Friday, January 15, 2010

The God Who Provides

Okay. So we're moving to Orlando this summer, and now is the best time of year to sell a home. So in December, we had our realtor come over to our house to make a list of us of what we need to do to get the house ready. Here's the list.

Replace upstairs carpet (900 square feet)
Put new baseboards in the living room and downstairs bathroom
Put in new doorknobs throughout the house (because half are broken)
Paint the kitchen
Paint the trim throughout the house
Tile the upstairs bathrooms and the laundryroom
Replace all the light switches, switchplates, outlets, and outlets covers in the house
Refinish the bathroom cabinets, and replace the hardware
Various other small repairs and touch-ups

We did some shopping around, and figured that the total cost of that list was around $2500. Do we have $2500 just lying around? HA HA HA...No. We figured we were going to have to wait to do any of the work until our tax return money arrives, which is the end of February at the earliest. That was a bit discouraging because we wanted to list the house February 15th. But we had no other choice. When the money isn't there, it just isn't there.

We should know by now not to forget God in the equation. After all these years of trusting Him, you'd think we would have learned. But No. It never occurred to me that God might provide another way for us. And of course, He showed us!

On Tuesday night, we got a call from our dear friend Brad, who has also been a faithful supporter of our ministry for 5 years. Brad is from Wyoming, and was flying to Atlanta on Wednesday to pick up a car he had bought online. He wanted to spend Wednesday night with us on his way back to Wyoming. Of course we were thrilled! We haven't seen Brad in 2 1/2 years. He arrived at 2:00 Thursday morning. When we all got up around 9, he told us to get creative and scrap our plans for the day. He was taking us to Home Depot to buy everything we need to get the house ready to sell...up to $2500!!!

Can we say WOW???

In a complete daze, we went to Home Depot with Brad yesterday afternoon. We ordered carpet for our upstairs. And we purchased everything on our list, except the paint, which has to come from Lowe's. The carpet installers are coming today to measure, and he carpet will go in next week. Every other supply is in our garage, just waiting for us! We will be able to list our house on February 15th. And all we have to buy is a few cans of paint.

Can we say AMAZING GOD???

I'm still blown away. So thankful for our generous friend. So thankful for a loving God who sees our needs and cares for us, even when we forget to put Him in the equation.


Stef said...

wow, Em. Such an amazing outworking of God's goodness... your friend Brad sounds like such a loving, gracious man... but what brought me to tears reading this, was the grace and love of Christ that pours out of his heart and flows through his life.
What a great testimony of God's goodness!!!

Thanks for posting this.

Southern Belle said...

Amazing...that's great news Emily! God is gracious. Praying everything for your move continues to fall into place. BTW, how is your foot now?

~Christine = )

RachelRuelas said...

OH MY GOODNESS EM!!!! PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tammy Warta said...

that is incredible! <3