the story of 6 Gillis Road......

It's not about us.

If I had to sum up our entire last year, I would sum it up with the words above. Although I knew it was a possibility that our house might not sell, I always thought, no, God will sell our house because the sale will bring glory to His name--through the unbelieving and believing. And, throughout our first few months here in Oregon, it rarely occurred to me that God not selling our house might bring Him even more glory.

There were tough times. There were times when Steve and I were both in tears, times when I was in tears and God allowed Steve to be encouraged, and times when Steve was in tears and God allowed me to be encouraged.

God taught me, and is teaching me, a lot about Himself through prayer. I've had to relearn how to pray. I've had to learn that I must come as a needy child, pouring out my heart--overwhelmed and messy--to my Father, God. And I've learned that God always answers. Always. I take issue with statements like, "God chose not to answer this request." Jeremiah 33:2-3, "this is what the LORD says--the LORD who made the earth, who formed and established it, whose name is the LORD; Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come." Another version reads this way, "Call to me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things which you do not know."

God answers. His answers just look different from what we think they should look like.

This week, we signed the papers to hand over the deed to our house in Virginia. This is God answering us. We knew God was leading us to Oregon. We knew his timing was perfect. We thought we knew God's plan--we thought that plan would include the sale of our house. What we didn't know was all that God had in store for us over this last year.

We lost an earthly possession, we gained a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father. We gained a closeness as husband and wife. We were graciously granted the pain and understanding behind the phrase trust and obey.

We learned more about the preciousness of the body of Christ. We realized that so many things that were important to us before really don't matter that much anymore. We saw the heart of God.

We were able to do a deed in lieu of foreclosure, which simply means we were able to "give it back" to the state of Virginia, without all of the implications of foreclosure. We had no idea what to expect from this process, but are thankful for how God orchestrated even the smallest of details. We are thankful for the Virginia Housing employee that we dealt with. Her Virgeenyuh ackceeent was a cheery voice to hear and her kind spirit was always appreciated. She called this week to make sure that Steve and I were still together and married, as a change in that status would affect the lawyer's paperwork concerning the "deed-in-loooo", as she so southernly stated it ;-) I assured her we were, to which she responded, "oh good, it's always nice to hear good news!". We also found out that the state pays all taxes and fees in addition to paying us a check of $2500. This was quite an unexpected blessing that we learned about just a few weeks ago.

There's probably so much more I could say. I want to thank each and every one of you that have prayed for us. And I'd like to finish this chapter of our lives by posting the lyrics to Blessed Be Your Name, a song that is so near and dear to Steve's and my heart. We are just now able to sing through it without tears......... ( sometimes! )

Thank you, Jesus, for your perfect plan for us.

Blessed be Your name
In the land that is plentiful
Where Your streams of abundance flow
Blessed be Your name
And blessed be Your name
When I'm found in the desert place
Though I walk through the wilderness
Blessed be your name

Every blessing You pour out I'll turn back to praise
And when the darkness closes in, Lord still I will say
Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your name

Blessed be the name of the Lord

Blessed be Your glorious name

Blessed be Your name
When the sun's shining down on me

When the world's "all as it should be"

Blessed be You name

And blessed be Your name
On the road marked with suffering
Though there's pain in the offering
Blessed be Your name

You give and take away
You give and take away

My heart will choose to say

Lord, blessed be Your name


  1. Thank you for these things you have written... it has been a gentle reminder of God's wisdom and goodness. your blog is lovely, and it is good to hear your thoughts on life in Oregon. We moved back to the South from Oregon about a year ago, so your family and our kind of switched places :)

  2. Anonymous5:10 AM

    We have been praying and rejoice with you that God's plan is perfect, even when we think things should go differently.

    BTW, I love that song too!!

  3. Thank you for sharing the story of your house and what you have been learning through it. You and your house have been more on my mind (and in my prayers) the last few weeks, and this must be why! It is wonderful how in times like these, we can still glorify our God and bless His name!

  4. Sitting here at my computer with tears in my eyes, Sarah. That was beautifully written and seems beautifully lived. Praise God who does all things His way indeed. I needed to read this today.

  5. So glad...can't believe that i haven't asked about this in a while. I always think about it after I get off the phone then pray for y' GLAD that God made himself evident through this...sometimes "our" timing doesn't match up with His, but pretty sure He knows what He's doing!! Awesome and so happy for y'all. btw, we should skype sometime soon...just sayin ;) somebody's missin his favorite nephew!

  6. oh Sarah, I thought you guys had done a short sale last summer, I had no idea it was still ongoing. praise God for it being finalized for sure now! Praise Him for how he teaches us in unexpected ways, that we wouldn't always choose. :) praise God for your & stephen's sweet testimony!

  7. Thank you for sharing what God has done and is doing in you guys- we love you!!

  8. thank you friends for your prayers on our behalf and for your tremendous amount of encouragement! Words cannot express how much it means to us!

  9. This makes me so sad, yet so happy. I love this sentence:

    "We realized that so many things that were important to us before really don't matter that much anymore. We saw the heart of God."

    Praise him for his faithfulness in continually showing us more and more of his heart. {{{hugs}}}

  10. Sarah,

    This was a blessing to read. I pray that I can learn these lessons, too. We may have opportunity in the near future!

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