Good morning Xangaland!
Do you want to know what happened to Ryan and I yesterday? Well then keep reading.
Do you know what usually happens, at least to us, when we try to draw closer to God, and try to live life the way we know we should? We get attacked! Completely and whole heartedly. When we are not being attacked then both of us know we are not doing something right. To be honest it has been awhile since either of us have felt like a threat.
Let me back up a bit.
I have told you that there is something Ryan and I have cried out to God for over the past few years and I have told you that God answered but the answer was not what I expected. It’s time to tell you the prayer and the answer.
We have prayed for a long time now for a church, a home, a place that we could raise our kids to see and feel God as we did. We have bounced from place to place almost our entire marriage and have never yet found a place we fit. Finally about a month ago God sent an answer. He sent it in the form of a thing that could be a church in time. It is the wispy tendrils of a beginning. It could be a home but it needs work, and people to work for it. We feel God has put us here to do just that, work for it. And so you see why I was so shaken. We prayed for a church and he sent us to help build one. We got what we asked for but not in the form we thought we would get.
So we have been pressing in and working hard. We have spent money we couldn’t really afford to spend and acted on faith. We have done what was asked of us, and some things that weren’t. It’s hard work but worth it in so many ways.
And then yesterday happened.
Ryan called me at lunch to tell me that the fork seals on his bike blew: $180.00
While we’re at it he has to have new tires on his bike like now: $155.00
The brakes are going out so they need to be replaced as well: $55.00
The way the bike works we pretty much have to do all this together cause you have to take the bike all apart to do any of these. So everything together.
So bike repairs? $390.00 plus tax
Then he gets home and I go to put dinner in the oven while we talk about it. About halfway through the hour long cooking time he realizes that the preheating light has been on the whole time. We check, food’s still frozen. Oven is out. Then we go rummaging in the fridge to find something else to eat and notice it’s not as cold as it should be. Check into it further and realize it’s still working but not for long…. so
New Oven: $599.00
New over oven microwave: $199.00
New refrigerator that will fit: $799.00
Delivery fee: $50.00
Warrantees for all three: $207.00
Installation fee for microwave: $29.00
So new kitchen appliances? $1883.00
Total amount of money we have to spend in the next week? $2273.00 plus tax
Total amount in the bank? $3.78
So is this a test or what? We think we have it all figured out. We went to Home Depot who turn out to have the best deals and it just so happened that we still have a $ 2,500.00 credit limit there from when we remodeled our house that never got closed. And we have a bonus coming next month to fix the bike. We are going to be fine. But what a blow!
Guess the enemy got a good luck at the new Ryan and Courtney Laube and decided we’re dangerous. Good. We’ll put up a good fight, and in the end it’s only money.
Song of the day? Smile by Nat King Cole