"make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,
so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."

--1 thessalonians 4: 11-12

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

thankful :: a story and a list

as most of you know,
we had a lot of extra expenses 
when we closed on this house a month ago.
things we were told we wouldn't have to worry about,
so we didn't have the extra money in place--
all following a really rough 
summer for us financially.

i have always known that God
will provide for us...
but sometimes i get scared,
and i doubt.

this week, we were humbled.

in my e-mail inbox, i got a request
for a survey from the lending company.
i felt like they should be aware of what had happened,
so i went ahead and filled it out.
i wasn't hateful, but i was very honest.
i didn't think anything would come of it.

the next day, jason got a call.
it wasn't customer service.
it was one of the owners of the company,
the largest shareholder, in fact.
he wanted to know more,
and was extremely apologetic.
at the end of it all, he wrote us a check...

for five hundred dollars.

i cried. 
 if it hadn't been for the tough experience,
we would still have been out that same amount of money...
 but the lord already had it worked 
out ahead of time while i've been busy fretting.

two days later, we received a check
from the title company for what was
left over from paying the escrow...

almost two hundred dollars.

He never ceases to amaze me.
how do i forget these things?
how do i let myself doubt?
he is always faithful.

take heart, friends.
he sees you when you don't think he does,
and he loves you so, so much.

and now, here are some other things i am thankful for:

--a hard working husband
--4 healthy children
--5 days home with my school aged girl
--supportive parents
--a wonderful church, whose members have become family
--a warm home
--coffee. i'm not even kidding.
--my husband's work schedule
--photography picking back up
--thoughtfulness of friends
--an extra day off this week with my husband
--feeling loved
--my own craft room
--our little farm
--sharing life with others
--loving on people
--the lord's grace and mercy
--having others in our home
--time to catch up with family
over plates of delicious food.

i hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving this week!


I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said...

What a great story! Thanks for sharing this. I love your outlook. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Kyle said...

ANDREA! that's awesome! i'm so glad! especially after our messages to each other yesterday...this just makes me cry. he cares about what is near and dear to your heart, even your counter space!

Michelle said...

I'm so happy for you! Happy Thanksgiving!

Life With The Leyba's said...

Wow, I'm so happy for you guys! I got emotional reading this because we've been in the same situation so many times before. It never ceases to amaze me how God so dilligently takes care of us!

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