Monday, August 15, 2011

The news I've been waiting to give for four years



On August 29, 2007, I promised God that when He delivered us from our trial, I would tell the world. Today I’m keeping that promise.

Many of you know the situation I’m talking about. My husband lost not only his job but his career on that day and like millions of other Americans, we were thrust into the Great Recession, in fear of our survival. 

For four long years, we prayed, hoped and waited, watched our savings dwindle, laid awake nights in worry and anger and kept each other alive with the promise that we would make it through this together.

I faced more fears in these past years than I have in my entire life. I’ve lost friends, family and our faith took a huge beating. But I didn’t stop praying to God who I knew held our fate in His hands.

Finally, this July, I told my husband I thought we needed to move to Texas because I’d read that jobs prevailed there. On July 4th, the man who had dug his heels into Florida for the last ten years told me he was ready to leave all this behind.

Days later the first phone call interview came—the first call in over two years.

I think maybe God was waiting for us to follow.

Last week, after almost a month of more waiting, my husband was flown to Austin for a face-to-face interview and a job offer in his field. To begin four years to the day he lost his job.

Our journey isn’t over. We still have a hard road ahead of us, faced with selling a home in a horrible market, moving to a strange city alone and starting life over. But God has given me the one answer to prayer I begged Him so long to give me: direction.

He opened the doors wide—the only doors— giving us no other choice—but to move to Texas. If we stay here in Florida, working PT jobs, sucking our remaining savings, we would have to lose our home to survive.

Our faith has been tested severely. Thank goodness God understands. Thank goodness He is faithful in His own timing, not ours.

So there’s my story. I’m sorry my news isn’t about an agent or a book deal, but I think it’s something better. It’s about hope. 

96 comments:

Robin @ Be Still and Know said...

WOW! That is wonderful news! I know it will be such a joy to have that burned removed.

What part of Texas?

The Hubs and DD have been to San Antonio several times, they fly into Texas for some of there mission trips and then drive into Mexico!

Great News! I can't wait to hear all the details...
Blessings
R

Journaling Woman said...

This is the best news! God is good! Sometimes after constant prayer and no answers (or so I think)I wonder where God is. But, I always know the answer, right beside me--his spirit within--his son on the cross for me.

I'm so glad for you and your husband.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

It sure is better. Getting direction from God, short of our Savior, is the greatest gift of all!

I'm lifting you and hubby in prayer as you move into this next chapter of your life, Terri.May the book deal come on the heels of this great news!

Lisa Jordan said...

Terri, huge hugs to you, friend, for not giving up on hope or God. I can really relate to your situation.

My hubby lost his good job with benefits & retirement due to economic downsizing. God provided a way for him to return to school and get his degree.

At the end of February of this year, he was offered a job with potential for advancement. That was all God.

Praying for you and your husband as you transition to Texas. God is in the details.

Sandra Heska King said...

Chapter One. Squeeeee!

And to the day!

God. Is. Good.

KC said...

What an awesome reminder that God does know best!! Sometimes what we think we want, is not what God knows that we need! So good to see that you followed God's word and His promise...

Beth in NC said...

Praise God! I pray that house DOES move quickly in Jesus' Name. His economy is different from the worlds ...

Maybe you have some good bloggy friends who live in your new neck of the world! I pray so!

Technonana said...

So excited for you!! New Job, New Life, New Adventures!!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh! I am so happy and excited for you and your husband! Austin, though I've never been there and have always wanted to visit, is a wonderful town ... keep us updated, as I know you will...
hugs!

Anonymous said...

Oh Terry, that was great news. His time table is not ours, of course. This move will, hopefully, be the best one ever for you and your hubs. God bless you both for keeping the faith. His ways are not ours but His are best. Good luck in the coming months. It will be exciting to explore a new place! Keep placing yourselves totally in His arms. Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Oh Terry, that was great news. His time table is not ours, of course. This move will, hopefully, be the best one ever for you and your hubs. God bless you both for keeping the faith. His ways are not ours but His are best. Good luck in the coming months. It will be exciting to explore a new place! Keep placing yourselves totally in His arms. Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Wendy Paine Miller said...

And hope is ALL good. So glad you are able to post this and rejoice in it.

~ Wendy

Karen Lange said...

Congratulations on your good news! Will be praying as your journey unfolds.
Hugs and blessings,
Karen :)

Linda O'Connell said...

Wonderful news, many more blessings are sure to follow. In God's time, not ours.I believe that.

Tammy said...

This s GREAT news! Staying close to God in prayer and believing in His faithfulness will never fail. Pick up your tent and move!

~Tammy

Jill Kemerer said...

Terri, I got goosebumps reading this. I'm so thankful good things are coming your way. And I know it won't be easy, but as you said, hope is everything. I'm soooo happy for you and your husband!!

Me said...

How wonderful! God is so faithful! So faithful! A new beginning! A new song to sing about God's glory and faithfulness!

As for selling that house... God brought you this far. The market means nothing to Him. Nothing!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Praise the Lord and pass the chocolate!!!! I am so happy for you and your husband, and for the Lord, who shows us His faithfulness in the midst of overwhleming pain.

I think you are going to like Texas; the people there are friendly and fun. Wish I was going with you--it's closer to my daughter and her family.

Hugs of celebration for you, sweetie,
Jen

Deborah said...

Wonderful news! God is so good!

B. WHITTINGTON said...

Bless you for sharing this story. It give all hope who are in various situations.
Know that I am praying for you. For the house. For the move and esp for the family.
Barb

Lin Floyd said...

I'm so happy for you-what a blessing to have a job in his field of work. You'll love Austin-my husband graduated from University of Texas there in the middle of that great state. Don't loose your dream of writing...

Lynda Schab said...

Oh, Terri. My heart is dancing with you. Prayers as you begin this new journey. I have no doubt God will continue to bless you for this step of faith.

Linda Glaz said...

Terri, so happy for you. Hmmm, moving anywhere near Terry? Hmmm, again. Haha, best wishes to you and your family for a comfortable transition and good things your way.

Janna Qualman said...

Agent or no, this is wonderful! Congratulations, Terri. To hubs, too.

Pat's Place said...

Let me know how we can help...

Judy Harper said...

Awesome! I'm a rut person, I get comfortable with what I know and sometimes the only way I know to move is by God closing all the doors, windows and fire escapes! lol You are so wise to wait and listen. I think you will be surprised how quickly things will turn around once y'all get to Texas. God Bless and may He continue to wrap his loving arms around y'all.

Jan Cline said...

No surprise....so many people have been praying for you. You both deserve all the blessings you are about to receive. A new adventure breeds new ideas for new novels! This will open more doors than you imagined...just walk through them with confidence.
Love you to both and congrats!

Melissa Marsh said...

Wonderful, wonderful news, Terri!!! Praise the Lord!

Sassy Granny ... said...

Looks like you're actually going to use those hind's feet to walk on high places!!!!!

I'm so very excited for you, and so very grateful for the Lord's leading & direction in your lives. Someone once told me: "He never does a work THROUGH you until He's done a work IN you." I just know that I know that I know there will be more to this story in the days to come.

I pray the process goes smoothly & swiftly - - for your peace, and His glory!

Love,
Kathleen

Trisha said...

God Bless you Terri, we will pray that everything goes well for you. Moving to Texas would be such an adventure. Blessings.

Jessica R. Patch said...

Incredible! Thanks for sharing, and my prayers are with you and your hubby during the move. God's got great things planned. Jeremiah 29:11!!! :)

Rhonda Schrock said...

"God is great, and God is good." Amen and amen.

Rejoicing WITH you for answered prayer, for hope, and for direction.

YEA!!!

Keli Gwyn said...

Rejoicing with you, Terri. My perspective might be unique, but I find it significant that your husband starts his new job four years to the day after he lost his last one. Sounds to me like you and your husband attended the University of Faith Building, passed with flying colors, and are now receiving the rewards for learning the lessons the Lord had for you during the long, lean years. May you feel His presence as you follow His leading to a new place, and may your new life in Texas be wonderful.

Joanne Sher said...

Oh, Terri. THRILLED for you guys. NOTHING is better than hope. LOVE ya, and praying for His grace, favor, and perspective.

Loree Huebner said...

Awesome news, Terri!

God is great!

Lily Robinson said...

An agent or book deal would have been good news, but God leading you through life is MUCH BIGGER! He is faithful! I guess He was just waiting on your husband to say "OK. Where do you want us to go? I'm ready."

I am thrilled for you! I know what a toll this has taken. But I also know that when God opens a door and we are willing to step through, magnificent things happen!

I can't wait to read about all the tremendous things awaiting you...

Hugs,
Lily

Rachna Chhabria said...

What lovely news, Terri. I am thrilled for you and your husband.

I am sure all your problems will soon be thing of the past. Hugs.

Retired English Teacher said...

Praise God for His answered prayer. I hope it all comes together smoothly. I will keep you in my prayers.

ginny said...

Doing the happy dance for you! That is wonderful news and a future of hope as you enter into a new adventure! You know, that I have been praying for you and now I can place you name on the answered prayer part of my journal. thanking God for you!

Katie Ganshert said...

I pray God uses your testimony to encourage and uplift others. Thanks for sharing this, Terri!

Margo Berendsen said...

This is wonderful news! Change is always difficult but helps us to grow toward Christ. Very good point, He is faithful in His own timing, not ours. Thanks you for sharing your Faith!

Carol Riggs said...

Excellent! So glad to hear this for you and your family. My hubbs has been on unemployment for a year, still looking for a job. We do know God wants us here in southern Oregon though, so we'll see how it all works out! Prayers for your house sale and move!

Carmen said...

Oh Terri, what wonderful news! I am SO happy for you both! SO HAPPY!! What an incredible journey you've been on, and how difficult things have been. I hope this is the beginning of something good. As for the house, maybe renting would be an option instead of selling right now? I don't know. Great news my friend! Praise God!!

Yolanda said...

This my blogging friend is so much bigger and brighter than any book deal. IT IS HUGE!!!!!!! Glory to God in the THEEEEE HIGHEST!

Susan R. Mills said...

That's great news! So happy for you!

Kara said...

So excited that your coming to Texas! God always has a plan doesn't he:)

Amie Borst said...

You shouldn't be sorry about your news! You should rejoice in it! As wonderful as it might be to get an agent or a publisher, you have something even better! Congrats on the job, best luck with the move and thank you for your example of keeping faith and hope alive!

Dawn Simon said...

Oh, I'm so happy for you! That's excellent news! It's HUGE!! Best of luck with the move and your husband's new job!

Kenda said...

Terri, wishing you and your husband the best--praying for the best--in the days ahead as you relocate and start a new chapter in your lives. May all turn out far better than you would have ever expected!

Pat Jeanne Davis said...

Such great news, Terri, after a long dry spell during which you were counting your blessings. Thank God for His continued mercies. Yes, your news is about hope and that's always needed. God knows all about the other desires of your heart, Terri.

Diane said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! One step at a time following Him is all He expects you to do. Praise God!!! :O)

Lynda R Young said...

oh wow! This is so wonderful! God truly is great. And his timing is perfect (even when we can't see the how or the why). Prayers for selling your house and for the move.

Sarah Forgrave said...

Wow, Terri, how huge! I recently had some very clear direction from God after hovering for a while. It's freeing and scary all at the same time, isn't it? Praying you sense His presence in these next steps.

Sally said...

Austin! Welcome Ya'll! We are moving our son down to UT Austin this week. How great if we could meet for coffee and share wanna be author stories. When you get settled email me and we'll make a date for when we come down to visit UT. sdlbishop2(at)gmail(dot)com.

When you are ready for all the wonderful things Austin and Texas have to offer I'll give you the 411. Welcome, Welcome!

Angie Ledbetter said...

Not a coincidence ~~ "To begin four years to the day he lost his job."

I'm so excited and relieved for y'all. And we'll be neighboring states! You'll LOVE Austin. My two nephews moved there for work, as did my stepson, and they couldn't be happier. (My middle son is contemplating moving there too.)

Now I'm going to put you on my novena for the house sell. Yayyyyy & *clap clapping* in joy! xo

Cheryl Wright said...

Hallelujah!
Praise God!
Amen!
Yes, Yes, Yes!
God is alive and well, still working miracles and providing for His beloved children.

So, so, so happy for you and your husband. I rejoice with you guys and will now pray that God will grant you the grace to settle into your new life in Texas.

If it is true that everything is bigger in Texas, then we can expect to hear of BIG/BIGGER "things" happening to and for you - not that God needs Texas to do big things.

Love to you both.

Dee Yoder said...

Love your story, Terri! Your faith journey is inspiring. Praying all good things bless you both as you make this step together with the Lord.

Heidi Willis said...

Congratulations! Sometimes the toughest journeys have the sweetest rewards. I know your diligence in prayer and trusting will pay off in many ways.

I lived in Texas many years, in Killeen, Austin, and San Antonio. Austin was our favorite, and sometimes I really miss it. It takes some getting used to, I think,because it is it's own culture, but the people are SO hospitable, the food amazing, and there's a church on every corner. Sometimes two. :)

Sue Swathwood said...

Wow Terri, it's awesome that God has another adventure for you. How close is Dallas to Austin? If we get our van fixed and reliable we will be coming to Texas next summer for a cousins graduation party. I would LOVE to see you. I am excited what God has in store. Also, if you are close to Dallas, maybe I can introduce you to my husband's cousin. She's awesome you would love her.

Nancy said...

I am so excited for this good news. We just took my daughter and her husband to Tenn. for a new job down there. It's hard to leave, but I know that my daughter and you and your husband are on the way to good things. Congratulations. And I'm believeing for your story, too. Continued blessings to you.

Stacy Henrie said...

That is amazing, Terri! Thanks for posting this and reminding me of the importance of hope. Good luck with the move and selling the house and everything!

KelliGirl said...

Terri,
That's wonderful news indeed! I'm praying for you, that God smooths the road to Texas. Amen for fresh hope.

Blessings and prayers,
Kelli

Lynn said...

I've teared up reading all these comments! You have shared a story that brings many together because its theme is Hope. Thank you for sharing. And I am very happy and thank God for the open door in you and your husband's life. You've kept your eyes on His abundant sky through all these years-so inspiring.
Austin and San Antonio are the first two American cities on my travel wish list. Maybe one day I will be blessed to go there on day and meet you!

Heckety said...

Hope is good- hope is wonderful, a gift and a blessing.
I'm just delighted for you, really, truly! Sure the things you have in front of you aren't easy, but can they be anyworse than what you have already gone through?

I've heard, even all the way over here, that Austin is a great place to live. Some Friends lived there for a few years awhile back and they did so NOT want to leave.

I'm so so so very happy for yous!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

I think it's something grand, sister! I love Texas, even have my cowboy boots to prove it. This is going to be good, and I can't wait to hear the tales you will spin because of it.

Praise the Lord!

peace~elaine

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Terri,
You and your husband are an inspiration. I understand somewhat what you're facing. Years ago my husband lost his job, and we had to move away from friends and family to start over.

BUT I love where we live now. I've made a lot of friends over the years. And if we hadn't moved I don't think I would have ever seen my writing dreams come true.

Life is always full of twists and turns, but with God's help and guidance sometimes it turns out better than we could have ever dreamed.

Texas sounds like a great place. Many people are moving there.

Good luck with everything. Keep us posted.

Kathi

Rita Garcia said...

Teri, praying for you and your husband during this time of transition. Praise God that through life's twists and turns in Him we always find hope!

LauraLee said...

Teri, my heart is doing somersaults rejoicing with you! And Austin is a wonderful place to live with great churches and beautiful lakes and hills. So so happy for you, and I hope we can still find a way to meet somewhere in Texas after you are settled in. Much love, sister!

Rebecca said...

Your news IS "something better"! I looked it up. Hebrews 11 - the faith chapter - ends in verse 40 with just those words! SOMETHING BETTER!

Jessica Nelson said...

Oh man, I'm going to miss meeting up with you. *sniffle* I like "knowing" writers nearby. But this isn't about me and I'm SO happy for you two!! What a wonderful change in your life! And do you know Texas has some pretty active writers? *grin*

Krista Phillips said...

I am SO SO SO excited for you!!!! Moving can be scary, this I know! But it seems that God has really orchestrated this and I'm believing for WONDERFUL things in Texas for you all!

Shopgirl said...

That's a wonderful story of praise, trust and obedience. I am so excited for you. To tell you the truth, I am envious of your move to Austin as I've only heard good things about that city, I'd kinda like to move there myself. :)

Jennie Allen said...

Praising God with you. He gives and takes away! Blessed be his name.

We live in Austin. You will love it. It feels more like home than any place I have ever lived, and yet we have no family here.

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Sarah (Nikki) said...

Hey Terri....can you hear me cheering for you guys!!!! Your post reminds me of what Victor Frankl a holocust survivor once said..."Whatever shines light must endure burning" God is so awesome and everything is an adventure when we're on the road with Him. ☺

Deb Shucka said...

Such wonderful news! I'm inspired and uplifted by your story, and look forward to hearing the unfolding of this new chapter of your life. I'm thinking your writing career will only be blessed by this move-in ways you can't know just yet.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Terri -

Praise the Lord! What fabulous news! He will lead you every step of the way.

I just saw the lead-in to this post and came racing over here. (I've been at a conference and working on post-conference submissions.)

Blessings,
Susan

Gina Conroy said...

Terri, I'm so happy for you and your husband to have this opportunity and will be praying for all that God makes a swift and painless way for all that needs to follow! There's great ACFW writing support in Texas. You'll feel welcomed!

Liza said...

Congratulations. I wish you and your husband the best. My position was eliminated over two years ago and I've restructured my life...but can sympathize. It is a hard, hard road...faith, as you know, is key.

Maria I. Morgan said...

Wonderful news, Terri! Congratulations on your husband's job and your up-coming move. Thanks for telling your amazing story and for not losing hope. I'm confident God will bless you for your obedience to Him! Looking forward to hearing about your agent and that book deal soon!! God bless you richly!!

Jill said...

Oh, my, I missed this because the last word was that you were on a blogging break. God bless you on your journey! Have a great adventure in your new home. :)

Cheryl Klarich said...

Prayers, hugs, tears of joy, and many more blessings to you and your husband!
This really made me smile.

Nehha said...

It surely is something better. About one and a half year back was the first time when I dropped by your blog. After having read your struggles and having known the pain you were going through, I would say that you didn't just keep the hope alive in yourself but set an example for your readers too. I am very happy for you! In India, we say "Bhagwaan ke ghar mein der hai, andher nahin" which means "God takes time but he will never dissappoint". All the best and Keep smiling:)

flora said...

great news '
may god bless you

Jennifer Shirk said...

Praise God!
Lovely testimony of faith. So happy for you!

THE VERANDA HOUSE said...

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Rose Mary said...

Wonderful news!! I'm so happy for both of you! God is ALWAYS SO GOOD!!

Paul Greci said...

Great news, Terri!! :-)

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Terri, I'm so happy to hear about your husband's new job. What an adventure...moving to a new state will be a great way to restart your lives. I hope your house sells quickly. :-)

Diane J. said...

Terri, that is wonderful news! I'm sure the Lord needs you there to touch some lives that need your grace.

Congrats and I can't wait to hear more about this new journey in your life.

Lauren F. Boyd said...

Many, many congrats on your husband's new job! How awesome! And I hear that Austin is a wonderful place to live (I think TX would be a great place to live!)

Best of luck to you there! And thanks for your LIKE on my FB page post! It's great to see you!

Lin Floyd said...

return and take us on your journey to new experiences in Texas-my husband's from near there-Gatesville, Tx!

Christine said...

This is such an inspirational story. God works in many wonderful ways - things always work out in the end! This is a great example of it :)

Christine said...

This is such an inspirational story. God works in many wonderful ways - things always work out in the end! This is a great example of it :)

Christine said...

So happy for you two! Praise God for sustaining you through this long journey!

Reginald Dunn said...

Terri, You and your husband are an inspiration. I understand somewhat what you're facing. Years ago my husband lost his job, and we had to move away from friends and family to start over. BUT I love where we live now. I've made a lot of friends over the years. And if we hadn't moved I don't think I would have ever seen my writing dreams come true. Life is always full of twists and turns, but with God's help and guidance sometimes it turns out better than we could have ever dreamed. Texas sounds like a great place. Many people are moving there. Good luck with everything. Keep us posted. Kathi