Last week while Emily was at ballet - I took the other two and ran to the Salvation Army thrift store. We had fifteen minutes tops to just breeze through quickly! When I opened the door, I spied something that (gasp) oh, could it be?
First, the background. About two months ago - I was feeling inspired to create some sort of reading area for my littles in an unused space of the living room.
What I really wanted was the little Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere Chair (or chairs) to put there, some sort of lighting and some sort of book storage. So, I priced the chairs (around $100). Nope - that was not going to work.
A friend mentioned getting them off of ebay - checked that - ($60-$75) still out of my budget. I thought about making a cover and buying the inserts. I thought about making the insert and buying the cover. I thought about trying to make the whole chair.
My mom and I saw a neat old school desk (bench type) and I thought about that. I thought about bean bags, I thought about pillows on the floor or small wooden rocking chairs or completely giving up!
All the while, I knew what would be just perfect is some small scale actual furniture that was made for little people! I scoured the internet for something affordable. Nada.
I could not come up with any solution that would cost any less than $60+ that was what I liked. Until last Tuesday!
Are you seeing where this is going? Yes, when I walked in that thrift store - there was a Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere chair in the color I wanted - red! It was $5. Yes, it went home with us!
It was quite dirty - in fact I was wondering if it was stained. But, as David said - even the foam was worth the $5, so I decided to take a risk. It also had a name embroidered on it: "Gaven" and someone had tried to remove part of it and done a very poor job.
But in spite of all of this, I still took a chance. I am soooo glad I did!!!
I tossed the cover in the wash after using a little Spray and Wash - it came out perfect! Looks brand new! I took all the foam outside and sprayed with disinfectant. Then, I sewed a small piece of blue fabric over the name and it was done before I went to bed that night!
First thing the next morning, they discovered they could both squeeze into it! They have had so much fun with it already (and a few little squabbles over whose turn it is).
Thank You, Lord, for closing all the doors that were not right until this one! Thank You for providing in such a generous way for our family. We did not have to have a cute chair to sit in and read, but it was a blessing to me that You gave it to us anyway. It did not even have to be the exact color I wanted, but You care about even the little things and You chose to shower this blessing on me anyway.
Lord, I know that sometimes others wonder why I say my ideas come from You. I am convinced this is true and this is one example of why - You not only provide the idea, but then provide the way for it to come about!
It reminds me of Psalm 37:4, "Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart." It has long been my belief that when we are focusing on Him, the desires of our hearts are FROM Him and His desires for us. So, He delights in fulfilling His will in our lives! I am not delighting in finding the perfect reading chair for my children no matter what the cost. I am delighting in Him, He gave me the idea for the reading area and then He provided fulfillment of this desire.
"...we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done."
Do you have a story to share of God's provision? Let's praise Him together for His generous provision for us!