House Hunting

12 Aug

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and He will direct your path.
Proverbs 3:5-6


Some people hire a guide and hunt for exotic animals, others hunt for keys in the bottom of their purses, untold millions hunt for a good parking place at the mall, and then others comb through the ads on Craigslist for hours upon hours to narrow their search for a home.  The last description of hunting is of me.  Ever since the final decision was made a few weeks ago to accept a new job just south of Harrisburg, PA,  nearly every waking moment that I wasn’t working was spent sitting here with my faithful companion looking at countless ads and blurbs on houses for rent.  I have been house hunting.

After I became accustomed to the SCAMS that are out there, advertising in full color a gorgeous home that truly is too good to be true, I began to sort and organize the ads that offered the home amenities that were most important to Tim and I.  Things like 3 bedrooms, central air, at least a one-car garage, and plenty of storage space were the prime attractions.  Location was significant, along with the most crucial issue being the cost.   Once all of these factors met in agreement, I began to make a list of places to look at.  I’m not sure what we did before we had Craigslist, Google maps, and a GPS, but I do know that I’m grateful for these technological wonders that allow us to do what we need to do with greater ease and less stress. 

My 4 Hunting Guides

The highlight of the hunt was hiring the guide.  In my case, I hired 4 of them.  My mother eagerly jumped at the chance to assist as long as the first leg of our trip was on an airplane.  After checking prices and finding that Southwest could get us there at a bargain price, we purchased our tickets and began making plans.  We met up with our other hired hands at the Baltimore airport where they whisked us away to rest before starting on our journey the following morning.   The smallest one in the party was incredibly cute, always wanting to point at cars on the road, tractors in the fields, and growl at tigers in his books. 

Little houses, old houses … small closets or no closets … narrow bathrooms and fancy bathrooms … black walls, bright yellow walls, and holes in walls … tiny retro kitchens and large kitchens … small garages, messy garages, and no garage … a total of 8 showings scheduled and only one decision to make.  With help from the Ultimate Hunting Guide, the little town of Red Lion, PA and the big brown house with green doors will soon become the haven of rest that God Himself has hand-picked for Tim and I.

As the weekend of hunting came to a close, Mother and I tucked away some very special memories of ocean breezes, little boy kisses, delicious meals, and precious family love.  There is much work ahead to do … closets and drawers to clean out, boxes to pack, moments to embrace, hearts to love, and a new chapter of life to anticipate.  Won’t you join me in continuing to acknowledge Him …   for He will direct our paths!

Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and He will direct your path.
Proverbs 3:5-6

Until next time,

3 Responses to “House Hunting”

  1. Jerry Cox August 12, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    Oh no was my first reaction, you just cannot be leaving us so soon, but then I remember the verse, “To everything there is a season”…. and I would add, “A reason” if we are in the center of God’s will. So I say I’m excited for you & Tim as you start out on the next adventure on your missionary journey. I know you both will be sorely missed by a great many, especially those that depend on you at Higher Ground plus those of us that have grown to love you in your mission here. I personally know the pull G’kids have on us who are privileged to be G’parents and just imagine how blessed that little guy will be to have you & Tim close, not to mention the blessing he will be to you both. That just seems to be the way, God just keeps on pouring out more blessings than we can hardly contain. I pray you’ll keep sharing your “Morsels” w/ us. Till next time.
    Love & Hugs

  2. morselsofmercy August 12, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    Oh Jerry … you & Phyllis are so precious and I will miss seeing you at the district functions! Thank you for your words “…as you start out on the next adventure on your missionary journey.” Words cannot express to you how that pulls at my heart with deep intense meaning! Our move is not necessarily being made to be near the grandbaby, but by God’s design, the grandbaby and his parents are an added blessing to HIS purpose and plan … and we say Thank you Jesus! I promise to continue writing and sharing God’s Morsels with you! Yes … till next time!
    Lots of love,

  3. Linda Clark August 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm #

    Debbie, as usual you have brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. I am so happy for you and Tim to be near your family and your precious little boy. Thank you for these times that you share your heart and your God with us. I love you.

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