We are so blessed.
Blessed to have a home. Blessed to be able to build an even bigger home.
Blessed to have little people to fill up its rooms with laughter.
But I don't think it ends there.
We are blessed SO THAT we can be a blessing.
Michael and I deserve none of this.
Every single thing we've been given in this life is a sweet gift of abundance from our Heavenly Father.
So when we dream about this house we are building, we dream of how God can use it for His kingdom.
If we build it just to have MORE, or bigger, or the next trendy thing, then we're missing it.
We're falling so short of God's glory if we look at it as Pinterest come to life.
If that's the case, we'll never be satisfied and we'll come to love our treasures on this Earth so much that we forget entirely that we are here to make His name great-not ours!
THAT is what we were made for- THAT is something worth building.
So how do we do that?
How do we make His name great with a house?
That's exactly what we're praying about right now.
But we do know this: it can't just be about us. That's not an option.
Because STUFF? It always disappoints.
Projects get old.
Tile goes out of style and colors fade.
The stuff we build always turns into junk. But we know assuredly that what God builds lasts forever.
So we want to watch HIM build something great in us and through us.
Maybe not great in the eyes of the world. But we are asking Him to use our lives for eternal significance in whatever way He sees fit.
We can't find our contentment in this house or even in the people inside of it. As much as I love my family, they will never ever satisfy.
They weren't made to. It would be too small of a story- for them and for me.
There has to be more.
So while we wait to see how God uses this house and us to bless others, we pray.
And we build our home upon His word - literally.
"Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth."
The past few nights, we've dragged our two little ones out to the house to fill our walls with scripture.
And though it's been tough- watching a toddler out of the corner of our eyes and holding a 4 month old in one hand and a sharpie in the other - not the easiest of tasks.
But it's worth it.
I will forever love the fact that God's promises and His wisdom are resting behind our walls as we sleep, as we play, and even as we argue. And I can't wait to tell Elle and Beckham what secret words are hiding in their rooms.
Prayers and promises that we will speak over them their whole lives, I hope.
We spent many nights compiling specific verses for each room; but here are just a few glimpses of what we pray will be the foundation of our home and our family for many years to come:
I'm more excited than ever to move in now!
(Well you know - after we've got actual walls and electricity and stuff)