Ephesians 3:16-18

I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your
hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:16-18).

Friday, September 13, 2013

God will provide!

Being a hostess is not my gift!  I repeat, it is not my gift!  I stress about the house being clean before, during, and after!  I stress about food!  Is there enough?  Is it good?  PHEW, it stresses me out!  I want to be good at it!  I want to have people over all the time and be easy going.  It just isn't so!  Last night we had about 13 or 14 people in our house.  I offered to feed everyone and I really wanted to bless people by having them over to watch a game and giving them food.  

This is how the day started!

There was one major difference between the ants in my house and the ants in the picture above!  The ones swarming my house were even less attractive! They were in the master bathroom, the kitchen sink, pantry, and in the master closet!  No exaggeration, it looked as if our floor was moving in our closet!  The stupid things were all over our dirty clothes! I tried everything I could think to get rid of them.  By the end of it, my house smelled like a pickle from all the vinegar I used to clean with!  It also smelled like peppermint oil.  Wow, what a mix!  The bug man came to my rescue, and I DID NOT FEEL BAD for killing the tiny annoying creatures.  Okay, now that I think of it, maybe I do feel a little bad. If I could have gotten rid of them any other way, I would have thought about it.  After all, they do work harder than I have ever thought of working!  If I had half of their motivation I would get much more accomplished.  I really wish I would work for the Lord, the way these ants work for their queen who is able to be killed by the pinch of a human finger.  Of course, it would not be this human finger!  I'm not touching an ant unless it is on me or attacking a child!   

Okay, enough about the ants that were so hard to kill.  We finally got rid of most of them around 1:00.  My house was a wreck from taking everything out of the pantry.  I lost it! People were coming over, ants had taken over, the day before I found out news I didn't want to hear, my baby felt bad, and I was coming down with a sore throat!  Phew, did I mention hosting is not my gift.  Anyway, I was half determined to push through and half determined to cancel.  One of my sweet friends Jen, who has four children of her own offered to watch Landry while I cleaned.  That was such a HUGE help!  Once Landry came home she took a long nap, which is not normal for her!  It was a miracle!  While she napped I was able to finish cleaning and preparing the meal.  While preparing I noticed we did not have enough shredded cheese! OH MY GOSH! I don't keep anything on hand, so I was hopeful my neighbor Lis had some. As I was calling Lis, I opened the refrigerator and saw this glorious shredded cheese! I had enough to complete all of the enchiladas! 

Jen dropped off a salad and didn't even stay to eat!  Yup, that is the kind of friend she is!  Did I mention she is also my cousin?  How blessed am I to have her as family?!!! Alan went to pick up a pizza from Johnny's Pizza House and they messed up the order.  We were given two pizza's for the price of one!  This was another miracle!  Our dear friend Allison, brought a wonderful sopapilla cheesecake and Lis brought Alan's favorite, chocolate chip cookies!  People went home with food!  God totally provided!  

The night turned out to be fun!  It was nothing I did, because like I said it just isn't my gift.  The Lord worked through my anxious self and provided everyone with a good time and good food!  Thank you Jesus for your ability to provide a way!

This is the sauce that was made by Jen and used to season the chicken for the enchiladas! 

The spread of food we had minus the cheesecake! 

Taylor and Landry!

My sweet Savannah girl!

Funny Aunt Amber!  She stole Landry's headbands!

Landry saying, Aunt Amber you better give them back!


Rach @ This Italian Family said...

That shot of Landry at the end is hilarious! Love those real emotion shots! ;)

And hey, we all have different gifts and that's really okay. I love how so many things came together for this to work out! I mean, the ants part of the story is awful, but I'm glad you had someone who could get rid of them for you! You have such a sweet heart that you would go out of your way to serve in a way that is outside your comfort zone!

Jamie Sefcik || Hello Little Scout said...

Oh no! Glad you got rid of those ants!!

Allison said...

Boo Ants!!! Have you read Bread & Water by Shana Nequist? The first paragraph of your post made me think you would LOVE it!!