Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

House Hunting & God's Plan

What a pain! We really need more room, have been looking for an AFFORDABLE home in Juneau for a few months now. Thought we found one, but it turned out to be just too small for our needs, three of the four bedrooms were about the size of walk-in closets, and the 'living space' (kitchen, dining, living room) wasn't any bigger than our current home's living space. It did have a large two-car garage, yard, and one bed rental, but we would have felt just as cramped as we do now in our two bedroom, one bath trailer.

I do have to say that we are very fortunate that our trailer is paid for and all we owe is lot rent, but we have such a storage issue, not having a garage, and my poor parents see me at least once every two weeks carrying bags or boxes of things into my old bedroom to store for later use. Not to mention, we also have furniture in their crawl space under their house.

We recently came across another, what we thought was, a viable option - purchasing a brand new manufactured home on a 'leased lot' (4 bed, 2 bath, 1500+ sq ft) with everything we want in it, for a very reasonable and affordable price, only to find out along the way that the two floor plans that would fit our needs best (and we looked thru dozens) were no longer available. - Back to square one.

I have to remind myself many times that God has a plan for us, and a perfect home for us, but we must be patient and wait for the opportunity to present itself. And that every step of the way is something to learn from. But for all of you out there who have had any house hunting in the past, know too well, that it can take up a lot of your time and be rather frustrating and/or disappointing.

I keep thinking about how Mike and I wanted kids so badly, only to be frustrated after trying for several years with no avail. Only once we 'Let Go and Let God' fulfill his plan for us did I see the perfection of his timing and his plans for our family. And here we are, two kids later, and two on the way, we couldn't be more happy to be blessed so richly.

I just have to keep telling myself: "Patience, Patience, God's Plan is Perfect."

I keep thinking about the following verses in Philippians

4:6 (I need to let God handle this and not worry!)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4:13 (I can make do with what I have and be thankful for it)

I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

4:18-19 (Reminding myself of the blessings I have and have yet to recieve)

But I have received everything in full, and have an abundance; I am amply supplied, having received .... what you have sent, .... And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.


Phelps family said...

Yes, house hunting can be really frustrating, but it sounds like you've got a great attitude about it all. You're totally right about giving it to God. In fact you gave me the reminder about that today that I needed.
I'll be praying for you.

Carmen said...

Hello Olivia and Michael...Jeanette gave the link to your family blog ...I hope you don't mind...(and I got to see her in the January photos with the boys too)...
I sooo enjoyed your sharing from the scriptures from your ladies bible study and your take on Joy...I so needed that note of encouragement and your own personal experience and determination...
May our Heavenly Father continue to keep you all in His precious care...
I will ask the Lord to remind me to pray for you a healthy pregnancy (twins HOW EXCITING)and for His special designed grace upon your whole family for the duration...and for the "house hunting ordeal" & prayers, Carmen & Gery