No, not Bed, Bath and Beyond.  Stay with me though if you want to see a way God works in the lives of His beloved children.

We have been thinking through so many living options the past couple months.

  1. Spend savings on a down payment for a house we’re not in love with… and so we have been saving and paying off Micah’s loan slowly, house hunting exhaustively with a realtor, and meeting with Wells Fargo.
  2. Keep renting our apartment for a higher cost till we know what we are doing (higher cost, same size not my idea of ideal)… but we became content with the idea of sharing a small space for more money if we had to.
  3. Rent a bigger place for more money… but then why not just buy…
  4. Or, offered back in September and brought up again this month – live with our friend from church.

#4 isn’t the first time we have been offered such generosity.  When Micah and I were first married our friends in Harrisonburg let us live in their cabin while we got on our feet, while our heads were still in lovey dovey clouds. 

Our friend’s wife passed away last spring, and he lives in a very large house by himself.

I asked him, “Are you sure?” 

His boys are grown and out of the house.

He mentioned that he had been praying about a couple singles or a married couple sharing the space with him.  That he would love to serve us in this way.

“You know if you accept us, there are three of us, and not only three of us, one of which will cry a lot, but we will have people coming to see the baby all summer long”. 

He said, “live in visitors were more than welcome, that he had plenty of extra rooms for them”, and that “he would like the practice being a grandfather”.

The house is about 20 minutes from my job and our church and about 10 minutes away from Micah’s current job. 

Just a little update incase people didnt know…

  •  I go on leave in June to be with the baby. 
  •  Micah’s job “technically ends” in June for at least the summer until they get the budget for the next school year.

We prayed.  We contemplated.  We waited.  We discussed.  We decided.

And… by March 1st, we will have packed up most of our belongings and moved them into a storage unit.

  • Live with someone else.  {swallow pride now}
  • Live with some of our possessions so that we don’t over take his home. {swallow materialism now}
  • Start our “new little family/parenting” in someone else’s home {swallow ideals now}
  • People might think we’re crazy, I can imagine the questions, opinions, etc {swallow what other’s think now}
  • Micah and I have always prayed though that we would accomplish more for the Lord together than we ever could for Him apart.  I don’t know what kind of doors this is opening or shutting, but I do know that we are being taken care of and that opportunities like this don’t just “come around” every year{swallow “what in the world does God have for us next” now}
  • I can be with the baby this summer, and learn about becoming a mother, not worrying about my 60% Short Term Disability income and our savings covering the bills. {swallow and cry tears of joy and relief now}
  • Micah can look for jobs – stress free. {hit knees in thankfulness now}

We don’t have a set date on how long we will stay on “Muffin Man Lane” or the Borges Bed & Breakfast (BB&B) as Scott likes to call it, but I believe that we will all ministering to each other in many ways this summer.  Scott, Micah, the baby, me, the visitors… I think it’s going to be a fabulous, selfless summer, learning to serve in many ways!

I think it will give us time to be still and see what the Lord has for us next…


Posted on January 31, 2012, in Baby, Christian Men, Christian Women, Church, Community, Godly Home, Newport News. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. how awesome!!! God is providing for you guys in amazing, yet unexpected, ways!

  2. AHH!!! Sarah! I can’t wait to hear more about it! What great providence!

  3. Scott is an amazing man of God. How generous! I’m so glad God has shown you so much! What a Provider!

  4. Awesome! Reminds me of Acts 2 when all the believers “had everything in common” and sold their possessions to give to the poor and those in need. I just think this is the way more Christians should live. Praise Jesus for helping you both swallow some things for His glory and benefit.

  5. Excited to come visit you guys in your new place…with a new baby…and us as a new couple 🙂

  6. Praise God for his continual provision!

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