Friday, March 11, 2016

A Thrifty Week at Harvest Lane Cottage #57


Hello Ladies!

It is such a beautiful day here at the cottage. I'm home from our homeschool co-op while papa fills in for me. I have a bit of a cold or sinus something. It came on during a heavy rainstorm a couple days ago. I hope it will leave just as quickly. No word yet on hubby's interviews last week, so the job hunt continues. I am amazed at God's provision. 

Next week it will be three months since we closed the restaurant and our income ceased. We didn't have enough money saved to last this long. BUT GOD! No unemployment. No food stamps. BUT GOD! I don't even understand it all, BUT GOD! In his infinite wisdom, and mercy, God continues to provide for us. I just know he has something good for Lowell that he's working out. I've just got to hold on, have faith, and keep on the sunny side. 
~smile~

~ We received gifts of money from three dear people at our church last Sunday. Thank you Kiki, Randy, and Georgia! These gifts really touched my heart, because I know that they were given in love sacrificially.

~ We received free dinner last night when we volunteered to make phone calls before the Republican debate. Thank you!

~ My dad visited and brought us meat, laundry soap, toiletries, and lots of other things. Thank you Dad!

~ I didn't go shopping. I used what I have on hand with the addition of a few things hubby picked up for me. 

~ I received cotton yarn in the mail. Thank you Sandi!

~ I reviewed some items for free for Amazon sellers. I guess the years of book reviewing and leaving reviews on Amazon have paid off. Here's my Amazon profile with my reviews. Kendra wrote about becoming a reviewer without a blog. Thank you Kendra!

~ Friends helped pay for my son to play miniature golf with the teens. Thank you Adells!

~ Thank you God for all these wonderful blessings!
~ My girls made a delicious taco salad with things we had on hand with the addition of some cheese, chips, and taco seasoning.

~ My Emily made an old recipe, Kitchen Cupboard Salsa, that we've made for years to go with the taco salad. It's so good, we ate it all! It's better than what you can buy in the store, but it's easy to keep the ingredients on hand. 


Well, this turned into a How God's Blessed Us post rather than a thrifty post. But it just goes to show you how God takes care of those who love him.

God is no respecter of persons. What he has done for me, he will do for you. Does that mean he will provide in the same way? No. But he might. He wants you to cast your burdens and fears and doubts on him. He wants you and me to trust him to do us good and to take care of us... no matter what our eyes see... no matter what our ears hear.

Fear not, He is indeed with us. 
He will neither leave us nor forsake us. 
No matter what.
He promised!

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How are you blessing your family with your thrifty ways this week?
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ஐღLauraღஐ 

35 comments:

  1. This can't be an easy time for you. It makes my heart happy that you are receiving God's provisions. May He continue to meet your needs as you wait for a job offer. Yes, looking on the sunny side is the way to go. Great attitude!

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  2. Hello - it has been a super busy time for me and I am way behind on checking in on many of my favorite blogs like yours! I did not know that you had closed your business and were out of work. Sounds like God is really taking care of you! Thank you for sharing your testimony. You will be in my prayers that you can find work and have an income that will surpass what you have ever had before!

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  3. What an encouragement! He does provide. It is amazing!

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  4. Thank you so much Deb! I believe all the prayers are keeping God's attention on the problem. It's a small problem to him!

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  5. Laura,
    what a blessing!!! God is so Good.. It touches my heart to know how He is blessing you and your family.. I am praying for Hubby's job search.. He is good, and all in His timing. Pray He will continue to supply all your needs and give you comfort. hugs. Judy

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  6. I just love your positive attitude! I'm so glad all the blessings are coming your way! I'm going to have to look into how to become a reviewer. Sounds good. Have a great night (I know you will)

    vickie

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  7. Thank you for praying, Judy. I know God's got a plan for us. I'm asking for something he will enjoy and will provide an income that will allow us to save for the retirement years.

    Hugs,
    Laura

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  8. I'm doing my best to stay positive, Vickie. I was feeling a bit down last week as I was trying to figure things out. That's when I get down. When I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding and acknowledge him in all my ways, things don't look quite so impossible, and he makes our paths straight... at least for the next few feet. Thank you so much for praying for us!
    Laura

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  9. Dear Laura,
    I will keep you and your family in my prayers, that Our Heavenly Father will soon reveal His plan for your hubby's employment.
    You bring such a positive and spiritual lift to my day, like a beautiful ray of sunshine :)
    P.s. My mothers is recovering slowly but nicely - thank you so much for your prayer.

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    1. I'm glad your mama is healing Carrie. Be blessed dear lady!

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  10. Keeping you in prayer...I know how hard it is...been there, doing it, still. Many hugs to you friend...

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    1. Thank you Linda.

      Father God, please meet Linda's every need physically, spiritually, socially, and financially in Jesus' Name! Amen.

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  11. It is a blessing to read your thankful post! I pray that your husband will find a job--and continued peace and provision from the Lord.

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    1. Oh thank you so much Carol. I'll be over for a visit in a bit.

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  12. I'm praying for you and your family and that the right job comes along for your husband. Hugs,

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  13. What amazing gifts from friends and family! You must feel so surrounded by love <3 <3

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  14. I will surely try that hot sauce! I'm thankful as well as you for God's provision. He really is into the small things as well as the big. I feel blessed to be able to review. I read your review too. I love what you said in the beginning about the genre. You've said what I've tried to voice.
    Just an fyi you wouldn't like Thin Ice. I just reviewed it. But I've read a couple of books recently that you might like. Email me and we will talk about it. Maybe I can send you some.
    slegan@yahoo.com

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    1. I wrote to you Lynn, but I'm not sure I used the right email address.

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  15. What an incredibly awesome post attesting to the power of our Lord to keep us when things look impossible in our natural way of thinking! I always say this: It takes an impossibility for a miracle to happen. We want the miracles, but not the impossibility, but it can't be so. God has taken your impossibility, and turned it into a miraculous event... to GOD be the glory! So thankful for the Lord's provision for you, and I do believe that He has the perfect job for your husband. The Lord is with you, and all is well! Much love to you today dear Laura!

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    1. Dear Spicing Up,

      God has been truly good to us. I choose to keep trusting him to provide work for Lowell and a way to pay bills.

      Blessings, Laura

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  16. The Lord does care of us, different ways with different people and it looks like He took special care of you :)

    Have a wonderful week and just keep looking up!

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  17. Thank you for sharing how the Lord is providing in your life! Jehovah Jireh!

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  18. I followed your link from Have a Cup. I feel God has sent you my way that I may encourage and pray for you. I too am in a similar circumstance except that I do receive SS. This small income pays the bills but nothing left for food, clothing, etc. I have struggled through many seasons of life yet God has always provided for my needs. Nothing more, nothing less. My God poor out his blessing upon blessings on your family and bring you comfort and strength throughout these uncertain times. Debbie

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    1. Oh Debbie, thank you so much for encouraging me and praying for us today. May God meet all of your needs according to His riches in glory. In Jesus' Name!

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  19. You truly are a testament that God provides and for each of us in a different way.

    Thanks for sharing at SYC.

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    1. He does, Carol. Yesterday I felt down, and things seemed hard. Then I realized that I had lost a lot of sleep the night before. I had let myself get over-tired. I went to bed at 8:30, got up at 6:00 and felt right as rain. It's a lesson to me about being tired and my emotions.

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  20. When my husband was demoted to a lower paying position, we never saw the change in income because of prayer and faithfulness. God is so good. I went over to your Amazon account and found some of reviews helpful, too. I know that helps, as I'm a reviewer myself. Thanks for continuing to share your thriftiness and faithfulness with us at the Over the Moon Link Party.

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  21. Laura, God certainly has and will continue to bless you. He hears and answers your prayers. I pray that you will hear about Lowell's interviews soon! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  22. Hello Laura Lane! Thank you so much for visiting me on Twitter and I'm so sorry it has taken so long to respond back. I love your upbeat attitude and will definitely be following along! God does amazing things in our lives if we just let Him. God bless you dear and your family!

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  23. Oh and I forgot to mention that I'll stick around a lot longer to listen to those beautiful birds singing! I love that!!

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Hello! I love it when y'all talk back!

I read all the comments I receive. I'm taking a short spring break, so I will have a lot of messages when I get back online. If you would like a reply to your comment, please be sure to leave your email address and ask me for a response. I moderate all comments, so it your comments won't show on the blog until I get back in the swing of things.

Thanks so much for your patience!

It will be good for me to unplug for a bit. Know what I mean?
Be blessed!
Laura