The giving end
A note from Briana:
I spent the morning making a mental list of what needs to be done to finish up the house. The list was very small, we are almost done!
As I looked around, I started reflecting on where we've come from. We have always crammed ourselves into a small space, not really minding so much that our house was small because it was enough for our family even if it wasn't perfect. Then I started thinking about my list of 'wants' and feeling very undeserving of God granting the majority of that list..... a dishwasher, a larger kitchen, space to organize, storage, space to host, a dining room [without carpet], a guest room, furniture for the extra rooms. Even down to the tiny details.... wanting two more dining chairs so we can more easily invite others over for dinner... neighbors two doors down brought two chairs over yesterday because they are moving out and didn't want to keep them. They are nearly a perfect match. (I could share probably 8-10 more stories like that one)
Sitting and thinking on all these things, I was trying to make sense of WHY God would allow provision in this manner. Why are WE on the receiving end? I feel like we should be on the GIVING end. Scott and I both have struggled with the size of this house.... being so much bigger than anything we've ever had before. Knowing God specifically GAVE us this house, I decided I just needed to pray and ask God to show me what HE wants.
It is never ever about THINGS, it is always about PEOPLE and always about glorifying Him. I went to scripture to try and make sense... praying for God to show me what He wants. I came back without answers, and honestly, I was a bit frustrated.
Several hours later, I sat down on the sofa and Scott says, 'Where's my Bible?'... he wanted to show me something he read this morning. Understand, we had not discussed this at all, he had no idea what was going through my mind today. This is exactly how God has been working in my life recently.... this is the scripture Scott began sharing with me...
"As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life." 1 Tim 6:17-19
I could have NEVER said that better myself. We ARE to be on the giving end. He has provided..... He deserves Honor and Praise..... and He wants to affect the lives of others. Our job: Obedience.
And For those of you who have asked for a tour, here ya go!
Sara Beth Price
5/25/2011 01:08:18 pm
You are such an inspiration to us!! We are going through some rough times and I am very comforted to see how God works in the lives of others! I know he is in control. Thank you guys for being so devoted and an inspiration to us all! I am glad to see you guys doing well and I can only wait to see the good work you guys do up there!! We are definitely praying for you!! We love you guys! SB
5/25/2011 01:46:54 pm
I'm guessing that you will need all those rooms for the crew that will be maintaining "the grounds"! That is a beautiful scene in your back yard.
5/25/2011 03:02:03 pm
Oh my! I LOVE the kids green room! SO their personality. <3
Laura D. Smith
5/25/2011 03:41:03 pm
Could hardly see the pictures through my tears of joy! I love you so much and I am beyond words in my joy and awe at what an amazing God we have! That he would love us enough as to give us comforts and convenience; the desires of our heart. WOW. I KNOW personally how long you've waited to have a comfortably larger home to "spread out" in and host guests in your home. How perfect is our God?! P-E-R-F-E-C-T!! But He knows EXACTLY where your heart is! Complete devotion to the One and Only God! Hallelujah! Amen and Amen!! LOVE YOU!!! SMILING WITH JOY! <3Scott<3Briana<3Elijah<3Abigail
5/26/2011 02:24:21 am
So happy for you all. Words are not enough to describe our Lord. He is great and He does provide.
5/26/2011 02:50:36 am
Thank you for the post and pictures Briana. So glad everything is going well for you. I love to hear stories like the one about the chairs :-) I understand how you feel. We have a small house and I've always wanted a dining room but I don't really need it. Sometimes its hard when people keep telling you you need a bigger house!
5/26/2011 03:02:37 am
This is a perfect provision for ALL that God is going to do in and through you and Scott!!! We are so happy for you, and continue to be praying for you, Divine appointments and God's leading in your ministry.
5/26/2011 03:56:56 pm
My heart was truly blessed by your blog entry, and the photos. I couldn't help but think....oh, this is so like our God! To "give exceedingly, abundantly above what we ask or think...". HE is rewarding you for your faithfullness & obedience to His calling on your life. He will provide your every need. Our hearts are blessed & encouraged to once again see our loving Lord at work in the lives of those who seek His face.
5/27/2011 01:48:25 am
WOW!!! God is sooooo GOOD!!! That house is perfect!! It's inviting and has wonderful places to have bible study and fellowships.... That is so wonderful!! I love and miss u guys so much But I see God doing great things through u all!! Ok we have to come visit.. How long is the drive?
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