It’s Wednesday! I have no idea where the past week has gone, but it has been a whirlwind. We accepted an offer on our house. I’ve been back every day until today, packing up some of the closets and the office desk. And the file cabinet. It’s amazing how long it takes to go through those things. You definitely don’t want to get rid of important papers by accident. The biggest headache? My craft closet. I was ruthless my friends. I got a day off because today was the house inspection. We have no idea how it went. Apparently it usually takes a few days for the seller to get the results.
I don’t remember if I told you we ended up going with the first offer. It’s a lovely family with five children who wrote us the sweetest letter and emailed us photos of their family. I would love to think of a family living in the house again.
We ended up taking 18 full loads between the truck and the car, packed to the roof to the thrift store. We have new neighbors in the house next-door and we’re going to give them a lot of our furniture as they don’t have much. They are refugees from Afghanistan and have been wonderful neighbors in the few months we have known them. She was crying yesterday when I told her yes, we were really moving. The poor lady thought it was because they had moved in next-door. I assured her very quickly that that was not the reason and that they are welcome to any of our furniture they would like to have. They have been a delight to have next door.
That isn’t to say that getting rid of so many things hasn’t been a struggle. My friend Cheryl had the most impeccable timing. She wrote a book called “Biblical Minimalism, Following Jesus from a life of Abundance to a More Abundant Life” and she sent me a copy. Oh. My. Goodness. I had only read the first half of the book when we decided to sell our house. Her book is what gave me the strength to get through the past week. She was able to put onto the printed page the same feelings and thoughts that I was having about letting go of “things“. She included lots of Bible verses and I am just so grateful to her for sending this book to me when I needed it the most. I finished it today. Just when my spirit was feeling a bit wounded and raw from the process of letting go of so many things so quickly, the last half of her book provided a balm to my soul. I have no doubt what we are doing is the right thing and it is what God would have us to do at this time in our lives.
She also spent some time on the subject of being debt-free. This is something that both Dennis and I feel very strongly about. We taught the Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class at our church for many, many years. It is such a wonderful feeling to not owe anyone a debt of money.
I honestly don’t believe you have to be contemplating a move to receive a lot of beneficial and healing information that Cheryl provides. It was as if she were talking directly to me and I think it would be the same for each of you if you were to read it. Please visit Cheryl‘s blog if you were interested in getting a copy of your own. I’ve provided a link for you.
In addition, Cheryl has also generously offered to give one of my blog readers her book for free. If you are interested, please mention it in your comment below. I will be having a drawing this coming Sunday evening, July 12th at 6 PM Pacific time.
I’m hoping each of you are having a wonderful day.