The Habit of Waiting for His Time

 Posted by on November 13, 2012  1 Response »
Nov 132012

Meandering down a country road in my minivan, I saw it.  Out of the corner of my eye, surrounded by miscellaneous, unwanted household items.  I held my breath as I pulled the van over and approached the woman in charge.  “How much?”  I asked cautiously.

“Twenty,” she replied.  My budget is currently tight.  Very tight.

“Will you take ten?  That’s all the cash I have.”

(Without hesitation)– “Sure!”

My next hurdle was getting my husband on board, for he would have to remove the seats from the van and return with me to load it.  I wondered what he would say.  To my delight, he was happy… especially when I told him what I was paying.

We returned to the yard sale, my husband loved the piece as well, and we brought it home.  It now sits in our garage, waiting for its painting and distressing job, which shouldn’t take long.

I have been married twenty-two years, and have always wanted a full dining room with a table and chairs and a buffet.  I prayed about this almost from the start of my marriage.  We were married almost 16 years before my husband found the table and chairs set at an antiques store.  For the last six years, I’ve had a dining room with a lovely table and chairs, but no buffet.  I’ve looked at pictures in magazines, tried to figure out how to purchase one, plotted where to get the extra money , and even sighed, “I don’t have anywhere to put my grandmother’s china!”  All along, God said, “Wait.”  For the right time, the right price, the right piece… a quality antique with value that I could pass down to my children’s children.  He gives us the best but wants us to trust Him for the timing.  And then, one day when I least expected it, there it was as I was driving by.

This is the one God had for me, at exactly the right time. I smiled, because He is good, and loves me enough to give me things I want as well as things I need. All in His good time.

~by Kim A., The Daisy Muse

Mar 282011

It’s that time again…the beginning of spring and of yard sales!  I get giddy just thinking about waking up early on a Saturday morning, putting hot, strong coffee in a take along mug, and heading out in my van, extra seats removed, to the nice neighborhoods north of me.  Here, on sunny weekends, I can always find several good yard sales.

Why go “yard saling”?  Well, first of all, it’s the frugal way to decorate your home!  I obtain many needed or wanted items for my home at yard sales…all purchased at rock-bottom prices and in decent condition, simply because someone wanted to get rid of them.

Here are some of what I call my “golden finds”:Our kitchen table and chairs, purchased for 100.00 total.  What a blessing to find a set that matched my existing décor, and finally be rid of the used, 80’s formica table and chairs I’d had for 4 years!   (No, it does not look like the picture all of the time.  It usually has several used glasses and some schoolbooks strewn across it!)

My Kirby vacuum, with all attachments, manual, and full bottle of carpet shampoo.  The price was $100, I asked “How low will you go on this?”  and got it for 85.

My Hoover vacuum…so I would have an extra one for upstairs, purchased for 1.00.  The man also gave me several extra vacuum bags with it.  It is old and not made to last as long as a Kirby.  But for 1.00, I will use it upstairs as long as it lasts, then guiltlessly toss it as the cost per use is practically nothing!  I have had this for two or three years already.

My Homedics sound machine…I love to sleep with the sound of crickets or the ocean, but would never pay full price for one of those.  But for $3.00?  Certainly!

Jeans for my husband…in his size, Levi’s, with the tags still on, for $2.00.  I almost wanted to offer her more!  This, of course, was a one-in-a-million find, but we are always on the lookout for those! Continue reading »