The whirlwind of the return to Mississippi – Picayune Item
By Jan Miller Penton
Wwhat a whirlwind has been in recent weeks! During my recent visit to Mississippi, I realized I was homesick. The hot and sweltering sun, lush green forests, white sandy beaches, and fresh gulf seafood were certainly part of the draw. Most of all, I missed my people.
After chatting with Mike, he agreed he could travel for a year or two for his job in Tennessee, and we started making plans to move home. We prayed over the situation and decided to put our house on the market. We really wanted to make the right decision, so we both did something that we only do occasionally. We fasted and prayed.
Don’t get me wrong, I pray often, but I didn’t grow up in a denomination that taught a lot about fasting, so it was never part of my normal routine. I first fasted years ago when one of my children was in trouble. I saw an amazing answer to my prayer through my child’s changed heart and began to understand the importance of fasting.
In short, we fasted and prayed, not that someone would come and buy our house, but that God’s will be done. I prayed that it wouldn’t sell if it wasn’t the right thing and waited to see what would happen.
After only a few days on the market, a couple from Texas came to view the house. I only had a little notice and worked things out when they came up. This surprised me because I thought I would still have an hour to prepare. The confusion arose because the power went out overnight and I was unable to reset the kitchen clock.
The gentleman noticed my carpet at the back door that says This house works at the cafe and at Jesus. I guess it made him feel comfortable telling me that he and his wife planned to build a house, but it wasn’t until that morning, during their prayer time, that they felt obligated. to look for a house to buy.
They called a real estate agent, viewed our house online, and requested an appointment. The short notice was the reason I was still cooling off when they arrived.
The couple looked at the house and yard and made an acceptable offer on the spot. To say I was surprised would be an understatement as I thought that even if it did sell out, it would take at least a little while.
I know the market is hot right now and most things are selling out quickly, but I think it’s no coincidence that buyers felt that God had prompted them to look for a home, and he turned out to be ours. Without my nice neighbors, I would never have been able to complete the packing task in such a short time. I will forever call my friend Carol the queen of packing and organizing. This girl has some serious skills!