Well, long story short, they made an offer. Even though it wasn't as much as we had hoped, we felt good about it knowing that we would still make a significant increase over our initial investment. When all the papers had been signed, and they had left the house, our whole family did a crazy "We sold our house" dance. We even made Josh bust a move! It all happened so fast that we were asking ourselves, "did we just sell our house?!" We are so excited that we will now all be able to move to Texas together, and now we just have to concentrate on finding our next home.

Once again, God has shown his faithfulness in our lives. As Angie Macy reminded me earlier in the week, He truly is an "On Time God!"

Jeremiah 29:11- "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"




7 comments:

Adam said...

Let's hope good things come in 4's this time, so you can find the right house in Texas!

Good news Mark, and very encouraging!

shl45 said...

That's wonderful news! May God bless you guys in Texas!! When do you leave?

Mark Lunsford said...

We still don't have a definite day yet. We just know it will be the "end of July." We're going to take a quick trip to Frisco next Thursday and Friday to make a decision on a house there, then we should know more. Thanks for your prayers!

Amy said...

So glad to hear about your mom, Mark. Praise God. And as for your house...that's encouraging news. I'm going to pass it on to a friend who is waiting to sell her house in Orlando. Hope the move to Texas is a smooth transition for you and your family.

Amy

Steph said...

That is awesome! I'm so excited and happy for you. I wish I could have seen the crazy "we sold our house" dance.

Angie M said...

CONGRATULATIONS ON "EVERYTHING"...GOD IS SO GOOD, SO
FAITHFUL AND ALWAYS "ON TIME"...THANK YOU JESUS!
HAVE FUN LOOKING FOR THE NEW HOUSE.

Nancy said...

I am just thrilled for all of you. God does work behind the scenes for us when we are so unaware of his actions. Its great to hear about your mom, too. What a great week you are having. Now go find that special home for your family. HOORAY!!!