"This life therefore, is not godliness but the process of becoming godly, not health but getting well, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not now what we shall be, but we are on the way. The process is not yet finished, but it is actively going on. This is not the goal, but it is the right road. At present, everything does not gleam and sparkle, but everything is being cleansed." --Martin Luther

Friday, February 12, 2010

Well, it’s been another week. Maybe you are wondering where we have been? Had a whole splurge of posts for a week, then nothing for another week. So, here is a quick update…

Finally tracked our renters down and got about three-fourths of what they owe us. With their security deposit that about covers what they owe us with a little left to pay February utilities. We just told them we’d call it even and they have to be out on the 28th of February. We had served notice at the end of January to pay by the 10th in full or leave. We got this money on the 11th, so according to our agreement, they have to leave. We could actually make them pay or leave in 14 days, but that’s not worth it either and we don’t want to be that way, so we won’t.
We do have another couple coming to look at the house tomorrow who is looking to rent for a few months as they wait for their house to sell in the Cities. Hopefully that will work out.

We are also now throwing out the idea of putting our house on the market since this housing credit is still going. Had we now lived in this huge house for a few months now, I think our house in Kandi would have been fine; but now we are used to more space. I don’t know how we could fit back in. If we have to eventually, that is fine; but now would be the best time to sell if we wanted to. Our house is in the price range where $6500 to $8000 is a good percentage of the cost so it would make good sense for someone to buy.

We haven’t heard anything more back on the job Brian interviewed for. They were still doing a few more applications the last we heard. That’s okay I think. Brian still really doesn’t know what he wants right now, and God is providing in ways so that we are still okay financially to have time to figure it all out. (thinking that tax return is going to come in really handy…)

What else? Been hanging out and trying to walk through some icky things with some friends. You can pray for them. God is faithful and our strong tower. Pray they will turn to Him and not try to be the tower of strength themselves.

You FB friends of Brian may also be wondering what kind of a post Brian wrote that I wouldn’t want him to post :-). This is our struggle—what and why do we say on here what we do? Is it for spite? Revenge? Correction? Rebuke? A sense of Justice? Brian wrote before about his call to be a watchman on the wall. What exactly does that always mean? Do you say what you see and just leave it? How much do you say? How often? We have already felt like one of the things we had to lay down was our “reputation”. We have done that. We have no idea what people “really” say about us. And for the most part, we don’t really care anymore.
There is this sense of justice, informing, wanting people to know the facts before they make decisions. The results or whatever you want to call it are often one of these:
-people just don’t care. It’s not their “department”, not their business. And it is not our place to try to tell them anything.
-they care, but they are in too deep, they don’t feel they could do anything about it even if they knew what to do.
-they care and seek to make change. What happens when they do that is a whole other post.
And what happens to the teller-they are not believed, even ostracized. In a way, again, we just don’t really care about that anymore.
What it now is do we say (anything) as a matter of saying what would be helpful for change, what would be said just to say it, or what our flesh just wants to say to seek our own vengeance. And that is NOT what we want to do. So how do you say (anything) but know you are still called to say (something).
Much of this is of course about our former work, but not all. There are things we see in the “church” that we have strong convictions about. So we (okay, maybe more me) have this check in the back that says, “so and so will think I am talking about this”. That may not be it at all. But if you feel convicted or upset by something we say, maybe you should talk to God about it and see if maybe I should be talking to you. We can’t control what other people think. We can only say what we feel God is telling us to and He will play the rest out in the way He wants to.
So that is a whole bunch of words just to say to pray for our discernment. And even open hearts of people who read our blog. Not that they have to believe and even understand everything we say or believe. But just that their (your) heart is open and listening to God to see if there is something He wants you to at least think about, nail down your own conviction.
And of course, we don’t control anyone else’s computer-you have never HAD to read anything we write :-). You are always free to not come to our site!

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