Change of Plans

Often I make plans that end up changing. Although I become frustrated, soon enough I see the Lord’s Hands creating something better than what I imagined. And while I don’t usually want the change in whatever it is I have pictured in my mind, accepting it is how I grow. It’s how I continue learning to trust Him, that He will do what He’s promised to if I exercise my faith in Him.

So when I drove to New Castle, Pennsylvania on May 1 to look at an investment house, I was bummed to learn that they just accepted an offer from someone. Seriously, I had an appointment to see it the next morning!

The highlight of the visit was when my brother met his girlfriend and they became engaged. I don’t know how they would have met if we hadn’t gone to Pennsylvania given that they live in NYC and the flights are NOT cheap. I will try to remember that the Lord is in control next time my life turns “off course” from the one I planned on and wait for His timing, because He will never abandon me.

Or you.

A Leap of Faith

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I own a real estate investment property business based out of Western Pennsylvania, though I live in Houston, Texas. We moved here from the Pittsburgh suburbs ten years ago for my husband’s job.

Next week I am taking a leap of faith and flying to Pittsburgh in hope of finding the right property. The above property may be for my parents and brother, though it will require a ton of work. My dad has been wanting to move back to Pennsylvania for a while now, and my brother, Billy, may marry his girlfriend whose family lives in Queens, New York. We grew up in Queens, so this is kind of nice for me. I can visit many of my old friends that I haven’t seen in years.

Two years ago, with both of my sons being teenagers, I was ready to start a new career (besides being their mother). I bought my first house over two years ago was sooo hard to find contractors work on its many issues, and I worried that I acted too soon without the Lord’s direction. Real estate runs in my blood. My grandmother was a real estate agent in New York City, and her husband was an architect who designed many of the homes that people still live in from the 1950’s. Jim’s brother has several investment properties that he manages as his only source of income, and I LOVED the idea of receiving passive income from the renters paying us each month. To me, it seemed similar to how Jim works and receives a paycheck every two weeks; though our “jobs” are of course different.

I have a few interests in real estate investing: a fix-and-flip, where you buy a house that needs a lot of work. My good friend in New Jersey wants to help me with that and he is super talented! I also want to buy multi-family homes where I buy one property that houses several families, depending on how many units the property holds.

So, yeah, I will be saying a lot of prayers for the Lord’s guidance, though I know He often allows me to work through the pros and cons of each choice (in this case, with homes I look at) and will provide me with His answer after I have given great thought on what may be best for my needs and desires. Sometimes, because He trusts me, He doesn’t give me a yes or no answer. I have learned to recognize it as a “choose what you think will work best, and if it goes sideways, I will help you through it.” Talk about a huge learning curve!

I love knowing that He will help me as long as I try to follow His commandments, as tiny as they may be. And even though this will make me a bit nervous to choose a property to buy, it’s also a great adventure in my life.

And who doesn’t love adventure?

He is Risen

I am one of the Sunday school teachers in my church for the 13 and 14 year old teens. Yesterday I taught about the importance of celebrating Easter.

ComeUntoChrist.org

I didn’t sleep well on Saturday night, so I asked my Jim to help me teach my class. I was so exhausted that I had trouble formulating my thoughts. I LOVE videos about Jesus and His apostles and disciples, and found a wonderful one on the LDS.org website that shows a powerful witness of one of my favorite apostles, John, the Beloved. The Apostle that Jesus loved so much that he trusted him to care for His beloved mother, Mary. I believe that they truly felt like brothers to each other, much like I feel about two of my closest friends.

I love watching John’s reactions to the Savior’s teachings, miracles, death, and His resurrection. I can’t imagine how confusing it must have been for these Apostles to witness the power that Jesus had performing numerous miracles and yet not one attempt to save himself from torture and a humiliating death.

We then explained to the class who the Elders were, along with the Pharisee and Sadducee leaders, to help them understand the politics and social norms of those ancient times. We read a small portion of the scriptures and then ran out of time. I was surprised when one of the teenage girls who asked if she could attend my class and then talked to a girl who is often chatty, thanked us for teaching the lesson. I welcome any teenager into my class because my goal is for them to feel the Spirit testify of the truthfulness of the Lord’s Resurrection. And to trust Him who suffered for us in Gethsemane and redeemed us if we will learn of Him, and give Him our hearts and our will. Because that’s really the only thing we can give Him. I’m grateful for this knowledge, to know that the Lord knows me, loves me, and trusts me enough to allow me to make mistakes. He allows me to fall and trusts me to pick myself up with His help. Because of Him I can repent of my sins, and come unto Him.

Always.

Here is the beautiful video:

BYU-Pathway Program

Last fall I took two classes with BYU-Idaho’s Pathway Program because I knew it was time for me to refocus my life on the Savior and His Gospel. I have about sixty college credits from various schools, but I hungered for spiritual knowledge. I have been raising my two sons who are now teenagers, and I missed learning.

This program is inspired, and I LOVED the combination of spiritual and secular learning. It was mostly online, except for our Thursday Gatherings, where we met at a local church building and taught each other the lesson plan for that particular week. It is an active learning where we need to study the material. We discuss how to apply principles, such as developing deeper faith in Christ, and trusting Him to guide us throughout our life.

Due to my chronic pain, I had to withdraw from the winter semester. The math class required a ton of writing with my bad arm. I might have a torn rotator cuff. Ugh. As a result, I created this blog as a way to continue building on my increased faith.