A few days ago, my husband and I put in an application for a new home loan through what’s called the “fresh start program.” We were per-qualified for up to $65,000 which would have been enough to get us a nice double wide, which would have been perfect. I tried and tried not to get my hopes up, but of course I did. And in a short 3 minute conversation my hopes were crumbled. We were denied. Sort of.
We were approved for up to $30,000, but after looking at the website, there aren’t any homes that meet our needs that are available for that price. Is it possible that there are others not listed? Yes, certainly. Am I hoping and praying that we are able to find something? Of course. I’m trying my hardest not to get too discouraged, because I know that our God has a plan in what he is doing. But given our current living situation, I was really hoping that we’d hear some really great news today. Not that our current situation is bad, it’s more aggravating than anything.
- At the end of the day I am doing my best to remember that everything will work out in God’s perfect timing and that he has a plan, and that what he has in store for our family is greater than anything I could ever imagine. Today, I will do my best to meditate on Isaiah 26, a song of praise to the God of peace:
In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah:
We have a strong city;
God makes salvation its walls and ramparts.
Open the gates that the righteous nation may enter,
the nation that keeps faith.
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast,
because they trust in you.
Trust in the Lord forever,
for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.
He humbles those who dwell on high,
he lays the lofty city low;
he levels it to the ground and casts it down to the dust.
Feet trample it down—
the feet of the oppressed,
the footsteps of the poor.
The path of the righteous is level;
you, the Upright One, make the way of the righteous smooth.
Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws,we wait for you;
your name and renown
are the desire of our hearts.
My soul yearns for you in the night;
in the morning my spirit longs for you.
When your judgments come upon the earth,
the people of the world learn righteousness.
But when grace is shown to the wicked,
they do not learn righteousness;
even in a land of uprightness they go on doing evil
and do not regard the majesty of the Lord.
Lord, your hand is lifted high,
but they do not see it.
Let them see your zeal for your people and be put to shame;
let the fire reserved for your enemies consume them.
Lord, you establish peace for us;
all that we have accomplished you have done for us.
Lord our God, other lords besides you have ruled over us,
but your name alone do we honor.
They are now dead, they live no more;
their spirits do not rise.
You punished them and brought them to ruin;
you wiped out all memory of them.
You have enlarged the nation, Lord;
you have enlarged the nation.
You have gained glory for yourself;
you have extended all the borders of the land.
Lord, they came to you in their distress;
when you disciplined them,
they could barely whisper a prayer.As a pregnant woman about to give birth
writhes and cries out in her pain,
so were we in your presence, Lord.
We were with child, we writhed in labor,
but we gave birth to wind.
We have not brought salvation to the earth,
and the people of the world have not come to life.
But your dead will live, Lord;
their bodies will rise—
let those who dwell in the dust
wake up and shout for joy—
your dew is like the dew of the morning;
the earth will give birth to her dead.
Go, my people, enter your rooms
and shut the doors behind you;
hide yourselves for a little while
until his wrath has passed by.
See, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling
to punish the people of the earth for their sins.
The earth will disclose the blood shed on it;
the earth will conceal its slain no longer.
[For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. – Jeremiah 29:11]