Struggles

My husband was given a 1960’s dinette set that we have been using on our screened in porch for several years. The chair cushions had been torn by Jazz, in her puppy stage, when she was left on the porch one day.

We had them re-covered, and they have set in our basement room since July of this year. We had so many issues with time constraints during this period, we were unable to get them back on the chairs until now. And now… finally they are back in their home, looking better than ever.

1960's chairs without pads.

1960’s chairs without pads.

I cleaned the brass knobs with Brasso, and they look much better.

Brasso cleaner

Brasso cleaner

Once we took the time, it only took a few minutes to screw the seats back on, using a powered screwdriver.

Since I am in the process of updating our basement room, I decided to reuse the rug from this room, for our deck. And here is the final product.

1960's dinette set with recovered chairs.

1960’s dinette set with recovered chairs.

Another view.

Another view.

The material is an all-weather vinyl-type that can tolerate being out on a covered porch. I also completed painting the garden wagon and have it on the deck now.

Garden wagon on porch.

Garden wagon on porch.

I hope to have real flowers in the wagon as soon as the weather warms up.

The thing that I am struggling with today is, how much do we leave behind our desires and thinking as the world does, and how much do we follow God’s teaching. If I had been selfish and told one person we could not do what they were asking of us during the time the chair cushions set downstairs, they could have been finished and on the deck in July… but there was Vacation Bible School to teach, and preparations for my niece and nephew to stay a week with us, and I could continue to make a list until my computer shuts down.

How much time and money are we supposed to give to others? When is it okay to stop giving?

The world says:

Don’t let others take advantage of you.

When it comes to money… it is yours to spend however you want to.

Your time is YOUR time.

The world makes it all about YOU!

The Bible says:

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away they coat, let him have thy cloke also. And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.” Matthew 5:38-42

“If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the lord thy God giveth thee,thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.” Deuteronomy 15:7-8

What constitutes a poor man?

This morning I was listening to 106.9, WMIT, and John MacArthur was saying that we are not smart enough to figure out satan’s strategic attacks against us, but we are to put on our armor (see Ephesians 6:10-20) and leave the battle to Someone who understands satan’s ways. So maybe I don’t have to struggle with this… I just leave it alone and let God decipher it all out and guide my steps.

“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the Lord, and He shall save thee.” Proverbs 20:22

I don’t have to do anything… only what God puts in my path on a daily basis to do, and when someone asks me to do one more thing, I just do it, leaving it to God to figure out the attack and save me from it, if what I am asked to do is wrong.

In the words of David as he stood before Goliath, “…the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s…” (1 Samuel 17:47).

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