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Is God in Control? YES!

This Sunday I am preaching at our church on the topic of the Sovereignty of God.

God is in controlI did not choose the topic it was given to me but God certainly had His hand in that. The preparation has been a blessing to me reminding me that if He is indeed God then nothing is beyond His ability. I can therefore trust Him no matter how difficult the circumstances.

As regular readers will know Marilyn and I are going through a time of change at the moment. We have been living in a rented house but the owner has had to go into a care home and her family needed to sell the house to pay her expenses so we have been house hunting.

We were originally due to be out of here at the end of last month but had not found anywhere suitable and the house sale was delayed so the owner said we could stay until the 15th.

We then found what seems like an ideal house (more about that in a later blog) and told the agents we needed to move by the 15th. They assured us that should not be a problem.

But things began going wrong. Firstly we needed more money than we expected because of the size of the security deposit that the agent wanted and because they charge a hefty administration fee. God provided.

Then forms that they posted took 4 days to arrive instead of 1 day. Forms posted back to them never arrived. This created a delay in getting the application processed.

The present tenants then decided that they needed some more time to move.

Up to this morning we were still in a state of limbo waiting to hear if we would be moving in 3 days time. If so we needed to contact removal companies and see if they were still available as well as sort out loads of other last-minute things.

This morning we got an email from the agents saying it will now only be at the end of the month.

I immediately contacted our present landlady and she said her sale has again been delayed and it would help her if we could stay on the additional 2 weeks.

So it is all coming together but I must admit that there have been moments over the past couple of weeks when I was wondering if God really did have it all under control. He does! So I now look forward to sharing this all on Sunday.

What happens to Christian House Sitters when we move?

Once we move I will change the contact details on the Christian House Sitters website and also the contact phone number. But do not worry the work will go on as normal. There may be 1 day when I am not able to update everything because the computer etc. is in transit but at the worst that will be a 24 hour period before all gets back to normal.

God bless you

Ray

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About housesitters

ABOUT Christian House Sitters Christian House Sitters is a Worldwide ministry that started in order to provide holidays for Christians and sitters for owners who needed a reliable Christian to look after their home, pets and garden. House owners do not pay anything to have their property listed. House sitters are only charged £25 per year and in return for this some enjoy numerous holidays each year. All fees from membership go to sponsor food for children at the Home of Peace Children’s Home in Kenya. This only supplies about a quarter of what is needed to feed the children so we urgently need sponsors. All funds go via our Registered Charity TLC Children’s Trust Charity Number 1156786 website http://www.tlc-childrenstrust.org N.B. Joining Christian House Sitters does NOT commit you to sponsoring a child or giving any support beyond your membership fee to these children. Although naturally if you want to support that would be greatly appreciated. We have some regular sponsors and other people who give an occasional gift. All are greatly appreciated. ABOUT RAY & MARILYN We are Marilyn & Ray White. A fun loving Christian couple who have been in Christian work for over 30 years. Marilyn was born in England but moved to Zimbabwe as a baby. At the age of 16 she moved to South Africa. Ray was born in South Africa and grew up on a farm. We met in Johannesburg and got married in 1966. Ray worked in business for many years then he worked for YfC in South Africa then went on to Bible College and Pastored a church. In 1982 we moved from South Africa to England. In addition to his theological training Ray trained in Psychology and since moving to the UK he has lectured in Psychology, counselled for the NHS and opened a Christian Counselling Centre. Marilyn is also a trained counsellor and manager. In addition to the counselling we trained Christian counsellors both in our local area and by invitation in other areas of the UK. In total over 700 people completed the training courses. Many are serving the Lord by working in or through their local churches. We also ran a secular Stress Management business. We are now semi-retired and focus our time and attention on Christian House Sitters and Ray also serves as a member of our Church Leadership Team. Ray also has an active preaching ministry and runs Christian seminars on subjects such as stress management for church groups. He has written two books. A Christian book that is a very practical workbook on Christian commitment as applied to real life. The book looks at how we can surrender ourselves more fully to God. This is looked at under the headings of Physical, Mental, Social and Spiritual commitment. The book is called Let’s Get Serious. He has also written a secular book on Stress Management called Stress Overcoming this Potential Killer. (Ray was previously Chair of the International Stress Management Association UK). News Update This book has now been released as an e-book as well A few years ago we did a 2 month House Sit in France. Whilst there we felt the Lord leading us to set up a Christian House Sitting service. Since then we have done a number of other house sits. We believe this site will benefit many Christians around the world. Feel free to contact us (BUT please no spam) NOTE: If you want a fast reply the best way to contact us is via the contact page on the Christian House Sitters website www.christian-housesitters.com God bless you, Ray & Marilyn

5 responses »

  1. Hi Ray happy to hear things are coming together for you.

    Blessings

    Angie

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  2. God surely is in control even though it doesn’t seem that way….
    My wife is a real estate agent and she helped a lot of preachers find good houses…
    She is a Catholic though…g

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  3. Thank you Ray! This post definitely will bring me to my knees tonight. I am led to repent. God is so good! May He continue to bless you and provide for you and your wife. May He also refresh you two like you refresh others.

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