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Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Year of the Open Door

This is the Year of the Open Door!

In my year end review I again mentioned that 2014 will hold a move for our family. I wrote that we have no idea where we will be moving or exactly when. But we know that we are moving.

I had to smile at the various comments and emails I received. They were along the lines of:

“That’s very brave of you.”

“I couldn’t stand not knowing.”

Well, here is a peek into my heart~ a glimpse at emotional reality if you will.

I recently asked my friend Dorothy if she would help me in praying that our condo sells very soon.  She was aware that the company facility here in Phoenix where Mr. Décor’s works is closing its doors. She knew that we are truly dedicated in trying to prepare for this bump in the road and want to make financial adjustments.

This condo, which so beautifully served our daughter while she attended college, is definitely falling under a column of “financial responsibility that we can do without”. So our daughter moved home and we put the condo up for sale.

It’s now been on the market for two months.

Those two months have seemed like an eternity for me. Other properties I have previously sold or have staged to sell for others always sold within a few days. 

Of course I am aware that November and December are the WORST months to try to sell a home.

Yes, there are moments that I do have anxiety. The door to this condo really needs to be shut so we can move on.

We would like another door, in the form of a job for my husband, to open as soon as possible.

Honestly, patience is not one of my strong virtues. The not knowing is really hard.

But each day I think about this quote:

Keep knocking

Our family is standing in a hallway. There’s no doubt about that. But while I am standing in this hallway I still have dreams. In my dreams I’ve seen an old house that needs a family to love it. It is surrounded by green grass, tall trees and a glorious garden. I have faith that God will provide.

Luke 11:9

Dorothy told me about the year of the Open Door. It is based on the Hebrew Calendar which is a lunisolar calendar used predominately for Jewish observances. It is very much like the liturgical year AKA Christian calendar which determines feast days and holidays, such as Easter ~for those who have often wondered why there is not a set date.

It is the Hebrew year 5774 and also the year of the Open Door. The Jewish new year began on September 4, 2013 at the beginning of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year). There is a belief that momentous things are set to happen. 

An excellent article I found on the Year of the Open Door can be found HERE.

ASK and it will be given to you;  SEEK and you will find;  KNOCK and the door will be opened to you.  Matthew 7:7

Matthew 7:7

The following words in the article leapt off the screen to me:

“Too many of us follow our favorite ministers or voices hoping to find our destiny. Until you hone in on the voice of the Shepherd, the door of destiny will elude you. He alone can confirm. He alone can commission. He alone can grant entry into the next assignment or pasture of your life. Sell all of the stock you have placed in man’s ability to identify and promote you, and invest it where it belongs.”

That last line alone I had to read three times. How often do I consider what other people think of me? It truly should not matter. I should focus only on what God thinks of me.

Revelation 3:8

This year I have no doubt that many new doors will be opened for me and my family. With each open door we will seek Jesus as our guide in walking through or merely passing by each one.

I wish happy new year blessings to each and every one of you on your various open door journeys. There is a great post HERE on questions to ask yourself to aide in determining where your journey might take you.

Laura

29 comments :

Lady Dorothy said...

<3 Continuing to pray for the open doors and the honing in on the voice of the Shepherd. (I love that paragraph you quoted!) <3

♥ Sonny ♥ said...



Praying for your special door to open and that the desire of your heart is Given to you.

openid said...

Laura,
I know God has a plan for you ... all in HIS timing, not ours. It is impossible to worry and be truly faithful at the same time. Always in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Deborah
FairfieldHouseNJ.com
PS - A package is scheduled to be delivered to the Decor to Adore Manor this week!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Praying that the condo sells soon! And hoping the door opens too!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Still have you in my prayers that all your wishes come true. Hugs, Marty

Denise said...

I love this post, Laura. It's so informative and I can tell it comes straight from the heart. I'm joining the others who are praying for your wishes to come true and for your condo to sell soon. I have faith that the best doors will open for your family soon because you have trusted your future to God.

I wish you MANY blessings in 2014, my friend!

Hugs,

Denise at Forest Manor

Vicki said...

Continuing to pray and trusting that when God's plan is revealed, it will be better than we can now imagine!

Custom Comforts said...

Sending many prayers up for you and your family. The not knowing is always the hardest part and God seems to keep us in those hallways so we keep our eyes on Him. I have learned over the years of my life that He is always faithful to His children.
Love and prayers.
Cindy

stoneleafandcompany.com said...

Laura, This sharing of your heart is so beautiful. Lots of good info here to think about. I found it encouraging as we too are in a hallway of sorts. My husband finished a DMA in piano last spring and we are still waiting for the right door to open. At the same time we are near my parents who need us. We need to be close to them, but most of the job opportunities for my husband are farther away. Only God can work with those kind of logistics. So, we wait on his perfect timing and trust that the finances will hold steady in the mean time. I will keep you in my prayers as you wait for doors to open.

Rita C. said...

A really good post, Laura, with really good links.

No doubt most of us have had to be patient for something. My hope is for you to find the positive in whatever your next doors open will bring.

There are lots of old homes in this region of the US..that are begging for a new family to love and care for them. Perhaps you will be rooted somewhere in the Eastern US next? :)

Blackberry Lane said...

Praying for each of you, dear friend.

Barbara F. said...

Looks like your head and heart are both in the right place. I am sure things will be happening for you and your family soon. Wishing you the best, and keep us posted. xo

Louise said...

Well, if I may, I'm going to share what I think of you anyway.:) You are wonderful.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Absolutely beautiful, Laura. I pray that the Lord opens the right door and closes the ones He wants closed. I pray that He finds the perfect job for your husband, too.

XO,

Sheila

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

I LOVE the doors with the Bible verses on them and the waiting in the hallway! Great promises!
Warmly,
de

Linda said...

Thank you for sharing this, Laura. I have been struggling personally for a very long time... it's only getting worse these past few months and I'm not sure at all where God is leading me, but I will examine all that you shared here and continue on my journey. It's interesting because it's in line with what He's been telling me lately - reminding me of where my lost feeling lies....

Linda

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

Thank you so much for sharing your heart, Laura. So many things in this post ministered to me but especially the reminder to praise Him in the hallway. This really hit home for me. Thank you. Lifting you and your family up in prayer.

Charm Bracelet Diva {at Home} said...

My family is right there in the hallway with you, Laura. We've been where you are, and we're looking for the open door as well right now. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Stay strong and know that yes, he will provide. xoKathleen

Jacqueline said...

I will pray for you! I know that we can receive the answers we need through prayer and it helps to receive the prayers of others.
What a wonderful year - the Year of the Open Door. I love that and am hoping for doors to be open for you each and every year.

Dawna Motz said...

Thanks for sharing your heart. I have never thought of a transition time being " in the hallway" , I like that! No matter where you stand, know you are not alone. When we purchased this property and waited for our place to sell in Hanna it was a super stressful time for me. But God saw me to the other side of the hallway and opened the door for things to move along here...trust! That's my word for this coming year.....praying and trusting for doors to open for you and your family.

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Lorrie said...

There is so much in this post, Laura. The idea of praising God in the hallway, while waiting. The whole idea of this being the year of the Open Door. I'll be re-reading this post, for sure.
I know that you are sharing your heart and your experience, yet through that, you are touching many. Thank you. God has wonderful plans for you - a hope and a future.

April Dunlap said...

Still praying, friend. I have had a sense that things are opening this year too--a mild anticipation of God's working behind the scenes being revealed!
Blessings!
~april

NanE said...

What a great post and can't wait to read the links you shared. Sending prayers that your condo will sell soon and for patience while you wait!

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Still praying that the condo sells quickly and for employment for the Mr. I know that you are ready to see what the next chapter of your life holds and I know how stressful the waiting game can be. Back in the spring of my senior year in high school my dad was fired from his job very suddenly and unexpectedly. My older brother and sister were in college at the time and I had already been accepted and was very excited. You can imagine the devastation my family experienced. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise. My dad was able to get a job at another facility just across the river from his previous job. His salary doubled instantly! In retrospect I see this as God's provision to send three kids to college! I can't wait to see God's faithfulness for your family!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Still praying for the condo to sell, Laura -- and for God's next best for your life to be made evident in His time.

BTW, I live in "an old house ... surrounded by green grass, tall trees and a glorious garden" that is getting ready to go on the market soon and "needs a famly to love it." Want to move to small town Tennessee? LOL Not sure yet where God is leading, but at the very least we'll be downsizing, so we're starting with the house.

I don't think I've ever heard the "Until God opens the next door, praise him in the hallway" quote. I needed that today. Thanks!

Kathy Bruner said...

As you stand in the hallway waiting for that open door, I pray there is a screen door attached to that door. . . open enough to let the breezes of blessings gently come through to you and your family, but closed enough to keep the little irritations of unnecessary and annoying "bugs" of life away. I'm excited to see what this next chapter in your journey will bring for you, and I know you will embrace whatever it is with your usual grace, faith and amazing talent!

chateau chic said...

Hi Laura,
I'm coming over from Common Ground after reading your comment to Debra about her moving. I love the words you used to describe waiting for open doors as "waiting in the hallway." We've been waiting in the hallway for 6 years and it's no fun, but I'm convinced God is working out his purposes for us because he has closed so many doors. We tend to blame the fact that my husband is out of work on his age, gender, and the fact that he has worked for the party presently out of office in D.C. But in the end, God is greater than any of these obstacles!
I really appreciate the encouragement in your post, as it is often a lonely place to be, yet we are not alone.
Mary Alice

chateau chic said...

Hi Laura,
I'm coming over from Common Ground after reading your comment to Debra about her moving. I love the words you used to describe waiting for open doors as "waiting in the hallway." We've been waiting in the hallway for 6 years and it's no fun, but I'm convinced God is working out his purposes for us because he has closed so many doors. We tend to blame the fact that my husband is out of work on his age, gender, and the fact that he has worked for the party presently out of office in D.C. But in the end, God is greater than any of these obstacles!
I really appreciate the encouragement in your post, as it is often a lonely place to be, yet we are not alone.
Mary Alice