Many Hands Make Light Work Part 2

Before scraping off loose paint. And the window that needed to be replaced in five days.

There is something intensely satisfying for me to actually finish a task. A verse I impressed on my children is Colossians 3:23 “ Whatever you do, do your work heartily as for the Lord rather than for men. Knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Jesus Christ you are serving.”

After loose paint is all off, covering windows for the sprayer.

It is also very satisfying when time, weather, energy and help all converge to complete a task. My friends also brought me fresh cucumbers, squash and apricots which needed to be preserved. While they worked on the back of the house preparation, I cleaned and froze apricots, looked up a refrigerator pickle recipe and made 2 gallons of pickles and put the finishing touches on a Mexican soup lunch with salad and warmed up bagels to go with it. Food and fellowship work together well.

Spray painting went pretty quickly. It was the prep work that took the longest.

Prayer continues to be a part of this renovation journey as we look for wisdom on what really needs doing next.

In the middle of this project, we got an email from our insurance telling us we had five days to replace a window. I had to take time to research how to do that. I talked to three different sources and found out that to order windows would take 8-10 weeks due to the window shortage. Everyone said it would be impossible to find a window let alone get it installed. Since the house is a 1915 farm house, the old wooden, single pane windows are not exactly standard. I prayed and asked God to help us find an alternative. I also emailed my agent my findings about window replacements due to the window shortage. After touring windows in their warehouse, the local lumber yard suggested Home Depot. Surprise, surprise and praise the Lord, they had two windows there that were close enough to the dimensions we needed enabling me to take a picture of the invoice and window to send to our insurance agent thereby meeting their deadline. A bonus is the windows were half price on a close out. Thank you God! Two other windows were found at Lowe’s. Woot!

Windows that open with screens!

“Ask, seek and knock” (Matthew 7:7-8), and “nothing is impossible with God” (Matthew 19:26) applies in all seasons of life. How are you seeing God provide in your life?