A few weeks ago we went shopping for the possibility of getting Joe a truck. Not sure of what he might be doing here in the near future because of Him leaving the company he has been working for. If he embarks on his dream I really think he needs a truck verses the SUV we have to hall his remodeling supplies. The used car lot dealer has become a friend over the years. He got us a great deal for Kelsey's car which we gave her for her 16th birthday this past weekend. She will drive the girls to school this year -they are all excited!!
We finally got the siding put on our house this month also. What a sweet makeover here too! I'm not crazy about the siding color but I am sure it will grow on me. I didn't choose white as I was afraid it would make our house look "old" and this particular siding was on another colonial house I saw. Here are the before and after pictures (excuse the construction mess):
All of this is fun but as I reflect on it...that's all it is..."fun". It doesn't assure my happiness, complete me, give me contentment or make my family love me more or me love my family more. I'm not bragging or boasting here but just sharing in my "fun". I am joyous that He has made a way for us this summer to do these things. I am thankful (as are the neighbors) that my house is no longer an 'eye sore' with those hideous shakes it had on it and I am thankful for the deals (or should I say steal) we got with the two cars. God watches over us in all things!
As I look at all that has happened over the summer I asked myself what I mentioned in my last blog entry...what brings me joy-real joy? I can say with all my heart that it is the spiritual-my God and my relationship with Him. We have been an example of how God works above and beyond to meet our needs-all our needs and none of these material things happened without His hand being in each and every one.
There's been a lot of giving in our home this month so I think I will bless my blog friends with a little giving too!! One of my favorite things is reading and I have a weakness for books. I purchased the following book this week and though I haven't read it yet I have a good feeling reading it's back cover that it will be a blessing so I bought two! I want to give one of these away!!
Next Friday (August 8th) I will draw a name for this book "The Remarkable Women of the Bible: and their message for your life today" by Elizabeth George. This book looks at how God enabled ordinary women to live extraordinary lives by turning their weaknesses into strengths, their sorrows into joys, and their despair into hope. To enter this give-a-way, leave a comment including a piece of scripture referencing one of these: a time in which God turned a weakness into strength or a sorrow into joy or a despair into hope or provided above and beyond for you as He has for my family this summer.
I probably won't be able to be back onto this blog until the end of next week. I have a Beth Moore televised conference this weekend and then a work related conference the beginning of the week in St. Louis. I can't wait to come back and read your responses!!