We received a contract on our home yesterday afternoon. Although I had been preparing myself for months, seeing the contract in black & white literally took my breath away.
Now it’s time to pray, pick, purge, pack, place, and pleasure.
PRAY – Originally the buyer’s agent requested that we be out of our home by September 1st. That would be 14 days from now…. not realistic at all. We’ve negotiated a date of October 1st. I’m asking God to help us through this very stressful time of transitioning from one home to another. I could spend my time worrying, over analysing, and second guessing the details or I can choose to rest in His plans, provision, promises, and presence. I’m purposefully choosing to rest in Him.
PICK – This will be our fifth home in the four years we’ve lived North Carolina. With all this moving experience, you would think finding a new home would be second nature to our family but it’s not. It’s still VERY stressful, especially when it has to be done in such a short period of time. Several of the homes we’ve looked at over the Summer are no longer on the market so we’ll have to start from scratch. We need to find a home quickly in the midst of school starting, my traveling schedule in September, filing my 2008 tax returns (the extension we requested is up September 15th) and hurricane season (my husband is a Catastrophic Claims Adjuster and this is the busiest time of the year for him). I’ve questioned God’s timing in all this but I really need to trust Him even though it makes absolutely no sense to me.
PURGE – Ahhh, the joy of cleaning through closets and drawers. This is when I’ll find that cute little tennis jacket I’ve been looking for or my son’s portable hard drive that he misplaced last year. Purging takes time and a lot of patience. However, when it’s over with there’s a wonderful feeling of freedom that follows. Having gotten rid of extra stuff make me feel a little lighter and much more organized.
PACK – We do all our packing & moving… ridiculous but true. I’ve given up on moving boxes a long time ago. Instead, I’ve purchased plastic bins from our local Target & Wal-Mart stores. I can reuse them over and over again. Plus, they stack and store so easily. The only good thing about not hiring a moving company and doing it ourselves is I’m always guaranteed to loose those extra pounds that have some how accumulated around my waistline. I lost 14 lbs during our last move and I still ate whatever I wanted.
PLACE – It’s amazing how you can take your stuff, put it in a new spot, and it looks completely different. This is the fun part of moving for me. I like mixing up decorations and having new spots to hang pictures and paintings. It helps me to enjoy them in a whole new way.
PLEASURE – Once we’ve prayed about the move, picked a new house, purged our old things, packed our belongings and placed them in our new house, it’s time to find pleasure. Finding pleasure in our new home will start with prayers of thanksgiving. Telling God how thankful we are that He’s provided a new place for us to call home. Asking Him to fill every room with His presence and give us many wonderful new experiences that will be treasured for a life time.
Yes, It’s official… we are moving. Although I’ve dreaded this day and prayed that it would never come, I have to constantly remind myself of the passage God gave me several weeks ago. It was on that very unusual day, when this particular couple, who is now purchasing our home, knocked on our door unexpectedly and asked to see our house. After they left, I sat in my favorite chair, feeling all alone, and questioning God’s plan for our future. During those few moments, God brought me to an unfamiliar place in scripture but revealed a very powerful and personal truth to my heart. A truth that I needed to hear then and would tightly hold onto for the weeks and months to come. Yes, He is so faithful!
The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you.
2 Samuel 7: 11