Journey #17: Looking back down the road

These lessons are written from a first world, heavily privileged experience. The details may need translation to a context where someone is living hand to mouth, but the principles should carry though. It’s not about the money. It’s not about the thing(s) we want and need. He’s looking for relationship, for trust. He’s not looking for perfect understanding of His voice and perfect obedience, but a heart that seeks Him and is looking for the …

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Journey #16: No final destination

We had been obedient to God in our buying of a house. This turned out to be more important than we thought in the journey of God’s provision. In a catch up conversation, Ste, a friend from Nottingham told me that they’d had their house in the Meadows valued and how it was now worth significantly more than when they bought it due to the gentrification of the area. We’d had a word that we’d …

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Journey #15: North in a Volvo

Throughout the period that we relied on cars lent to us we couldn’t help wondering what the final solution would be. In this period our hearts were being healed and our thinking was being refined and we repented and went round the Circle Lifeshape(Link). Some of our motive in giving a car away had been a desire to give in order receive. We wanted to get a better car. This wrong desire was washed out …

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Journey #14: Getting a lift

People are wonderful and generous; this is why we didn’t broadcast our giving away a car to the church. Such a generous group of people would have filled our needs. We didn’t give the car away to become a burden on our family, but to learn to know, trust and follow Daddy God. We didn’t broadcast it, but you can’t control your mother-in-law! On the Sunday that Geoff and Barbara were with us recovering, Barbara …

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Journey #13: Diversion around pride

There can be dangers in doing ‘big’ things for God. Pride knocks at the door, thoughts of reward are a temptation, in our activity we need to be focused on Him and not ourselves and our work. Some of my motivation in giving the car was an expectation that God would replace it with something amazing. Here was a short cut to something flash with a virtuous excuse for why we had it and a …

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Journey #12: Stylish but Risky

So we bought a hot tub at a time where we didn’t feel like we were that financially strong. Because we had a great Dad and great friends: The gift from St Saviours and the surety that this had God’ s “OK.” We had to take on a small loan for a year and live at our limits rather than within them. All through 2015 we were stretched, but had total peace. We slowly spent …

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Journey #11: Ending in a splash

When we agreed to move from Nottingham to Coventry, we decided to move at speed to help both churches (and ourselves). The cost of moving took us by surprise, we had been treated amazingly on our way into Nottingham, lots of extra support and huge updates to the vicarage which we got to choose and specify. That having been our only experience we expected the same. We were wrong. A different house (going from massive …

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Journey #10: Retreating

As I detail in the previous part of this story, over a year we piled up our holiday money for God’s use. We then came back to the word about putting solar panels on the vicarage roof. It didn’t feel like giving, it would benefit us, but the panel would belong to the diocese when we left, also the feed in tariff would be theirs at that point. I think we break even if we …

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Journey #9: Going on holiday

We bought a little terrace to rent out nearly 4 years ago, not long before the whole question of moving to Coventry appeared on our horizon as a complete surprise. We were planning for decades in the Meadows not a move after 6 years. Everything, (even my dream of a Lexus if you’ve been reading the previous blogs, 😉 went on hold at that point. We had a difficult year of living in limbo between …

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Journey #8: the guy who taught me to drive

As I explained in the previous episode of this story my Dad left me a house deposit. My dad was key influence in my financial life. A bank manager, I remember the days when he came home to tell us that his personal lending limit had been raised to £500,000, when he got a Barclays platinum card that allowed him to spend massively without any checks and balances. When he announced these things, there was …

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