it has happened again. most people reading this know that we are remodeling our kitchen. did you know that can get expensive!?!? now we are not turning it into something like this:
our house could not handle THAT much without adding on..and, well…that is not happening…
anyway, we had a dear, dear friend come over and hang out with the kids while we ran up to Home Depot to talk with a kitchen designer. what an experience! the girl who worked with us was exceptional. she told us so many great things and helped us out so much! the only problem was two things…information overload and sticker shock.
to do kitchen cabinets, the counter-top and sink we want, was going to be in the ballpark of a couple thousand dollars. WOW! we technically could afford that if we robbed a bank strategically planned, but we are currently without the sink and any counter top or any cupboards. so were we going to save for a year?? ahhhhh!!!! not sure we could do that. also, we REALLY did not want to go into debt.
so we kept talking about it and decided to sleep on it before we decided what to do. i had originally wanted to get the unfinished cabinets and finish them ourselves. that would have kept us in the $500-$700 price range. TOTALLY affordable. then save up a little and watch for a sale/promotion and get the countertop. easy, peasy, lemon-squeezy, right?!?!
so we go to bed and mr. no-stress falls right to sleep. to my shame, i could NOT sleep. i was so anxious about all of this. i tried to pray and all i could pray about was the stinkin’ kitchen!! there are people in this world who do not have kitchens – let alone a house!! i should have been praying a prayer of gratitude. i asked the Lord to help me not to feel anxious as i know that is sin. i also asked Him to help us find some way to put cabinets in this kitchen that is not so costly. remember my ‘God works at Burger King‘ post? oh yeah. God was up to it again…
earlier in the evening i had mentioned to paul that a friend of ours had sent a craigs list ad for kitchen cabinets. i didn’t give it a second thought until that night. so while i was tossing and turning, i decided to get up out of bed and just check it out and see if people actually sell this stuff on craigs list. even if they did, i was sure i would not find what we needed or could use. WRONG!
the Lord worked it all out for us beforehand-AGAIN! i found a listing that had kitchen cabinets for sale. MORE than we need for the kitchen! it had everything except one big floor cabinet and one skinny floor cabinet. but EVERYTHING for the top! and the price? $200. i am not joking. for the whole deal!! paul went and checked them out after work yesterday and said they were fantastic and we should totally get them. can you believe it!?!?!?
so what did i do to deserve this? stress? worry?
nothing. i did NOTHING to deserve this. that is how gracious the Lord is. do you know Him? if not, you should. and not just because He gives you things you don’t deserve. just because He is who He is. NOTHING compares to knowing Him. i am reminded of this verse:
“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Matthew 7:11
and also the verse:
“…for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” Matthew 6:8
this is not just material things. i don’t need new cabinets. i want new cabinets. and God gave me those, graciously in a way that would cause us to honor and praise Him for his provision to us. but what about hope? faith? love? forgiveness? righteousness? doesn’t He give believers those same things? then WHY does it shock me that He can give me cabinets!?!?
1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.
3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
Who may stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.
He can do as He sees fit because He owns it all. the cabinets are a practical reminder of how He will provide all our needs if only we trust in Him.
thank you Jesus. What a mighty God we serve!
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