As I went about my Tuesday morning ventures of seeking items to renew, I walked right into two cute, metal beverage tables and I suddenly had a vision me painting them and placing them on that old deck covered with an outdoor carpet, flanked with a couple of cute chairs surrounded by beautiful clay pots painted by my daughter. I walked over to check the price...$2 each! I snatched them right up with a smile. My Tuesday venture now had a specific purpose...decorating the deck and readying myself for Spring. I smiled at God, for I knew it was his plan.
I decided on a color palette and set my heart and mind to the task. I painted the tables and for the next few days, I browsed through many thrift stores for outdoor furniture and accessories.
It was my heart's desire to set the stage for sweet fellowship. With a limited budget and the fact that I may not have use for the items when we return home I was determined to find bargains. While looking for these items I found a few balls, a plastic bat and a skateboard. I also picked up seeds, potting soil and flower pots, all within my budget. I could just see what an inviting space it would be!
The week long shopping venture was tiring, but fun, as I only gave myself one week to complete the shopping, planting and renewing of the items I found because my project "to do list" was already more than I would have liked. I also wanted my family to begin to enjoy the outdoor space and all that God had blessed us with.
Well, after a bit of soap and water, paint and clear sealant and the help of my artistic daughter, we now have a very functional space, a container garden and a few outside activities. His plan is my reality, now we can certainly have sweet fellowship here!