Story of Hope: Ryan S.

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Three and a half years ago I was working in Denver. I was struggling to make ends meet because of poor spending habits and an overwhelming amount of student loan debt. 

God spoke to me in a clear way, clearer than he had ever spoken to me. He told me I needed to get better spending habits, clean up my credit and if I did I could own my own home before the age of 30. I had moved so many times since leaving college all I wanted was a place to call my own—I had moved at least once and sometimes twice a year since graduating College. I started by getting a free credit report and the information was overwhelming and a bit upsetting. There were a lot of things I hadn't even applied for which were negatively affecting my credit score. It took a long time to clean up my credit and by the time it was good, the real estate market in Denver had gotten out of control.

I was renting a room in a house located in south Denver. To give you some perspective, the house had almost doubled in value in three years. It hit me like a brick wall, and I began to question God. How will I ever be able to afford a house in Colorado? At that point I started to question God’s plan for me. He told me he wanted me to have the house but the more important thing was that God wanted to teach me good spending habits so I wouldn’t lose it when I did get it. He was teaching me how to be financially free. That lightbulb went on in my head: God wanted me to get ahead financially in this life.

I soon came to the realization that if I wanted to get ahead financially, and finally have a place to call my own I would have to leave Colorado. I began to fast and pray for God to show me where he wanted me to go and when to go there. After about a week and half, God showed me I should move to Raleigh, NC. I had never really heard of Raleigh before. I wanted to make sure I heard God correctly—If I was being honest, I didn’t have the faith I should have had and I knew this was something I would not be able to do without Him. Complete faith has been a struggle I have had since I gave my life to God. Never before had I let go and just said, “Ok God I trust you in this.” So I continued to pray and fast and God continued to speak louder and louder until it felt like He was shouting at me. I finally said, “Ok I will go.”

Not really expecting much, I had a phone interview within the week. A few more interviews and three weeks later I was in a car moving to Raleigh, NC. I had no idea what I was doing; I had never done anything like that before in my life. I was nervous and scared and I didn’t even have anywhere to stay. I trusted God in a way I never had before. Coincidentally, one of my friends had just moved to Raleigh two weeks before me and let me crash on his couch until I found a place to live. My first day at my new job, I met a man who invited me to a church of which I am now serving at.

God called me to get involved when I arrived in Raleigh and to work hard at my job and He would take care of the rest. God moved in only a way God could. 

What I didn’t realize at the time was that God wanted to give me a house, but He also wanted to remove me from friendships I had back in Denver that were not helping to elevate my relationship with Him. Not to say they were not good people, but by moving here God provided me with new friends who were on fire for Christ. I had so much to learn and he needed me to get here in order to do it. 

God’s timing is perfect. How do I know this? Let me give you some more background... The job I left in Denver was hard to leave because I had a great boss and I was highly respected within the organization. After I was only in Raleigh for a few weeks, that boss left the company, the company announced it was going through a restructure (meaning a lot of people were laid off). Also the CFO who I respected and had a great relationship with left the company. It has taught me a lot but what I really took away from it above all else was this: I learned God’s timing is perfect; when you put your decisions in God’s hands, things happen you can't even imagine. God has already been working in your life and is waiting for your obedience. 

Well, I guess you want to hear how it ends! I held up my end of the deal—I worked on my credit, started saving money and moved across the country, trusting in God and following His lead the whole way. Six months before my 30th birthday, I was able to close on a house.

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