Saturday, November 14, 2009

Prosperity and Adversity

Luke 12:22-31

And he said to his disciples, "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

The other day we were talking with our small group from church about worry and how we often worry even though God ALWAYS provides. We get to the point of fretting about something, God provides, and then we tell ourselves never to worry again. Then, the vicious cycle begins all over again.

Last Monday, we had insulation guys scheduled to come that morning and pump insulation into our exterior walls. With all of the sheetrock, trim and paint work we are doing, we figured we better beef up for the winter and pay the big bucks to get the insulation in beforehand so we didn't have major heating bills come January. The only catch is is that we are at the end of our budget and this was not something we had planned for and all of our monies were accounted for other things in the house. We have pinched and pinched on this budget to make the money stretch as far as possible, but we finally realized we might just have to put this insulation cost of $1,200 on the credit card. Early that morning, we found out that the insulation guys didn't take credit card so we had to regretfully cancel our appointment because we just didn't have the money in the bank.

Would you believe that by the end of the night I had two seperate members of our family call (unknowingly to each other) and with the two combined had offered a total of $1,700 towards helping us finish this renovation. Praise God for these generous families that so willingly gave. We love them. And we love insulation which came later that week. Our babes can sleep in heat. :)

That blue tank was a big insulation hopper that pumped through the tube into all these little holes in the wall. It looked like a carpet cleaners vaccuum.

Little holes were drilled on the tops and bottoms of all the exterior walls.

These were all the holes after Phil and Adam mudded over them.

Major progress happened this week with Phil in town. I'll have some sweet before and after pictures to prove it later.


  1. Hey Natalie,

    Came across this blog today and thought of you and your reno:
    Not sure if you've seen it before but figured I'd send it your way just in case.

    Your progress is amazing. Can't wait to see it all done.

    Karen Wasch

  2. I thought the holes would be bigger for the insulation. I'm so happy for you guys. Phil is home safe and sound and I know he made great progress with your beautiful home. To God be the Glory!!! Love, Mom

  3. praise the Lord! what a wonderful story of God's provision. thank you for sharing, it is so encouraging!