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Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Fork

A fork in the road is a metaphor, based on a literal expression, for a deciding moment in life or history when a major choice of options is required.

I don't particularly like when I come to the "fork in the road" so to speak, in life. I specifically remember a time in my life that I came to this fork in my life. Jake had just asked me out for the first time. I had this feeling that if I started dating him we would probably end up getting married. I remember sitting in my house in Steelville actually talking to a friend on the phone about the "fork" in the road. I knew that if I made the decision to start dating Jake the possibility of dating anyone else was probably over.

I don't have those life defining moments too often. But, as I sit here today I am starting to feel it once again. So, what do you do when you come to the fork in the road? Pray about it? Seek God's direction?


I guess I am just afraid that I will miss the direction that God is trying to lead us. I am scared I won't "hear" his voice in this next step of life. I don't know why the life changing decisions have to be so hard. One of my friends texted me this week and said, "Why can't their be a Parenting Manual?" I wonder why there can't be a Life Manual. A book that tells you which financial decision to make or not make. What path to take...what job is best for your family & life. What career path you should take that will make you the happiest.

I am certain that if I continue to pray about it clarity will eventually come and the best manual is definitely The Bible. I get it, I get it! Why does life have to be so hard sometimes?

Jake and I were talking about our life yesterday and the silly decisions we have made in our 8 years together. The phrase "Live & Learn" comes to mind. We have a lot of living still to do and a WHOLE lot of learning.

Whatever comes in the next chapter in our life is sure to be a good one...I just have to keep reminding myself of this!! I am so thankful that on that day almost 10 years ago I made the decision to take the road of Jake Wilson. I can't imagine life any other way!! I am so glad that I have someone by my side that I wholeheartedly trust. He is incredibly smart and is full of wisdom beyond his 32 years!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

"What's Going On With The Wilson's"

I've been sitting here trying to put into words what has been going on in our lives over the past month and I don't even know where to begin. About a month ago I posted a blog about "Fear" and how we were very uncertain what this year held for us financially because of our house situation. I had a "God Moment" that particular day. We were getting ready to show our house to a new couple that week. I really felt peace about it.

The couple came in and loved our house. We got really good feedback and they decided they wanted to come see it again on Saturday. Up to this point, we had never had anybody come back a 2nd time. To say we were thrilled was an understatement! We heard that we should be getting an offer within the week. The lady was working out of town and wasn't able to do anything while she was gone. That week was the LONGEST week of our lives. Each day, Jake and I would say..."One more day is done!"

A whole week had passed and we got a call that the couple wanted to come back for a 3rd time. This time, though they had some requests. Let's see..."Make a fire in the basement, leave all candles/Scentsy off, & could we possibly pick up the dog poop out front" (SIGH) By this time we are feeling like disgusting bums. They were coming to see our house on Monday (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) at 2:30. Jake and I discussed and felt this was our only chance of getting this house sold. We were feeling desperate to make any deal possible work with these people. We woke up Sunday morning and decided we would tear out our Master Bedroom carpet (it needed changed anyway)and have new carpet installed Monday morning. This is how we roll! Last minute! I think Jake really likes the thrill...or something. It makes me a nervous wreck! When I left for school Monday morning my whole bedroom was scattered throughout my house. All morning sitting in meetings I kept worrying. I called Jake on lunch (11:00 a.m.) and EVERYTHING was back together PERFECTLY! I have to say a special thank you to Joe Grimmenger, Bobby & Jennifer and my dear hubby! I ran home on lunch to inspect. On my way home I called my mom to tell her we got it all ready. During our conversation I said, "Don't you wish we knew someone who would just come "look" at our house to get these people going?" She said, "Yeah, do we know anybody that we could send to just go "look"?" I prayed that God would send us another person to just look at our house.

So, about 30 minutes later Dad called and said, "Krista, do you think you can show your house around 1:30 to a new couple?" I said, "WHAT?! ARE YOU SERIOUS? DAD, YOU ARE LYING!" This went on for several minutes until he convinced me that he was serious and someone new was seriously coming to look at the house just an hour before the 3rd timers.


Now, the game changed just a little! I was so amazed at God and how he was answering each and every prayer down to sending us a new looker! Tears of joy for me! I was on cloud nine! I went on back to school and Jake sent me a text and said...these people LOVED our house! I really think they are going to buy it. He stayed while they were there and answered all their questions and got to see their reaction to the house.

Game changer...AGAIN!

Not only did we have the 3rd timers but now we have another couple (who I might add we knew of them...great people) who were extremely interested!

Monday night we got our first offer...3rd timers...and it was really LOW! So low that we were pretty certain there was no way possible it was going to work out. But, we were feeling pretty good because we had a backup. We had a counter offer going all week between us and the other couple. Finally on Friday we got the news that was the highest they could go and they knew it was our bottom dollar. Deal was done with them. My Dad sent me a text that not only told us that our deal was done...but that our backup had found another house during the week and were thinking about it. All in one text! I seriously felt like the wind was knocked out of me! We had a pretty crumby weekend. Jake had to work so I took the kids to the city by myself to try to get my mind off of everything.

How we went from having two potential buyers to nothing in a matter of a day was beyond me! We had found the perfect house to move in to. During the "countering week" I had contacted the owner to go look at it. She had a family emergency come up and couldn't get back to us until later in the week. In the meantime, Jake said...I guess you should call her and let her know we won't be coming to look at the house. I really felt like I was supposed to hold off. I waited for her to message me once things got a little less hectic for her really hoping something else would happen for us. So, I waited. She sent me a message last Tuesday and I had to tell her our contract all fell through. On Wednesday, my dad called me and said, "What are you doing Saturday?" I said, "Oh not much...I have CTA trivia in the evening..." He said, "Good! Get your house ready to show the other couple is coming back!"

Again, EXCITEMENT!! But, we didn't want to jump the gun. We kept reminding each other...not to get ahead of ourselves. Saturday came and we decided to stay to talk to the couple. Basically when they left we didn't know the details but knew our house was SOLD!!!

Praise the LORD!! As I look back over the course of this month, I can now see how the puzzle pieces all fit together. Was it a coincidence that our buyers came the SAME day the 3rd timers did? Just an hour before? God knew how desperate we were and had we taken their deal we would have had to of taken out a loan to sell our house. While I am pretty sure we wouldn't have done it, I think we may have been a little more tempted! I know I mentioned that we knew of these people who were buying our house. But, when I say they are GREAT people...it is a complete understatement. We actually sat down with them last night in the kitchen with both of our agents and worked out all of the details of the contract. Not too many people do it that way. They appreciated it...and we are BEYOND thankful for God sending this perfect family for our house.

If I've said it once, I've said it a hundred times...From day 1--I've said this house is going to take the Perfect Family. Thank you, Jesus for always taking care of us and sending the perfect family! I am feeling beyond blessed! To God be the glory!!

"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8

Monday, January 6, 2014

When fear sets in...

2014 looks to be one of the scariest years we will face thus far in our 7 years of marriage. Many of you know that we are on a time crunch to get our house sold. We are now down to 5 months. Whether it sells or not we will have to pack up and leave our home to find a place closer to Potosi. It is a possibility that we will have two house payments and the utilities that comes along with them come June. When I actually sit down and think about it, it literally makes me want to hyperventilate. This afternoon I was talking to Jake about another showing that we will be having this week. He started his statement with, "What I fear is..." That immediately put fear in me. So all afternoon I've been thinking of all these "Worst Case Scenarios." How are we going to make two house payments? Where are we going to live? I don't want to leave my house empty...and so on!

I heard Brantley waking up from his afternoon nap. I went in and got him out of his crib and while I was changing him I had this overwhelming peace come over me. I was reminded of this time not too long ago that fear gripped my entire being. A time that I completely and totally had to rely on God's strength to get me through each day, sometimes moment to moment. The most heartbreaking time that I can ever remember. That 16 months that we tried so hard to have another baby. So many times I couldn't see past the here and now. I couldn't see the end result. My mind was clouded with fear.

As I looked in the face of my most precious miracle baby...I was reminded that He has done the impossible for us before and that He most definitely has this situation in His hands as well. I am so thankful to be a child of God who meets our every need in His perfect timing. I am beyond thankful to have Brantley as a constant reminder of His miraculous work in our lives. If ever doubt begins to seep in, I just look at my baby and remember the day that I was so broken and he put all of the pieces back together.

When fear sets in these are the scriptures that remind me that I am not in this alone and God is in control!

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah: 41:10

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ. Philippians 4:6-7

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7