I stepped outside my house. It was time to face reality. I had to hire a contractor to tear out and replace the worn wooden railings and banister and steps with a fresh look and new materials.. But oh the cost!
I had put off the job for over a year but now I faced increasing dry rot in the corners if I didn’t act now!
And so I did. I found a company whose workers I liked. The price was within my budget and the owner’s vision for the final outcome lined up with mine.
Next came the task of deciding on the kind of wood and stone to use. That got my heart pounding. I’d rather write an entire book than face decisions that required knowledge I didn’t readily have.
Where was Charles when I needed him? Oh that’s right–in heaven. 🙂 I pressed on, learned a ton about wood and stone and style and durability and a whole lot more. The original builders had used reclaimed wood so it was definitely showing its age.
And so I forged ahead and below is the result. I am more than happy. I’m thrilled! Not only does my front porch look lovely but I walked through a minefield of decisions and came out all right.
God was my partner as I sorted out what to do, what not to do, and how to manage my anxiety. After this experience, I feel even closer to our Lord who never leaves nor forsakes us.
I realize that not every woman would react as I did. We each have our own threshold of worry and fear but the point is that God meets us where we are and leads us from that point on. We serve an awesome God. And I have a beautiful new front porch as just one example.
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.” (Psalm 32:8)