Proverbs 27:9 The Message
Proverbs 27:9 The Message
I’m sorry its been so long since my last update. So many things have happened (or NOT happened, depending on how you look at it) I didn’t even want to think about them let alone share them!
In my last post we were getting ready to close on the house. The movers were coming on the seventh and all was plugging along nicely. Sadly while I watched the movers cart all our stuff out of the house I got a call telling us we weren’t going to close. Actually that was the beginning of a pretty bad week. The bank just turned down the house and wouldn’t loan anything for it. Short explanation is that it is a unique rural property that just didn’t fit any set criteria to judge value. Banks don’t like things that don’t fit the prescribed mould and we were toast. The buyers went to another bank and after several circus like hoops to jump through the house is due to close this afternoon. In one hour and 15 minutes to be exact. I won’t be calm until I get the word that all is signed and DONE!!!
I will say this process has certainly been a growing experience. I know that God has planned this move for us. It is solely in His very cape able hands. I guess my humanness just jumps out and expects that when God is in control things will go smoothly and we won’t struggle. God has certainly taught us in all that. I KNOW He is in control with every part of me. But this has been HARD, and to be completely honest I am so tired of things being hard. I’m ready for some easy:) God didn’t promise us easy though, I’m sure Paul was wishing for some easy when he sat in his prison cell. At least I hope he was. That would make me feel better!
Spending time in scripture has been my lifesaver. Every time I feel myself starting to stress I would just focus on getting back into the word. Even when I was running to ballgames and the grocery store etc. I was thinking about when I was going to next get a chance to be back reading my Bible. Not doing in depth study on the faithfulness of God or anything, just reading. I started to read Job. Bad idea. If I wasn’t stressed before that about pushed me over the edge. My friend Nancy sent me to Psalm 107. That was such a great chapter to read through. I used Psalm 106:48 for a status on Facebook the other day. It brought me great joy and a few “Amens” from friends. I hope it does the same for you.
“Praise be to the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Let all the people say, Amen!Praise the LORD” Psalms 106:48
You wouldn’t recognize me if you saw me. Sadly I look like I’ve been dragged backwards through a hedge……twice. I would post pictures for your entertainment, but the thought of those out there in the never land of the Internet doesn’t bear thinking about!
We are drawing closer to what looks like the end of our time in Kansas City. The movers come on Monday to load up. (When I talked to the moving company the woman commented on how much stuff we had. I kept thinking “You should have seen me 6 months ago!”) We have gotten rid of so much! Most of our belongings are actually still packed. I haven’t seen a box of my shoes since October!!
This time really is bittersweet though. Randy and I have lived here for the majority of our lives with friends that are very precious. We are so happy that God has provided a job that Randy loves and has made the path to that job fairly smooth and simple, But the thought of starting over in a new area is a bit daunting. I’m trusting God knows what He is doing. I’m just along for the ride 🙂
We have a contract on a house in Manhattan. Randy and I went house hunting a couple weeks ago and found three that we loved/disliked. They all had at least one major drawback and we couldn’t decide which way to go. Finally we took the kids up last week and told them to decide. One house sold before we got there, which just told us that wasn’t in God’s plan. The other two were complete opposites. One was almost brand new, 3 bedroom 2 1/2 bath, beautiful house with an unfinished basement that had great potential. It was on 3.2 acres in the country with a view of the countryside. It’s drawback was the lot. On a corner, house smack dab in the middle with no trees but some scrub cedar.
The other was 20 years old in a valley right in the middle of the Flint Hills tucked in a large lot subdivision on 3 acres. Wooded with open spaces, a big front porch and 4 bedrooms 2 1/2 baths. It’s drawback was it’s partial basement and Manhattan schools. (largest 6A high-school in the state of Kansas).
We saw the new house first and I could see the disappointment on Em’s face. The boys were ambivalent. When we got to the second house all that changed. They all loved it and started fighting over bedrooms. Their excitement was contagious 🙂 After some negotiating, it is ours(ish). Inspections are tomorrow morning.
I will post pictures when we are closer to truly owning it! There is some work that needs to be done and updating (rubbermaid blue counter tops). But the potential is fantastic. God is so good to us.
Please continue to pray for the Bartel’s. Many of you know what the past year has been like for us. The thought of some stability and financial security feels a little like a dream. I know we are going where God is planting us, we are just learning to trust and lean on Him. Please pray that the kids transition well into schools and make friends. That we find a great church home. And that our finances allow us to get the house!!
Just a couple of updates. (And no the picture really doesn’t have anything to do with the post. These are my kids in the front. was taken at my brother -in -laws wedding a couple weeks ago and I LOVE IT! IT makes me smile whenever I see it! It is just an indicator of how I feel right now.)
First: We have a contract on the house! We have had it for about a week. Tomorrow are inspections and after we are through the renegotiation process I will feel more comfortable saying we have “SOLD” the house. We have actually had the contract for 6 days, but things have been so crazy I haven’t had time to update. I have to say since I posted the last time God has just completely been in control of this process. I have done nothing. Everything that has happened, from the contract, to loan approval on our next house. God has opened doors and smoothed paths. I have started to stress a dozen times and God just whispers into my heart “BE STILL AND LET ME” and he has taken the stress and worry right away. Any doubt that Manhattan is where God intends us falters against that evidence!
Now we get to look for houses. Normally I love to look at houses but in this situation I’m not sure about where I’m going. God has opened doors wide up to now though, I’m sure He has this figured out too!
Second: Randy loves his job. That is a HUGE blessing! I know he would do it even if he didn’t like it just to provide for us, but God is again blessing in His abundant way.
I’m trying not to be the puppy running in circles around God!
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom ans revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints , and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” Eph 1:17-19
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and HE will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6