Titus 2:11-13

"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus."

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Debt and Decision: Burdens Lifted!

If you read my blog regularly you've probably noticed that I've been somewhat absent from it this month.  It isn't that I haven't wanted to write--I have.  It's just that my thoughts have been quite consumed by a decision that was facing my husband and me, and I wasn't ready to blog about it until now--after the decision has been made.

A little over a month ago we started to entertain the idea of selling our house and up-sizing a bit.  As much as we love our house, we were looking into the future and thinking that with one boy and three girls in the family, a fourth bedroom will one day be in order.  And, of course, with mortgage rates being as low as they are and the home buyer's credits being currently available, the idea of selling our house seemed somewhat timely.

However, in spite of this seeming "timeliness," neither Travis nor I could manage to come to a place of confidence when it came to making the decision to sell our house official.  For whatever reason, doubt was there, and it was keeping us in a standstill.

Yesterday, we finally made up our minds.  As soon as we did, I felt a weight just lift from my shoulders, and I knew we had made the right decision:  we are not going to sell our house!  The best part of that is that, besides no longer feeling burdened by the thought of selling and purchasing and packing and moving--or even just by the decision-making itself--we were able to use our money to pay three debts in full instead of having to throw it down on a new house (which lifted even more weight from my shoulders!)!

The correctness of our decision continued to be confirmed to me throughout the day today.  Coming out of that state of limbo where we weren't sure if we'd be staying or going has enabled me to once again see clearly how thankful I am for the home God has given us.  I pray that we will always be faithful stewards of it and that it will always be a place where He is glorified.


nick&abby said...

I"m so glad for you guys! What a hard decision to make and I'm so glad you feel "good" about your decision!

Mom and Grandma Cindy said...

Funny, John and I were just talking last night about how we could move back into our old house (half the size of our current one) and be just as content. We really haven't gained anything by up-sizing except more responsibilities to maintain it!

We learned the hard way that wealth is deceitful, as in the parable of the sower!

(I'm not saying you shouldn't ever up-size - just wanted to encourage you!) :)

Angela said...

Thanks, Cindy! That is encouraging!

Camille said...

I can relate to this post ~ we have a "small" house compared to most of our family (who all have less children than we do). We moved in here when we didn't have any children and now here we are nearly 16 years later! :) We do not regret staying and those who commented prior to me here are right...more home, more to care for and maintain! One thing is for sure ~ with a smaller house there is less room for stuff and so constant purging is necessary and even freeing! :) Oh and one more thing...you are so right...less debt is so liberating!


P.S. Do not feel obligated to return the visit to my blog...I read your most recent post first and the last thing you need is another "to do"! :)

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