Sunday, August 30, 2009

Lucky 13

Well, thirteen's unlucky reputation didn't seem to rub off on our house hunting. After moving out of our house on August 13, and only having thirteen days to do so, it only took an additional thirteen days for us to find a new house! On August 26, this past Wednesday, we put an offer on a house and it was accepted! I was not expecting to find something so quickly, but the Lord led us to this particular house. We almost didn't even go look at it since I wasn't crazy about the online pictures. But seeing the house in person, obviously made all the difference. My dad kept telling us to look at as many houses as we could because the more houses we look at will help us to know when we've found the right one.

And it happened just like he said. The moment we walked in the front door it felt like home. I dared not say it out loud until we saw the house in its entirety. We had already seen a few of those where the first half of the house is looking pretty good and then you go around the corner or up the stairs and then you both sigh followed by a "hmmm..." Our realtor told us, "when you walk into a house and you can't find anything wrong with it; you buy the house." That doesn't mean the house is perfect and there's nothing you wouldn't change in it, but rather that the house has good bones and more importantly, has the things that you personally want in a house.

We have prayed about the house God has for us for quite some time and we know it is not luck that we are moving forward with this one, but God's guidance. We close on September 21 and anticipate the move-in date around mid-October. We have a few things we want to do before we move in like paint and smooth the popcorn ceilings. This week we will have the house inspected and the appraisal will be soon to follow. This just might be our future home, if the Lord wills.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Power of a Praying Wife

Although this book has been out for awhile, I just read Stormie Omartian's, The Power of a Praying Wife, and highly recommend it. If you're thinking the title may be sappy and and a bit cliché, this is not the case with the material. Not that praying for your husband is ever sappy, but then again not all Bible studies are created equal.

Omartian speaks in a simple, practical way that is refreshing and uncomplicated. The study is divided into 30 short chapters, each titled with a specific issue in which to pray over your husband such as "His Work," "His Purpose," and "His Faith." In each chapter, Stormie shares personal stories from her marriage, a great deal of Scripture, and a straightforward perspective on life and relationships.

I like her honesty as she writes the first sentence in "His Fears" chapter: "There are many things in this world to be afraid of; only a fool would say otherwise." In addition to honesty, I enjoyed Stormie's definitions. In "His Integrity," she explains the concept as, " a level of morality below which you never fall, no matter what's happening around you. It's a high standard of honesty, truthfulness, decency, and honor that is never breached."

Not only was I praying God's Word over my husband during this study, I was also praying these words over my own life. Stormie advises, "You can't afford not to make this investment in yourself, your health, and your future." That is what God's Word is for our lives, an investment. Jeremiah 31:17 says, "There is hope in your future."

Monday, August 17, 2009

August Rush

No, I'm not referring to the movie with Keri Russell and Jonathan Rhys Meyers, but to our life the first 2 weeks in August. Bryant and I decided to put our house up on the market the end of May right before we left for Hawaii. While we were out of town, we had 3 showings. Of course, when we got home, nothing for almost 2 months.

On July 30, we received a call from the appointment line that a couple wanted to come see our house the next day. On Saturday they came for the second time and made an offer by 1:00 p.m. They gave us our asking price if we could get out in 13 days! We took a deep breath, completed the negotiations that night, and began packing on Monday. The next week and a half was on fast forward. Get up early, go to work all day, and pack at night.

We paced it just right so that moving day was actually pleasant if you can believe that. We used Armstrong Relocation and I highly recommend them. I will definitely use them again. They had all of our stuff out of our house and in storage in about 1/3 of the estimated time, and that included shrink wrapping every piece of furniture.

So, while we were in a rush to say the least, I can't complain a bit. Just to hear the word, "SOLD," in this market is sweet music.


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