Remembering God's Goodness and Our Journey to Oregon, Part 2

Psalm 61: 2". . .when my heart is faint [overwhelmed], lead me to the rock that is higher than I. . ."

I don't quite know where to begin with this update, but Psalm 61 sounded like a good starting place to me. My mom has quoted that verse to me several times throughout the past months. I am especially missing my daily phone call[s] to my mom right now as she and my dad are currently in Singapore/China. I miss calling her when something little [or big!] happens. . .But I am thankful for the comfort that God gives us through scripture and also through spiritual songs. I cannot get away from the lyrics of the song "How Can I Keep from Singing" by Chris Tomlin, and when my heart is overwhelmed, I want to choose to cling to my Rock and sing out His praise! [I've posted the lyrics on my sidebar.]

Steve and I are begging God to sell our house before we move to Oregon next month, on July 12th. We are begging Him to do this for two reasons. 1) Plain and simple, in our human plan, it would seem best that our house sell before we move. However, we acknowledge that our wise and sovereign God very well may have a better plan for us. 2) We are in contact with several unbelievers--and what a testimony it would be to God's glory for our home to sell in this market and in such timing. Steve especially has had some really unique opportunities to share how God is working for us as he works his daily route at FedEx. What a testimony it would also be to those unbelievers if God chose to not sell our house, yet saw His grace in Steve and me. And as I am feeling a little on the empty side of displaying God's grace at the moment, I pray that God would work in my heart over the next few months.

I wanted to share a few things that have happened lately. The good, the bad, and the ugly. . .and how God is using all of them for our good and His glory.

This week, Steve was again working on finishing our laundry room, which entailed emptying out and moving the hot-water heater to replace a floor board. In the process, a pipe to our hot-water heater sprung a leak. [Yippy!] And although we boiled water for dishes and showered at Rob and Jules' house for a day, it worked out! Yes, it worked out. I only sobbed once. Steve was probably more than thankful to get away from me for a 12 hour work day at FedEx!!! [No, seriously, he probably was.] I am thankful that we were able to get the leak fixed and I am very thankful for sweet friends. Since Steve was working all day, Rob and Julie came over so that I wouldn't have to be here alone with the repair men. . .and Rob mowed the lawn for Steve--which was a huge blessing to Steve.

Yesterday, Greenbrier [the school that I have worked at for the past 4 years] threw a baby shower for me. Suffice it to say, they were overly generous and kind to me--the undeserving piano teacher who hardly has any contact with anyone except when I snatch a student from a teacher's room for their piano lesson! It was a huge encouragement to me and meant so much.

This week, we were encouraged when we were told that a couple had made an appointment to see the house. Sadly, they had to reschedule because their baby got sick. . .but we had prayed specifically that someone would call about the house this week. . .and God answered that prayer!

I realize this post has been long and yet somehow quite vague. But I do hope that it helps you to know "where we are" in the moving process. We appreciate your prayers and jointly acknowledging with us that God is sovereign.


  1. How interesting it will be to read back through this at the end of the journey. I'm glad you posted these "little" details. Ah... the ups and downs of life... especially for a pregnant mama!

  2. Been praying about your house; will continue to do so!

  3. I completely am there with you in this "no choice but to throw yourself in God's arms" phase. I guess it's teaching us that's where we should always be, huh? but for ME, sadly, too often it's not. we're praying with you!!

  4. I very much enjoyed your update. It's neat to see what the Lord is doing in your life. I'm sure my blog readers are wondering what's happening in mine. I haven't posted in over a month. Better get on that soon. Again, thanks for the update. I truly appreicate knowing how to pray for you better.

  5. Praying that your house sells!!!!!

    How fun to have a baby shower! Wish I could have been there.

  6. You said that you felt on the "empty side" of displaying God's grace, but you TOTALLY did display God's grace in your post. It's so encouraging to see how you both are completely dependent on God to work out all of these details. That is such a testimony to his grace! We're praying for you and sweet baby! :)

  7. oops...I just re-looked at this post & realized my current post is almost exactly like that. so sorry. I wasn't meaning to steal your title. :)


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