Spring has sprung....well at least the projects have. My project this week is painting! "Not again!" I hear you say. This time it's a secret project for our 6 year old son. Shhhh...
Our dear friend, Jerry, has been building a loft bed for our son. Jerry and my husband, Scott, came up with this idea last spring. Our son's room is the smallest in the house. This new bed will give him some more floor space to play, but won't be as high as a bunk bed. Well, Jerry needed me to come to he and his wife Beth's house to do some painting on it. He laid all the parts out that needed painting in his barn. I arrived with my music loaded and in my painting clothes. Beth told me to just come in when I arrive. I always love going to their house for a visit. Besides the great fellowship between friends, they also have a menagerie of creatures on their land. The turkeys are the first to greet you when you arrive, with their gobble, gobbles. (This always makes me giggle) Beth hooked me up with some water and drove me on her ATV to the barn. Laying on the saw horses, under the overhang, was my first piece that needed painting. Beth showed me where the supplies were, but first she fed her cows. As soon as the cows heard the ATV, they knew their momma was coming out to feed them. They all started mooing and then Sammy, the red haired favorite, mooed in his broken, squeaky moo. I'm not a country girl, but that Sammy is so cute. After the cows got fed, Beth told me to drive the ATV back to the house if I needed anything. Then she walked home. I took out my phone and pulled up my music. Now, when I paint, I prefer non-singing music. It helps me focus on my projects better. My choice to start with was music written by Frederic Chopin. He is my favorite composer.
It was gorgeous outside! There was a cool breeze and warm sunshine. Since we were in the country, there were no car noises of any kind. It was just me, God, and the creatures around me...and Chopin. It was so peaceful to my soul. Psalm 23:1-3 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.
As I was painting, I realized I needed my small paint brushes. I had left them in the house, in my purse, by accident. I got excited because I had never driven an ATV before. How fun! I could get used to that! I went into the house and got my brushes. Beth thought I should use one of their paint brushes, but I already know how mine flows. It's an art thing. She also let me borrow her Bluetooth speaker. I drove back out to the barn and continued to paint. I tried to find that peaceful moment I had earlier, but then I started seeing "yucky" creatures that I'm sure were there before, but I didn't notice them.....til now!
The first was a big, black, hairy spider. He was dead center above the opening of the barn. Please keep in mind, I.AM.NOT.A.COUNTRY.GIRL! That spider would move a little, then hide, then walk some more and hide again. He was watching me! I made a deal with him, if he didn't jump on me, I wouldn't scream. Then I see the wasps! OY! How am I gonna function now? Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me.
Because of the smell of sawdust and the sight of wasps, it made me think of my Uncle Bill. ( My uncle also works with wood) When I was a girl, I freaked out over any bug that got near me. (trust me, I am way better now) Well, one day my whole family (grandparents, parents, sister, brother, aunt and uncles) went to a park called Findley State Park in Ohio. We would go there from time to time for a picnic and walk in the woods. This one time, I went walking with my uncle and this dumb horsefly kept chasing us. I was so freaked out and was screaming through the woods. The Lord brought that moment into my mind as I was looking at the wasps and helped me laugh off the creatures around me. Then the rain came. Beth came out and helped me move in the piece that I was painting back into the barn. Then with Chopin playing loudly in the barn and the rain falling on the roof, I found that peaceful moment again. As I listened to the rain, it started to mirror Chopin's music. When the music was soft, the rain was soft. When the music was dramatic, the rain was dramatic. I smiled and asked the Lord if he was dancing with me. He was just letting his girl know he was with her. Matthew 28:20b And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Well I got finished what I could in the time I had, but my joy was full! I have more to do, but can't wait to see it all done. Once my son sees the bed, he may never leave his room again.
I'm an Ohio girl living in Florida. I've been married 11 this year to my sweet husband, whom I first met on a fix-up by my grandmother. I have two amazing children here on earth and one in heaven. I enjoy learning about different ways to most things domestic. I love playing the piano and cross stitching and of course, watching Fixer Upper.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.