Saturday, August 21, 2010

He Always Provides

So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
~Matthew 6:31-33

Our oven went kaput. We have lived here 9 years and it had been used by the previous owners, for many years prior to that. If you scroll down in THIS post, you can see our old oven in place. I cook and bake...a lot. I like making most things from scratch and the fact that the oven wasn't working right anymore just wouldn't work for us!

So, Chris and I talked about needing to get a new one and thought about driving to Lowe's to see what we could find. Most of the basic ones we were going to look at were around $350. (We prefer gas to electric). We knew we could swing that, but weren't overly thrilled about having to spend such a large amount of money....but an oven *is* worth it. I was talking to my mom, over the phone, about it and she offered to keep the children at her house with her, while we drove to Lowe's. I thanked her and agreed that was what we would do. While finishing our supper, before heading over, the phone rings. It's my mom, who informs me that she and my dad were discussing it and they remembered that they had a *newer* range, not in use....*they have some property where they rent out a couple trailers. One of the trailers was not occupied anymore.* They said we were more than welcome to come and look at it and take it, if we wanted it. :) A *free* range sounded a lot better than one that costs $350.

So we went over. It was dusty and dirty, as the last time it was used was probably a few years ago. It was a bit greasy from not being cleaned after use...but we figured, after a good scrubbing, it would be good-as-new! And...to top it off, it was gas! Just what we wanted! :)

So that night, we brought it home and we all (children included) scrubbed and washed, and scrubbed and washed some more. We had it out on the lawn...what a sight we must have been! Then, Chris and I moved it into the addition of our home, until he could put it in, the next day.

So here it is...above and below. It's a wonderful blessing. God provided us with *just* what we needed. It will keep my family well fed and I am so, so thankful. It looks a little odd, as it is meant to be up against a wall and not in a corner...but the corner was where the old oven was and it is the only place we have available until, someday, we can redo our kitchen. For now, though, our kitchen is functional and comfortable and I am very grateful for it! :)

I should have taken before and after pics...and I should have taken pictures of the inside of the oven for you to see. It looks practically brand new! :) God is so good and I am just overflowing with gratitude to Him for how He always provides for our needs.

I need to get going...a full day ahead of things to do! Quickly, though, (I always seem to do this, don't I? Always something quick, at the end, that I need to share! ;) A little before 4 this morning...the children woke us with cries of "Bat!!!"...I look and sure enough, flying through the hall is a bat! In the, over 9, years we have lived here...this is the first bat we have encountered! I quickly ushered the children into my room and shut the door. I woke Chris, kindly telling him that he would have to deal with the bat...because I was *not* going back out there! ;) He bopped it with a broom, apparently, and put it outside. He thought he had killed it..but the children were out trying to look for it and couldn't find it...so maybe it flew away? I am not sure. I *am* very glad, though, that it is out of my house! It gives me the eebie-jeebies! :o)

Have a great day...thanks for stopping!
Cheerfully,
Katy :)


The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee,
and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.
~Numbers 6:24-26

18 comments:

  1. YEAH! God is so amazing and always provides what we need, when we need it (in HIS time)! We were just discussing this...this morning with our son. His Birthday is Monday....and there will not be a birthday present awaiting him. He honestly seems ok with that.....He sees the way we work to be good stewards of our money......he sees the ways he is blessed.....thank you for this beautiful post. It helps the hurt in my heart (of not being able to go out and buy a bike he can ride) focus on Jesus...and our Heavenly Father!

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  2. Oh my goodness, Katie! What wonderful provision! The oven looks brand new, and all those beautiful black burners on the white stovetop....what can I say, I just love kitchen appliances!

    Speaking of bats, I found one roosting outside my back door just a week or so after moving to our new place. I took pictures, but I haven't seen it since.

    Fortunately it didn't come in the house. Eeek!

    Bats kind of remind me of flying mice, which I have a very strong *exterminate! *exterminate!* knee-jerk reaction toward.

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  3. That is so awesome how God worked it out for you to get a stove.

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  4. God is very good! And how sweet that you recognize the blessing! So many young people would be so unappreciative, because it wasn't just what they wanted. You are very young and have such a mature heart. God bless you!

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  5. that stove looks good and FREE you can't beat that.Why go pay so much $$$ when a free one is offered.It isn't about the looks or what is in it matters that it works and does its job.Zachary is figuring out that just BC he earns $$$ that doesn't mean to spend it all.
    Blessings~

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  6. i don't think the stove looks goofy in the corner... i never would've even noticed if you hadn't mentioned. (not that there is anything to notice other than a stove in a kitchen!)---i def agree GAS IS BETTER THAN ELECTRIC!!!

    glad you were able to use it and get it all scrubbed out! (yuck!)

    maybe Jack got the bat?? wouldn't put it past him!

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  7. What a blessing! God provided similarly for us last year when our extra freezer went out.... He provided one for free, just needed a little cleaning up :) Wonderful!

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  8. God sure is awesome how he sees to our needs. So glad you got the new to you stove it looks wonderful in it's new home.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

    Hugs,

    Anne F.

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  9. Love it Katy! The Lord does provide! It looks so good in your kitchen. And I happen to think having it in the corner looks really cool!! WhooHoOoo

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  10. That's wonderful Katy, the new stove looks GREAT there:D I am petrified of bats and so glad to hear it is out of your house!!!!

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  11. God just had that stove waiting for you & your parent kindness too. I am sure they feel just as great helping you as you feel greatful to get the once used stove but now new to you. It looks perfect there. He is amazingly good.

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  12. So glad you got your "new" stove! It's amazing how God provides exactly what we need! Glad the bat is out!

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  13. Love, love this post! It always warms my heart when I see Him working in our lives.

    My parents had a bat come in through their fireplace a few years ago. Dad chases it with a broom until he stunned it and then put it outside. I smile everytime I think of my dad chasing a bat around!

    Have a great Sunday!

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  14. God is the best! The stove looks brand new. It's amazing how He steps in just when we need Him. Thanks for sharing this story to encourage the rest of us.

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  15. God is Jehovah- Jireh...God our provider....So glad you did not have to spend the money on the stove/oven. God is good!

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  16. I love to hear how God works for others and not just for myself. He is soo great to us. His benefits are daily and they are LOADED, or heaped, upon us! So many times we fail to utilize Him for our needs. He is waiting to work something out for us.
    I had to comment, because last year, we had a bat in my kids' room! I had to call my FIL to come over and catch it. It was quite an ordeal!! I guess it's a thing with older houses, huh? We have a few places I'm sure one could get in from the attic. Ugh. Scary!
    God Bless!

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Warmly, Katy