Saying Goodbye to Our Home
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Hey ya'll! For everyone that was in the path of Hurricane Irma, I hope that you are all doing okay and hopefully have power back on by now. We were without power for almost 2 days. It was a bit rough but thankfully I had prepared jars of water, canned foods and we were fine. We played a couple of Scrabble games, I crocheted 3 infinity scarves and read several books. Having our power back really made me appreciate the small things, like having lights, power to make coffee and water to shower. I know that there are people out there that have it worse and are still without power and have had to leave their homes. My prayers go out to everyone that is still dealing with the after affects of Hurricane Irma.
So an update on life; things are going well. I'm still working on "Project Simplify" and selling things that we don't need and using the money towards bills. In the past, I lived beyond my means and it got me into serious credit card debt on top of our current bills. So now I'm trying to pay as much debt as I can and only purchase necessities. The humor is not lost on me that the name of this blog is "That's Glamorous" at such an un-glamorous time in my life. At the time that I created this blog, I wasn't dealing with sickness and hadn't lost all of my clients (With my sickness, I couldn't keep up with deadlines and get work done). Life changes and that's okay.
Six and a half years ago, I wouldn't have imagined that I would be in this spot, but God has a reason for everything and I'm putting my trust in Him to bring us out on the other side. If nothing else, I have learned how to budget and do without things that I don't really have to have. I have learned how it feels to be on a limited income, so now I have sympathy/empathy for others who are also in the same place. I don't look down my nose on anyone in life that goes through financial struggles. It can happen to any of us without warning.
I'm still unable to work a regular job with this virus, so I'm making the best of everything and trying to sell what I can on Swap and Shop sites to pay towards the bills. Honestly, I've learned that I really don't need much in life. I don't have to have all of the newest things and I'm okay with buying secondhand if I really need something. I've learned to live life simply and make do with what I have and take advantage of free things. Now instead of having a coffee and loading up my shopping cart with a bunch of junk that I don't need; I grab a coffee and enjoy window shopping.
I couldn't have imagined that in a time-span of 2 years that my husband would lose his job of 15 years with zero severance pay, lose money on selling our house remodel and have to take a job making 3 times less the pay and that I would end up in the hospital owing medical bills. Even with our 6 1/2 year struggle, I still hold on to hope that God is bringing restoration and is going to deliver us out of this mess! I'm not giving up!
In other news, the hubby and I have decided to put our house up for sale around February of next year. My husband is also looking into Remote work so that we can live anywhere. If we sell our home, we can pay off things and not worry about having debt. We are planning on building a Tiny House on Wheels so that we can have it paid for and also use it for travel. I'm a little sad because my husband designed our house plans and we put so much love into our little home, so it's going to be a little heart-breaking to leave, but we have enjoyed the 3 1/2 years that we have lived here. Sometimes in life we have to leave things in the past in order to move on to better things...
This post is not me complaining, I'm only sharing our struggles so that everyone can see the Victory/Deliverance when it happens! I am so grateful for all that I have in life and I praise God through the good and the bad.
I am so thankful for the beautiful relationship that I have with my Heavenly Father because of the trials that I have been through. I talk to Him daily and I know that He sees my tears. But I trust in Him because He is my Father and He loves me and is only doing what is best for me. I give my life to Him to do with as He will. I love my Heavenly Father so much. Nothing could ever happen that can take me away from His love <3
For the past 2 weeks, I have been having dreams of my Heavenly Father taking care of my needs and me not leaving his side. Last night I dreamed that I grabbed on to his hand and I was holding his hand. God is the one that I can trust in and I know that He is looking out for the hubby and I and He loves us very much. He sees our heart and knows that we have been faithful and honest.
We are putting our trust in God that He will restore all that Satan has stolen from us over the years. I have a great feeling about January 2018 and I'm holding on to hope that things are going to change for the better! "For I know the plans that I have for you, plans for a hope and a future, plans for good and not evil." - Jeremiah 29:11