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Topic: Wow! (03/11/10)

TITLE: Never Say Never
By Pamela Kliewer


“How would you like to rent a house for $250 a month with all your utilities paid?” my aunt asked me over the phone.

“What? Are you serious?”

“Yes, your Uncle Ronnie and I are moving back to Eugene, so this house in Hood River will be available. The man who rents it is a Christian who rents to Christian people in need. We’ve already spoken to him about you and he’s agreed to let you rent it. We would pay your utilities.”

“Wow.” I was speechless.

I knew without a doubt that this was an answer to prayer.

My husband, daughter and I had been living with my mother-in-law. Our original intent was to live with her long enough to save up money for a down payment on a mobile home, five, six months max. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had been there over a year and things were getting a bit tense.

We started looking for a place to live. We looked at a few different places and a couple of them seemed perfect. Cute little houses with nice kitchens, two bedrooms, a yard. As we started to walk through those doors, they shut firmly.

Then the phone call…

“You’re really serious aren’t you?”

“Yes, we are.”

“Wow. I don’t know what to say… Thank you. I’ll talk it over with Phil and get back to you.”

I, of course, immediately sought him out and broached the subject.

“Honey, we have an answer to our prayers. Aunt Darlene just called and she and Uncle Ron are moving back to Eugene.” I told him what she had said.

“No. We aren’t going to move to another town and have Rebekah have to go to yet another school. She’s been uprooted enough. She’s already switched schools in the midst of a school year. I won’t put her through that again.”

“But honey, this is definitely of God. It would be so wonderful to have our own place, and to have such low rent and our utilities paid… we wouldn’t have to worry about our income. It’s just what we need to get our family back to a place of oneness, since you’ve been so sick. Won’t you even pray about it?”


Wow… well, if he wouldn’t, I certainly would!

A day or two passed with no sign of a change of heart on Phil’s part, until his sister called… he told her of our opportunity and after listening to her, he changed his mind! She had said the same things to him that I had… go figure. I guess it took hearing it from a more subjective source.

In the middle of November 1994, right before Thanksgiving we moved to Hood River, Oregon.

We lived there for a year and a half and it was one of the best times of our lives. God certainly had His hand on us. While there we started home schooling our daughter, which allowed us the freedom to take our school with us. Which is why in 1996 we moved to California to be near my folks when the owner of the house in Hood River told us he was going to sell the house… that’s a whole ‘nother story…

There were three things I had said I would never do… home school, live in California and write fiction. While this isn’t fiction, I do write a lot of it now.

Wow… what God will do in our lives if we just open ourselves up to His plans!

Jeremiah 29:11 ~ I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD. They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to give you a future filled with hope. (God’s Word)

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Connie Dixon03/18/10
Never look a gift house in the mouth! (or something like that) Loved your ending. When we leave it up to Him, it always turns out good! (good writing)
Beth LaBuff 03/21/10
Perfect title! I love hearing people's "I will never do..." list! It always makes me smile. I love God's faithfulness to you in the midst of all this.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/21/10
What a good reminder, it makes one wonder how life might have turned out if we hadn't argued with God.
AnneRene' Capp03/22/10
Great story and wonderful testimony about our plans, versus God's plans. Made me chuckle that all three areas in your life you were determined wouldn't happen, did.
Darren Pettis03/22/10
Very well told story. Good job.
Catrina Bradley 03/22/10
I was so uplifted by your testimony to trusting God and going through those doors He opens. Nice job. :)
Rachel Phelps03/24/10
Great testimony. This story had a great flow to it.
Ann Grover03/24/10
I loved that this was true and not contrived to have a happy ending. God is good. Well-written, loved the dialogue.
Loren T. Lowery03/24/10
This is like reading a diary of a blessed life. Yes, we plan, but God does direct our steps for our good. I had to laugh about Phil not listening - just think of it as confirmation from another source : )
Verna Cole Mitchell 03/24/10
You made it really interesting, not all that easy to do in writing personal essays.
william price03/24/10
Wow, I needed to read this story and it's scripture. Thank you. God is good! Be blessed.