Posted on May 17, 2017
So, Tam and I have secured an apt in LA and we begin moving this week! Crazy! Basically, there is a healthy dose of excitement and fear going on. Excited to get there officially. Excited for what is to come. Excited to meet new people. And, definitely a lot of wondering and looking ahead. God has been so clear in this entire process. I want to share one of those moments with you.
We have known we were to move to SoCal. We weren't sure why, but we were confident that it was what we were supposed to do. In March, we set a date for the move. Trusting that as we moved forward, God would open or shut doors. And so far, that's exactly what has happened.
For the last week, Tam and I drove about 4-5 hours a day around West LA and the San Fernando Valley. We looked at everything from nice to junk. And believe me, there is a fine line between nice and junk in LA. We prayed about locations, distances for driving, neighborhoods, etc. We finally agreed on a spot in North Hollywood. But, as we pursued it, God kept closing doors. The apt we were quoted was all of sudden unavailable. Then a new one was available at a higher price. So, Tam and I spent time walking around the neighborhood and something just didn't feel right.
On the 2nd day of looking at apts, we decided to look at one out of curiosity. When we walked through it, we realized that it was too much. It was gorgeous, in an amazing area and the price... too much. So we walked away from it. We literally wrote it off our list. We both loved it but weren't even willing to consider it based on the price. So we kept looking.
As we kept looking, things were not lining up. Some issue would arise at each place. Honestly, we were exhausted. Then came the last day Tam was in town.
We went to look at an apt that was an extra 20-30 minutes away from where we would be working, but it was cheap. We walked away from it a little defeated. It was a mess. Ugh. On the drive back, God brought that out of reach apt into our minds. We started discussing it and thought of some ways to make it work. Turns out, God had kept that place on both of our hearts.
So, when we got back to where we were staying, I emailed the leasing agent and asked for a quote. She immediately sent back a quote and she gave us a less expensive quote on a larger apt. What??? So, we talked it over with the kids (They will be living with us for a while and paying rent as well). We all agreed to apply. So, we did. We then sat down with the friends we were staying with and decided to pray. We just needed to pray. To lay our fears before God. To continue to ask him for direction and opened/closed doors. Especially with this apt. And just as we sat down to pray, I get an email... "Your application is approved, the apt is yours". WHAT??? We have been self-employed this last year. We don't even have a tax return this year to prove income because we filed for an extension till after we move. And WE STILL GO IT!
I know renting an apt can seem trivial in the bigger picture. But, for those of you in larger housing areas like LA, you know the costs and lack of availability and concerns over specific neighborhoods. And traffic... This was a huge faith step for us. Choosing the spot and letting God do the rest.
I am going to continue sharing little stories like this. Becuase they keep presenting themselves. And I want each of you to be a part of this journey with us. And many of you have been a financial part as well. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Also, we are going to begin a newsletter for our journey and updates on the Church. If you would like to stay in touch, just email me at [email protected] and place "newsletter" in the subject line. I will get you connected to it.