The Chapter isn’t closed yet…

It probably seems like I am hopping around but I will get back to the Godly woman at a later stage.

I thought I should first update you on how things are going with us and what we have been up to.

Remember in one of my previous posts( Field vehicle required urgently ) I told you about our vehicles getting sold…

 

First my car went and then Michael’s previously advertised bakkie got some attention… (Go read the post if you are inquisitive now ;-)).

That was not the end of the story though!

Although the prospective buyer made a serious commitment by paying a deposit on Michael’s Nissan, it ended up NOT being sold. When the buyer arrived to pay the outstanding amount, he decided  for various reasons to forfeit the deposit rather than buy the Nissan. We were really not sure how to feel about this because on the one hand at least this left us with a vehicle (albeit not road-worthy) and an extra R2500 we didn’t expect but on the other hand we now had a vehicle that was probably going to cost quite a bit to fix up in order to get it road-worthy. We decided to leave things as they were till Michael gets back from his last mission trip to Nigeria, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique and that was where things stayed until recently.

Since Michael got back though he has been plotting and planning on a strategy to fix this vehicle. He says, if God gave this vehicle and has not allowed it to be sold, then we must fix and use it to the best of our ability. He definitely has a point there! Our God owns the cattle on a thousand hills, surely the petrol for our very thirsty Nissan is small fry. Fortunately, my husband is not just extremely handsome, but he is also extremely handy with almost everything he puts his mind and hands to.

So, for the last few days he has been hard at work cutting and grinding out the rust on the roof and around the doors of the Nissan. Obviously in order to do a good job he has to unearth all the rust to make sure it doesn’t just spread again once he closed it all up… so this is getting quite extensive.

 

It is also amazing to see how much rust was hiding under all that beautiful paint. Yes, there were some tell-tale signs that there was a spot of rust above the door but once you open it up and start cutting, all the ugly rusted metal is exposed and you realize that it isn’t only just above the door but right around the roof and along the doors.

Isn’t it also so true in our lives? Often under all the masks and beautiful paint lies an ugly cancerous rust that spreads and destroys everything. It is time to open it up and let the Light in.

 

As for me, I have been busy wrapping up the School’s Project for 2012 at UCT so there were a lot of desk hours put in.

I also planted a beautiful herb garden outside the kitchen door a few weeks back and this gives me much joy and also supplies my table with fresh salad and herbs every day. This pic was taken on the day I planted it so I will have to take another pic to show you what it looks like now.

God has also provided me with another opportunity that provides an extra bit of money. I am helping proofread a textbook for grade 12 science for McMillan. They are paying me a good amount (which will definitely speed up the process of finalizing the last of my debt) but it definitely requires many hours of intensive chair time and brain activity 🙂

 

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Field Vehicle Required Urgently!

As we know in our hearts, God doesn’t hang around and wait for things to happen, He makes things happen. Praise His Name!

Referring back to my post, “The Sovereign Will of God”, I wrote about how Michael and I had discussed selling my car and his Nissan SANI in order to purchase a Mission Field Vehicle which was more suitable for travelling up in rural Africa. I also related to you how God brought it about that my car broke down and was sold to the mechanic in Swellendam and how Michael only then received some call-backs on a For-Sale Advert he had placed in Gumtree 2 months prior to this…

Well, one of the call-backs ended in the gentleman coming to look at the Nissan and  he closed the deal with Michael. He will be fetching the Nissan during this week. Praise the Lord!

Now we have a matter for serious prayer and consideration… We will need to get a field vehicle rather urgently as we are now without transportation. This in itself does not have to be a HUGE problem because it encourages us to use the good feet that God blessed us with, as well as the bikes that we have at our disposal. Fortunately Cape Town also has a rather developed public transport system. However, for more specific travelling we would definitely need a vehicle of our own. Michael was also hoping that he would be able to have a Field Vehicle to use for his upcoming Zambia/Malawi/Mozambique mission in August.

We have something specific in mind (for specific reason…). Michael is looking for a Toyota 4×4 Diesel, preferably a double-cab. Our budget is limited so we don’t want anything too expensive but we need something that will be reliable.

…So here I call on you, if anyone knows of something, please let us know.

A new Bed … a new project…

We live in a little bachelor flat and for a long time we have been looking at the possibility of building a bed base that would work like a giant kist so that we can store all our excess stuff in there. We even thought ahead to a time when we may have a bigger place and will have space for all our stuff… so we designed the base to be 2 separate wooden boxes which could be used for cupboards later on.

Finally this dream could be realised and we were able to buy the wood to build our beautiful bed base. It took us approximately a week to build it but we did it together. It was a really lovely family project and we enjoyed working on it together. Once finished it changed things in our bedroom. Suddenly our bed was much higher and a little bit bigger. This meant that some of our furniture had to be rearranged to make space for  the bed.

This was all very overwhelming for me as I felt that my whole little world was changing! Suddenly I felt very vulnerable because nothing in my nest was in the same place anymore. My hubby was amazing though and kept trying to arrange things till I was satisfied. He also kept trying to make me laugh and I was just so overwhelmed at how lucky I was to have him as my husband. Between you and I, I don’t think he really understood what was going on or how I was feeling but he was really being so understanding and patient with me.

I think he is a true example of what a Godly (Biblical) husband should be like to his wife.

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