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The Amazing News I’m Really Excited to Share – Part 4

Guys, this one is BIG! Like, I sat stunned and unable to move as the reality of it set in, big! And if you read about the stress I expressed in Part 3, and have joined me in prayer about it, I feel I owe you something lighter and happier. So here it is! Ah – I’m so excited!

Part 4 of the amazing news I’m really excited to share involves finances!

My family had talked about moving for over a year. We’d been budgeting with moving in mind. Let me provide some context.

Employment

My husband does IT work. He has worked remotely, from home for almost 20 years. Thankfully, he can live anywhere and stay employed.

My job is different. I do hands-on work in a lab. The company I work for has other sectors which offer remote opportunities, but when I looked, I quickly realized I wasn’t qualified for any of them. I understood I would have to quit my job when we moved.

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We thought we were adequately prepared.

We made a budget to live within my husband’s paycheck until I found employment in our new town. If we were careful, we expected to be able to live on his income, for a while.

Moving expenses

Last fall (2021), we priced things out to be sure we were saving enough for moving expenses. The demand, from so many people leaving California, had driven costs up, so we were thankful we’d estimated high. We felt comfortable with the way we had budgeted.

But oh, my goodness! As you know, prices have drastically risen in the past 4 months. When we went to schedule the services for which we’d budgeted, we were shocked! Here is an idea of what we found:

  • Rent: the average rent in our new town, for the small homes we were looking at, is now $500 per month more than it was last fall.
  • Cleaning: move-out house and carpet cleaning prices are 40% above what we were expecting.
  • Gas: gasoline is up $1-$2 per gallon. Higher gas prices mean the cost of driving ourselves to our new home will be significantly more.
  • Movers: the prices charged by movers are astronomical – due, at least in part, to the ginormous gas guzzle of their trucks. Most moving company estimates we received were more than double what we were quoted last fall.
  • Groceries and goods: the movers will not take pantry items. And we have decided to allow the kids to ‘pillage’ for what they need amongst our goods. The truth is, we can afford to replace small appliances and such more easily than they can. But if you’ve been to the store lately, you know that the prices for all of these things have risen, and are rising, significantly!
  • Utilities: we are all dealing with rising energy prices, but in California, it is unreal. The price of natural gas in our region has increased 90%! Settling our winter utility bills will hurt more than expected and we will likely find increased energy costs in our new place of residence too.

Accepting new realities

All of this affects my kids as well. It is hard on anyone living on a tight or fixed income. Suddenly, asking my son, who lives in Southern California, to come home and help us move, is way beyond the scope of his monthly gasoline budget. And higher rent has been a definite factor for my girls struggling to find affordable apartments.

We wished we were in a place to help our children more. But we didn’t even know if our funds would be sufficient for our own costs, when all was said and done.

I’d been hoping our savings would exceed our estimates. I wanted money leftover for visiting the kids and helping them come visit us. Not only were our funds depleting quickly, but planes, trains, and automobiles, were going to be affected by high gas prices. It was hard to imagine moving and not having the means to see our family.

An unexpected miracle

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from my boss’ boss’ boss. He (somewhat casually) asked if I would consider continuing my employment from Arizona! I still feel my eyes widen in amazement when I type that! I asked a few clarifying questions and learned that he was forming a new team and was extending an invitation for me to join it. In this role, all my work could be done remotely.

He asked if I would consider continuing my employment from Arizona!

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Why does amazing news makes our eyes and mouth open so wide?

I received permission to think about it for a few days, over which time my husband and I prayed. We compiled a list of questions, mostly regarding scope and logistics. The answers to those questions were even better than the best-case scenarios we’d considered.

The amazing news I’m really excited to share is that I am staying employed!

I had a phone call with upper management and accepted the position. By the time I hung up, I was just incredulous. I sat stunned and unable to move as the reality of it set in.

God had been working behind the scenes, unbeknownst to me, for months! All the time the prices were climbing, He was preparing my continued paycheck. He was creating a brand new role for me.

The grateful lump in my throat was so big, I could barely talk to my husband. He choked up too. We hadn’t realized the pressure we were feeling, until it was suddenly lifted.

God had been waiting for us to step out in obedient faith so He could step in and bless our family. We couldn’t have imagined what He had in store. If we had, we never would have waivered or delayed.

Don’t we know this about God? I mean, hasn’t He rewarded obedience in amazing ways down through the ages? Looking back now, I feel so foolish for giving in to the doubts and hesitations of my own heart.

This story is ongoing, so I hope you’ll stick around and continue reading. There is more amazing news I’m really excited to share, and even I don’t know what it is yet!

It means so much to me to have the opportunity to share life with you. Thank you so much for being here!


My friend, what are you relying on God to provide right now? Have you done your part? Have you stepped out (in obedience and faith) so He can step in (with assurance and provisions)? He is always working. Be encouraged and realize that God is moving, even now, on your behalf.

Even when I don’t see it, You’re workin’
Even when I don’t feel it, You’re workin’
You never stop, You never stop workin’
You never stop,
Jesus You are

Way maker, miracle worker
Promise keeper, light in the darkness
My God, that is who You are

excerpted from “Way Maker”, song by Leeland

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Philippians 4:19, 20

31 replies on “The Amazing News I’m Really Excited to Share – Part 4”

Thank you so much for sharing this! We are facing eviction from our mortgage company and I have been trying so hard to find a solution. I sometimes forget that God is working behind the scenes. Now, to sell some essential oils!!!

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I’m sorry, Rita. That is a hard situation. I have been in a similar position. God is working! One day you will look back and see how it all lined up. In the meantime, do your best and commit the rest. It sounds cliche but it is good strategy. You are in His all- capable hands. Praying for you, my friend!

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Hi! I rarely come on FB, but when I did this morning your link was the first post. Just read it and was so blessed by it! We are moving in 5 days and there’ is a mixed bag emotions and uncertainty. Thank you for the sweet reminder that we don’t need to have all the details figured out, we just need to remain in HIm. He is good all the time.
Congratulations on your new position!

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Hi! Blessings on your move! Where are you headed? It’s so nice to hear from you. I’ll be praying for you this week- moving is just as you described- a mixed bag of emotions and uncertainty. Praise God that He is certain about everything and we’re secure with Him!

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I’m stoked to hear and read this wonderful news, my sister! Wow! Yes, everything seems to be rocketing up by the day, but thank God He is ever at the top! I’m happy for you and feel honored that you’ve followed up with your story, encouraging us that God, indeed, does hear and answer prayers in His own way & timing.

Thank you for the update and your beautiful way of tying it with an encouragement for all of us; to keep on believing and trusting God will provide our needs, and not our “wants,” as it were. Soli Deo Gloria!

Your brother and a fellow pilgrim,

– Thompson

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Omgoodness! I have chills as I am reading this! I am so excited for you. And just like he did for Elijah, God has divine solutions that we would never even consider! Praise God for his faithful provision for you and your family! Congrats on the new role and keep bringing the “good news”! It encourages us all! Best Wishes! Leigh

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I’m so excited for you all! This is exactly how God works isn’t it? He’s always behind the scenes “working all things out for the good of those who love him.” I love the song , “Waymaker” 🎶 congratulations, Mama~and to the “kids” too. 💕🙏🏻

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Thank you so much! Yes, God is always masterfully working out the details that we so painfully stress over. I’d really like to be someone who doesn’t stress unnecessarily when I grow up. 😜

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Hooray!! So happy for you!! Something similar happened to me 30 years ago when I wanted to leave my job to stay home with our newborn. I prayed and searched for three months. Literally the day before I would need to return to work, God provided at-home work. Where He guides, He provides! Glad to hear your good news! And it’s affirmation that you are too valuable to this firm for them to lose you!!

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Oh wow- that must have been such a blessing to not have to leave your newborn! God is good with details. Perfect in fact! I’m so glad this happened so I could share and then hear everybody else’s wonderful testimonies of provision too! Life is challenging for certain but God is victorious!

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You have no idea how with you in this I am! Gosh, don’t I know the heartache of parenting our adult children as they navigate the challenges of life – and some of them without turning to Jesus at all. (Like you, He promised all would follow him – I proclaim it for you and me!). God is so incredibly faithful and keeps showing up in ways we would never expect. I’m praising him with and for you. Looking forward to hearing more of your story!

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Thank you so much, my friend. I appreciate your support and camaraderie. I join you in proclaiming Gods will for the lives of our kids! He is faithful and gracious- thankfully slow to anger and generous in mercy.

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Michelle, this is beyond AMAZING!! To watch as God provides for you and your family in the midst of your obedience to Him is so encouraging to me. I am so happy for all of you!! God is so good!!

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