Last year, my parents were chosen to feature in an episode of Selling Houses Australia. This is a Lifestyle Channel programme which airs on Foxtel Pay TV here in Australia. It was a HUGE deal for my entire family. This was the home my siblings and I grew up in; the one and only family home my parents have ever owned.
My parents are the best parents a child could ever ask for. They are, of course, far from perfect, but have loved and nurtured me all through my years and have continued to do so. They are an incredible inspiration to me. They taught me to always give thanks to God, that aside from God - family is everything. They always helped others in need and I have literally seen them, over the years, give the shirt off their own backs to others. They are amazingly generous and loving people.
So when they were 'randomly' chosen on the internet to have a house reno done, we were so thrilled for them! They are the most deserving people for something like this!!!
We helped them out during the process as much as we could. We helped them cull about 90% of their belongings. My sister-in-law and parents-in-law helped out with the kids so Brett and I could be there to help my parents sort through 30 + years of their belongings! They were self-confessed hoarders.
Since they were so poor to start off with when we were littlies and with literally NO ONE to help around them, hoarding the things that were given to them was just a means to guarantee surivial. Getting matching lamps for bedside tables were never an option....all the money they earned went towards feeding us kids, paying off school fees or helping others. So they struggled and in the process, hoarded in case sometime down the track, they may not have enough money to buy that thing again. They didn't hoard rubbish or things from the side of the road, they just didn't get rid of stuff they had accumulated over the years but they needed to so they could sell the family home and enjoy their retirement :)
I'm sure they are not the only people who have had to raise a family like this, nor will they be the last.
Brett and I have known our fair of struggling over the years BUT the difference has always been that we've had my parents and Brett's parents there for us who would never see us go under. My parents did NOT have that luxury.
Unfortunately, mum and dad were told that the show would make this back-story of theirs quite clear, but we didn't feel they did. It was also disappointing that the show also edited out every mention any of us made to God and how thankful we were for everything He had given them...since God is THE CENTRAL THREAD through their entire life's-story.
Amazingly, even after the reno, the house still wasn't selling. We knew it was all in Yah's (God's) hands but it was still quite frustrating for my parents. Then, we had our first Shabbat (sabbath) gathering here in our home and mum and dad came. They had had an offer that day on the house but it was very low and the potential buyer wasn't expected to offer much more. Our mates Heiko and Lori suggested everyone at the Shabbat meeting just pray for mum and dad there and then. Would you believe, after 17 months and less than 24 hours after those prayers, they received the highest offer they had ever had on the house and it was sold to that buyer! Praise Yah! What a miracle!
We were ALL very thrilled that their house was chosen, that the reno was done and that the house is now SOLD! Praise Yah for that!
The show aired a couple of times this week and did so for the last time last night at 6.30pm.
There's no link to the episode that I can find but HERE IS A LINK TO THE WEBSITE that has before and after shots.
This has been such a testimony to all of us that regardless of the struggles we go through in life, God is always there to look after us when we trust our lives into His loving care.
More another time,