I remember when I was younger, I used to wonder, “How will I know what God’s will is for me?” I have since discovered that God shows His will for me through His peace. I always try to pray that He will steer my heart towards what He wants for me. And He has done just that, time and time again. With His peace.
I had peace when I met Billy. Peace when we got married. Peace when we found our first apartment. And our second. Peace when we went to our new church. And now peace as we found our first home!
We didn’t put an age or a year on it. We knew we wanted a home one day, but we weren’t in a rush. We weren’t trying to keep up with anyone. Rather, we knew God would give us His peace when it was time. And He did.
A few months ago, we started the whole mortgage process. Not the fun part. haha. We looked at so many home listings. Went to an open house here and there, but nothing gave us that peace, ya know?
When I saw the listing for our now home, I was intrigued. What’s funny is, the pictures were awful. You couldn’t really tell what the house even looked like. The lighting was bad. Paint colors were gross. Usually, I would keep on looking when I saw such a listing. But for some reason, I could see potential. I could see that the yard was large, the ceilings were high, a pool, a beautiful neighborhood, and great location–close to Billy’s job and close to my sister and brother in law.
I kept the listing at the top of my mental list. Then, when the list price dropped, I was like, “Woah! We gotta see it.” Billy was on board, and we viewed the house that weekend.
So. Beautiful. We could see past the popcorn ceilings and stained carpet. The house was in good condition, with so much potential. It was so bright and airy. WE FELT THE PEACE. haha. We both knew without saying a word to each other.
That weekend, we put in an offer, and it was accepted. And now, we are officially homeowners.
The day before our closing, we were at church and our pastor was talking about how the only thing we have is what God has given us. It’s all His. All for His glory. Billy and I looked at each other and he squeezed my hand. What a beautiful reminder right before our house closing.
So yes, we legally are homeowners. But more literally, we’re just using what God has blessed us with. We are really praying that God will show us practical ways to use our home for Him.
We can’t take an ounce of credit for this new chapter. God truly is in all the details.
Before we move in, we are doing some DIY renovations.
- Remove popcorn ceiling.
- Retexture ceilings
- Remove tile and carpet.
- Paint all the walls.
- Put down waterproof luxury vinyl plank flooring.
It’s been such an exciting process. In just two weeks, the popcorn ceilings are gone and have been retextured. The tile is gone and Billy has ripped up all the carpet. We are so thankful to family and friends for helping us tackle this project!
We’ve taken lots of before pictures, process pictures, and soon–after pictures. Can’t wait to take ya’ll along for this ride. Lots of blog content is in the works!