The Final Month: Day Nine

Posted: July 9, 2012 in The Final Month

If you can indulge me for a bit, I’d like tonight to go into a little of the behind-the-scenes with our housing situation. As one could expect, there was no small amount of praying, fasting, and researching involved with the decision to sign a lease in Crozet, Virginia. There were two primary hang-ups that quite frankly terrified me. One, I was going to be signing a legally binding document with no guarantee that I’d be able to raise the support to cover it. And secondly, real estate prices in Crozet, Virginia are higher than they are in Connersville, Indiana. A lot higher.

So we had several options before us. We could live in Lynchburg where a pastor friend of mine offered us the use of his vacant parsonage. While this would have been an awesome blessing in terms of financial savings, living 90 miles from the community that you’re planting a church in probably isn’t the best of methods. Another option we could have exercised was living in an RV park in Crozet and borrowing my father-in-law’s RV. While this would have been a suitable fix for a couple months, this would not have been the optimal way for our family of four to spend the winter. We needed to be in Crozet, and we felt comfortable seeking a place of our own.

All of this led to the process of figuring out what we were looking for. While I’ll spare the option-related details, I will tell you that my biggest struggle was in whether or not we were going to look for nice and comfortable, or small but functional. The reason I struggled with this was because I did not want to become so enamored with my housing environment that I slipped into idolatry. I didn’t want the pursuit of a nice place to replace my pursuit of Jesus. So Sarai and I spent several weeks looking at properties online, making phone calls, talking with Walt- trying our best to make an informed decision without any idea how our support level was going to turn up. We finally came to the point where we agreed that perhaps to find a place within our budget we would simply have to find a two-bedroom place and have the kids share a room. Not our first option, but we were willing to forgo space and convenience for the purpose of not breaking our still-nonexistent budget. And no sooner had Sarai and I decided not to focus on size and quality, God opened a door…

All of this has led to an amazing place that became available to us. Foot for foot, it’s about 30% cheaper than the average rental property in Crozet. It’s also big- larger than our house and with three bedrooms. The open floor plan is great for hosting community groups, it’s in a developing neighborhood with incoming neighbors to reach out to…and it’s about 100 yards away from where Walt and April live. No, seriously. The guy I’m planting Life Journey Church with is within walking distance. Oh- and there’s a fishing pond about 50 yards the other way. There’s also a large playground just in front of the townhouses that Gracelyn and Uriah are going to love. Best of all, it’s in our price range for housing, though only because the owner was willing to come down in rent in exchange for a two-year lease. I could go continue about the perks of this place, but I don’t want to for fear of elevating some building far above what it should be. Needless to say, it’s without a doubt the best option for us in Crozet, and we’re confident that God has orchestrated everything behind the scenes for us to live there.

But I say all of that to say that today we signed the lease and mailed it with a check, and we also sent out a lease to our incoming renters who had no qualms signing off on it. Our housing is now secure in Virginia, and for at least two years I won’t have to stress dual payments. God has moved in such a way that is undeniably amazing. To see the pieces continue to fall into place assures me that I’m indeed following God’s call on my life and not just my call, and I will never be able to adequately describe the over-whelming sense of awe, fear, and humility at the realization that God is allowing me to work with Walt in leading fellow Christ-followers into a life spent spreading the fame of God. I know that I’ve not done near the wrong that Paul did, but I cannot help but to feel utterly unworthy to receive a call such as this. I can think of no greater call but that of pouring my life into those around me and serving God alongside them.

I would like to ask you to continue praying that God would increase our support. I’d love for tomorrow’s number to be greater than 43%. We’ve also got an issue before us tomorrow that we’d appreciate your prayers in. Lastly, Sarai and I are having dental work done on Thursday. Please pray that we’ll be able to have the necessary work done without it costing us an arm and a leg.

And as usual, here are links to our prayer needs and other posts related to this final month. While you’re at it, feel free to pursue my other posts as well! Oh, and please continue to pray for Life Journey Church as we’re only eight Sundays out from our Grand Opening. Too much to do, too little time!

 

 

Soli Deo Gloria

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