Thursday, September 21, 2017

A House Uncovered

We are fine with not having the house absolutely completed as we leave for this fall and winter revival tour. We knew it would probably come to that if we wished to avoid going into steep debt. In some ways, we are pretty close to wrapping it up. Other than a few big ticket items we are dangerously close.

We wanted to have the doors, windows, roof, soffits and siding completed before leaving. Even though there are people in and out of the house every week, we did not want to leave the house at the mercy of the elements. Once the garage door was in place a few weeks ago, all we lacked to button things up was the siding.

We thought the siding installation was taken care of but hurricane Harvey interfered. Hurricane Harvey in Texas? Yep.

Millions of people have been adversely affected by Harvey. Their lives have been literally turned upside down and many of those cities will require years to recover. The devastation is widespread in the greater Houston area and well beyond.

There is a family that intended to travel to Ohio and put on the Hardie siding as a mission project. They are very well qualified and have installed Hardie for years. 

Unfortunately they live and work smack dab in the middle of the area affected by hurricane Harvey. There is no way they will be able to travel to Ohio and put the Hardie siding on the house we are building for Odie to live in.

We absolutely, completely understand the position they are in. We fully expect them to stay in Texas and tend to they own properties, their families, their church, their neighbors, their community and their business.

Do you believe that God knew all about their future needs and responsibilities when they committed to help us "pre" Harvey? I do! And I believe God will bless them for their intention to help even though it is completely out of their hands to do so now.

I ALSO believe that God knew we would be scrambling to find someone to install the siding on this house even though we thought it was a done deal. Nothing surprises God and He has proven that time and time again to us.

I am anxious to get the siding finished before winter weather. I am concerned about it. Yet, I am determined to be patient and wise. We have been waiting and watching and listening.

We very much want the siding installed with professionalism at a reasonable price. I do not want some one's first cousin's brother-in-law's ex-wife's current husband's nephew and his friends that installed siding one time a few years ago and it was something like the siding we have only more complicated.

In other words, why pay for some one to do an incredibly poor job of installing the Hardie when I can do that myself for free?!

The siding, like the roof and several other aspects is critical and must be done correctly. If it is not done correctly, it will be a costly problem that will have to be dealt with later.

Since winter will be here soon, I need to do something. What that something is, I do not know yet. I have confidence I will know soon, though.

Will you help us pray for God's guidance? Thank you. Thanks for reading today too.


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