Yard Sale Wrap Up (hint… this is good stuff)

What a weekend! Especially after the discouraging week I’ve had. No one discouraged me, it’s self-inflicted, but still discouraged nonetheless. I think God planted this crazy little sale right in the middle of my dark little pool of self-pity. I think he was getting tired of me pleading for something He’s already promised. This is how I would sum up our dialogue lately:
God: “Remember Erica, I told you to do this, remember?”
Me: “Yes, so what’s up God, when is this thing going to happen.”
God: “I already know, and it WILL happen.”
Me: “Well if you won’t tell me when I’m just going to sulk until my phone rings.” “Just go on doing stuff while we wait, whatever.”
God: “For real? That’s how you’re going to be? There are millions waiting, get over yourself”
Insert a bit of God hitting me smack in the face with my self-indulgent attitude, adjusting said attitude and then following that up with a blessing. Such a God move. He’s so cool.

Here’s the good stuff.
I woke up, stopped complaining about things going slowly and thanked God for allowing us to be refined by this process in the first place. We held a yard sale with the Huber family, they are adopting from Haiti, and spent the last 3 days sleeping very little, battling rain storms and a sign stealer while peddling donated goods to anyone who would stop by. We got soaked and stinky but had a great time just being in this thing together. This all came about because we can’t have sales in our neighborhood, the Hubers probably can’t either but they have a good location and nobody threatened us with a fine. We pulled this entire thing together with no planning and just a couple of days to gather stuff. God took our preschool toys, vases, snowman dishes and cassette (yes cassette) players and multiplied them like fish and bread. He moved in hearts and they dropped dollars into the donation jar. Friday was decent weather, it rained in the morning and we struggled with tarps and kept towels handy to dry things off. Saturday was complete with black clouds, tornado watches and downpours. Terrible weekend for a sale really. But God reminded us that he would provide just as He promised. We took in just over $2,400. Split that between two families and we were each able to add $1,200 to our funds. Top that off with having fun with Mrs. Rachel Huber and that’s not too shabby! But seriously…that total is awesome.

Looks like a beautiful day for a sale right.. just wait 5 minutes

Ah, that's more like it: tarps and storm clouds

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Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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