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'F' as in Frank

Raising expectations

I prayed about it and it's going to close on Dec. 1, my wife, Joni, said weeks ago of our pending home purchase.

The prediction seemed far-fetched to me, as much as I'd like to have seen that come true.

After all, that would mean the loan would have closed in only 29 days, far sooner than the 40 or 45 days a typical loan is processed.

Not swayed by my reasoning, Joni's already boxed up pretty much everything except the piano.

Fortunately, one of us had faith in the Dec. 1 date or we'd be really scrambling right now.

Why? Because she's right. The house is, in fact, scheduled to close tomorrow, Dec. 1.

It's exciting, to be sure, but the whole thing has kind of caught me off guard, though I had some time to ease into the moving experience. But time, and moving, waits for no one, so off we go on our new adventure in home ownership.

Funny thing is, other things like this Dec. 1 deal have been happening lately.

This past Sunday we finally made a commitment to a church family. Took us a while to make the decision, especially with me, again, trying to take my sweet time in transition.

So we took that public step Sunday in belonging and joining with a church. When we looked up four other folks in the congregation followed our lead in making a public commitment.

We were all surprised at the response, some had been attending the church for quite awhile, and formed deeper friendships with each other than we had before.

All of that from a single step, from finding the faith to take a stand and making a commitment to a church family.

Combine that with the sooner-than-expected home closing, and I'm learning to look up, to raise my expectations and look beyond "what is" to "what can be."

If Sunday is any indication, looking up and stepping out of my comfort zone can result in more than I could ever imagine.

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