As most of you know, we have been trying to sell our home for quite a while, and we were just about to the point of giving up on the whole idea. But then we found a house for sale in the area where we have been searching that pretty well met all of our criteria for what we were looking for in a "new to us home". The price was right, the location was good, and the size of the house was better than we expected to find...and it was next to a little pond...what I've been dreaming about.
FYI, I am not going to show any pictures of the house just yet, as the outside needs some TLC, and I'd prefer to wait until we can get some things done before I show it...then maybe I'll post some before and after pictures. So for now, just enjoy "the View", which you've already seen some of on my last blog post, https://pamelasopenwindow.blogspot.com/2019/06/friday-foto-friends-and-thankful.html
You just didn't know it yet!
While we were going back and forth with the seller about closing dates, etc., and making sure this was really something we could do even if our house did not sell right away...(but still praying it wouldn't be very long before it was sold...) our realtor called and said she had someone interested in looking at our house. Of course we said yes, and hurried up and got the house cleaned up and ready for prospective buyers. Much to our amazement, only a realtor showed up representing her clients, who were out of state. While we toured the house together, she was texting them on her cellphone, and they were asking her questions in her ear in her bluetooth! Oh the marvelous ways of modern technology! Hate it or love it...it really does make a big difference in how we do business these days. The clients had already seen pictures of our house online, but they had never been here in person...so they must really trust the judgement of this realtor! Anyway, to make a long story short, within an hour from when she left our house, our realtor called us to ask if we could be out of the house in 3 weeks, and if so, they would buy the house!!! After a big gulp, we said "yes to the dress!" Or something like that...oh, that's a different kind of offer. LOL.
So now, the next issue is passing inspections and the timing of closings...we will most likely close here on this house before we can close on our new house, so there will be a little gap in between where we must find a place to stay and figure out what to do with our furniture. Well, again, God already had that worked out as well. Our church parsonage will be empty in a week upon the departure of our present pastor, and our new pastor will not be using the parsonage since he already has a home nearby. So, we have been granted permission to stay in the parsonage until we can move into our home! We are still working on what to do with our furniture, but have a plan in mind that we hope will work out.
All in all, we are just amazed at how God has brought all of these details together right on time...in His perfect timing, just like so many of you have reminded me throughout these long months of waiting. Thank you for always bringing me back to that truth when I seemed to be in despair. You have been such a blessing to me, and I thank the Lord for each one of you.
Now...on to the sermon notes for this week...First, a picture of our Pastor...today was his last Sunday with us, and he wanted to give the kids the usual "High Five" as they left the sanctuary for Children's Church... He was wearing his padded oven mitt to protect his hand as the kids love to take advantage of the opportunity to give him a real good swat on the hand as the congregation is singing "Jesus Loves Me" while they march out...
And here he is afterward examining his hand, which was still stinging even with the use of the oven mitt...but these are precious moments that these kids (and the pastor) will always remember. We are all going to miss you, Pastor A.C.!!
Our speaker today was actually our director of music and worship, and she gave an excellent lesson from John 20:20...talking about "perfect vision"....
Starting at John 20:19 - 22
- Fix our eyes on Jesus...keep on keeping on...
- Try to have no visual limitations...have 20/20 vision. Use the corrective lenses of prayer, Bible Study, fellowship, attending church, and communicating with God.
- Our goal as Christians is to have 20/20 vision...
- One day in heaven we will see perfectly...(and see the bigger picture that God has been seeing all along...)