A Home of Their Own

For most of our married life, my wife and I have rented a house. We went through a bad buying-selling experience early in our marriage, and we did not want to go through that again. But as we started to learn about the favor of God, we realized that to experience God’s best, we needed to find out His will for us in various situations. So, we determined to do this in regard to owning a house.
After a season of listening to God, we began to feel that we should move to the Fort Worth, Texas, area. We spent many Sunday afternoons driving around Fort Worth, declaring the favor of God as we searched for just the right house. Two Scripture verses spoke powerfully to us during this time: “And I will provide a place for my people . . . so that they can have a home of their own” (2 Sam. 7:10, NIV), and “GOD himself will build you a house!” (2 Sam. 7:11, THE MESSAGE).
One Sunday evening, as we were driving past the community of Stephenville, located just southeast of Fort Worth, its lights seemed to beckon to us. We turned to each other and said, “This is home!” We realized that although we had been searching for a home in the right general area, we had not been looking in quite the right place. Stephenville was where God wanted us to be, and we believed that His favor would lead us to the right house there.
God confirmed His direction a short time later, when we ran into two friends at a restaurant where we were dining. One was a realtor who said that he’d just told his wife, “I need to get Jim and Margie a house.” Imagine his surprise when we told him that we agreed with him. We found favor with our bank, and we were quickly pre-approved for a loan. Now we just had to find our new home.
We looked at house after house, but none of them seemed just right. When we found one that we thought we could make do, we put in an offer. But it already had an offer pending, so we kept looking. We found a neighborhood that we really liked, but we felt certain that the houses were out of our price range. To our surprise, our realtor told us that the properties in this neighborhood were in fact within our range, and we found one on a corner lot that really appealed to us. Unfortunately, it had a “sale pending” sign in the front yard.
We were becoming discouraged, yet we kept declaring the favor of God where our new house was concerned. One day, as we were driving around the neighborhood, collecting sales brochures, we noticed that the “sale pending” sign on the corner house was gone, and a “for sale” sign was up in its place. We contacted our agent and made an appointment to see the house that same day. Our realtor told us that the potential purchaser’s loan had fallen through only that morning. The minute we stepped inside that house, we knew that it was home. We wrote an offer, which was accepted immediately, and six weeks later we closed on our new house. God not only provided the down payment and closing costs, but He also provided money to buy new furniture for the house, which was twice the size of our rental.
When a friend came to visit us in our new home for the first time, she said, “I need to tell you one thing about your new house. I saw the one you moved from, and I know that most people would go one step up in size from that house, and then in time would take another step up into a house like this. But the two of you have gone from there to here in just one step.”
Margie turned to her and said, “That is the favor of God; we are blessed with His favor.” Other friends have also seen the favor of God upon our lives. Some do not know what it is, but we do—and we give Him all the glory and praise.
All who see them [in their prosperity] will recognize and acknowledge that they are the people whom the Lord has blessed (Isa. 61:9, AMP).

-Stephenville, Texas

25 comments on “A Home of Their Own
  1. Thank you! so much for your testimony it’s a blessing to my heart.It brings tears to my eyes, because need me to step out on my faith to bless my family an i with our first home. i’m single mother of four children living in subsidy housing and praying to God to bring my family out of that environment.after reading your favor with God now i understand why i should trust God to in this matter..Thank you Jesus for your wonderful blessings over people.

  2. Iesha Harmon says:

    Can you please keep my family and I in prayers of trying to receive a home. I’m not where I need to be in order to receive it but I know if Jesus feel that home is right for us its gone still be there waiting for us. I cry and pray every night that we will get blessed with this home. My kids faces light up just by then talking about it. I’m praying that this is the home God has in store for my family and I. The last say so is always up to God, so no matter what anybody say God has the final word and that’s who i’m always leaning on.

  3. Janet says:

    Praise God for your beautiful testimony! My husband and I are in the steps of getting a multifamily house. PLEASE pray for God’s favor over our lives as well! We are in need of a miracle! Thank you!

  4. Lashonda says:

    God bless you for sharing this wonderful story. I’m in tears. Lord thank you! I needed this.

  5. Lashonda says:

    God bless you for sharing this wonderful story. I’m in tears. Lord thank you!

  6. A buchanan says:

    Thank you for this I am going through this process now I have looked for 40 days and non of the homes had what I wanted. I prayed for a 3 bedroom home with an upstairs and a garage in my range. God lead me to this home and I put in an offer and won the bid war to get this home. Now my stress is that I need the closing cost and reserves money. I know God didn’t bring me this far to the home I prayed for exactly to leave me.

  7. This testimony is very lifting. It is a reminder of God’s faithfulness.

  8. Terri says:

    My two sons and are believing for a house also! I found one, my offer was accepted,, but I’m standing in faith for the down payment! Your testimony is encouraging!

  9. Cassandra says:

    My husband and I bought our home last June and are so thankful for the blessing God has given us. Although we love our home we have always have had the dream to live in the country and we plan to expand our family. The house we live in is small. I found this beautiful home in a town that we adore and it has a few acres. Just perfect for our family! The only thing is, it’s as a bit out of our price range. I feel my heart pulled toward this home. We have prayed about it even at the house when we looked at it with the realtor. I know that God can make anything happen. I am continuing to be at peace about it and I know that God knows what is best for us. I pray that God will help us in this journey and bless all parties involved including the sell of our house. I also pray that God brings nothing but peace and joy to all those in search of a home. It can be taxing but it is worth it all in the end. God is glorious and amazing in his power. God bless!

  10. Catherine says:

    Your testimony is very encouraging. Am a single parent, divorced with 4 children. After my x-husband walked out on us, we lost our house – it was auctioned for a quarter of the price and i was left with a huge debt to service alone. My children and I are trusting God for a house. I cannot even afford a loan at this stage but we really need a house so for us it will have to be God all the way. I was googling testimonies so i can encourage myself and the kids. We saw a house that we really love and my son wont even let me look at other adverts because he believes God will make a way for us. Our house cost an equivalent $122,000. Please believe with us. The bible says if two or three agree as touching anything it will be done for them. Please be our 3rd witness so that the matter may be established.

    • Mavis says:

      i am believing with you. God is able to do exceedingly, abundantly all that we ever expect or imagine. im believing with you for your breakthrough and also mine.

  11. Laohoria Yamallah says:

    Hi, I am really blessed by your testimony. I am just preparing to fast this year for a house my own and I am believing God for fund for this to become a reality here in Nigeria. Through your testimony I have gotten the Bible verses to back up my prayers. Thank you.

  12. I Trust In The Lord says:

    I too am coming from a rental home. Shared accomodation actually. I always knew that from here the next house I live in will be purchased myself. I have found my house and I have viewed it. As a matter of fact it is 16 mins from where I currently live. I know I am going to buy this house and the Lord will bless me with the funds to do so. Please keep me in your prayers as I’m facing an eviction in February 2017 because of my Fraudulent Lanlord. The Lord has nullified it in the mighty name of Jesus. I know the Lord will expose her lying, scheming ways. It’s a battle I have already won. Amen

  13. Veronica Straube says:

    Thank you as I googled testimonies it sounds exactly like ours. We need a huge financial blessing for the down payment and closing costs. I truly believe in heart God will provide that and more. God is faithful and will finish what He started…..🙏🏼

  14. Bradley says:

    Hi thanks for the testimony my wife and i have also been renting for many years we did try to apply for a home at one stage but it was unsuccessful. We are now looking for a home and are trusting in the Lord to bless our plans of making a home for our family. I ask of all of you to keep my wife and i in pray for our journey we are about to embark on.The Lord says if two or more agree then it is so. May God continue to bless you as well as all the other families seeking the favor of God in their lives GOD BLESS.

  15. Billie Jean Shy says:

    I feel so blessed by what you said about GOD favor and trusting him to do his will in your life for a home for your family. Please pray for me and my family to get a rental home we are almost homeless.

    • Christine says:

      I’m sure that God has already provided and made a way for you and your family. Be encouraged brother! God bless you, your family and your home!

  16. Veronica Straube says:

    I feel so encouraged we are like a month away from closing on our new home. We don’t have the downpayment but I believed g God will provide for his honor and glory.

  17. Crystal says:

    Praise God this is right on time! My husband and I are believing God to purchase our very first home! I am so blessed by your testimony that God even provided down to the furniture which we will need also! HALELUJAH!

  18. Mia says:

    Thank you so much for this testimony. I too Googled testimonies for houses and this came up. My fiancée and I believe God to bless us with the desires of our heart. We are serving the Lord wholeheartedly and living holy while engaged. The Lord has continued to confirm His word and this just put the fire on my faith…. God Bless you.

    • Kristin says:

      In the beginning of the year my husband and I both felt we were supposed to purchase out first home. We began looking at the end of April. We have “lost” three houses. One already had an offer, another we were outbid, and the last one… We asked to be released from the contract when we learned the neighborhood would be bought to expand the highway… Still, I feel like God is saying, “Don’t settle!” I believe he has a great house for us!!! Hope we don’t have to wait too much longer!

  19. ShereenaMonique says:

    Thank you for sharing your testimony 🙂

  20. Onasanya Michael says:

    God bless you for this testimony, it really stir up my faith so much in God’s promises for getting our expected own house!

  21. Alycia Harris says:

    My husband and I are under contract now for a house we know The Lord has given over to us. He brought us this far by faith. The sellers accepted our offer even though we needed a 3 months out closing date and they had other more appealing offers. We have hit another apparent snag with our mortgage commitment, but we are standing still and letting God be God. He got us this far and He will see us through. The obstacle knocked me a little, but I Googled for testimonies on houses and came across this one. It has really blessed me! I will hold to this Scripture and hide it in my heart that I don’t sin against God thru unbelief. Thank you!

  22. Ade says:

    My husband and I are in the middle of purchasing our home as well and we have been standing on God’s promises about it. He has guided us through the whole process, even when at the beginning it started to look like we would not be able to get it,He made a way.
    Your testimony really encouraged me! We are at a point where we are requesting that the seller moves the closing date back 2 months and are believing that we will find favor with her, because God is at the helm of this whole thing and because He started this whole process, He will complete it.
    Thanks for reminding me of 2 Sam 7. I read it today and was SOOO blessed by it. I put our names in it and declared we were His children!
    May God continue to bless you and your family and may you continue to walk in His divine favor!

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