Saturday, June 30, 2012

A story about a girl, a house, and how God answers prayer

So, I wrote a post a while back about how I was trying to be okay with where we live, but having a hard time with it.  During that time (behind the scenes of the blog) Van and I were having many discussions about what it would look like for us to move.  If we wanted to build, renovate, and even where we wanted to live where all part of those discussions.  Basically everytime we talked about it we couldn't get on the same page.  No matter how long we talked and tried getting the other person on our side it just wasn't happening.  We took that as a sign that we needed to sit tight.  We committed to praying about it until God changed one of our hearts or the thing that we were looking for (a needle in a haystack) came open.

See because we are committed to living in our neighborhood the problem arises that quality housing is not available.  In order to get a livable space (that was any bigger than what we had) we would either have to build on an empty lot or renovate an existing house.  I was opposed to building, Van was opposed to renovating, and neither of us had a peace about living in another part of town, so we waited.

Interestingly, we didn't wait long.  A few months ago the owners of a house that we had talked multiple times about being our dream type of house came to us to see if we would be interested in buying their house.  When Van came home to tell me about it, I was speechless.  I just knew that this was the answer to our prayers.  We now live in that beautiful house.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Come on ladies

I must say that all of the talk--via social media--about 50 Shades of Grey and Magic Mike has me stunned.  It is truly as if women don't see what they are saying.  That or they just don't respect themselves or their husbands.  Honestly if our husbands were watching porn--the equivalent of 50 Shades, or a movie about female strippers--equivalent of Magic Mike, I'm pretty sure we would be upset.  But because we are women for some reason it is not only okay for us to do it, but also to brag about it in such a public space as facebook.  Come on people.  Respect yourselves, respect your husbands, respect your marriages enough to really think about the effect these things have on your mind and heart.

Philippians 4:8--Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.

Here is an article that says things better than I could.

*I have been trying to not write anything about this because, well, I feel like it will be poorly received or make me look like a prude, but I just can't sit by anymore.  I wanted women to know that not everyone is reading it, or watching it.  That just because everyone else (including women I look up to) are doing it doesn't mean that it is necessarily right.  Think for yourselves.  Evaluate your choices.

This was posted out of a heart of love.