I am so in awe of all that God has done for us this year. We have so much to be thankful for! I wanted to just share a few things with you that have happened over the past 2 months.
Many of you know that Will's work has slowed down, both due to the economy and the season of the year. I have to say that I was a bit concerned when he went 2 weeks straight without working. Paying for 2 homes over the past 3 years has put us in a place where we have no reserves! My first response was to panic. My second response was wiser....simply to trust. This is not the first time we have been in this situation, and the Lord has always brought us through.
A couple of months ago, our van broke down. Will spent the whole day working on it and finally got it going...only to come inside and find that the washing machine was broken, and so was the vacuum cleaner! My wonderful man went to work and fixed the vacuum, but the washer was a lost cause. The parts needed were expensive! All of this with the knowledge that we had car insurance, homeowners insurance, and property taxes looming at the end of November, beginning of December. So I put a post up on Facebook asking if anyone had a washer they wanted to sell. I got a response form my friend Jane at work. My husband went to pick up the washer and Jane refused to take the money. She said it had been a while since she used it, so take it home and try it out first. It worked great. I had forgotten the few times I saw her to give her a check, but it was in the back of my head. Meanwhile, the vacuum cleaner broke for good, and Will's paychecks ground to a halt!
One day there was a knock at the door, and one of our neighbors wanted Will to do a side job for him. Then my father wanted something done. Then someone at church called about him doing a job for them. It was amazing how God was providing these people (who didn't usually knock on our door...) so that He could provide work for Will. What's more, he came home from work one day with a vacuum cleaner that one of his customers gave him.....he was going to throw it away!! I had been vacuuming the house with a shop vac hose. Pretty funny to watch! Around the same day, I was at work and I reminded Jane that I owed her money and requested that she not leave without a check for the washing machine. She refused the money and stated that the washer was a gift! Jane, if you read this, please know that God has used you greatly! :)
God has used so many wonderful people to help provide for us. Just to ice the cake a bit, Will had been wanting to get a food processor. We just pretty much dismissed that one for now. Not a need, just a want. However, my sister had one in storage (I am not even sure she knew that we wanted one?) and asked if we wanted it. (free, of course!) We have received (as well as given away) bags and bags of clothes for our kids from friends simply wanting to clear out closets. I have been able to pick up weekend shifts at the hospital to bring in a few bucks.
God has taught me so much about contentment in the past 14 years. I used to wonder why we didn't have a fancy home, a nicer car, more electronics, etc..etc..
But He has shown me that I have everything that I need because I have HIM. I do not need earthly possessions. My eternity will last much longer. With a view of eternity in my heart and mind, I intend to store up my treasures there rather than here. I trust God that He will provide all of our earthly needs here. He has never failed me before!!!