For the last two nights I have slept. Like, zonked out, woke-up-with-a-gasp-at-daylight kind of slept. I don’t remember that happening two nights in a row in, well, my oldest daughter is 23 so it’s probably been that long. This morning though, I awoke when Travis locked the door behind him to leave for work. Inwardly I groaned because I didn’t want to get up.

A couple of hours later I awoke again and I inwardly groaned again. I didn’t want to get up. My routine since the house has been on the market is this- wake up, stumble out of bed to the living room and check my phone for texts and e-mails about our property. There have been very few of either lately and so I brace myself every morning for disappointment. It’s really not a very fun way to start the day and if I’m not careful the entire day will be a downward slide. After that I read and pray to stop the sliding and then the girls and I clean in case someone wants to see the house.

This morning was different though. Although I did reluctantly drag myself out of bed and down the hall to the living room to check my phone, this morning I had an e-mail from a friend. And it said this-

Subject- Article that made me think of you.

It’s short, to the point and I think you already have it down.  I just wanted to encourage you.

Have a GREAT day!
I was intrigued and so I read the article. And then I was encouraged when before I had been discouraged.
Nearly this entire year has been taken up with strategizing about selling our house, interviewing contractors to do work on our house, we’ve spent weeks working on our house and now our house has been on the market for weeks. Weeks of cleaning frantically for person after person to come in and reject our house. I have found myself crying out to God, desperate for my life to be about something other than real estate. And then, unexpectedly, I received encouragement from a friend that had nothing to do with my house. It encouraged me, provoked me to think and provoked me to write.
I couldn’t be more thankful.
Thank you, Mary.
I encourage you to embrace the unexpected and also to encourage someone else. You never know what a difference that could make to them.