Hello!! This is week three of the Online Bible Study – “What Happens When Women Say Yes to God” by Lysa Terkeurst that is being presented by P31 Proverbs 31 Ministries. Did I say last week was the best week of this study? Well, I have to take that back! This Bible Study gets better every week.
This week’s memory verse is “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:4
We are learning this week what is it to be wholly committed to the Lord. I have a story to tell that has helped me feel wholly committed. One year ago, I received a letter from the insurance company for my home. The letter was asking that we repair a list of items surrounding our property. If not, our home insurance would be cancelled in one year’s time. I have had this insurance since I bought my home 27 years ago. I have 3 years left on my mortgage with a grandfathered insurance policy whereby we only have to pay a $100 deductible on any perils. As you may have guessed, I was devastated!
We know we should not have ignored the repairs for so long – our only excuse was this is the first time a surprise inspection had been performed by the insurance company. Anyway, I started on the list of repairs right away. I had to replace the roof on the house, replace the fence surrounding the property, remove a pool that was no longer in use and replace the garage. No small order!
Now, lets move forward to May of this year. By now, I had completed the roof on the home and the fence. I had also removed the pool. I had never been involved in any major construction and trying to get a garage rebuilt was not as simple as it looked. Here I was with 3 months to go before insurance cancellation and nothing was moving on that project. I prayed and prayed. I was in God’s word everyday. I had felt that God was with me during the entire project (getting the funds and getting all the other things done), but this last task was not moving. All of a sudden I was unsure – doubts began to creep into my mind and soul. I was crying every day and getting depressed.
First they told us they could build the garage in 2 days but first we had to have a construction permit. The construction permit required a new land survey. Each process seemed to take forever to get accomplished. August arrived – I had 26 days to go until cancellation – the old garage is still standing. I was able to get the survey done but the permit process is still in the 3rd week and still not completed. I could feel myself losing faith. I prayed harder but I was really scared.
Then one day 2 weeks ago, an idea popped into my head while I was reading my Bible. It said – call the insurance company – tell them what you have accomplished and ask them if the signed contract with down payment paid enough for them to give you a play on the garage. We cannot get out of the contract which was signed on July 3rd – we are only waiting on the process – won’t this do? The agent felt that it was a reasonable request and told me they would run it by the underwriter and get back to me.
On Saturday 8/17/2013, I received a letter from the insurance company rescinding the prior letter promising cancellation of my insurance with 10 days to go. I cannot tell you the relief I felt and the tears that just streamed down my face. I was so grateful and I knew exactly at whose feet I could place my good fortune. Prior to this, I needed something to push me into a wholly committed state and this grace of God did it for me. I can never go back now. I now know he is within me everyday if I stay wholly committed to his word.
I received at least three emails this week with opportunities for helping others in their current struggles – I am committed to picking up at least one which will allow me to say #YesToGod!!!!
Praise the Lord!!