Wednesday, November 28, 2012

House Hunters. For real.

We definitely enjoy an episode of HGTV's House Hunters every now and then.  We like to guess which house the hunter will pick out of the three homes they view. It's always fun to see their price range too.  I think we've seen only one episode with a price range of 85k.  Now that's something we can relate to...

Over the last month, the Narcomey squad has been looking for a new place to call home.  We made a wish list for fun when we started the "journey."

Things are going well so far. We want to enjoy the process and not get boggled down with little things, which is easy to do.  We haven't found THE home, but we're trusting God to place us where we need to be.  We can't make the plan on our own.

"Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away.  
 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”  
But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil.  Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." James 4:13-17

Tod and I are trying to sort through needs and wants that we have for a home right now.  We have a lot of preferences in a home and it sure is hard to make compromises!  For example, we would LOVE to have a four bedroom home (we currently rent a "two bedder") because my family visits a lot and we love to host our friends.  I tend to lean more towards an updated, move-in-ready home, while my hubs is more attracted to a fixer-upper.  Aren't most men? We joked about our realtor (another man interested in fixer-uppers) moving in with Tod to renovate while the kids and I moved in with his wife.

We want to trust God in providing a place and be joyful and content about the decision we end up making.  

Some questions we've asked ourselves in the house hunt (and some we may compromise on):

-Can we afford this in the long run, including any renovations that the house might need?
-Is there room to grow?
-Would it be a far commute to work or church?
-Is the kitchen (counter space) a decent size?
-Is the backyard a decent sized play area?
-Does the master bathroom have counter-space? (We currently do not have any space ;)
-How is the neighborhood? Walkable with kiddos? 
What about you?

There's a lot to consider in house hunting, and we're definitely thankful for our realtor (and friend) who's been patience with us through this journey. Pray for us as we continue the search.  Hopefully, I will be blogging about our new house soon :)

We're going to miss our little, blue house. Good times were had here.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Give Thanks.

No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God's will for you who belong 
to Christ Jesus. 
1 Thessalonians 5:18

I'm grateful for...

A husband who strives to know God.  The forgiveness that Tod has in Christ reflects in the way he loves and cares for me and our family. He's a professional forgiver too ;)

Our precious kiddos.  God entrusted us to raise Maevri and Deacon and we're so grateful! They're joyful (and completely different) kids and we've loved watching them learn and grow.

A house. We've been blessed with an affordable place to live these past few years and we couldn't ask for better neighbors.  

A church home.  We've made great friends with people in our church and we have been encouraged by their walks of faith.  We love that our kids are growing up around this great community too. 

My parents and in-laws.  They took (and take...) care of us and our family.  I couldn't ask for better grandparents for our kiddos either; they help us love and discipline them (with an occasional swat... ;)

Friends and family.  Tod and I love to hang out with the great community of friends that we have here and there.  We've been blessed with good times.

Pumpkin Spice Chai, Nutella and banana chips. The little things...

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Stop that frettin'

...and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you,  so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.  1 Thessalonians 3:12-13

I'm so grateful for God's faithfulness and the way he can transform hearts.  I've been very encouraged by friends and family who daily strive to serve and know God more.  We need to revere God, but we still struggle daily with our flesh.  We want to be encouraged and hear truth, but I know my heart does not always receive it.  I can be stubborn with fear and worry over things, but God continues to remind me to rejoice in his constant provision and faithfulness. I know God provides and I say that God will provide repeatedly, but how do I act that out daily? 

Tod and I help teach stories of the Old Testament to the three-year-old kiddos at our church.  It's a fun time and it has taught us ways to teach our own kids about the love and power of God.  We have been studying about Abraham's family and the nations that God promised to give them. God tells Abraham to leave his comfortable home because he would give him a family and nation somewhere else.  God tells Abraham and Sarah that he will give them a son; He tells them that nations would be born from them. 

And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.  Genesis 15:5-6

"And he believed the Lord."  

Whew, do I act on my belief in the Lord?

It's very easy to put Abraham on a pedestal and revere his trust in God, but Abraham merely knew that GOD was sovereign and faithful, not because of his own actions, but because God is perfect, loving and good (1 John 4:10).

We constantly tell our kids that God gives us all that we need.  He makes promises and He always keeps his promises.  So, what are practical ways that I place my trust in Him?

Will I be anxious about finances?

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?  Matthew 6:26

Should I be frustrated or discontent over trials or health?

If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.  Romans 8:11

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair. 

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:8, 16-18

Does God give me love, patience, self-control and wisdom to parent?

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

  God promises redemption and provision: a guaranteed fulfillment.

It's important to know that God gives good things to his children, even though it's hard to see at times. We're not perfect and we don't deserve one thing we have, "but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8)

It's easy to become overwhelmed, angry, impatient, or worrisome in daily situations; we're human.  But we should strive to not sin in those moments.    

Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26).  This verse in Ephesians was really freeing for me.  It's a reminder that I am weak and will always be on this earth, BUT (big BUT) I am redeemed and can joyfully rest in the life God gives me!

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 
2 Corinthians 7:1