Today seems like a good time to update. Through 2014 there have been many big changes in lifestyle, attitude and location.
After 5 years and 9 months of renting an apartment in Bloomington we FINALLY bought a house!
It was a short, and mostly pain-free, process this time. The Lord knew what I needed to do to manage my fear of the mortgage process long before we even started. Were there doubts? Yes of course. We looked at so many houses and thought we knew what we wanted. The house we chose is the perfect one for us.
It's taken no time at all to feel comfortable. Officially we moved in Oct 15.
The oldest has moved to his first apartment and seems to be doing okay. The youngest is with us for now. Again, a year with a lot of changes.
Thinking back over the past 9-1/2 months, we've weathered some storms... some weather-related, some not. And I don't think I regret how the storms have shaped me. I wouldn't have asked for most of them (ok, maybe I wouldn't mind repeating the big snow storms of January & February).
For the past few years I have coasted through my spiritual faith. Sometimes it was even a conscious choice. I did notice when I didn't go to church... usually terrible weeks at work and home. I noticed when I did actively seek God. One of the things I was able to do this year, as I began to give up my fears, is begin to sing through my anxiety, especially at night. Of course in the middle of the night it was silent singing so as not to disturb Mike or the neighbors. And I noticed that it helped more and more. As I focused on the word I sang, my ability to focus on my journey with Jesus increased, as did my desire.
So this is a post of thankfulness along the journey of life.