The need to reconstruct our home has presented us with an opportunity to expand our home to accommodate our growing (in stature) family. As a homeschooling family of ten, consisting of seven growing boys who are at home most of everyday, we have need of more space in our house. When considering this opportunity, reality presented itself...it takes money to expand.
With that reality in mind, we sought the Lord and He gave Walter and I peace about our desire to expand and then a floor plan which includes a bigger bedroom for our seven boys, a bigger kitchen and a bigger schoolroom allowing us to have more space in some very important areas of our home. When presenting our expansion plan to the builder, he came back with what was a good quote, but it was well beyond our pockets, be it we had not planned to incur such an expense. Walter and I were both disappointed, unto tears. So, we went back to the Lord for wisdom and we decided to make a sacrifice and put the compensation we will receive from the insurance company for the contents of our home towards the reconstruction of our home and trust God to provide the furniture, appliances and household items we will need to return to our home. We both have faith that God will supply our every need.
In taking this step of faith, I made a list of our needs including the cost of these items and presented it to God. He revealed to me that additional debt was not an option, but instead humbling ourselves before Him and others and willing accepting things from friends, family etc. as well as choosing to shop for clearance items and gently used items from resale shops to replace the contents of our home is the plan. I trust God; for truly He is our provider and our sustainer. We shared our decision with our children since they too will be making a sacrifice of not having things replaced that they once had; we are all at peace and excited to watch God do what He does...provide, for He has not forsaken us.
"Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart . . . I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread."
Psalms 37:4, 25, KJV