Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Thankfulness

This post is a bit off the subject, but I just had to share...

At the beginning of June, DH found out that the industrial complex where he leased his shop space had been sold and all the tenants would have to be out by August 1st. This would be a hassle under any circumstances, but DH owns an auto repair shop and constant city re-zoning has made finding a suitable (or even acceptable) location possible. He looked in the surrounding communities as well, but shy of buying land and actually building a shop in one of like two available locations, he had hit a dead end.

We spent about 6 weeks hitting dead end after dead end and really having no idea what God's plan was for us... but we held onto the faith that He did in fact have one.

As August 1st drew nearer and nearer, DH struggled deeply with the reality that he may have to give up the thriving business he had built, and began to look into other options. With a son starting high school we didn't really want to move, but without many local job opportunities, we became quite stumped. Yet we knew that God was not stumped. So we kept praying and DH kept pursuing every option he could conceive of.

Towards the end of July, DH found somebody who had an auto repair business he wanted to sell. An established business, in a better location, in a better facility... and the money became available to us through a family trust to embrace this new challenge thereby not only securing a new location but increasing the size of his business as well.

Today he became the official owner of the other shop and it is his first day at his new location!

And I just wanted to praise God.

(Knitting later... I promise.)

15 comments:

Donna Boucher said...

Yay!
It's so good to give God praise for the way He works in our lives.

Your story will give someone else a little courage when they need an example of how God works for our best.

Congratulations on your new business and location!

Wonderful news.

I am thankful too :o)

Yarnhog said...

Congratulations! We've recently had a similar experience, and we're embracing the new opportunity.

lynda said...

How wonderful! I love seeing God work - thank you for sharing it with us!

Natalie said...

God is good. It is hard when things are in His timing rather then our own! Congrats to you and your husband!

Kate said...

Congratulations! It's awesome to see God take a seemingly negative situation and make it work for your good!

Heather said...

Amen. Best wishes in the new shop!

Angelika said...

I'm so glad it's working out for you so nicely. Sometimes you really have to stop and wonder and hope there is a reason for it all. I'm happy for you.

km said...

Thank you for sharing that. We may all be knitters, but knitting isn't our whole being. It always makes my day to hear a PTL! Read Psalm 145 especially vs 4-5. I'm convinced that God will bless this new journey because you've given Him the glory.

Becca said...

Yay! Thanks for sharing that. I've been telling God all day, "I know you've got it all worked out, but I'd really like it if you could make this thing we are waiting on happen." It's good to hear a story about how well He does know what he's doing. Congrats to your DH.

Ruthanne (in Seattle) said...

What a great reminder of God's providential care for us. Thanks for sharing Tammy and congratulations!

Ruthanne (in Seattle) a new blog reader of yours

GailV said...

Woohoo!

Thanks for sharing this wonderful story!

Sarah said...

How exciting! I love to hear about things working out so perfectly.

Michelle said...

Wow! It's always so exciting and comforting to see God working in our lives. What wonderful news! Congratulations!

uberstrickenfrau said...

Situations like this just bring to mind that ALL things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His will.

Auntie Pudentaine said...

Ya know, so many times I get in situations that are huge and can totally stress and freak out, but occasionally I can be alright...like you describe. Just keeping focused on the Lord and knowing He has not abdicated the throne. I love when we can sail through a storm and share like you have done. It is so encouraging to read these things and thanks for sharing!