When Paul and I got married last year I excitedly packed up all of my things and moved into his house. He bought his house about 4 years ago while he was in school, and while it was a great choice for him back then, the house was not purchased with the intentions of a family. It was a great purchase for the college bachelor he was at the time. The house is on the college side of town, it isn’t in the best area, and our “neighborhood” (if you can call it that) is a little sketchy for lack of a better word. Our initial plan was to live there while we looked for a new house to buy; however, lately our plan does not seem to be lining up with God’s plan for us.
2014 has been rough on our bank account to say the very least… we are barely 6 months in and Paul and I have had over $8,000 in unexpected expenses!! From a tree falling on our house which led to tree removal required by our Homeowners Insurance, to medical bills, vet bills, escrow shortages, computers being replaced, car accidents and the list keeps going. As you can imagine these events have done nothing to help us save to buy a new house, but it is a testimony in itself that we have made it through each of these without going into debt. As frustrating as this year has been, Paul and I are learning A LOT. We are learning from each other, about each other and ourselves, and we are learning HUGE life lessons from God. (I can post more on this later, but this really is a whole post on it’s own).
This being said, recently Paul and I decided we should just try to list our house and see what happens. If it takes a while to sell its okay because we aren’t in a rush. If it does sell quickly we can go rent somewhere until we find a house we want to buy. So I reached out to my sister’s friend who happens to be a Realtor to discuss everything, and it was a really large dose of “you are not ready to buy a new house yet” from God. Our initial plan was to list it “As is” with hopes of an investor purchasing it and preventing us from making costly repairs while trying to buy a new house. Then we found out about the house that just sold next door… Our new “comp” in the lovely world of real estate. This house sold for much less than the asking price (and much less than we wanted to list ours for), it has a relatively new roof, new A/C unit, etc, etc. Basically all the things we wanted to avoid replacing on our house, and it just sold for much less than we hoped it would. We were SO frustrated! We both want to move. This is not the neighborhood or the side of town we want to be on, we need more room, the house has ZERO storage and I could go on.
So that brings us to where we are today. For anyone who isn’t trying to listen to God, all these “house” things may seem like a small series of frustrating events to get through, which they are, but Paul and I also know these events are God teaching us a few different lessons. We are going to learn to be CONTENT and THANKFUL in the house we have, because after all at least we have a house. We will be working on our house over the next few months to get it ready for the market (i.e. replacing the roof, replacing the insulation, yard work, curb appeal, etc.) We will be PATIENT while we follow the path that God is laying before us, and while we are waiting we will turn our house into a home. We do not know what His plan is for us, but we know His plan is ultimately better than ours.
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11