Sunday, January 17, 2016

Along for the ride

Today marks exactly 1 year since we locked in the sale of our house as well as an offer on the place we've called home for the past 10 months.  It's been a wild ride ever since we put our dream of lake living on ice at the end of 2014 and started prepping for a move and we've continued to see the fruit of stepping out and following nudges as well as persevering through challenges.

As I've mentioned a couple times over the past month, I've been reading John Ortberg's If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat and earlier this week I read his account of a wild ride on a horse during a vacation on a ranch that was not only entertaining but reminded me of our journey through the craziness that was our move last year.  There were times of intense fear, anxiety, as well as overwhelming excitement that were frequently way too much to take in when combined with the rigors of daily life, but looking back at the timeline of how things shook out it's pretty amazing how quickly God moved once we took a step out in the direction we thought he was leading us:
11/18/14 - Prayed for guidance for future, options we listed - move to lake, Pflugerville, stay put (&buy beach house)
11/26 - Courtney brought up not moving due to the roots we were starting to put down
12/26 - We re-ran across a the listing for a particular creekfront house we'd looked at before but this time our "hey that's cool" felt more like a "hey, let's go check that out"
12/10 - I ran across and wrote down a few verses that became more pivotal than I would have ever thought: James 2:22, 1Cor 2:9, and Matt 11:28-30
1/11/15 - We made our 1st offer on the creek house contingent on selling ours and were outbid the same day.  This was a tough one to interpret considering the house had been on the market for several months with no offers
1/14 - Made an offer on a foreclosure in the same neighborhood (with contingency) and were once again outbid, found several other houses that week that went pending before we could even look at them
1/17 - Hit a low point  and had a very serious discussion about whether we were being led to downsize/simplify by renting and went and looked at some duplexes with the mentality of doing whatever it was we were supposed to do despite a strong desire to continue searching for the "perfect house."  

Later that day (1/17) the creek house came back on market and we had multiple offers on our house allowing us to go back in with no contingency and a renewed confidence we were headed in the right direction.  5 days later we were physically and emotionally exhausted but had contracts on both houses just 25 days after deciding to sell, talk about a wild ride!  Since then we've had some challenges but more than anything else further proof that we are created and blessed to have "life to the full" as promised in John 10:10.  Looking back, I still almost can't believe all that transpired over that month and those that followed, but here we sit in our "forever house" (mainly because we've vowed to never move again) that's been full of laughter and joy as we gather with friends and family with an extra bedroom that will be filled yet more laughter (ok probably crying) in a few months, yet another plan that was not ours but clearly part of this adventure!

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