Last week I traveled more than 1,000 miles across the state of Missouri to deliver exciting news to our agents about two new safety programs my company was rolling out soon. By the time I got home, I was exhausted, mentally and physically.

Yesterday, I drove to Kansas City. About 20 miles in to my 100 mile drive, I began listening to the Joel Osteen channel on XM radio. The podcast that I listened to going to KC would serve me well on my trip home from KC.

The sermon was about thanking God in advance instead of begging him to change things in your life, and it came at a very crucial time in my life.

When I heard Joel talk about thanking God instead of begging Him to do things for me, I was nodding my head “yes” in the car and slowly starting do that.

For the past several month, I’ve been in negotiations to sell my rental house. It’s been such a painful process and extremely stressful at times. I’ve said yes where I wanted to say no, I’ve cried and gotten angry with both my realtor and the buyer and I’ve laughed almost hysterically when I think to myself, “Of course of these things would happen to me and no one else.”

On my car ride home from KC yesterday, I started questioning some of the decisions/purchases I’ve made (including new furniture I purchased with my hard-earned bonus from work) and wondering how in the world I’m going to make all of this work without being completely broke and owing thousands of dollars for work on this rental house. Then, I remembered something from Joel’s podcast about thanking God in advance. Here’s a brief description of the podcast:

“The promises we stand on each day are like seeds. Most of the time, they don’t come to fruition overnight. There is a period of waiting and watering. In this message, Joel teaches you how to move forward and stay in faith instead of worrying during times of waiting. With verses like Romans 4:20, you will be encouraged as you see how Abraham grew strong in faith by giving praise to God and be inspired to do the same. As you praise God in advance, your “seeds of faith” will stay watered and you will be strengthened and encouraged on the way to victory.”

After getting two new estimates for things that needed to be fixed at my rental house, I had to pull over in Sweet Springs, have a little cry and talk to a friend to calm my down. He told me everything was going to be okay, and he was right.

When I got home, I wrote out all the numbers I needed to write out from the selling price of the house, to what I owed and how much I would spend on everything that needed to be fixed. I’m going to break even, almost exactly. I pray that it stays that way, and I’m thanking God for everything that He has blessed me with, not begging him to make this closing go through.

If you’re struggling with certain things in your life right now, I encourage you to seek comfort in God. He will bring joy and peace into to your life if you trust Him. Sometimes that’s hard to do, but it will all be worth it.

Aunt Bubba

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