How to Sell Your House in 5 Days and Other Spiritual Truths

One Saturday in September of 2008, I spent about 4 hours mowing our rather large yard, cleaning the pool and trimming ivy and trimming about 1000 feet of curbs and sidewalks; ok, it was more like 200 feet but it felt like a 1000.  It was 105 degrees and thought I was dying of heat stroke.  I walked into the house and told Pam we should sell the house and move two blocks up the street to a house that was being restored.  She thought about it for about 5 seconds and said, “Ok.” 

We spent 2 months and $800 to do some fix up around the house.  Late one Tuesday evening, we stuck a small FSBO (for sale by owner) sign in the front yard.  Five days later, we had a good contract for sale.  We not only sold the house but we got more than the asking price.  I learned some lessons during that period that have some spiritual applications for us.  

Life Lesson #1:  Move when God Prompts

            I believe God prompted me to put our home of 11 years up for sale at just the right time.  I didn’t know what was going to happen, but I knew the time was right and we had to act.  We missed the mortgage crisis by about 60 days.  Many years ago, I promised God that when I felt a prompt from Him, I would act on it.  Since then, many times God has tested me on this promise and I’ve done my best to carry out my promise.  The blessings have been immeasurable.   Here’s the spiritual application:  God prompts us in certain ways at certain times for our good.  The Bible is full of men and women who acted on the prompting of God even in the midst of uncertainty and man’s ridicule.  During this Christmas season, the man Joseph is one such man.  He did EVERYTHING God prompted Him to do and became the earthly father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Life Lesson #2:  Listen to the Experts

            There’s a reason they call them experts.  One of the groups of people we listened to were all the experts on Home and Garden Television.  Pam and I love that channel and spend many hours watching their shows and heeding their advice.  They are the experts on buying, selling and maintaining our homes.  We listened and did everything they said and it paid off big time.  We listened to a good friend who was an expert in real estate.  He gave us awesome advice and we paid his firm to handle the paperwork for our sale.  They were the experts on buying and selling real estate.  We did everything they said, and it paid off big time.  One other person we listened to was the real estate appraiser.  We had an appraisal done on the house so that we could determine the best price for our home.  We did everything he said, and it paid off big time.  Here’s the spiritual application:  God is the expert; do everything He says and it will pay-off big time!   I’m not talking about a monetary pay-off.  God’s pay-off is in the abundant life here on earth and in the life ever after.

Life Lesson #3:  Timing is Everything

            Write these phrases down.  These truths work in selling or buying real estate, in business, in education, in relationships, in every facet of your life. 

The wrong idea at the wrong time produces failure

The wrong idea at the right time produces stress

The right idea at the wrong time produces frustration

The right idea at the right time produces success


Obviously when we sold our home, it was the right idea at the right time.  We had great success and in an amazingly short period of time.  Here’s the spiritual application:  God has blessed us with everything we need to have the right idea at the right time, thereby producing success.  Think about your life right now; your job, your family, your relationships, your private world.  Are you experiencing failure, dealing with stress and feeling frustrated?  If you are, then maybe you are not in the center of God’s will.  What is God’s will for your life, you ask?  God’s will for your life is to fulfill His purpose in you.  That purpose is to give Him glory.  You can give God glory in your family, in your job, in your relationships, and in your private world.  Notice I didn’t say anything about what job you have, who you marry, where you live, what church you attend.  It’s all about giving God glory in all you do.  Focus on that, and let God bless you with all the rich blessings and success He desires to pour out on His children. 

Be encouraged friends!


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Diane Ball on December 10, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Randy, This was a great reminder—at just the right time for us! We are moving in one week to the Dallas area and are trying to sell our house….need to sell by mid January. God has opened doors for us the past 6 months that have us in awe of His magnificance every day. It has gotten hard to stay focused on what He is doing in our lives with the stress of trying to sell the house! Thanks for this reminder that HE IS IN CHARGE, yesterday, today and tomorrow~ That’s what we want! Really appreciate your sharing this!

    Diane and Jim


    • Diane and Jim, God is good all the time and all the time God is good! You are so right when you say HE IS IN CHARGE! Blessings to you on this new chapter in your lives. Pam and I love you guys!



  2. Posted by Kathi Walrath on December 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Well put!


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