The Bible compares spiritual growth to a seed, a building, and a child growing up. Each metaphor requires active participation: seeds must be planted and cultivated, buildings must be built - they don't just appear - and children must eat and exercise to grow.

- Rick Warren, What on Earth Am I Here For

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A year ago, our family settled into a house made of wood. It was a relief to finally have a "home" after months of traveling back and forth and sleeping in rooms that haven't been occupied since we were in high school. This place provided respite from all the chaos going on in our lives. This home has served us as a place to wait, to listen, to obey. However, we've always known that this would be our temporary home.

For months, we have wrestled with what our next steps would be in regards to our family home. This wrestling brought us to our knees and has brought us closer to each other. We've again had to learn to resist control and trust that all of our needs have been and will continue to be provided for. Through this season of wrestling, we decided to take a step and do the next best thing.

The next best thing isn't necessarily what we planned on doing.

The next best thing wasn't always our dream.

The next best thing is what we believe to be the next best thing for our family, our future, and our faith.

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When Raleigh's grandfather passed away, he not only left behind a family legacy, he left behind a homestead where he had raised his family. This house that sits on a few acres of land has grown farm boys into business men and a country girl into a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. This house was a home for Martin and Kennette's family and now Raleigh and I will soon call it ours.

Sometimes, I still can't believe that this is really happening. There are still so many parts of the equation that haven't been solved. But, I'm trusting that this move is the next best thing.

God is The Architect that designs our lives according to his perfect timing. While details and colors and floor plans might overwhelm me, he assures me that everything will be beautiful in the end. He tells me to trust his knowledge, his design skills, his plans. The Architect says for me to believe in who He is.

As Rick Warren says, the Bible compares spiritual growth to a seed, a building, and a child growing up. This is what we have yearned for and this is what we hope we have found in this place we will soon call home.

I don't know the first thing about farming but I do know that I love to eat oranges bursting with warm, sticky flavor that can be found in our backyard.

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At first glance, this house was not my dream with its' red brick and awkward living room but I'm opening my eyes and choosing to see the potential that it could become.

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For the past three years, our girls have not had a yard that was large enough to contain their energy, excitement, and exploring. Now, they run themselves ragged as they feel the prickly green grass against their small, stubby toes.

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To call this home ours, another architect that I lovingly trust has been making some additions and changes to the existing house. We started construction a few weeks ago and are still living in the wood house until renovations are finished later this year. While I'm no house blogger or have the slightest bit of design knowledge, I'd like to invite you to follow along with us on our "next best thing" journey. Every week or so, I'll be posting about our home renovations and how The Architect is also renovating us from the inside out. Will you join us and allow God to renovate you as well?

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Making a move toward spiritual growth is necessary in every believer's life. Without growing, we don't take steps to do the next best thing: we freeze and stay stuck in one place. The Architect of our lives designed us to start our faith as infants but grow into men and women that are mature in our walks with Christ. Rick Warren states that this is a long, slow process of growth but God uses his Word, people, and circumstances to mold us. If you are ready to be molded, to be gutted and renovated from the inside out, will you choose to trust in who The Architect says He is? And who you are in Him?

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Take a step, alongside me, and let's see where this journey takes us.

Till next time, let your light shine!

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