About a week ago we signed a sales contract for our house. We have intended to sell our home and move for about 20 months. Our home has been our safe haven during the current season of our life. When I quit my job and we began the 200 mile commute to Tallahassee each week, our home was a refuge for us – a place of our very own that served as a spot that protected us from everything and anything negative in our lives.
While we said we wanted to sell our home, we did little to make that happen. While we said we trusted God to provide for us, we held on to stuff that we thought we had control over. Even when we listed our home almost a year ago, I’m not sure we fully surrendered the process to God. When our listing expired about six weeks ago, we decided to list it ourselves and see what would happen. What happened was God brought a family to us that was looking for just this house! God’s timing is usually never our timing but it is perfect!
As Cyndi has begun the process of packing our stuff, we’ve realized how much we have accumulated over time. We’ve been married almost 30 years and in this house for 15. You can keep a lot of stuff in 30 years! We have begun selling some of our furniture and belongings that we just don’t want to move. And for the most part we are ok with letting go of our possessions! There are a lot of memories attached to things and that makes it harder and longer to pack or let go!
I’m thankful for what God has provided for us in our lives together. He has and continues to be our strength – as corny as that may sound. Without our faith, I would have given up a long time ago! I’m thankful for the unknown blessings He is going to provide for us – unknown because we really don’t know what the next step is!
Kind of crazy to sell your home without knowing where you are going to live isn’t it? We don’t think so. We think this is our physical demonstration of our faith. He has never let us down and we don’t expect this to be the season where that happens! I’ve referred to this scripture before and it’s very relevant today:
New International Version (NIV)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
I’ve got to believe!
Being unemployed for over a year has given me a lot of time to think about things. That can be a good thing or it can be a bad thing! I’m convinced that if I were to post all of my thoughts, you would stop reading soon! Makes me wonder if I should put my thoughts in different silos – being more intentional with individual posts…but until then here goes some of this week’s thoughts:
1. Mowed my lawn today – first time in 2012. I had really hoped our house would have sold by now and that I never would be mowing this yeard again! I was so sure of this that when my mower needed major repairs last fall I didn’t repair it. So, I’m borrowing a mower until our house sells!
2. Justin Faircloth may be the best person I know who can have difficult conversations with people. That is a great leadership trait and one all leaders have to master. Period. Being unwilling to have the difficult conversations is a serious handicap to leading an organization.
3. March begins our 15th month of our latest journey in faith! Despite my personal anxiety and impatience, God continues to be faithful! That alone may be what He is teaching me! I really thought I was a quick learner…
4. Warm weather is good for the soul! Looking forward to some days like this:
Random thoughts about life today – some of these could be blog entries, but I don’t have the time right now!
We have received an offer to buy our house! This is good but the downside is I don’t really know where we will live when we sell it! We have options – which is always a great thing! In fact another set of friends told us this week we could move in with them for a while if we need to/want to/need a change of scenery! Now if I could only secure that “job”!
Christ followers are not the same as “Christians”. This explanation will take a long time so I won’t write here but will leave the thought out there that one requires ongoing action while the other somehow has only implied an action.
My wife is amazing! She has continually worked while being less than 100% since January 2, 2012! Her massage therapy business can be hard on her physically but she has been determined to work through this. I am lucky she chose me!
We had two neat desserts this week! Cyndi made individual apple cobblers one night that were amazing! Last night we had fresh strawberries with whipped cream on fresh cake! Again, I am one lucky man!
Looking for work is not as easy as it seems – even with internet job boards. I would love to find a way to make the job search more meaningful for people and make the search more responsive.
Knowing we won’t be at our next community group meeting has me already feeling a little blue. I really enjoy the opportunity to experience life with our small group! Preparing for that group each weed has been a good outlet for me!
What has been on your mind this week?