Faith Leads To Success
If it weren’t for this strong foundation of faith, the Gaines’ story may have gone very differently. But because Billy Graham inspired Chip and Joanna Gaines so deeply, they were ready when it came time to follow God’s call for their lives.
Years after Chip’s discipleship with Billy Graham’s family, Chip and Joanna were married and pregnant with their second baby. They owned a furnishing store called Magnolia Market, but they were sensing God telling them to trust Him and close the store to focus on raising their family.
Joanna wasn’t sure about the future, but she was obedient, and as she closed the doors to their store she felt like her dreams were closing with it. Ironically, that’s when the peace of God overwhelmed her, and He reminded her to trust Him with her dreams. God made the plans for her life, and they were better than what she could imagine.
“God taught me to study the Word and believe it, even when it hadn’t been fulfilled yet. I really had to cultivate a place of faith that I never had before. I had to trust Him as He would speak His promise to me,” she explained.”This trust brought peace, although my circumstance hadn’t yet reflected his promise. His Word doesn’t return void, and God was working in my heart to establish deeper levels of trust that I now look back on and am thankful for.”
At just the right time, a production company heard about Chip and Joanna’s home renovation business, paving the way for their hit show, Fixer Upper. And the rest, as they say, is history!