would you pray with me?

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?

34 thoughts on “would you pray with me?

  1. ClutzyButtercup

    One of the coolest things about God is that He looks at the attitude of our hearts so even IF you got a little ahead of Him with this house thing, He knows you weren’t doing it to be “out of His will”.  He will move in this situation and we will all be praising when He does!  Wish I could defy you and send you some money though!  🙂

  2. Abs7

    marla, i’m definitely keeping you in my prayers. i wish i had known about you selling your house when my sister-in-law and her husband were buying their house just down the street from your old one. i would have put in a good word for your house.

    smile, jesus loves you 🙂 

  3. Nixter77

    Hey beautiful. I will of course be praying for you for all of those things, I am excited to see what God does, keep us posted.

    “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:19-21

    Generous little freaks = cracked me up! Love ya xoxox

  4. hcole86

    Marla you have blessed my life with your honesty, faith and compassion. I will pray for you, because I am glad to! Because I am blessed to!

    James chapter 1 – perserverance through trials…..

  5. luvmynoah

    We’ve been in this exact situation and it does stink!  We’ve had friends who are missionaries that  have had two house payments for over a year!  They just now sold there house and their church in Dublin..near you…payed all their closing costs.  It was awesome to see how God took care of them!  I know He will do the same for you!  Maybe all these situations are for you to write a best seller! 🙂 Jen

  6. KmHunsberger

    Oh friend…how I wish I could make this go away…but as so many others have expressed…when there is a big need, there is room for God to do something only He can do in a way only He can! I am excited to hear of the encouragement His answer will bring, and the peace that He will bring you from knowing that we are all joining you in prayer!

  7. tonialynn59

    I’m praying.  I’m just like you.  I worry, doubt, panic as well and suffer from lack of faith.  I look at the situation with my daughter and where we were back in like Sept and where we are.  Why do I doubt?  Why do I panic?  I love that you have friends that rearrange your books!haha

  8. kellyleelizabeth

    Who, ME??? Well, I never… OK, I’ll be good. Mostly because, though I have a strong urge to pay your bills and/or buy your house, I haven’t the means to do either. But I WILL pray. I definitely have the means to do that! 🙂

    Love you, Marla!!!

  9. stephaniedawnbasham

    I’m praying for you! I will keep praying for you!

    Money is the worst stressor ever…and I’ve only been doing the married thing for 7 months. It’s only the beginning for me. 🙂

    I love you so much! And being just like you in almost every way, I completely understand how hard it is to not be prideful and openly share prayer requests like that with lots of people. I can definitely stand to learn a thing or two from you. 🙂

  10. angntug

    We’re there all the time….not with two houses, but with a youth pastors income….and God provides our every need even before we ask for it. We’ve learned to be patient (most of the time)…and He continuously surprises us…..we were in Bellefontaine a couple weeks ago for Tug’s consultation and I thought of your house and prayed over it, that God would sell it quickly….and I will continue to pray now and when we go back this thursday…..yeah, you could’ve waited on buying……but, again, God will continue to be glorified and show just how much bigger He is even when we think the situation is too big….I dilike the patience thing, but I love the end results! Hope your girls are feeling better…

  11. lendy_p

    Praying heartily for you!!! God’s timing is not always our timing, but it IS always perfect. Just this morning on the way to school, my girls were singing. Blessed be the name of the Lord…He gives and takes away… my heart will choose to say “Lord, Blessed be Your Name” and my eyes welled up with tears. He is faithful. Rest in Him.

  12. rocknnell

    Praying……..Jentzen Franklin said this week…..when we are at our whits end…we are standing on ” MIRACLE GROUND”…. when Abraham…put Isaac on the alter, when they were bound in the furnace…when we can do “NOTHING MORE” and surrender…IT is GROUND FOR A MIRACLE….” be still and KNOW that I am GOD”….seriously praying….God’s Will…be done on earth….on “brown st.” on “whisper crk dr.”  on Schooler Rd…. on East Kanegy.

  13. jennikim

    selling houses is sooo stressful, and yet, we know that God has a plan. i will pray that God will take that burden from you, and give you patience in the mean time. (that’s the part that gets me… Come on God, what is taking you sooooo long???? money could be going elsewhere if there weren’t 2 house payments, etc….) i’m thankful to know that He has an incredible plan, and look forward to seeing how He will work out your financial situation.

  14. Marketer319

    Ooh, these situations are so great because they allow God to show how AWESOME He is.  I can’t wait to see just how fast He will answer our prayers because you were willing to relinquish your pride and ask for them.  How GREAT is our God!

  15. gsowell

    OK, I was thinking about wiring you a little money (that’s all I could send), but you said not to. SO I thought I could send a gift card. You caught me on that, too. I’ll go back to the best plan. I am praying for you friend, especially for item 3. I think we all can relate even if we aren’t currently the owner of 2 homes.

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