Jul 5, 2007

Some Lessons in Selling my Home

"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

This scripture is probably one of the first ones that I ever memorized, but I still return to on a daily basis. Today it came to mind as I was praying about my house, yet again. I do trust God fully with the sale, even though I get frustrated with the wait. I also think the straight path that God is referring to may not be immediately given, it may take time and effort.

One thing I love about our heavenly father is that he is constantly teaching those he loves. Here are some lessons I'm learning through this whole process.

*I've learned as much as I want to be settled, the unsettledness has brought me to my knees and to His throne.

*I want to have a permanent home, but that won't really happen until I get to heaven. That is the permanent home I need to desire and constantly look forward to having.

* I've learned God is my provider. This is the first month that I have known it is going to be financially tight, and God has given me provision. Lamentations 3:24 "The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."

*I've learned to appreciate my husband more than I ever have before. He is such a great man, father to my babies, provider, and my best friend. I have probably taken that for granted in the past.

*Just think how thankful I am going to be and how appreciative I will be when we finally sell the house.

*Lastly, and ultimately, God is going to sell (or rent) this house. I have to trust him, and fully believe that he has the best plan already in motion for me. Clinging to Jeremiah 29:11, I will continue to wait, pray, and call upon the Lord.


Ruth said...

Those are all excellent lessons, and I need to remember them all, too! Your house is beautiful. It surprises me that nobody has looked at it! I'd look at it in a second if I were moving to your area.

Susie said...

Ruth- I have had people look, but no offers. The price is well below market value, but there are around 100 homes for sale in my neighborhood alone. Lots of competition, and lots of new homes we are up against.

Diane @ Candid Reflections said...

"...the unsettledness has brought me to my knees and to His throne..." Isn't that the truth?! It always surprises me what the Lord will use to keep me focused on Him....and this is always where we need to be-focused on Him. Hang in there! Congrats on your Anniversary as well! Blessings, Diane

Robin said...

The first time I endured having a house on the market, I went through all of the same stuff. Except my verse was Phil 4:6.

Continuing to pray!

Linda said...

You have such a sweet, teachable spirit Susie. It is so easy to get discouraged and bitter when things we've been praying for for a long time just don't seem to be coming. If we can do as you are doing, and learn the things the Lord wants to teach us, it is time spent in a way that pleases Him.
Your faith and love encourage me. This waiting "stuff" is never easy, but it is precious time in the hands of our Father.

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...


I know it's hard to wait sometimes, but it seems the Lord has really given you a peace about it. I'm studying the book of James right now...and I've learned that when we don't understand something, we can ask the Lord for the answer. Praying He will continue to give you peace & perhaps even the answer while you're waiting! (sounds like He may already be filling you in, though)



It will all be over very soon and you will look back and be glad for all the lessons learned. Keep looking up and don't get discouraged. connie from Texas

Scratchin' the Surface said...

Well below market value and 100 for sale in your neighborhood - such a rough situation, but God is all about rough situations. I'll keep praying as you wait.

Blessed Assurances said...

Oh friend, i am praying. I know how frustrating the process can be.

I will keep praying!

Barb said...

THAT'S the home you're trying to sell? For heaven's sake, it's gorgeous. The competition must really be something for that beautiful home to sit there unsold.

Great lessons in patience here, Susie.

Chappyswife said...

Very pretty home, Susie. I am learning many of the hard lessons you are learning right now, just in a different way. Waiting is so very hard. I know we'll both come out stronger, though.