O God, I beg two favors from you; let me have them before I die.
First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches!
Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.
Proverbs 30: 7-8
Today was a great day. The hubby and I drove around looking at neighborhoods where we might want to live. We drove around talking about budgets, space, amenities. All the things one considers when moving. The conversation started out a little tense and got easier with time.
After driving around we made a few decisions about renting vs. buying, size, location, etc. It was one of the best conversations we have ever had about finances and home-buying. This is not out first rodeo but it is a new adventure.
Reinventing me? How about reinventing my marriage? My finances? My dreams?
The best part of the conversation was the sense that a load is being lifted. For the first time in our marriage we are making decisions for us. Not our kids, our parents or our even our dogs. We were thinking about what JT and Kelli want to leave for their legacy beyond ‘assets’.
The awesome part is that we are teaching our children about priorities, change and financial security. We are teaching them how to right-size when things get out of balance.
To top it off, God was gracious enough to have a podcast about downsizing cross my path today. Listening to the podcast I realized how much my husband and I have martyred ourselves to provide opportunities for our family.
“I’m afraid to let go because I don’t know what’s next. But He gave me this so I’m sure He’ll bless what’s next.”
I do not regret the exposure and experiences. It served a purpose for a season. It is time to balance our goals, wants and dreams with the reality of our changing family structure (young adults living outside the home).
Now it is time to move on. It is time for my young adult children to step up and develop their lives. It’s time for my husband and I to step up and pay off debt so that we can serve more.
I am excited about this next season. I am excited to watch God work miracles. I am excited to see how I grow and change during this journey. I am excited to get back in balance.