testimony time pt. II

People who know me KNOW that the car struggle has been REAL for the last few years!!!

I’ve been using my roommate’s car, but this past week, the topic of a new car kept coming up in prayer, and I just decided to trust God and take a leap of faith. I decided to go with a specific lender, and I knew to go to a certain dealership, but for whatever reason I also felt a very specific pull towards a KIA. I was so confused because I wasn’t being led to a KIA dealership, but the Lord kept giving me a very specific word, “I’ve gone before you and made the crooked places straight.” My best friend and I went to the dealership yesterday morning, and while our sales rep was showing us cars, we round a corner and see a KIA Sportage. I automatically knew that it was the car I wanted! There were a few main specifics I had: 1. I wanted no down payment 2. I didn’t want a janky car! I’ve had enough to know a lemon! 3. I wanted affordable car payments!

The sales rep was so great, and he was able to get no money down but unfortunately, my payments would still be too high. So, I decided to leave. I left a tad bit baffled because I KNEW finding that KIA was no coincidence. I felt like Holy Spirit told me that although I couldn’t see it, I needed to be at that dealership for everything else to work out. I called my roommate (who works for GM), and she joined in the car buying process and even encouraged me to go to another dealership (which I usually would have been against). We went to look at one dealership, but ultimately I couldn’t stop thinking about that Kia Sportage. So, my roommate asked if I wanted to go to a KIA dealership.

We hit Trussville to go to Serra KIA. I got there, and the staff was great! I was told that because I didn’t want to do a down payment, that I would need to finance a new car so that rebates could be used as down payment. The manager came in and asked me what type of deal the previous dealership had offered. I told him, and he actually knew the sales rep who’d helped me before. We went through a few options of cars that were in my price budget (& a few hours), and after a while I was feeling so overwhelmed that I just wanted to leave. I didn’t feel defeated, just tired. That night before, I’d settled that regardless of how the day went, that I was a daughter & that I was loved, and that not getting a car didn’t mean that I was being punished by God.

I decided to leave the KIA dealership a little overwhelmed and with no car, but encouraged that I’d learned so much that day. As Lay and I are getting in the car, the sales manager comes out the front door to catch us and says, “Wait! I have a pre-owned Kia Sportage out front!” Lol! I was NOT trying to hear it, though! I was hungry and REH TA GO, but Lay was game! She slammed the car door, and went back in the dealership like she was buying a car! 😭😂😭😂 After a lot of swindling and dealing, it ended with $0 down, and payments that are affordable for me!

Y’all, how good is the Lord? He prepared EVERYTHING for me. He went before me and made the crooked places straight for ya girl!

– The night before He sent in people who told me the right questions to ask, and had them pray for me and check on me throughout the day.

– He told me to ask a friend to go with me. The SAME friend who spotted the Sportage when we got there and kept pushing for it. The SAME friend who went back when in the dealership when I was suffering from hanger and was reh ta go!

– My roommate (who is super knowledgeable in cars) was off of work early and was available to be there to help in moments when it could have gone bad!

– The manager of the Kia dealership knew the last sales rep who’d offered me $0 down, and I truly believe that that opened the door for me to have favor there.

– Our sales rep at KIA was SO fantastic! He was the sweetest man, and he just kept us entertained the entire time!

– Lastly, a small desire of my heart was that I always wanted a car that had a color that stood out among the crowd, and I got it (I’m an individual and so is my car! 😭😂)!

“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy,” (Rev. 19:10. If He did it for ya girl, He’ll do it for you too! I haven’t had a GOOD car in…. well, EVER! He’s restoring, Saints!

P.S. This was the EXACT car I wanted at the first dealership, color and all.

testimony time

In May, I felt an urge to move home. I was confused because for months prior, I’d been in a process of the Lord prepping me to move to a part-time job. So, two months into my new job, I turned in a two weeks notice and moved home. I knew that the Lord really needed me to rest, and to take my hands off of a lot, but I was disappointed to be in a place where nothing made sense again. I kept thinking that I thought I was supposed to be in Birmingham, but I finally settled that if I were to be in Huntsville for the next few years to come, then I would do it with joy. As soon as I got to that place, the Lord started speaking to me about moving back…. (Really, I don’t think He ever stopped talking about Birmingham, but I probably needed to be at rest to hear Him above my need for control). 

At this point, my lease in Birmingham was up, my car still had no power steering (so I’m car-less), and I’d found my own replacement before leaving Birmingham so I also had no job. I told the Lord that I would move back, but I would need those three things: a car, a job, and a place to live. (I truly believe that we talk to the Holy Spirit as our friend, and it doesn’t come off as demands or ultimatums. He loves our levels of faith, and that we’ll believe Him for the impossible). I was sitting at my desk, and heard Him say said, “You will have everything you need before you move in.” I was scheduled to go on a mission trip, and I felt the Lord say that I wasn’t to come back home after my mission trip. Outside of coming back to get my stuff, I was to stay in Birmingham. In July, I went to Birmingham to visit & I went by my old job to see how they were. While I was there, the conversation came up of me moving back, and I was offered a full-time position. At first, I wanted to be excited, but I didn’t have a car or anywhere to live. But, I was appalled that I was offered a job, period! Especially since I’d just been praying about what I needed! I hadn’t even considered going back to my old job because I thought that that was done when I moved! That same week, I received two offers for a place to live. 

A week before my mission trip, the one I’d chosen fell through (which turned out to be a blessing because He needed to stretch me in the area of faith in my finances). I didn’t know what to do because the second option seemed too expensive for me. I remember thinking that I didn’t know if I could afford the rent because I wasn’t used to paying so much. I spoke with Jasmine (whose role I was taking), and she was amazing in assuring me that she knew how much I’d make and that I would be fine. I met my new roommate before going to Japan, and I said, “Okay, God! Let’s do this!” Idk what I thought was going to happen over the course of my mission trip, but I did not come home to a new car. I remember coming back and being so stressed. I was scheduled to go in for training the day after I got back, and I remember feeling so defeated. “Am I really moving to back to Birmingham? Nothing is lining up. God, am I sure I heard you correctly?” Mind you, at this point, Corporate still had not given me an official offer or an interview, for that matter, for my position. I am taking over a lease with no definite job, and I have no way to even get to and from the job I don’t have! The day after I returned from my trip, I went in for training. I remember thinking I was crazy because I still hadn’t spoken with anyone, let alone been hired! I also remember being extremely sleepy from jet lag, but while I was sitting in training, I received an email with an offer letter (whew! 😓Praise God!). I sat up from my half-sleep stupor and was suddenly WIDE AWAKE when I saw how much I was being offered in pay. I literally had to rub my eyes because I thought I was tripping! I’d already been told how much my pay was, but my offer letter was exceedingly, abundantly above that! 

That weekend, I went home & was even tempted to go back to my summer job (as a server) for a little extra money before moving, but I KEPT feeling in my Spirit to protect the promise. Don’t do anything that would partner with fear. So, without a lot of money, my mom and I packed her car and drive down to Birmingham. Lol! I knew she was worried about how stressed I was about not having a car! I was holding on to the last bit of faith I had because I didn’t know where this car was coming from… plus, we were already on the way! Too late to turn back now. 

We got to Birmingham, and somehow there was a hold up with my roommate meeting us at the apartment. So, my mom and I had to wait… lol! Which only made the reality sink in that maybe this was a crazy idea! 😭😂 “God, maybe it’s not too late! Maybe I can go home!” But He kept meeting me with, “Don’t partner with fear. You’ll have everything you need.” 

My roommate gets there and is telling us how she had been delayed at a dealership. I was confused because the car out front was definitely the same car she’d had when I met her before. She says, “Oh! Didn’t I tell you? I got a new job, and they’re giving me a company car! Oh, wait! You need a car, don’t you? You can just use mine.” 😫😫😫😫 (Haha! When I got a moment to myself, I definitely cried! 😭😂) I had everything I needed before we ever lifted a single finger to move in. (Also, rent has not been as issue, at all! Praise GOD!)

So, in whatever season of life you’re in, we can be those people who live from radical faith. God is faithful to confirm what He’s saying. Keep going! You’ve got this, and God’s got you! I pray that the Lord brings people & the right words across your path that will continue to encourage you in every area needed, that He silences the voices of opposition and that eyes are open to see people & things that aren’t good for you during this time! I also pray that He heals the place that fears the rug being pulled from under you (that place is hard.. trust me, I know). 

He’s FAITHFUL!!! He’s proven that time and time again! Be encouraged! 


Book Testimony

Daddy can be so cool sometimes with His intentionality.

This summer I wanted to read “The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears” by Mark Batterson. I didn’t have a copy of it but I did manage to get a hold of the audiobook and started listening to it. However, while it was awesome to be able to listen to the book, I kept having to replay chapters because I would tend to zone out. I finally determined within myself that I would HAVE to just buy the book.

Last week, Books-A-Million had their Penny-A-Page promotion, and a friend and I stood in line for three hours so we could get the books we wanted. While in line, I noticed “Boundaries” by John Townsend and picked it up, as well! I was so excited about both of these books because I’d been wanting them for so long! Unfortunately, after three and a half hours of standing in line, I had to face the sad truth that those books were not going to be bought. My friend and I had somewhere else to be, and the line was moving too slowly. I decided against buying either book.

BUT Because I have a GREAT dad who cares about the things that I care about….

This past Sunday I decided I would just break down, spend the money and buy “The Circle Maker” full price. To my surprise, when I went online to buy it, it was on sale for $5!! Plus, because Lifeway Christian Bookstore price matches, I didn’t have to wait on it to come in the mail. So, just in time for 21 Days of Prayer at church, I finally got my hands on a physical copy of “The Circle Maker.”

A few weeks later, I was in a thrift store with my mom, and found a brand new copy of “Boundaries” for $0.49!

Want to know the coolest part? Although BAM had an AMAZING sale that day, had I bought both of those books at the BAM sale, it would have been $6.10, but finding them separately, I paid $5.98 for both! So, I still managed to even save a little!

Even in the small things, He’s SO GOOD!

Japan Story

So, for those who want to know the full backstory behind this missions trip, here it is! 
In October 2016, I was traveling and the Lord laid Japan on my heart. For me, it was something that was completely random because Japan had never been on my radar up until that point, but I had a clear indication that the Lord was nudging my heart for a missions trip. The year before, I was actually set to go on a missions trip and didn’t get the chance to go. The trip I wanted to go on, I “felt” like I had a heart for the country, but in the end, it didn’t work out. Because my church’s heart is towards evangelism, we have dozens and dozens of mission trips each year so I knew where to start. I went home that night and checked our church’s website for any mission trips to Japan in 2016 and 2017, but there were none. So, I asked for confirmation of what I’d heard, and kind of laid it down. (Side note: This is the part of the story where I should warn you that you may be a taaaaad bit upset from my emotional decision. During that same Fall semester, I’d enrolled back into school at UA [which I THOUGHT was crazy because I HATED college]. During that Fall semester, somehow I received an email from the Foreign Language Department concerning a free passport. Now, at this point, I’d never been on a missions trip, nor did I have plans of studying abroad, but who was I to pass up a free passport? I went to every meeting, I filled out all of my paperwork, but the day that I was supposed to actually turn in my paperwork, have it notarized, and have the department pay for my passport, I didn’t go. I can’t remember why I was so upset or discouraged that day, but I just didn’t go. The department called and emailed me because it had to be done that day, and I just didn’t go! Lol! Silly, I know!)

Back to the story… 

The next Sunday (after the Lord laid Japan on my heart) I was sitting in church, and one of our pastors got up to announce that our lead pastor had been in Japan the week beforehand. Obviously, I was a little surprised because I’d never heard anyone speak of Japan in our church (Granted, I’d only been there a few months, though! Lol!). Anywho, the pastor speaking started sharing what God was doing and ended with telling the church to be on the lookout for mission trips to Japan in the future.

Fast forward a year later, I started Highlands College (currently, LOVING it!). I was sitting in class one night as a leader explained that one of the requirements for graduation is that we must go on a mission trip. I start praying about timing in which to go on, and I heard the Lord tell me to go in my third semester. I check the website, and low & behold, there was a trip to Japan in my third semester. At this time, (a year in advance) the trip was already full! The first deadline wasn’t until March, so although it was the end of August, I wouldn’t know until March whether or not someone had dropped out. Out of fear, I decided on another trip (which that didn’t last very long). After about two months, I decided to drop my trip, and to get on the waiting list for Japan. I didn’t know my position on the list, but I knew I was going. I’d already requested it off and scheduled part of the year around it.

After being on the waiting list for SIX MONTHS, I received an email a week before the deadline that stated that I had been approved for Japan! Literally, nobody but God. I was driving a few days after finding out that I’d been approved, and had this thought: It would have been one thing for me to pick a missions trip like I’d done for the trip in 2015 that didn’t work out, it’s another to be HANDPICKED for one. Can we pause & just fathom that? Literally, for whatever reason, the Lord saw it fit a year and a half beforehand to lay a missions trip on my heart that wasn’t even in the making yet.

Even now, I think about all of the things that He’s handpicked for each of us to accomplish through our lives. The things that start with, “If you only knew the story that led up to this….” or the CRAZY thing that you’re believing for right now that when it comes to pass, you wouldn’t even be able to find the words that describe His goodness. “Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!” (Ephesians 2: 10b TPT) He KNOWS what He’s doing. I look back now and know that I wasn’t ready to go to on that first trip, and He knew it. It took a few years, but I’m so excited & expectant for what He wants to do!  
So, prayers are sooooooo appreciated!

All of the fundraising is coming (in addition to many other things that He’s laid on my heart!) 

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instablog: testimony

Can we just talk about the goodness of the Lord for a split second, and celebrate the victories along the way? (PS.. this will be long!)

First, I knew that the Lord was telling me to move to Birmingham a little over a year ago. I moved very quickly and ended up staying with a couple from my church. I can be a little controlling, so I like to know the next steps, but the Lord kept pushing back with “Rest.” I was struggling with “being too old” to not be living by myself, and frustrated because every time I tried to move, something would happen. But He kept pushing back with rest. I finally got to a point where I told the Lord that if His will was for me to stay where I was, then I’d stay. That exact same week, my neighbor/friend (who didn’t know that I’d been praying about that) reached out to me about renting her BEAUTIFUL townhome. Even in the smallest of things, He’s faithful because at that point, I’d already started looking for furniture for a different apartment and decided not to buy, only to find out that the townhome was going to be left completely furnished, and that I was going to pay rent at a RIDICULOUSLY low price.

Second, this past week my power steering went out on my car. It ended up being a much more expensive job that I thought (which the cost is literally more than what the car is worth! 😭😂) For about a day and a half, I felt a little discouraged, & finally got to the point of asking, “God, it’s bigger than the car. What are you wanting to do in me?” Again, He started talking to me about rest and relinquishing control. Let me tell y’all! I am not the greatest at relinquishing control over anything! So, 2 Corinthians 12:9 became real real! He is so faithful because the moment I slowed down, He met me with joy. It wasn’t that He wasn’t there before, it was just that I was running so much that I was barely sitting still long enough to listen. But the moment I stopped, peace and joy literally met me in the midst of the storm, and he taught me to dance through the darkness! I knew who to reach out to concerning next steps with my car, and got that process going, but in the meantime that left me without a car. But, HE’S SO FAITHFUL. I never missed anything: not a day of work, not one small group, not a HC class, not even having to attend one/serve one at church on Sunday NIGHTS! Last night I was in class and a girl (who I wasn’t aware knew that my car was in the shop) asked me if my car was fixed. I told her no, and she told me, “Well! Would you like to drive one in the mean time? I have an extra one just sitting at my house, and I’d be honored if you’d drive it. You can have it as long as you need it. I don’t mind!” 😳😳😳💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾 Y’ALL! I was minding my business, extremely content in what the Lord was doing in my life, and He goes and does THAT?!! Like, breh! Done! 😵

So, from whichever part of the process you’re in, He’s good! Get your eyes off of the circumstance and look to Him because it’s always more that He’s doing. My encouragement to you would be, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!” (Psalm 37: 7)

 & because we wait….

 “I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!” (Psalm 40: 1-4 ESV)

Idk if the California key ring is prophetic, but that would be legit! 😭😂