For a couple of months, we have known that we were going to begin Sarah in piano lessons this fall. A nice gal from our church offers lessons in her home and she came highly recommended. It seemed like a good time, since Sarah is excited to learn to play an instrument, but one thing has been weighing on us- we don't have a piano. Nor do we have a savings fund for one. And a piano and lessons kind of go hand-in-hand.
So, we've been looking at ways we could fund it- sell some photography equipment, pawn our good China (which doesn't exist, so it wasn't a viable option) or sell my overpriced, but adorable Ugg boots. Actually, in order to get the digital piano, we would need to have done a combination of all these things.
Do you remember that last week I mentioned we had a Jeep for sale? Andy had put his beloved first car on Craigslist a few weeks ago and hadn't received any bites. Not even a little critter nibble. So each week, he dropped the price about $500 or so until we got a call this past Saturday.
Thank you, Jesus.
Because that one call led to an appointment that led to a test drive that led to a sale. Did you hear me? The Jeep is SOLD! See ya, old friend. And guess how much we sold it for? Just $100 more than the price of the piano we wanted to purchase for our girls. Which covers most of the taxes.
You know what's so cool about God? He cares so much for us as well as the minute details of our lives. We could have called it a great day with being able to purchase a piano, right?? No, He desired to knock our socks off today!
Three more ways God made things happen today:
1. Andy had been sent a bill from the California Tax Board a couple of months ago- he sent a letter off to tell them we were exempt and then another request came. Arg. So Andy called and guess what? It had been taken care of- no $$ was owed. Hallelujah!
2. We had to switch Ashleigh's speech appointment time since Bible study is beginning next week and the schedule allowed Ash to not only keep her SAME speech therapist that she is currently head-over-heels with, but the same time slot on a different day. Who does that? God does.
3.On our way out the door, I checked the mail quickly to see if MAYBE one of Sarah's new piano books arrived- but with doubt since I only ordered them on Thursday. But one of the two had. Which is unheard of on Amazon!
Deuteronomy 28 reminds us that, "If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God..."
Here's a shot of three more blessings that put us on our knees before Him for protection and guidance each day:
And let me tell you- today we are counting our blessings. Thank you, Jesus.