House Hunting in Jerusalem Part 2: A Hope and a Future

How wide, how long, how high, how deep is the love of Christ (Ephesians 3:18)

When closing out one season and looking to the unseen in a new season, I believe most of us often expect less than the Lord sees for our future. I find myself wondering, “How could God ever exceed what he has done for me in the past?” I’ve done this since I was young, always expecting the worst while still having my dreams in the back of my head. I do this without fear most of the time, because I know that I can down size and still live a happy life. I grew up in times when I had much and almost nothing, so I always know that I can go without. Paul tells us about how he abased and abounds, ready in season and out.

I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. Philippians 4:12

Since living in Israel, we have lived in three different homes. All have been a blessing and have exceeded our expectations. Our first in Tel Aviv was a nice two-bedroom apartment. Then we moved to Beersheva, where we enjoyed more suburban living, even though most of our time there was war. Two and a half years ago, when it was time to move to Jerusalem, I was sure that we would need to down size and that there was no way we could enjoy what we had in the desert. I thought this, because Jerusalem is much more expensive than Beersheva.

During that time, I had been looking at a very large house in the German Colony for months without mentioning it. It popped up every time I searched for homes, but I kept skipping over it. When I told Chuck, his response was that he had prayed in the specific spot for years since the 2nd intifada. When I told him the address he affirmed us to move forward on the home without worrying about the other logistics. After moving into this home we learned that the building in front of our house, as well as three other buildings, had large-scale bombings in the past intifada. These were all signs that God had directed our steps and put us in the right home for the first two years of Elijah’s life and the place of his birth and circumcision. This home is sentimental to us, but now its time to go. The plumbing in this home is completely busted up and has to be replaced. We have reoccurring leaks, and some of the walls are wet with about 80% water damage.

As I was seeking the lord over our move he reminded me of this verse in Ephesians chapter 3.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

 Again I thought… we would down size but God has surprised us every step of the way! We found a new home that sits on over a quarter of an acre in the very center of Jerusalem. We will have lots of grass and real dirt for the kids to play in! In a city like Jerusalem this is a rare find. The home is over two hundred years old but has been completely restored to the highest standards while keeping the old Jerusalem charm. We will also be in a very governmental area living closely with some of Israel’s top officials.

After looking at several houses over the last two weeks we have watched the Lord once again place us strategically to meet the needs of our family and secure our call here in Jerusalem.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. ( Jeremiah 29:11)

I pray that you are encouraged by our transition! God is doing exceedingly great thing with you. Look to Him and He will continue to order your steps. He loves to surprise His children.

– Amber

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