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The hurt before the healing

One thing God has been teaching me this year is that He is here with me through the good and the bad.   The worse things have been, the stronger He shows himself to me.  I am so thankful for his comfort and presence.  The hurt has been hard, but the healing brings hope and peace and thankfulness.


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I love water.  I like to drink it, swim in it, shower in it, play in it.  Water is one of God’s most amazing creations.  Indoor plumbing is pretty awesome in it’s own right.

Today these two wonderful things went awry in my home.

The toilet in my bathroom overflowed today.  Apparently there was a clog in the line.  It was flushed and the chain attached to the lever in the tank was kinked.  The toilet overflowed and kept going and going and going because the water was running in the tank.

It was a while before I realized what was happening in my bedroom.  On the other side of the house.

An inch of water over the tile in the bathroom, spilled over onto the subfloor, underneath the wood laminate floor and soaked up by the carpet.  The flooring in our room was in the middle of a makeover.  Carpet was going out, wood laminate was coming in.  It’s a large room and the work has been taking a while.  One third of the room was redone, one third ready for laminate, and the other third held carpet and all of our furniture squished together.

When I saw the amount of water, my heart sank as I swam (ok, soaked my socks) to the toilet and shut the water off.  I yelled for my son to get the Shop Vac out of the garage.   Moms, I pray you never have to know this, but the Shop Vac is your friend.  Your bestie in a flooded bedroom.  I emptied our average size Shop Vac three times before getting most of the water up.  Then I dismantled all of the work we had done in the room, dried off individual pieces and numbered them, and am hoping for the best as they dry in front of fans.

Tonight Papa Llama and I will remove what is left of the carpet and dry out the subfloor.

I am thankful that the floor was not completely done at this point.  I am also thankful the water overflowing was clear, if you know what I mean.


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Today’s trouble is enough for today

When we started our plan to pay off all of our debt Dave Ramsey-style, we were told that things were going to come up that would try to keep us from our goal.   Little did we know that beginning in the Fall of 2009, we would spend a year getting to know Murphy and his law all too well.

Unplanned expenses from Fall 2009 to Fall 2010

  • $1100 – van repairs
  • $1000 – dental work after insurance paid
  • $1100 – replace home air conditioner
  • $200 – replace van windshield (thank you, gigantic dump truck for throwing a boulder at my van)
  • $500 – deductible to replace hail damaged roof…when it rains it pours?
  • $187 – repair new home air conditioner that broke 5 days after the warranty expired
  • $850 – health insurance deductible kicked in 1/1/10
  • $500 – replace Papa Llama’s car, may it’s scrapped soul rest in peace

This was truly the most stressful year we’ve ever had with finances.  We live on one income comfortably, but when expenses of this nature keep adding up it makes it very difficult for us.   The bright spot in all of this is that we paid cash for all of these expenses.  Years ago we would have charged them on a credit card and thought about how to pay it off later.  Believe it or not, we are thankful for the past year of financial ups and downs.  We are also humbled by it all.  There are so many people dealing with lost jobs and foreclosures and health crises that I often wonder what in the world we were so stressed and worried about.  In the end, it was a huge lesson in God’s faithfulness and trusting that He’s got everything under control.

Matthew 6:25-34 is a passage in the Bible that I read often.  The parts in bold are constant reminders to me to keep my eyes on God.

25That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.


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