House Hunting in the Countryside

We drive all over this county in North Carolina looking for home.  We pass over subdivisions and town, craving country space with a powerful thirst.

Out the window is rolling green pasture and spring in every sense of the word.  Magnolias and grass a vibrant green.  Above all it is rolling, rolling, gentle and soft.  It rolls its rhythm right through my heart.  In all this seeking and praying, I look at His rolling green and believe in a shepherd who created green pastures to restore souls.

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. 
He makes me lie down in green pastures.”
{Lord, help me not to want.}

It is hard to find a house in the right condition on a pretty piece of acreage.


 We are willing to wait.

 I am reminded that God allowed His chosen people to wander the desert for 40 years before delivering them to the promised land.   And that He did so out of LOVE.

I look at tiny old houses with broken windows and remind myself that a barnyard stable was good enough for God’s own son. 

While we search, baby is growing bigger inside me.  Nearing the 4 month mark.  Still sick off and on and boy oh boy am I still exhausted, but getting excited to find out whether our new addition will be a little boy or a little girl.  What do you think?  This week I felt the first flutters of baby’s promise.  I already love him or her completely.

And so baby grows and the home search continues.  Days become weeks and I rejoice in my exhaustion that He makes me lie down in green pastures.

I rejoice because He restores my soul.


  1. Dearest Erin,

    I trust the little girl in you will remember when Wynn was on his way into the great big world, how that little girl already loved him so, and how she whispered precious thoughts to him about God and earth and all things bright and beautiful. When this new creation of God comes to you, that little girl will love him or her just as intensely and will desire to speak about “string and sealing wax and other important things”. You will impart the wonder of the girl you once were to the children God gives you and He will say: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” The world is too short of dreamers, who lift our eyes off the mundane into the wonderful world of our Father the creator. You, my dear, are such a dreamer. Be encouraged today!

  2. I will be headed to North Carolina this weekend. My son is in seminary at SES in Charlotte. What area of NC are you. It is a beautiful drive up, and I am sure God has that perfect place tucked away waiting for you in his time. Jackie

  3. Wishing you the best of luck in finding a lovely place to live. God does have perfect timing! Congratulations on baby #2:).



  4. He does have a promised land just for you if that is what your hearts desire– He certainly provided us with ours and I am completely in awe of how He knew just what we wanted and provided us with all of our desires (even things we didn’t think were possible in our area)! God is truly large (in that He can see the whole picture) and in charge (in that He can make anything happen in his own perfect timing). You should read our testimony about our parcel of land that he provided for us — our new house is almost finished. I feel like it helps to hear about his provision for others when you are feeling like he is making you wait extra patiently.

  5. I don’t know where in NC you’re looking, but if it’s in the west, I know a farm with about 15 acres in Western NC that’s for sale. Just heard about it this weekend.

  6. 4 months already…’ll go by so much faster when you aren’t feeling sick anymore at all…those sick days make all the days seem longer. 🙁

    the right house will come to you. He’ll bring it to you, and it will make so much sense why you had to wait.

    Happy Easter! Thankful for the resurrected life.

  7. That endless search for a cute farmhouse on a pretty acreage lead us to build our own farmhouse and farm. We bought a dump (literally!) and transformed it. Don’t under estimate what you can do yourself, in God’s time of course.

  8. Thank you for the reminder that God will deliver His people in His timing–and that it is for their good. Such a perfect promise for me to reflect on this day.

    Enjoy the house hunt!

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