The Reality of Real Estate

By Kristen Hicks

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My Dad has this vision. He has always loved community and the people that make it up. Being in real estate he gets to meet a lot of different kind of people looking for a lot of different kind of things. When a person or family is looking for a house they aren’t just looking at the structure itself, they are looking at it from a lifestyle point of view. “Can we see ourselves living here? What would our life be like? What would our friends be like? How would this effect our day to day routines?”

There are so many questions that go into this decision making process.

So here is the vision. Let’s shine light on the communities itself. Let’s show people what the different communities have to offer and not only sell them a house itself but give them the opportunity to see the lifestyle that they could have within the community.

I am a Christ follower, and one of the most profound things that Jesus taught was the idea behind community. In the early church, they met together daily, they listened and put into action the apostle’s teaching, and they gave to anyone as he had a need. In a shorter version, they had community, they shared life together. Now regardless of if you are a Christ follower or not, community means something to you on some kind of level. It has an impact on you whether you want it to or not.

Let’s even take some popular TV shows, for example, New Girl, Friends, Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy, The Office, any superhero show you can think of…I could probably keep going but there is an underlying theme to all of these that keeps us wishing we were a part of their lives…community.

So here is what we are going to do. We are doing a 12 week project, starting March 5th, that we are going to call “The Reality of Real Estate.”  In these 12 weeks, we will have a theme for every day. We will talk about buying and selling your house, managing your money, answering questions, and shining light on the different communities around our area.

WE WANT YOU TO INTERACT! Community is only worth what its people put into it!So feel free to make comments, post questions, or tell your own stories. Looking forward to interacting with all of you!!!

I Resolve to NOT Make New Resolutions

 

Happy New Year 2016 I’ve made my share of New Years Resolutions in the past with limited success. This time comes every year and it seems like a good time to start something new or “turn over a new leaf”, but this year I’m resisting the urge to do that.

This year I’m going to strengthen and build up who I already am. I already have a unique DNA in my physical body. I want to strengthen my Character DNA.

I want my faith to grow deeper and more mature.

I want my positive attitude to grow stronger.

I want my marriage to grow stronger.

I want my family to grow closer.

I want my work ethic to expand.

I want my keep listening to my body.

Watering and cultivating who I already am is where I’m at and where I’m headed in this new year! I don’t need to add a lot of new resolutions and self-induced pressure – I simple need to build on who I already am!

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Less Than Impressive

I am getting old.IMG_8463-34

I am getting (been) overweight.

I eat too much.

I don’t sleep enough.

I have wrinkled skin.

I have thinning hair.

I live a somewhat normal life.

I live in a small white house on a small piece of land.

I drive an old truck most days.

I drive an old SUV on other days.

I’m not always kind.

I’m not always funny.

I’m not always spiritual.

I am a “less than impressive” man who lives in a small area of West Georgia in the United States. I have an unimpressive life, but God has blessed me with an impressive family in spite of who I am. If you look at me like the Lord looks at me, I am quite impressive. My Father owns everything. I mean He really owns everything. He created everything. He is ALWAYS with me. He has promised me that He will ALWAYS be with me – here with me. I am His kid. I belong to Him. I wear His Name.

Without Him, I am less than impressive.

With Him, I am an amazing child of God and with Him living in me – HE is quite impressive! He does things through me that I can’t imagine doing. He has used me to speak truth into other. He has used me to bless others with a gift. He has used me to give another a hug from Him. He is living in me and I carry the Hope of Glory in me, through me and with me everywhere I go.

He is Impressive! He has impressed His Spirit right into my heart and soul.

Confession

flashlightThis word means admitting mistakes and embarrassment. This is an important first step to coming to terms with my sinful nature. I’m prone to wander into sin. In fact I’m often drawn to it like a magnet. The Word of God speaks into my life to help me avoid getting caught up in the deceit of sin. I really needed to hear this Word from John this morning. Check this out…

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. (1 John 1:5-10 NIV)

 

I’m thankful that when I stray, the Word of God is there to show me the proper path. His Word is the keeper of the way I should live. The Word illuminates the path for my life and keeps me walking in the light. The darkness is lurking just beyond the light, but I’m staying within the glow of His Word. He is faithful to forgive me when I wander off into the darkness – His Word still shines!

I’m so thankful for forgiveness and “do-overs”. I’m so thankful for His Mercy and Grace that extends even to me. I need washing of my soul on a regular basis. I need Him to purify my mind! Confession is a lot of work – but necessary work.

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Mouth

perfect mouthMy mouth reveals a lot about me. It is the doorway for my voice. My mouth speaks what my brain tells it to say. My mouth is very revealing about what is going on in my head and my heart. My mouth gives volume to my feelings & emotions. My mouth speaks words of compassion and blessing. My mouth can also speak words of harm and hurtful things. When I’m frustrated and angry, my mouth can get me in trouble, because I say things out of those emotions and my “editing machine” doesn’t function as well in those circumstances. I still have to take responsibility for what I say along with my actions. The things I say are part of the things I do.  Paul connects the mouth with the heart with salvation. Check this out….

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Romans 10:8-13 NIV)

I really want my mouth to ONLY speak good words – well thought out words. I certainly want my mouth to speak out about what I believe. I also want my heart to stay pure and clean before the Lord. I have to protect it. I have to shield it from the enemy who wants to spread disease inside my heart. The enemy  wants to take me out, so that my mouth can’t be a blessing to others.

I believe that my heart and mouth working together as a team really reveal who I am and what I believe. My actions follow both of these. I have to be careful with the words of my mouth because they have the power to cause great pain as well as cause great blessing. I want to profess what I believe about the Lord all the rest of my days on earth. I know that salvation means a home in heaven after this life is finished. I will pursue Him and His heart with my heart so that my mouth continually brings honor to Him!

Pressing On!
Dwayne

Memorial Day

American flag 3dI have a patriotic spirit and I’m so grateful for those who have served our country in the military. I’m grateful to our First Responders who are quick to serve and rescue and often put themselves in harms way to save someone they don’t know. These folks are the “front line” to protect and preserve our health and safety. I’m even grateful to the people who serve in leadership at the local level – our commissioners and their staff. I’m grateful for our Georgia Congressmen and Georgia Senators who serve in the Georgia Legislature and I’m grateful for our US Congressmen and US Senators who serve and juggle serving their family and their country. I’m grateful for our President.

I don’t know many of these people personally, but they have sacrificed a lot to serve others and that takes a special spirit. I certainly don’t agree with all the decisions that are made by our leadership but I respect them as leaders. Today is a day we remember the people who have served and given their lives to serve, but I want to also remember the people who are presently serving our country.  It is our American Spirit that differentiates us from so many other countries in the world!  May God continue to pour out His blessing on our nation!

Pressing On!
Dwayne