The Temptation of The Red Couch

I just had to share this blog written by a friend of mine:

My husband Steve and I have been married 20 years. The only real issue we’ve had over the years is finances.

Recently our pastor challenged our church to be better managers of God’s money. So we decided to stop buying things we don’t need and step up our giving.

Things were going along smoothly until “The temptation of the red couch!!!”

I love red. I have red in my kitchen, on my couch, in the bathroom. You get the idea.

A friend at work told me she knew someone who was downsizing and was selling an almost new red sectional couch.

We had a tax return coming so I thought, “Hmm how can I make this happen…?” But we’d already decided to stop buying things we didn’t need.

I talked to the guy, and although he paid $4,500 dollars for it a year ago, he was willing to sell it to us for $1,000 dollars. Yikes!

Still, it was a great deal, so I decided to ask my husband.

Our couches are ten year old hand me downs and have become our cat’s personal playground. You can only imagine!

He gave me the “I seriously can’t believe you are asking me this” look. No wife likes that look, but when I see it, I’ve learned to drop it. That’s wisdom from being happily married for 20 years!

I told my best friend about it. She said what I already knew. There was no way around it. It would be irresponsible to use our tax refund for couches! Darn!!!

So she prayed and asked God to put it on the man’s heart to give me the couches for free!

I decided to call him and decline his generous offer of $1,000.

Even if we did want it, we don’t have $1,000 lying around.

Then, you guessed it, the temptation got even worse. He emailed and said he was willing to take payments! Give me a stinkin’ break! I’m only human!

So, I had the nerve to ask my husband again. I guess that 20 year wisdom snuck out on me temporarily. He gave me the “You CANT be serious, Kim” look.

I wrote back and declined once and for all. It felt good to stick to my guns but I knew I might be 80 before I got the couches I really wanted.

The next day I got this email:
Hi Kim. We had no takers on the furniture, so we would like to offer you our RED COUCH and matching furniture at NO CHARGE!!! And by the way, I have a new dining room table and chairs. You can have them too.

Wow! I am humbled that God the Father wants the best for His children. If we trust Him and take Him at His word He will take care of our needs AND sometimes even our wants!

Kim Langstaff, Elk Grove California

Thanks for the story Kim! I love it when God shows Himself faithful when we least expect it!

Ringless in Christ,

Ali Eastburn

With This Ring

The Red Couch

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Better Suited To Give

About a month ago I emptied my closet of everything I don’t wear anymore. Six month rule right?

Then I asked a friend of mine if she could use some clothes, and she said she could but she also had a friend that really needed clothes.

So, I gave her the bin of clothes, and as it turned out, her friend took a bunch of stuff she needed.

So, I told my husband Ken that I needed some new threads, not much, but a few things to get me through since I gave away a lot of what I had.

Of course he thought it was a pretty good trick to give my stuff away so I could get him to buy me more. It wasn’t really a trick, I’m a different size than I was last year and I don’t have clothes that fit very well. Seriously!!!

So I went to a friends house the other day that doesn’t know about my clothing dilemma. As soon as I walked in the door, she said, “Do you need any clothes?”

She had four beautiful suits, really nice ones I might add, and some other things in garment bags and asked me if I would take them and either use them or give them away to someone that needed them.

I took them home and tried them on, and because God is so good, it’s no surprise at all that everything seems to be tailor made to fit me.

So I’m in awe at a few things here:

First of all, I could’ve never afforded these types of clothes. (I’m a Target and Kohl’s girl these days)

Second, God already knew my need before I ever asked Him.

And third, it seems like generosity always follows generosity. I’m convinced that God rewards us for our obedience to bless those in need and then He gives us what we need as well.

And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
2 Cor. 9:8 (NIV)

Has anything like this ever happened to you? Please, share with us…

Good morning beautiful

Every morning my husband Ken wakes up and says, “You’re so beautiful Ali.”

Now I’m smart enough to know that I don’t always look especially beautiful in the morning, and I know that there are days that I probably look downright terrible, but no matter what I look like, he always says the same thing.

I have talked about and written stories about amazing displays of generosity, but I never once thought about kind words as being an act of radical giving.

The funny thing is that as I begin to get ready for my day, I feel pretty even when I have no make up on and my hair is soaking wet. I’ve never had the confidence to venture to the store in sweats or go out when I’m having a “bad hair day” either but I can say that at 43, I can and do traipse all over town “undone.”

I’ve even noticed that I am more complimentary to those around me. I might tell a checker that the color she’s wearing looks amazing on her and I freely dispense compliments on others as I go about my business throughout the day. I haven’t always been like this though. When I think about it, I can trace it back to when Ken started lavishing positive words on me every morning.

There is a song called, “Good morning beautiful” by Steve Holy that reminds what an amazing blessing it is to have a husband that is so incredibly generous with his words.

This is the chorus:

Good morning beautiful
How was your night
Mine was wonderful
With you by my side
And when I open my eyes
And see your sweet face
It’s a good morning beautiful day

When I think of generosity in this sense, there isn’t one of us that can say we have nothing left to give. Take a minute today and be radically generous with your words. You never know what kind of an impact it might make in someone’s life.

Have a beautiful day today!