I’m not much of a prayer warrior. Truth is, I often get distracted by my own random thoughts or shiny objects. It’s part of the reason I have embraced the contemplative prayer movement: extremely focused prayer for a short amount of time. While looking through my list of objectives for 2017, “Do it with Prayer” fit well with March.
We have decided to sell our house. It was at the tippy-top of our price range when we bought it in 2010, as the market had bottomed out. We are comfortable here. The house sits on a nearly an acre of woods and meets of all our needs. Financially, we are doing just fine; heating and cooling this place takes a toll on those extreme weather days and I’m often freezing, but other than that, we’re not selling because it’s a burden.
We’re selling to downsize. We want more money in the bank, less time with the upkeep, and cheaper utilities/taxes. We have dabbled with the minimalist movement and our priorities are not what they were 7 years ago. As life moves, we change. And so because of this change, we’re moving.
Our current neighborhood can best be described as “variations on a theme.” Our neighbors are nearly 90 and they just installed a chair lift, with the 2 staircases that lead to the living areas of our house. My husband turns 50 in the next couple of years, and while he’s more active than a few twentysomethings we know, eventually, that will catch up with him.
We haven’t found a house to move into, although I found the perfect house a few blocks away – it’s significantly cheaper than our house, but still more than I was willing to pay. But, it looks perfect from the real estate website.
And so, do it with prayer.
Praying for a house. Not only a house, a home. A home that I will more than likely die in or at least age significantly in. We don’t want to move again. The Lord will fulfill all my needs; I just need a smallish/cheapish house. Where will that be? And when? And do we try to purchase it before we sell our mansion?
Also, I find myself still suffering from anxiety attacks at my new job. The job has basically put me out to pasture in my profession: I do a fraction of what I went to college for and often find myself with loads of free time, which I plan to use for writing. Nonetheless, I am freaking out about a temperature of a refrigerator. I’m in charge of making sure the refrigerator stays at a certain temperature, and it was acting wonky the past couple of days. I adjusted it, but I’m not there to monitor that adjustment. If the temperature falls out of range, it could compromise the expensive contents of the refrigerator; contents that are essential to my job performance.
And so, do it with prayer.
Today I am praying for a new place to live that is far below our means. I’m also praying for a refrigerator to maintain it’s temperature. I gave my troubled niece a Bible for her birthday. She started attending a church. She has a scripture in her bio on Twitter. I am praying for her salvation and for her to journey with the Lord.
So many heavy things. So many trivial things. C’est la vie.
Through this journey, I wonder how my prayer life will evolve through this lens. Will we find a house? Is my refrigerator happy? Will my niece turn her life around with the love of the Lord? Will my anxiety die down to a smoldering ash instead of this inferno in my chest?
And so, I do it with prayer.