I have been so
encouraged by all of the emails and uplifting comments I've received the last couple of days about the changes our family is going through
. So many of you mentioned that you will be praying for us, and I cannot tell you how much that means! Today I am counting my blessings, and I am including all of you prayer warriors as special gifts from God. :) We have had several answers to prayer this week concerning our upcoming move that I wanted to share with you.
Although we haven't started packing yet, I have been stockpiling boxes. Our back porch is filled with them. A couple of days ago our next door neighbors, who recently moved in, brought over a stack of unused moving boxes that are just the right size for packing heavier items like books. Between our family library and Mr. C's study, we have a ton of books! I'm thankful that our neighbor kindly gave them to us.
One of the trickier parts of moving, for me anyway, involves packing and transporting the wardrobes of six people. I am the first to admit that we have way too many clothes. I am a pack-rat when it comes to hand-me-downs for the kids. We've also accumulated lots of winter clothing over the last couple of years. I have made several trips the local consignment shop and thrift store to drop off clothes that we no longer wear. My hubby's closet is filled with suits, sports coats, and dress shirts. A preacher has to have plenty of those! :)
Well, our new neighbors have friends just down the road who had several wardrobe boxes left over from their recent move. They wanted $10 a piece for the boxes. We shelled out $40 for four wardrobe boxes. Paying $10 each is still cheaper than buying them new. While it hurts my feelings to pay money for boxes, using wardrobe boxes for all of our hanging-up clothes will keep us from having a hefty dry cleaning bill after the move. I am thankful that we were able to purchase these boxes at a discount.
Another answered prayer involves our housing situation. We *think* we've found a house to purchase in Florida. It's just the type of house we've been praying for. Ideally, we need our house here to sell first, but we are prepared for the fact that we may just have two mortgages for a little while. We're trusting the Lord to work out all the details. This is where my faith is really being put to the test! :)
Sometimes my faith is so weak. Sometimes I forget how much God loves His children. Sometimes I take the power of prayer for granted. But that power is real. Do you have something on your heart today, a prayer that you desire to see answered? Take it to the Lord! He knows your situation. He knows your every need. He even knows about all the little details that our finite minds don't think about. Talk to God today. Praise Him for His goodness and mercy, and trust Him with whatever you are facing.
Philippians 4:19 "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."