hybrid Bible journaling entry by Elaine Davis using digital printables | The House That Blessed Built

I’ve learned something this summer. I really hate house hunting. I thought it would be kind of fun, right? You know, strolling around town arm & arm with my happy hubby browsing all these sweet homes & making a calculated decision about which house to choose. In my vision, there were always choices, like on one of those TV shows where they flip houses: “Do we prefer the modern ranch with the kitchen skylight? Or do we fancy the cozy 50s bungalow?” Sigh. Once again, adulating crushed my dreams. haha

hybrid Bible journaling entry by Elaine Davis using digital printables | The House That Blessed Built

During the search process, my friend Amy Bruce said as she prayed for us, she kept running across the verse 2 Samuel 7:11 which bears the words: “…the Lord himself will make a house for you.” And so that became a kind of life verse for us through the house hunt.

hybrid Bible journaling entry by Elaine Davis using digital printables | The House That Blessed Built

We looked at 16 houses. 16 times we walked up a set of front steps in anticipation. We opened 16 different front doors wondering if we would soon be carrying our own furniture through it. And 16 times we got back into the car already back at Square 1. Three times we even thought we had finally found our house, & then we would hit an immoveable roadblock. I was so frustrated. I would get so attached to a house in my head, only to be crushed with bad news in 24 hours. Sometimes I was angry. I knew in my heart that God would reveal the right place for us when the time was right, but I wasn’t thinking about the fact that He was also revealing to us when it was the WRONG place. I was angry when things didn’t go my way, not realizing that it was the Lord telling us no, not some municipal roadblock.

hybrid Bible journaling entry by Elaine Davis using digital printables | The House That Blessed Built

He closed so many doors (sometimes literally!) just to open one big one when we found the one a few weeks ago with door #17. We put an offer on it & the door was flung open when the sellers accepted! And man are we blessed!? Praise God that He directed our search, because I’m in love with the willow tree out back & the pergola & the big beautiful studio space He’s given! This whole life experience has reminded me how little we’re in control. He guides our steps & directs our path & we’re SO blessed because of it. As we build a life in that home, I’ll always remember that it’s really the house that blessed built.

<3 Elaine

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3 Comments
  1. Karen Laston 2 years ago

    “The house that Blessed built”. Those words sound so warm and welcoming. Congratulations on your house that will become “home”. Always love your pages!!!

  2. Lauren L 2 years ago

    I’m so happy for you. God gave my family a similar experience this past spring. We had 30 days to find a house and put an offer in and a very specific list of needs. We looked at a bunch of no’ s and my sister kept telling my Mom, “Don’t worry, right now God is creating for you an awesome kitchen! Trust God! And it was true!!! We shortly after found a beautiful house that a man had just finished flipping!!! Trying to buy it was not uneventful by far and we feared we would lose it, but we tried to trust God and He cleared the way and it has been a huge blessing to all of us not only meeting our needs but granting some wishes too because He can and is GOOD!!!! :)

  3. Jacqueline Giesbrecht 2 years ago

    Love this Elaine! This page just burst forth with JOY!

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