A House?

12Aug08

So Jerod & I are on the -what seems like- never ending quest for a home.  We were looking heavily in a development called Shadowglen (http://www.shadowglentexas.com/) because we have so many amazing friends that live there.  The main problem is that the neighborhood has such a high tax rate (3.1%).  After praying and seeking wise financial counsel, we just don’t think we can afford a home in there and have me stay at home with our Little Moon 😦 

We were pretty bummed about the whole thing when Jerod got an email from a community he applied to live in before we were even married.  This community is called Mueller (http://muelleraustin.com/).  This neighborhood is located just outside the center of the city in a very desirable location.  If you are thinking, “If they can’t afford Shadowglen, then how can they buy a house less than 5 miles from the capital building downtown?”  That’s a good question.  Basically we qualify under the “affordable housing” bracket of homes for sale in Mueller.  The houses are not only cheaper than in Shadowglen, the tax rate is also only 2.1%.

We have not bought a house in the neighborhood yet, but after feeling disappointed about Shadowglen, God reminded me that He has my back.  He knows what Jerod, the baby, and I need and when we need it.  Even if this Mueller house falls through too, God knows where we will live and He will take care of what we need.

This moment in our lives reminds me of Matthew 6:25-34:

Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater than food, and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?  🙂

And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure to his stature or to the span of his life?

And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.

Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence was not arrayed like one of these. 

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear? (Or where will we live?)

For the Gentiles wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.

But seek first of all His kingdom and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given you.

So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.

It is my nature to start worrying about this and to “help” God by carrying the burden of things beyond my control.  So if you have a moment please pray for us.  Please pray not that we get the house, but that we trust God to supply all of our needs the way He wants to supply them. 

Another concern I have is that the affections of my heart will confide in something as unstable as a house instead of God-the Unshakeable.  It is another quality of my nature to brace myself in temporary, seen entities while the eternal, unseen God offers security to my weak heart.

Jesus Christ relevantly warns about this in chapter 6 verse 19-21:

Do not gather and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal.

But gather and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal;

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.    

I want my heart to be gathered up to God.

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6 Responses to “A House?”

  1. Great post…. I think this was just what I needed to hear today. Thank you for following Jesus and encouraging others to do so with your writing. 🙂

  2. Oh, April. This made me teary.

    Your faith is evident. God will provide, as He always does.

    Love y’all.

    s

  3. 3 johnsorrell

    Hey Jerod and April!

    We’re praying for you guys in all of the transitions of life! This must be an anxious but exciting time for you guys.

    Good luck with the house. What a great opportunity! If we had it to do over again we would have bought a smaller house and gone with a 1-story.

    The Christ-centered approach you’re taking is very inspirational. So often we write-off these events in life as purely physical and forget that everything is spiritual. Your heart is encouraging!

    John

  4. We’ll be praying for you all. God does provide in all areas of our lives, especially if we allow Him.

    As for not being ready for the baby…none of us are until we have to be, I think. God provides in that situation when you need it. It’s amazing how I used to have to get a lot of sleep and now I don’t miss it. Or the fact that I would sometimes get frustrated with someone else’s child, but rarely do with my own. God provides calmness and love so we can handle the screaming and crying…and grace when we think we can’t.

    Here is my last piece of “advice” if you could call any of this advice, it’s mostly just telling you what we have gone through…always point his little “thing” down when you change the diaper! I wish someone would have told us that, it would have saved us a lot of wet situations in the beginning! 🙂

  5. We love you guys and y’all are in our prayers. Hang in there. We know exactly what you’re going through. Just pray, pray, pray!

  6. 6 Damaris

    Hi April,

    Glad to hear the baby is doing fine. My sister had her baby in June and I am enjoying her like crazy. Be patient with the home search. You are doing the right thing and putting it in God’s hands. Ralph and I prayed and searched for a few months, till finally the right home at the right price, in the location we wanted appeared. Next time you’re in Miami call me.
    K.I.T
    Damaris 305-467-6097


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