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Biblical Submission and a Minivan

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Guess what???

Today, March 19, is my birthday.

the BIG

40!!

And – of course – my identical twin sister’s birthday, too.

And – it is my sister-in-law’s birthday, as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

WOOHOO!

I AM COMPLETELY FULFILLED AND AT PEACE WITH MY LIFE

If something happened to me today – this is really shocking that I can actually say this – I have no regrets! ย I used to be consumed with regrets. ย But now, I know that if I were to meet Jesus today – I know that God has used me to reach many people for His Kingdom and I am so thankful for the fruit I have already been able to see God growing in others. ย  I can’t wait to see all of His plans for each of you. ย Y’all are precious to me! ย I am thankful for the 40 years I have had and for the opportunities God has given to me.

I pray that He might empower me to be a godly steward with all that He has given me and that He might use me for His purposes every moment of the rest of my life. ย I trust Him fully. ย I yield myself completely. ย I love Him with all my heart. ย I want to be in the center of God’s will – nothing less and nothing more.

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Ok, on to the story…

A CHANCE ENCOUNTER AT WAL-MART

I was pumping gas at Wal-Mart today (3-18) and right before I got out of the car – I said, “I would really like to have a smaller car that didn’t use so much gas.”. While I was finishing up, an elderly man at the pump next to me asked if I wanted to sell my minivan. (He did not hear me say anything – I said I wanted a smaller car to my children before I opened the door.) WEIRD!

Hmm… I have been thinking about how I would like to get a smaller car now that we don’t have pac-n-plays and strollers to carry on vacation anymore. This man loves Chrysler Town and Country minivans – but his has over 200,000 miles on it. Mine has 92,000 miles. It has been paid off for awhile now. I love not having car payments!

I have asked my husband before about the possibility of trading my minivan for something smaller and more fuel efficient. 18 MPG in town is not very impressive to me! But, in the past, he has always said that since we don’t have a car payment – we might as well just keep the minivan.

I told the man that I needed to talk to my husband. He said he would call us in about a week.

I CALLED MY HUSBAND

I called Greg and said, “Something interesting happened today at Wal-Mart! A man asked me about buying my car. I would love to have a smaller car that gets better gas milage. I don’t know how much he might offer. Maybe we could look at getting a used car for me that costs the same amount as what we can sell the van for? Does that sound crazy?”

He said, “It could be interesting. I don’t know how much you could get for it. Maybe we could look into it and see.”

THE PLAN

I prayed, “God, if it is Your will for me to be able to get a smaller, more fuel efficient car – please provide one at the right time. And please give Greg wisdom about this decision. I trust You. I seek only Your will.”

Now – I wait. Peacefully. Cheerfully.

I don’t obsess. ย I don’t struggle. ย I don’t worry. ย I don’t try to play out every possible scenario in my mind. ย I don’t try to figure out how to MAKE everything work out the way I think it should.

I don’t lean on my own understanding but trust God’s sovereignty and trust Him to lead me through my husband and the circumstances.

This is how I approach decisions now – whether it is home schooling the children or not, or adopting a child or not, or giving more money to those in need, etc.

  • If I get to sell the minivan and get a smaller car – that’s AWESOME! I will be excited!
  • If Greg decides it’s not worth it to sell the minivan – that’s AWESOME! I still have a wonderful, working car with no payments.

The key to peace is to not get attached to the outcome – but to trust that God will lead me to the doors He has for me and to be grateful no matter what happens. ย Then I get to have an adventure as I see God’s sovereignty work out His will in my life in all the decisions and details. ย It’s amazing!ย 

TO BE CONTINUED…

40 thoughts on “Biblical Submission and a Minivan

  1. First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *throws confetti all over your home page* yea I’ll clean that up later =P I hope you enjoy your day.

    Second, I hope you do find a better car. I have a Honda Accord that does pretty good on gas coming from a 94 infiniti that did terrible. I know the feeling as gas prices are definitely not cheap.

    I’ll be the first to say that I don’t believe in coincidences. Everything happens for a reason so I do hope for your sake that you get a good price on the minivan!

  2. A very happy birthday to you, April!

    “The key to peace is to not get attached to the outcome.” I love this! It’s so true! It’s those sneaky expectations that so easily find their way into our hearts, isn’t it?! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I pray many blessings to you on this special day, and God’s perfect will and provision on the sale of your minivan!

  3. I’m sorry April – how could I have possibly missed that it (was) your birthday yesterday! ACK! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! And may God bless you with many more fruitful years of ministry on this Earth! I love you to pieces!

  4. Happy Happy Birthday!!! Whatever happens with your vehicle, the fact that you have peace about it is already a win. Have a gorgeous Birthday dear!!

  5. Happy Birthday, April and sister! Don’t know about getting rid of the minivan – after strollers & pac n plays, comes karate bags, football equipment, and rides for friends & team members. My son was 12 when the first grandchild came, so back came the carseats! Now I drive around picking up grandkids from preschool and school. I think a smaller car would be better but last month we slid a bookcase into the back of the minivan and took it to a friend who needed one. Can’t do that with a car!

  6. Happy Birthday!
    I was just reading this am:

    โ€œFaith is not the belief that God will do what you want. It is the belief that God will do what is right.โ€ ~ Max Lucado

    Wonderful post. Great reminder.

  7. Happy happy day to celebrate you!!! I celebrate you!! Eager to hear the end to the minivan story – how fun!! Lots of love…

  8. Y’all are the best! ๐Ÿ™‚ You sure know how to make a girl feel loved and celebrated on her birthday. Thank you, Allison, David, Chill Mode, Emily and Stephanie!!

    1. Thanks, Sarah! Greg hasn’t said anything else about it so far. I did clean the van yesterday really well. So I am prepared either way. Since he hasn’t talked about it, that probably means he will want to just keep what we have. And I am fine with that. But we shall see!

  9. April, I forgot to look at the blog yesterday and I”m so bummed I couldn’t wish you a happy birthday on the day! Oh well, I know it was a blessed one for you, and here’s my late Bday wish!
    So funny that you want to get rid of your minivan! I’m exactly the opposite right now, I’m holding onto mine with dear life and my husband wants me to trade it in for something smaller and sportier. My baby boy graduates this year from high school and my daughter will be going to high school. I love the minivan because of its size and going deeper, I realize when I give it up it symbolizes giving up that part of my life where the kids were small and we transitioned from a sporty couple to a minivan family:)
    I am now going to pray like you did, and try to find the joy and peace no matter how it turns out.
    You are truly a blessing, and you have fulfilled your purpose in this life for sure.

    1. Anonymous,
      That is neat! My husband hasn’t said anything else about the whole selling the van thing. But I did clean it up REALLY good on my birthday and am enjoying having a temporarily super clean vehicle! I’m guessing my husband will decide to keep the van we have – but he may surprise me. I’m fine either way – as long as I don’t think too much about how much I am spending on gas!

      Thanks for the comment and for sharing your van story, too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. So I’m a *little* late (that whole, balance/moderation thing you know, haha) but I want to wish you a BELATED happy birthday!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ You made 40 look young, beautiful, and graceful and make me not nearly as dreading it in 12 years as I was before! ๐Ÿ™‚

My grandmother is on hospice and won't be with us much longer (11-30-16). I will get to comments when I am able to but I need to be with family right now. Thanks for understanding.

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