Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
God does work in mysterious ways! Over the last week or so He has given me the words to “Trust Him” and “Be content”. Although, I am not certain of what His plans for me are, I do know that my agenda is not going the way I planned it. I have spent the better part of January planning for projects that I wanted to get completed in February and I can tell you right now. Ain’t happenin’ Jack! My little house is a very special house and we most certainly have a love / hate relationship!
I love my house …
- It was built by my Grandfather’s hands in the early 1950’s
- It holds lots of childhood memories
- It has a couple of acres of land so I have a little space
- It is in the country, it is quiet and I have a full view of a star-lit sky on a clear night
- It is in a small town and I have good neighbors
hate dislike my house …
- It is a pier and beam
- It has low ceilings and no attic space
- It is narrow and I don’t care for the layout
- It is in a small town out in the country – 20 minutes to gas and groceries
- It seems to be a never ending DIY project
When my Grandfather first built this house, it was tiny. It consisted of two bedroom, a bath, a living room and a kitchen/dining area. A few year’s later, he added another bedroom. In the early 1960’s, he added a dining room and “freezer area” which roughly translates to a
laundry utility room. Then, he added a den. My Grandfather was a very talented man that I lost before I was able to remember him. This little house that he built may not have been the most glamorous of houses but it was certainly my Grandmother’s palace. It may not have been the trendy-ous of houses either; but, it was well built on steel I beams and perfectly square and level corners.
In 2005, my husband and I (with our 3 small children) decided we would love to move in and renovate the little old house. It was approx. 1200 square feet, no central heat/air, one small bath and three small bedrooms. None of which was going to work for our family. And it needed lots of updating. So, we decided to take this on as a DIY project. [Oh, how I wish the internet would have been then what it is now!] We completely gutted the house in order to upgrade and it was absolutely worth it just for the heat & air.
In 2012 we were able to add on to our house. We doubled it’s size by adding on a large living area, a bath, and two bedrooms. We hired out most of the big work for this project; and, while I am glad that I did not have to do such “big” projects, I will admit, having someone else complete the work is just as frustrating. Let me just say – if you want something done right – well – you gotta do it yourself.
Here we are in 2015, 10 years later, and we are still trying to get all of our house projects that we started, finished. Please don’t think it’s just because we are lazy. Life didn’t stop for us to have a project adventure, oh no, it kept moving right on along with all of its daily routines and unexpected expenses. Work and kids both take up a tremendous amount of time and energy – not complaining – only stating the facts. And I wouldn’t trade any of the time spent with my babies. They grow up so quickly. On top of that, we also had the unfortunate occurrence of my husband having some serious life long health issues arise as well. Do I even need to mention money?? We all know there is never enough of it!
I made lots of plans to get these projects finished and then, of course, the unexpected happened… A Kitchen Catastrophe… but that is a post for another day. Perfect example of my previous two posts … Get Focused, Be Flexible! And now I add – Be Content!! I don’t know what God has in store for me; but, I do know this:
- He has plans for me (Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “);
- He will never leave me, nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5); and
- He will provide for me what I need (2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”)
Nothing is too big for God. I don’t need to stress about all these little details – God’s got this! With God on my side – nothing is impossible. I know that I will get all of these projects knocked out – eventually – God’s timing is perfect; mine – not so much. It would just be so much easier if I could see the BIG picture! Anyway, for now, I will be happy with what I have and count my many, many blessings!