“The prayers of the righteous availeth much.”

So many people have been praying for us. And we have been praying, even our little darling son offers up the sweetest prayers – and now, some answers.
“They that wait on the Lord will renew their strength, the shall mount up with wings as eagles…”
Out of nowhere, rather, straight from heaven a painting job FELL into Joel’s lap on Monday evening. It’s within 40 minutes from home and it paid IN ADVANCE. The job is to paint and faux glaze the trim, doors, windows etc. on the entire first floor of a home!
This job could actually be the first step in getting some momentum to surviving this winter. We are so excited, we are so relieved and we are so grateful to God. (and to Mom for the lead!)
I am almost without words, I cried for a good half an hour when it came thru. We each feel like we can breath again, my thoughts throughout the day are not captive to that stress, I know it’s just one job but the timing and the magnitude of when it came thru will not be forgotten.
As a family we sat an took an inventory of how God has been taking care of us. Now, I know he takes care of us in much more important ways than material things but when we sat down and thought about it, here is how he has provided for us materially in the last 3 weeks alone:
-Joel’s sister had an extra digital converter box and she sent it to us. We don’t watch TV but Aidan loves the Cubs and could not watch them with our antenna.

-Our DSL internet box was going bonkers, as in rarely working and my uncle and Joel’s computer buddy called out of the blue to say he had gotten a new wireless router and did we want his? Now I am wireless and smokin‘ fast – yee ha!

-We were anxious about working with our midwife again, she is all the way in Chicago and those trips can take up to 2 hours, especially in the winter and she is thousands of dollars. (We pay out of pocket). I had prayed and Joel said, wouldn’t it be great if we could find a midwife closer that needed some painting? Without much hope (because we are Home Birth people and those midwives are few and far between) I hopped on the Internet and called the first name that came up, “God of Wonders” was her “on hold” music and when we talked she asked how we would be paying and what we did for a living, I told her “out of pocket” and “we are painting contractors” to which she replied, “Oh good, we can barter part of your fees cause I need some painting done.” I DID NOT EVEN HAVE TO ASK! A Christian midwife, close to home and willing to barter some. Unreal.

-Little jobs have trickled in here and there

-And then this big job
That is a pretty amazing list if you ask me of things we could not afford that were provided for us and of doors being opened that we could have never orchestrated.
In the past we have been big “Dave Ramsey” budget people but it has gotten pretty discouraging in the last couple years so there has really been no budget going on but we are committed to honoring God with this job by giving back to Him and spending every other dime wisely. To he who is given much, much is expected.
There are still unanswered questions for us, still more bids that need to come in and hopefully a new career altogether for Joel someday. But this day God has reminded us of his faithfulness and we feel very taken care of.