Foundation 

I have learned so much these past few months about building a house. I have learned that in order to build, you must have a solid foundation. The ground needs to be prepped with dirt and leveled so that way the building of the foundation can start. Who knew right?  

When we started this process in mid April I knew it would be a process but had no idea the importance of each and every step!

Here is the first step we accomplished. 

Groundwork 

We had to raise the ground 6 feet and had tons of dirt brought in so that it was level. 

Houses built on shifting sand, mucky soil, or other unstable earth will likely fail over a short period of time unless they are built on special foundations or pilings.

Foundation is so vital because when the storms come the house will stand. (Even if a tornado hits the concrete foundation remains). 

This reminds me a lot of our faith and foundation in Christ. If we don’t have a solid foundation in which Christ is at the center then when the storms of life happen our world falls apart. 

The book of Psalms is to provide poetry for the expression of praise, worship, and confession to God. The one below really spoke to me in regards to trusting God and my faith to be firm. 

“Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭62:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

http://bible.com/111/psa.62.1-2.niv

From there, they trenched and prepped it for the footing. The footing is a concrete carrier in the ground that the stem wall and  slab sits on. Because we had to bring in dirt and raise the land 6 feet we had to have piers in place to have a solid stable foundation for the footing, stemwall and slab.  These piers weee 6 feet deep and 2 feet wide. 

Below is the stemwall being prepped on the footing that is under the dirt. 


The cool part was when the plumbing was done they filled it with sand. 


Stemwall 

While the cement  was still wet we wrote our names and scripture in the cement. It was a special time. 

Here are the 2 scriptures we wrote. 

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭91:11-12‬‭

http://bible.com/111/psa.91.11-12.niv

“But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the Lord; their vindication will come from me. I, the Lord, have spoken!”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/isa.54.17.nlt


It was amazing the day we saw the slab poured. It felt more real.  


This has been a very spiritual process for me because I have asked myself. Where is your faith? Is your faith strong and solid? Have you built a firm foundation in which your faith lays on and it’s gotten me to thinking about how important it is to stay rooted in Christ. 

I don’t always get it right. There are days where I don’t read my bible like I should and I have to be intentional and work hard. 

Same goes for my marriage. If Josh and I have a shaky foundation then when trouble comes and the spiritual warfar begins we will fall but we have learned that when our foundation in Christ is strong there is nothing that can tear our marriage apart. 

The book of Ecclesiastes provides a stark example of how relevant the Old Testament can be in today’s world. The title of the book comes from the Greek word for “preacher” or “teacher.”

It was written ten centuries before the birth of Christ by Solomon, son of King David. 

“A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

http://bible.com/116/ecc.4.12.nlt

So, how is your faith? How strong is your foundation?

Ask God to give you the Eyes to see and the Ears to hear his voice and live out his word so when life happens and the storms come you have His word and your faith to see you through it. 

I will try to post more often and share more of what I’m learning about myself, my husband and our marriage as we seek God and grow closer to him daily. ❤️

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And so it begins….

I have always loved keeping a journal to document life.  I have never really thought that I am much of a writer, however with this new journey our family is going on, I need to process my emotions and feelings so I can look back and see God’s hand, so here we go.

I remember almost 4 years ago, we were selling our house because we needed more space and we were running out of time.  Josh had found this beautiful home in a land home magazine and said, honey will you check it out and see if it’s available?  Sure enough, it was and so we got to pick out all the colors and move into what could only be called a dream home.  You see, we never dreamed we could be so fortunate to live in such a pretty home but God knew better.  I had a feeling when we moved in that it would not be our forever home.  It was a feeling I pressed back every time it came up, but it was always there.  Josh and I have always dreamed of having some land with space for the kids and space so when he told me a few weeks ago that he wanted to sell, I knew it was time.  I wasn’t ready, but I knew it was time.  He has had this dream to build the business and build us a beautiful home one day and as his wife I want to see his dreams come true because they are also my dreams.  I love my house and I love my life.  I love that things are easy but it’s time for a new season and for a new journey so, here we go.  In 7 days we will pack up our 2700 sq ft house and move to a cute little 1145 sq ft house while we build on 5 acres.

It all started with Divine Direction.

Josh had just started reading Divine Direction by our pastor, Craig Groeschel when he said babe, I want to sell the house.

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These past few weeks I have been so focused on the things of this world, and I know better.  I am a fully devoted follower of Christ.  I know that it is so much more important to be focused on the things of heaven and not of earth but my flesh is at war with my spirit and so what do I do?  I sink into God’s word for peace and comfort.

Colossians 3:1-4

Putting on the New Self

Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, strive for the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

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When I look back over my life and I see where God has brought Josh and I…it almost doesn’t seem real.  You see, 12 years ago I was so messed up on drugs and trying to figure out what on earth life was really about.  Now, to see where life has brought us and to see my life with Jesus at the center is almost too much to process because I don’t deserve his Grace, Mercy, or Forgiveness but because who He is, He gives it freely.

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

When I read those words right at this moment I can’t imagine the pain it took for God to send His one and only son as a sacrifice for the world….for ME…that all I have to do is call on the name of Jesus….that all I have to do is believe in him and I shall not perish but have eternal life.  It blows my mind and I can’t help but want to know him more and learn more from him about what this life is really for.  I want to be consumed with the things of heaven and not of this earth.

AND SO IT BEGINS….a new journey, a new season.  My pastor said in a recent message that you don’t have to have the faith to finish, you just have to have the faith to start….so Josh and I have the faith to start this new journey and trust God with the rest….so here we go…