Tuesday, February 7, 2012

An unexpected gift.....

Last month we were given something we had talked about, priced, and prayed for. For almost a year Arthur and I have talked extensively about purchasing a larger dining table, but it had been mainly just that talk. After Christmas we decided to look into purchasing a table, not just talk about it. Our current table fit 8 comfortably, but we had to seat 11 and still put Ruth Ella in the high chair.....that left Mary Ann totally out of the picture, plus Ruth Ella was getting to big for the high chair. The first week of January we began looking online for a large family table, we quickly found that the tables that we would like were, well, Expensive $2,000-$7,000 for just the table!We knew spending that kind of money on a table wouldn't be what the Lord would have us to do, so we should just wait. And wait we did.......



Our current table~


The very next week the phone rang, Arthur answered the call. It was a lady named Judy, whom we neither one knew. Judy told Arthur that she was given our name from a mutual friend and she was wondering if we would be interested or would have any use for a large family dining table! She told Arthur it had been a relatives old table. The table had been in deep storage for sometime, and they were cleaning the storage area out and table needed a new home...Our home! Arthur said "yes", within a hour he and Madison were off to retrieve our "new" to us table!



Elizabeth and Madison along with their side kick Wesley
Cleaned and scrubbed the table, benches, and chairs down....




After some hard scrubbing, and a little oil....
The table, benches, and chairs were ready to be brought in the kitchen and placed in their new home!



TA-DA !

We love the "new"table, it feels wonderful to all be able to sit so comfortably....we can seat 12-14 at this table. What a blessing, truly the Lord heard our prayers and answered them by gifting us with this table...We are thankful He spoke to Judy about giving it away!




As for our old table.......

It found a new place in our home, the family room! We took out the 2 leaves, and placed 6 chairs around it. It makes a great place to do school......


Play games, color, or just sit and be silly!!!! It also gives us more space when we have company over :)

We thank the Lord for hearing our prayer for a table, and giving us one in a very unexpected way!



Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.....
James 1:17

13 comments:

Lisa said...

Wow, Laura! 12-15 people!!! That's wonderful!!! Isn't the Lord so good! Love the benches, too.
Blessings,
Lisa

Sammy and Missy Parris said...

How exciting! I loved your old table but this one is beautiful and what a gift from Judy and the Lord. I'm sure you all are loving having that extra room around the table. Your story gave me goosebumps. It is sorta like our wood stove story I'll have to tell you about sometime. Truly a blessing!!!!

Cinnamon said...

What a blessing. I have been eyeing certain large tables too. Of course I realized that I first need a larger kitchen. Guess I better get praying:-)

~Cinnamon

Laura said...

What a great blessing!! It's beautiful, and I love the bench seats. We found our big dining room table (which is currently in storage because it won't fit in our rental house!) at a yard sale. We had priced large tables too, and weren't willing to pay the several thousand $$ that they cost either. The table that we are using now has collapsed twice in the past two weeks. Thankfully Adam was able to repair it last night!

Anonymous said...

I love how the Lord provides for his people in unexpected ways. Enjoy your new table!

Blessings,

Victoria

Deb said...

Wonderful! I LOVE stories like this! We have a long table that seats 8, and when we have company we usually have a chair on each corner to seat 12...and an additional six seats at a table in the nook for the rest of the guests. Unfortunately, we can't all be together this way...wish we could knock out a dining room wall! :) I'm so happy that a real need was met when this lady provided the table! PTL!

Sharon said...

What a special blessing! We too were given a table years ago-- large, beautiful and quite expensive. We use it to host many college students for meals and other delightful activities, but especially to sit at when we teach them the Bible. God is good.

Your family has been a blessing to us through your give-aways each Christmas. We would like to return the blessing. Come enter our give-away at www.alltheendsoftheworld.blogspot.com.

Faith Family said...

Who says God's still not in the miracle business? What a blessing to know He still gives miracles. He knows our needs and provides. Isn't God good!
Always Experiencing Him,
Jody

Beautifully Veiled said...

LOVE it!! Isn't God sooo good!!! Love you guys!

Amy said...

Awesome! I love it when these things happen. God is faithful to His children. A great reminder that our timing is not always His timing. We should trust and wait upon the Lord.

Godly-young-widow said...

Praise God! Yes, how true; every good and perfect gift comes from Him!

1HappyWife said...

What a wonderful blessing!! I just love to read how the Lord provides :).

Amanda said...

Definitely a blessing. :) Love the last picture.