EDIT: Livi’s Wacky Hair Day photo below.
I have a prayer request that is a bit uncomfortable—even embarrassing—for me to share. But I need your prayers more than I need my pride (shouldn’t be needing pride at all, I know!). Many of you already know all this, but here’s the deal: When we moved to this house at the end of July, we hadn’t yet sold our previous home. Seven months later, it still hasn’t sold.
We said we would never buy a house before selling ours, but then we caved. We were tired of Gabe’s long commute and the $400 he was spending on gas each month. And we wanted Livi to be able to start kindergarten here—not switch schools a couple months into the school year. All very good reasons, but I can’t help but wonder if we had hung on for three or four more weeks if God might have sold our house right in time for Livi to start school. He does stuff like that, you know.
What’s done is done. We’ve been paying for two houses for seven months. And it has worked, because of the McGraw-Hill jobs God gave me. Last year (praise the Lord!) that extra money paid for Nina’s hospital bill, put a new roof on our old house, paid off our credit card bill, helped us pay ahead on school and car bills, allowed us to give to lots of people in need at Christmas time, and helped me give away lots of books. (oh, and gave us $ to eat lots of take-out so I could write instead of cook!)
Now, Gabe’s car is in the shop getting a new transmission—and the last penny of that money is spoken for. It’s back to paycheck to paycheck. Gabe makes plenty of money for us to live comfortably—in one house. Owning two is quite a stretch.
Here’s where you come in. First of all, let’s get one thing clear: Don’t you DARE send me any money. I know how you guys are, you generous little freaks. Someone casually mentions a want/need, and POOF!—it shows up gift-wrapped on her doorstep the next morning. (Kelly Lee, I’m talking to you in particular!) This is part of the reason I’ve been hesitant to ask for prayer for this.
Please DO pray for three things (or pray however you feel God leading you to—yeah, that would be better). 1.) That the market would pick up and our house would sell. 2.) That God will provide for our needs in a very cool way. 3.) And that I will trust Him completely. Completely. Completely. He has never failed us in this area—I could share hundreds of stories—yet I still worry, doubt, even panic. Such lack of faith! I make me sick.
So, that’s it—in a giant tortoise shell. Now, let’s review. Do NOT send money (or coupons or gift certificates or new onesies for Nina!) DO pray. (and do keep rearranging my books at your local bookstore—Jess!)
I love you guys! And I know how incredibly blessed I am that this is my biggest problem right now. Our God is good, isn’t He?