You’ve heard the stories. They most commonly appear in flowing white robes and dazzling light. Angels. Who doesn’t love the thought of catching a glimpse? Of receiving a blessing from heaven?
Saturday, the Lord sent us four.
Last week, I was asking for a miracle. You see, when it comes to do-it-yourself projects, I dream big. Beginning a 4-year contract on our rental house in Atenas, I long for every bit of the 1,050 square feet to feel like home. To me, color plays a big part in achieving “cozy.” The well-loved walls were beyond the help of a magic eraser intervention, so we made friends with the rep at the paint store. And Phase 1 was born: the 3 bedrooms, the living room, the dinette, and I just couldn’t leave out the hallway and the laundry space. Bringing home 12 gallons of liquid latex in dreamy colors made me feel like I won the lottery. The feeling of “home” was just brushstrokes away. A lot of brushstrokes.
Painting became the ultimate focus of the two open weekends before June 7th, the day our furniture crosses the threshold. The first weekend went great. Only who knew how much primer it takes to cover up royal blue trim stripes? Two full days of prepping, taping, and priming gained us a lot of ground, but not much change in ambiance. Coming into the second weekend, we had 11 gallons to go. I knew we weren’t going to make it. Priority and strategy were rumbling around my mind all week. Which rooms were going to be filled with the most furniture? Which walls would speak the most to our hearts?
Then, hope sprung up, in a message from a friend. She was hosting a team of volunteers connected with College of the Ozarks. Hard Work U, where students have the opportunity to serve in lieu of paying tuition, room, and board—how fantastic is that? Our friend offered to share these 4 young women with us for a whole day of house transformation. We didn’t have to pray very long to know we should leap to accept the huge blessing.
Matt and I spent Friday working all-out to get first-coats up in the 3 bedrooms, but Saturday dawned with a mountain left to scale. Amanda, Morgan, Ashley, and Hannah arrived bright and early to dig in. With 6 different colors in play and 5 painters, Matt spent the whole day coordinating everyone’s effort, as well as cleaning brushes and paint pans. The girls and I trimmed, rolled, and shared our stories as the house received its new look. Together, we did it all. The 3 bedrooms, living room, dinette, hallway, and laundry space are now all fresh and bright, ready to welcome in our family and friends.
Our angels didn’t bother with robes, but looked dearly beautiful splattered with paint. Their knees were blackened with newsprint from the papers protecting the floor, but that didn’t stop them from sharing joy and their hard work. We will always remember the blessing that the Lord sent to us through them, as we savor the colors of our new life in Atenas.
Whether sporting robes and wings, or dirty knees, God’s grace to us is truly incredible.
Sweet! So glad you had the blessing of this unexpected help!
We were, too, Sarah. And is was fun to see your family for a bit in the middle of the craziness. We thank you again for introducing us to pupusas. Everyone enjoyed them for a quick dinner to christen the newly painted dinning room.
God is great!!!! I can’t wait to see the colorful walls. Do you have some pictures?
Cheryl, would you believe I didn’t take any yet? We were dog tired (and probably just as dirty) finishing up late Saturday night, and I didn’t think of it. Hoping to get some posted once we settle the furniture in next weekend. Sending lots of love and hugs to your crew. Miss you all bunches.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way the Lord gives us the desires of our hearts. He is so faithful! Very excited for you guys and your big move! Blessings – Lori
Isn’t he so kind? And we are just as excited for your family as you venture out, too, Lori. Your post about clearing the kitchen cupboards brought it all back to us. Many blessings right back at you!
What a wonderful blessing! I’m so thankful our God hears not only our needs for sustenance of body, but of our hearts as well. The joy of the colors will carry you many days when the world seems gray.
You are so right, Chris. Praying for the colors around you to be a blessing as well, and for all of that peaceful order that we both long for to come with it. 🙂
Wow!what a great story of God’s goodness and provision! What a huge blessing. So happy to hear this!
Really happy to be able to share it. Blessings to your family, Joanne, up to and including Tank!
Wow…THIS IS AMAZING, Kris! Celebrating with you!
Praying the same grace over your family’s transition to Quito, Robyn! Can we sneak in a last run? I’m going to miss you something crazy.
Thanks for sharing. Yes, we agree our Lord provides in so many unique ways. Life with Him is never dull! We are currently working at Black Lake Bible Camp in WA. We have two other couples with us this month so will be able to accomplish more as the staff is busy getting ready for their Summer camp groups. The men are busy working on a roof for the tabernacle and we gals are painting and sewing curtains for the cabins. Please pray for needed staff to fill positions before camp starts in 2 weeks. Together I’m His service. Jim & Eula Sent from my iPad
That sounds like great, important work, Eula. We will be praying with you for the right people to fill those open positions. You and Jim take care. 🙂
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