Tag: Jehovah Jireh

Tire edition #birdsoftheair

It has been a blessed week, though exhausting.

The car now has new tires, and a fixed right front lower control arm thing, and as soon as we have the cash, aligned. It was all confusing and convoluted because  my dad got wind of us needing tires thanks to totally bald ones that skidded in less than a half inch of snow.  He and my mother-in-law decided to pay for it for our Christmas present, but then there was something broken which needed fixed before it can be aligned, and so on.  So my dad ended up paying more than planned for our gift but is now happier because he isn’t worrying about us  getting in an accident.  The tires still need aligned but that will happen as soon as we get paid for a couple jobs. So God worked it all out and we now have good tires and a fied thing that we didn’t know was broken, and soon it will all be aligned so there will be no more concern in that department.

Several packages full of things from our grocery wishlist as well as from the kids wishlists.  This is awesome because we have no money for gifts this year and Hanukkah starts tomorrow night.  The kids thought they were getting nothing.  Instead we now have  the makings for several treats, so we can have a special treat a day, plus they have each gotten a gift – each something they really, really wanted. I also know that at least one other person has ordered gifts for the kids which I haven’t mentioned to them, so that will be exciting to see as well.  (I should take a video next time we get a package.  Everyone gets so excited because it is always a surprise, and often we don’t even know it is coming.)

We got a coupon in the mail for $10 off $40 in groceries, one for each of the next few weeks so I suspect that will be helping put food on the table.

We have the house decorated for Hanukkah, we are all warm and fed, and God, Lord Provider, is so very good to us.

Have a blessed Sabbath.

Provision-y stuff and an Octopus

Rach proudly holding the homemade marzipan octopus she sculpted.

We are busy cleaning and packing plus doing Hanukkah (not to mention family Christmas stuff.) In the meantime God has been blessing us in a variety of ways, including the above marzipan recipe which makes it much cheaper and thus lets Rach sculpt to her hearts content.

It's a Calvin octopus.
Some cool God stuff that has happened:
  • We managed to get rid of 6 garbage bags full of sheets, blankets, and books– which means less stuff to pack!  YAH!
  • The kids have been a great help with packing things up, especially since I keep getting minor injuries that are forcing me to stop and rest.
  • We bought the kids 1 gift for each day of Hanukkah and it has been so peaceful and enjoyable.  Instead of a pile of presents the kids are really focusing on their one gift and enjoying it, which has been a huge change of events.  In the past a stuffed Mario or book would have been tossed aside when the bigger, cooler gifts come out but this year they are enjoying each to the fullest.
  • The peace that Hanukkah has brought has especially blessed me as I normally go crazy during the holidays, preferring to hole up in a corner with a book and avoid all the chaos.  This is especially good considering all the other stuff going on.
  • The Lord is continuing to take care of us financially.  We have been waiting, praying and trusting and He is making our money go much further than we could have imagined.
  • I got a God-gift today (usually around the holidays and my birthday the Lord blesses me with something that is exactly what I wanted, something just perfect that blesses me in a huge way– I always call them God-gifts…because they are obviously a perfect special thing just from Him to me.)  Today, Rach and I ran to the thrift shop to drop off the bags of stuff.  While there we were checking for something she was looking for and while she was looking at something else she ran across a food processor in the wrong spot.  We had just been talking about how little time this one has left (I have burned them out in less than a week and our current one is used and was missing the shredding/slicing blade.)  The one she found was a perfect match to my current one (which was a thrifted gift from a friend) and it included a non-broken bowl and the blade I needed.  This means I can use the current one till I burn it out and have a backup.  Plus I now have two bowls and mixing blades!  We are all so excited because I have been wanting to make sauerkraut and other ferments again and really needed that blade (due to my RA cutting and grating are pretty much out so without a food processor that works well I can’t make a lot of our foods.)   Someday we will have the money to get me a good one again (I killed my Bosch after 9 years of daily use) but for now I have a backup that does what I need!  So excited and blessed that God would provide this for me in such a way (and I think the kids are as excited as I am– we all love God-gifts and get excited about them together).
  • The sign is up in front of our house to let people know it is for sale.  Today someone stopped and asked about it (we are appointment only because we are all home all the time and I am not sure if we will have sheets to give out or not– we don’t right now which is what he was asking for.)  I am just feeling really encouraged that someone is even interested at all.
  • When the bank called today they suddenly said that we DON’T have a sheriff sale date.  Not sure if it changed because the house is now for sale for real, if he just didn’t see it, or what but he was pretty sure we didn’t have a date for sheriff sale which is interesting because last week they said January 6.  Either way we are encouraged again that something is happening and God is moving.
  • After the thrift shop Rach and I ran into the grocery store nearby to pick up a few things we needed.  On the way out they had a huge pile of excellent boxes (banana boxes and egg boxes which are super strong.)  I had totally forgotten that  when I had called they said Thursday was their shipment day and that they just put them on the ledge in front for people to take.  So Rach and I filled the minivan up with boxes and we now have plenty (I think) for what we need.

Where we are: December

The girls with some activities friends sent while Rach was sick.

It has been a long couple of months. Two months ago we set out to get the house ready for sale, hoping we could do a short sale or maybe even sell for full price before the foreclosure went through. (We have been able to pay everything but the mortgage for 2 years now– there has been no question of foreclosure and since the Lord was providing and ONLY provided the funds for everything else we have been waiting and trusting. Up until 2 months ago we have not had any peace about attempting sale.) Then Rach got seriously sick for a month, and when she was finally better Shamus got sick and was unable to work. Now here we are, finally with a date for the sheriff sale (January 6) and finally listing our house for sale tomorrow. If a sale goes through before the foreclosure then it will be an absolute miracle.

So that is where we are. Three weeks from sheriff sale and still looking for a place that is safe for Shamus to live that we can afford. We have a couple possible solutions and are praying about each– we figure there is no point in jumping in if God isn’t in it and that He will provide the best situation to suit in His time.

Shamus’ first book (the autobiography) has been published and all the odd circumstances recently have kept his fiction novel from getting ready for print so we are again waiting on God there (which also means waiting on the potential funds that will bring.) God has very obviously been at work in every aspect of all of this so we are again in a place of trusting and waiting. We have had a small group of friends praying for us but due to the circumstances didn’t feel right about sharing with a larger audience until things got closer and possibly we had some answers about the next thing. Still no answers but we have peace that He is at work and will take care of us as He has up until now. Now, finally , we are feeling led to share more publicly in a way that others can be sharing in our prayers for wisdom, peace, and a home that is dander-free and suitable to our family. None of our family has a safe place for him to be so that is out and it will be interesting to see how He solves this one.

It has certainly been interesting from an unschooling perspective– we are all learning a ton about many things. 🙂

In the meantime I am doing everything I can to make this house sell-able and be a good steward of the house He has given us up until now. We are also packing things up and getting ready to go when He says go. In other words, I am exhausted so prayers for energy and wisdom to know the next thing and to know when to rest would be a lovely addition to the prayers for a dander-free home that we can afford (and the finances to pay for such a place.)

Provision

Green Energy Snap Circuits
Issac saved up his birthday/Christmas money to get these. Just ordered them and got them right before our derf we ar a lmost out of money moment..

We have been, for several months, gratefully living off the money we got back from the government (via paying our taxes) for which we have been very, very grateful.  The problem is we knew it wouldn’t last.  We didn’t go crazy and buy all sorts of things– except for stocking up on the things we had been out of for some time, getting a few things to replace broken other things (though not replacing all the broken appliances– well attempting to, but when the replacements also broke we just waited).  So we are at that place.  The place where we are back relying on Jehovah Jireh daily.  The oldest isn’t too thrilled as she doesn’t like being uncomfortable at all but here we are.  SO I thought I should share what all He has been doing (though I have been sharing daily on Facebook and on the CU group.)

 

Moraine State Park
Impromptu trip to Moraine on a very hot sunny day.

When we realized how low we were getting we did the same thing we always do– avoided paying the bills.  We are awful that way.  Then we went to pay the bills and realized, wow, we really are low– too low to buy groceries.  Okay, now what God?  (I hate that we do that, but we both do, especially as it almost always happens when Shamus is sleeping during the day and we aren’t seeing each other except when one of us is falling asleep.

Green Energy Snap Circuits
Intent on his new kit.
  • Right around that time I got a spur of the moment, last minute, please help us get this done in time book cover job (thanks Grace!) which paid for a bill that needed paid NOW.  The book is here: http://www.amazon.com/Winter-Keven-Newsome/dp/tags-on-product/0987653105, the cover was nearly done, just needed to place some text and clean it up for print.  Holly Heisey did the cover and it is lovely.
  • I helped a friend transfer her blog for fun and she sent us gift cards for a local restaurant– which is awesome and will provide a much needed date with Mr. Hubbypants (if our sleep EVER lines up again!)
  • The first thing that happened, immediately following paying bills is I started really analyzing the cost of GAPS foods and deciding what was most important.  We then realized that trips to Broadrun farms were VERY important as raw milk, meat, and eggs are the cheapest nutrition for us.  So, knowing we didn’t have the money we prayed that God would provide.  And around the time that we HAD to leave I got money via paypal through the same friend who sent us the gift cards!  Enough for everything we needed at the farm!  YAH!  (And thanks to my grandma I had enough gas to go!)
  • If you follow my husband at all you will know that he was finishing up his book, Libreoffice hiccuped and LOST 3 days of work– which was HUGE and he was devastated.  Then a reader sent him a free gift of  Word (the “good  version–can’t remember which year).  He was grateful but felt it wasn’t time to get back into it– which is fine because he works in his head like I do, THEN put sit on paper.
  • Because of that he suddenly got back into programming and started working on a game engine again– and is going at warp speed doing what he calls the best programming he has ever done.  Which is awesome and I am excited to see where God takes that.
  • I have multiple jobs right now, all of which will help pay the bills in the coming month (some things due soon so that is awesome.)
  • Right after I had a huge panic attack about where the money would come from, God started putting everything into place.   A friend sent us not only enough to renew our Science Center Membership (which he says we should do) but also added enough to pay some bills and keep us in food until these jobs pay.  Praise the Lord–some stress relieved.
  • Another friend was doing a rummage sale at her church and told me to let her know what appliances we had that had died so she could watch for them.  Then she offered to pick them up at the pre-sale (just for helpers) so I would get them.  THEN when I tried to pay her she said no!  So now we have all new small appliances to replace all our broken ones!
Moraine State Park
Moraine State Park, Pa

God’s Provision

As you likely know, we have been living completely on what God provides– and many of you have been part of that provision. We keep hoping that we will end up on a more regular schedule instead of the daily bread/mana for the day plan God has had us on. We still honestly have no clue about the future but… He has again provided for the time being.

To begin with as I said I have been doing a bit of cover design/art work as well as the game, which has been paying a bill here, buying groceries there. I also have a potential website design coming up that should help out. However, the big, shocking, amazing thing is that Shamus finally put a donation box on his website. His readers have been begging him to do it for ages and after some consideration and a ton of prayer we finally decided to go for it, recognizing that any income from it will probably be more of a one time deal than an ongoing source. The most amazing thing has been seeing the support pour in– $3 here, $10 there, $50 from over there, and $1.50 from back there and so on, from people all over the globe. I have mentioned before that I love my husband’s readers, and I will say it again. They are an amazing crowd and I love them, idiosyncrasies and all.

And so, as a result, today I was able to go grocery shopping at Sam’s Club (thanks Dad) and pick up a few of the things we were really out of, as well as put in an order at Frankferd Farms for basics like flour and yeast and it looks like we will have enough money to pay all our bills this month, and if we are careful then into next month. What God will do next we don’t know, but it is a relief to know we can pay our debts, and even pay on time–praise the Lord. God is so good.

Oh, and my dad is getting a new washer and dryer so is giving us their old washer! YAH!

Blessings

Things have been so busy and crazy that I haven’t managed to write about God’s most recent provisions so I am listing them now before I forget.

  • We were gifted the amount of money we needed to pay the gas bill (and keep the gas on).  This is rather important given the freezing temperatures and that our house and stove both use gas to heat.
  • We were gifted an Amazon gift card that was just the right amount (with a little bit left from a previous gift card) to buy the other enzyme we use as well as some coconut oil, which was on sale.
  • A family member showed up with spinach (which we love and were out of).
  • We received another book from Donita K. Paul in the mail (I had neglected to check and see how many were in the series so didn’t realize there was another on the way.)
  • Today we received another gift of money that will cover another bill that is very due.
  • We also received some more groceries that were very much needed.
  • I was able to do laundry at my in-laws today (dead washer).
  • While I was gone my oldest cleaned the house and middle child did the dishes and prepared food for dinner.  (Issac was hanging out with Pappap at the pond.)
  • A friend gifted us with a vitamin supplement that was much needed.

I prefer to tell the stories attached to each blessing but I am still recovering from being under the weather yesterday and my brain still feels like fuzz.  Regardless, God is amazing and keeps providing for us at every turn.   It is still nerve wracking at times (like right now when I am unable to access ANY of the accounts online so I can see what has been paid and not been, instead I just keeping hearing God say, “Wait” and “Trust me” even though 2 of the bills mean shut off if not paid by the 31st.  Scary?  Yes.  Amazing to behold?  Yes.  Am I going to walk away from the computer so I stop worrying at it?  Yes.)

Oh, and as a side, work has begun on the box art for the game, which is very exciting.