Monday, November 8, 2010

A New Home

Since my last post, I started searching online for new apartments.  Our landlord still hadn't given us permission to stay with Bailey, and as I wrote, I was feeling restless.  I didn't want to move to the same kind of "flat" apartment, so I started looking for town homes.  I found a condo not too far away that had a great playground outside within our price range.  Eric, in wanting me to be happy, gave in to my insane need to move on.  So we moved...all within 5 days.

There is still so much work to do at the old place, but I am also doing my best to make this place feel like home.  My need for change created an upheaval in Eric's realm that will be in turmoil until everything has a place here.  He keeps stressing about where we will put everything, but I know we can make it work.  It just looks different.  I think that's fun.  He was content, and I have created a hurricane.  Now I am working hard every day to tackle more and more of each room so that it feels homey and settled.  This feels to me like a way to show my love and gratitude to Eric.

If you didn't know it, Eric and I were born literally 17 days apart, but the kicker is that we had the same due date.  I came 4 days early, and he refused to leave the womb. Okay, so it was only 13 days late. :-)  God has put us together for a reason, and while sometimes I push us further than we need to go right then, sometimes it is my need to go that keeps us moving.

One really cool thing to realize since we moved is that God is truly at work at our old community.  We have seen a couple of our friends turn back to the Lord, and other believers move in as well.  An idea that God brought to mind was to gather all of these believers together next Monday and give them the vision for how to live at Edmonds Ridge.  Please pray for us that it will be possible to gather them.

Also at the same time, my feeling that our home fellowship was just stagnant beyond repair until others feel ready to give God their lives, pushed Eric to have that conversation with them asking, "what do we want?".  We all still want to gather, but now the two of us feel free to find/form another group with the purpose of truly worshiping as the Body of Christ.  When we will find time to do both groups, I truly don't know.  But I'm ok with dreaming and praying for the possibilities.

Lord, may I rest in you!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I Don't Go Backwards Very Well

In all our years of marriage, I haven't really longed for a house. It seemed like it might be a good idea for when we retired. But in the here and now, we had planned to go overseas for missions. Our plans changed when God brought Apartment Life into our universe, and then even more when He gave Eric the vision for starting Community Northwest. We didn't know for how long God would have us doing this, so we just served with a "God will show us when we are done" attitude.

As we served in Community Northwest, I felt the strong calling to be right in the trenches of living and serving in an apartment community. I would even say I prided myself on that fact. That is until about a year ago. Eric's parents started talking to us about the possibility of buying the house next door. At first I was completely opposed, but I came around fairly quickly as I saw Eric's excitement and the potential to fix up a house.

It's a long story, but the quick version is that their neighbor passed away from cancer and had no living relatives. We kept waiting for months to see what would happen with the situation, whether the bank would be open to a short sale since we didn't want to pay as much as what he owed. Or if they would foreclose, and we could try to get it then. Nothing happened, and the bank wasn't even talking to the executor. So frustrating. So we decided to just wait and build up some nest egg savings.

Then Bailey, our adopted dog popped into our lives. We aren't supposed to have pets here, so we knew we were/are putting the owner in a tough place. It's not like you can hide a dog. In looking for new apartments, I found the prices for houses in the area pretty reasonable. So that jump started an actual house search. We found two we loved with great potential, both foreclosed and both needing work.

In the process, our nest egg savings kept getting used for car repairs, to the tune of $4000 in 3 months. :( So as we were trying to negotiate with the banks, we were asking them to cover any and everything that would require cash on hand. They weren't so interested in that.

This last house that I had really come to love, was just priced a bit too high for us. We qualified, but were still bare bones in our savings and the monthly mortgage and other bills would be higher than we really wanted.

To top it off, we restarted Financial Peace University last Sunday, and Dave Ramsey's first lesson is the need to have a 3 to 6 months emergency fund. Eric took that to heart. He really felt that to enter into something so big, we have got to build that emergency fund up.

Hours and hours of researching, months of dreaming, a fun afternoon of looking at paint samples, watching HGTV for fun decorating ideas, and now we have to put that dream on hold. I feel devastated. I know he is right, but like I titled my post, I don't go backwards very well. I feel like I only know how to go forward...running. I push and push until I get my way. Pretty hard for Eric to feel at times as if he is truly the leader of our home. I know I need to follow him 100% in this, but I must confess, I've been throwing a bit of an inner tantrum/pity party inside my head all day

The funny thing is that I never really had this dream of feeling settled before. In fact, even now I feel restless here at this apartment. I'm ready to move on. But to what? I thought it was a house. Now I don't know.

Please pray that I will find my rest and peace in God wherever we live. The chorus of this new song by Audrey Assad has been running through my head for a couple of days now, and really resonates with my heart.

And I'm restless, I'm restless
'Til I rest in You, 'til I rest in You
I'm restless, I'm restless
'Til I rest in You, 'til I rest in You
Oh God, I wanna rest in You

My I truly seek out His peace, and not dwell on feeling restless!