We didn’t get much snow in Texas, but this was our one taste of a winter wonderland while in Georgia for the holidays:
If I tried to pen what has been our life since my last post, it would seem uneventful, but these days have actually been anything but. In the last few days, we…
1) started school again for the 2nd semester
2) rearranged 2/3 of the upstairs furniture
3) painted the youngest daughter’s room
4) revamped my husband’s and son’s closets
The whole paint/ closet cleanout/ urniture rearrangement was a Malachi 3: 8-12 blessing for us after a friend decided to get rid of the furniture she’d kept in storage for years. It all began with her offering my husband a number of suits that she’d kept after the death of her father. This man was what the kids call an “OG” (original gangster–LOL), so among the nicer church suits were also a number of pastel purples and fire engine reds with the shoes and hats to match. I found out later that the red suit matched his red Mercedes convertible–too much. Anyway, in ridding her high-priced storage area of the suits, she began to look at furniture. She then offered us a formal sofa and love seat–something we’ve never invested in given our largely unused formal living room area. Right now, we have our desktop computer in that room, and a sofa that the dog likes to sleep on when he thinks we’re not looking. Now, we have a beautiful formal set which has the same cherry wood, traditional style of the dining room set given to us after my father passed. With the addition of fabric, this area is going to be fabulous! I just pray that we can preserve this WHITE furniture in a house with a busy 7-year-old and 2 dogs who think we’re just here to make them feel at home. I won’t post a picture right now with the house in disarray; I’ll save the shots for a before/ after photo experience.
Well, with an almost brand new set in our now sincerely formal living room, we moved the dog’s secret bed-with-no-breakfast upstairs to the game room. The futon that once provided extra bedding for our kids’ guest was now available for our son’s bedroom, giving him the extra room that he wanted to spread out those increasingly long legs. His twin bunk beds now grace the room of the youngest, who’d had a dresser drawer that had seen better days. I’d made a decision to get her a captain’s bed, the one with the drawers underneath. How was I going to buy all this furniture, in light of everything else we needed to do, without debt? Problem solved.
I write to take my boast in the Lord. We’ve had such a tremendous turnaround going into the new year until my head spins just thinking about what the last week has brought us. In addition to what I’ve listed above, there’ve been business partnerships, contracts, speaking engagements–so much to share that I’ll have to spread it out over the weeks and months to come. Stay tuned!
Our pastor’s words at the beginning of this year have come from 2 Kings 17, and the message has been so powerful in our lives. Last year’s word was based on being a priest in the home/ community/ workplace, etc.; this year’s focus is what happens to the priest (us) as we step into the presence of the King. I’ve been basking in His Word and enjoying the fruits of this season. There are a number of confessions we’re making and seeing them come to fruition. I may share them, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, but without context and teaching it might not make sense. Just rejoice with me, for I know that, like the tribulation-filled 2010, it will pass, too. Yet, it is a good season and I’m thankful for it.