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

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12 comments on “A Home of Their Own
  1. 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…..🙏🏼

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. ShereenaMonique says:

    Thank you for sharing your testimony 🙂

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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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