It’s a shame I didn’t think to get before pictures of most of the furniture.
With my husband’s vacation being cancelled, Anne was in more of a hurry to try and get these done.
But I can tell you, they needed work.
There was definitely a reason all of the pieces put together was $50.
The tall dresser was in the best shape, as the long dresser had water damage on top as well.
The night stand had three burn marks and water damage.
The bench had stains on the top and a really big black widow spider living inside.
(One of those moments when I moved faster than normal!)
It was definitely an opportunity.
Anne learned a lot about the joys of renovation.
She also got to add her own special touch by painting flowers on the different pieces and the knobs.
Through it all I prayed and praised God.
Because I really didn’t help her very much.
Monday and Tuesday I helped some, but by Wednesday she’d learned each step and took over.
When it came to painting the mirror she took her time and was super careful.
Last night, Tim and hubby carried the dressers upstairs.
The smaller pieces we did previously.
We all commented on how her hard work paid off.
I love that God gave Anne this project.
I love how the furniture looks.
I love that Anne has gained a skill along with confidence to try something new.
I love that she now has furniture to take with her, whenever and wherever God leads her as an adult.
God’s ways are always best.
I’ve needed to be reminded of that this week.
I’ve been reading the book of Job on my Bible app, but didn’t have it bookmarked in my Bible.
So, I knew it wasn’t a coincidence when my Bible fell open to Job 38 yesterday morning.
God’s words to Job were exactly what I needed to hear.
I had wanted to do this with Anne, every step of the way.
But that wasn’t what happened, because God knows best.
Yesterday, when Tim was asking about the project I honestly said, “No, I really didn’t help much. She did this.”
Instead of me working alongside her, it was Jesus.
As a mom, I find it difficult to let go.
I want to be with our children, no matter their age, to help, to encourage, to listen.
But that isn’t always what is best for them.
And God knows exactly what is.
I’m still learning how to let go and trust Him for each of our children.
And what a great reminder to that truth, these beautiful pieces of furniture that Anne and Jesus did.
Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart?
Job 38:36 NKJV
God did, and I’m praising Him for it!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You so much for this opportunity. Thank You for teaching Anne how to do all these things. Thank You for giving her this opportunity not only to learn, but to stretch out into something new. Lord, please continue to guide and direct each of our children. Let their hearts be molded by You, that their lives might bring You glory. Lord, thank You for reminding me that Your ways are best. Thank You for teaching me another opportunity to let go. Please continue to speak into our hearts and minds. Please continue to bring us closer to You. I love You, Jesus. Amen.