Iron sharpens Iron

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

Proverbs 27:17

Over the last year and a half my husband and I have been dabbling in real estate and getting into the world of renting. I’m not gonna lie; I hated the idea. But I also hate the idea of being 60 years old still having to work a full time job to make ends meet. With the help of real smart friends and book resources we have dived headfirst into this venture of “money making money”.

As a young girl I always functioned with goals, and thankfully my husband is alike with goals. So our couple goal is: retire early and have passive income so we can enjoy our family and be able to pour time into our God given assignments. All that said mainly for you to get a small glimpse into why we would even do this..lol, and also to use my real life experience to encourage you.

I learned a lot about myself and people over the last few months of getting a home ready to be rented and then subsequently finding a tenant.

Main lesson: I’m too trusting.

I am easily ensnared by the kind voice and words of someone who really wants something even if they can’t financially support it. Thanks to my incredible friend Dawn, she trained me into a thick skinned landlord who wasn’t going to succumb to lies or tricks. I prayed so hard to find the perfect person to live in our home. So much doubt flooded me. Why are we doing this? What were we thinking, we’ve got two small kids what if these people come after me because they are mad. They know where I live..I have babies.

I mean y’all the angst really got to me. I lost so much sleep.

I finally asked for some prayers from some sweet ladies at church. I felt stupid asking for prayers about something like this, but that’s what our friends are there for. Those prayers strengthened my resolve. I gave over my worry to God and within a few days the perfect person showed up and it turns out our home was an answer to her prayers as well.

A few things I would like for you to take to heart

1. Pray- this is always a lesson you can take out of every thing.

2. Get out of your comfort zone- when you do something you are scared of, you are forced to grow.

3. Don’t do it alone- my husband and I are a team, but we need help outside of our team. He had to learn to ask for help with repairs and learned great lessons. Same for myself.

4. Get prayerful support. We have to start by praying for ourself, then we act, and then we reach out for prayerful support. You can’t except people to put in time for you on their knees if you haven’t started that way first.

5. Pay it forward. Ask your brother and sisters in Christ what they need prayer for. When you do this, you can see into their hearts and you can encourage. Your prayers for them will soften your heart and you grow even more.

I took this picture when my husband and I visited Broken Bow, Oklahoma back in January. It seemed appropriate for this blog. Who do you have on your “friends Trail”? I would like to leave you with some scripture to remind you of the importance of not going it alone. Jesus didn’t, why should you?

Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken Ecclesiastes 4:12

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Provers 18:24

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends

John 15:13

Lord,

Thank you for the wonderful friends you have placed in my life. Thank you for placing me right where I am at this time. I pray that the person reading this will be moved to be a friend. To support someone and pray for them whole heartedly. I pray that all of us will band together and build one another up to give us all strength to fight the enemy. The courage to speak your name and share the gospel. Lord as we prepare our hearts to celebrate the death and resurrection of your son, I pray we would come humbly to your throne and lay down our burdens. Change our ways to be in alignment with yours. Lord we love you and praise you.

In Jesus name Amen.

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