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Pray – then Listen

(Warning – this is religious based musing; if that is offensive to you, skip this post 🙂 )

Jesus often used the phrase “if you have the eyes to see” and “if you have the ears to hear” after telling his listeners a metaphorical story.

Yesterday, AdventureMan and I had another huge surprise. We filed for a tax exemption, and we were told that for this year, the previous exemption would hold, and then next year, our exemption would start. You would think that might be bad news, but in our case, the previous owner had all kinds of wonderful exemptions, and in a year with a lot of expenses, not having a huge property tax bill sounds really good to us.

“Humd’allal!” I said to AdventureMan as we left the building. (Thanks be to God!)

When we knew we wanted to retire this year, we began praying about it together every morning before AdventureMan headed off to work. We specifically asked that God be in every detail of the move – and as you can imagine, a move back to the USA from Qatar has a lot of details. It was more complicated than “just” a move. We had a huge storage shipment which needed to meet up with us in Pensacola, a cat that needed to come with us. We needed to buy a house, and to do that, we had to sell a house, and we needed to buy cars, and basic household appliances; we needed to start up all over again with groceries, and with cleaning supplies, and gardening supplies, and the most basic items you take for granted every day in your well-established lives. There were a LOT of details, an overwhelming amount of detail, and, by the grace of God, every detail was covered.

Some details, like the total rewiring of our house, may not seem like such a blessing, but, by the grace of God, we had the money to cover the need, and we are glad we could get the rewire done before moving in, and we are really really glad not to have to worry about fires happening in our electrical system. If and when we need to sell this house, having had it rewired helps its salability, too.

Some people might call it good luck. We don’t think so. We think it is God, answering prayers, in control of all the details, and blessing us in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. Every now and then, we have “the eyes to see.”


June 3, 2010 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Family Issues, Financial Issues, Florida, Living Conditions, Moving, Pensacola, Random Musings, Spiritual, Thanksgiving


  1. not offensive at allf. hope everything is in order at ur home and that u have settled in nicely.
    baayt mubarak!

    Comment by Mrm | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. I love that! Bayt mubarak! I have not heard that before.

    In our church, we have a ceremony for blessing a dwelling . . . we have had two houses blessed, and I look forward to the day we can have this one blessed, too. Wish you would come carry a candle. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. I enjoyed your musings. I sometimes chafed under God’s timing when we were in the same situation but looking back, it couldn’t have happened any better in the long run. It’s truly awe inspiring to watch it all unfold according to His plan!

    Comment by momcat | June 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. Intlxpatr :

    That’s is nice to know that before you embarked on your retirement you prayed daily for God’s blessing in every detail- and that is the impressive part -in every detail .Nothing left to the human vanity to take care of , not even the simplest task, but seeking God’s assistance in it all .

    In Islam the close equivalent will be ,OK adventure Man get ready

    اللهم لاتكلني الى نفسي طرفة عين أو أقل من ذلك

    God please dont render me back to my self not even for a blink of an eye or lesser than that.

    Wishing you and your family a blessed Friday and for the rest of the week

    Comment by daggero | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  5. Momcat – From the beginning, we shared values as well as experiences. I know you are a frequent pray-er, too. 🙂

    Daggero – WOW. AdventureMan will love that. Thank you for starting our day with something so new and wonderful. Blessed holy day to you and your family, also. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 4, 2010 | Reply

  6. Of course He is! God is great–every day 🙂

    Comment by AcadeMama | June 5, 2010 | Reply

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