“That Ye May Have Lack of Nothing”

The Lord’s ways are amazing, wonderful, and unimaginable–His mercies are new every morning. What are we praising the Lord specifically for? Joseph was offered appliances! They were gifted to him by a friend (thank you so much, Mr. B!), who had been given them by a lady who was moving.

Joseph is the grateful recipient of a fridge/freezer, a washer and dryer, a full-size bed with a beautiful mirror headboard, a dresser, and an upright freezer (soon to be coming). We are thrilled!

May we each take a moment to ponder and thank the Lord for the blessings He has given us. It could be as simple as the ability to wake up this morning, the opportunity to read God’s Word, food to sustain our bodies, or a home to live in.


Here are some work pictures.

Already, with the coat of primer, the house has taken on a totally new look.

Dad sprayed two coats of primer and then two coats of white ceiling paint.

He wears a mask to protect against fumes while spraying.

New windows! They will definitely change things.

And doors.

The only attachment we had! Oh well. Not real efficient but thankful for it.

Anna and Joseph are sanding cabinets.

Mary scraped knock-down splatters from the floor.

Mom was a great helper!

A view from out back.

“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.”
– 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12

17 thoughts on ““That Ye May Have Lack of Nothing””

  1. I love your comment about the vacuum cleaner, Sarah. I really disliked vacuuming, but find the whole thing much more palatable now that I focus on how grateful I am to be blessed with a vacuum cleaner and am not trying to clean with a broom, dustpan and brush! I think it was one of your mum’s books which helped me on my journey to that point!

  2. Having so much fun watching the progress. What a lovely house it will be! I love it when God’s people can bless others, how thoughtful of Mr. B!!!

  3. Oh, my! It looks so different! Amazing what a lot of hard work and sweat (and hopefully some laughter along the way) will do for a project! It looks great!

  4. Praise the Lord for providing those items for you Joseph and Elizabeth. All of you are doing a great job in getting the house ready. How nice to work together as a team to get things done.

  5. That’s so nice that someone gave you appliances — those big-ticket items can be so costly and are essential in setting up a new household! I remember feeling overwhelmed when we bought our first home (which was new construction) having to buy refrigerator/freezer and washer and dryer…and then window coverings (for some reason I thought new homes would come with them! LOL!). Our living room had no furniture in it for over 4 years, so we called it the dog’s playroom. Anything people are willing to give you is such a blessing! And having been on the giving end of it myself, it feels really good to bless someone like that.

  6. So blessed by this post. Thank you for sharing with others. I was personally so encouraged by this post.

  7. What a blessing! Truly such a gift, that the Lord sees our needs. May we all strive to thank Him for everything we have.

  8. Are the kitchen cupboards being sanded? Will they be a color or natural wood? Love how the family works together and how it shows that a house is affordable for a young couple when everyone pitches in!
    Anna and Mary are painting them white.

  9. That is really nice getting a gift like that.

    New windows are a very good investment. Old windows waste so much energy. I’ve just moved into a building built in 1892. The landlord replaced all the windows, which I really appreciate!

    I bet Elizabeth is anxious to see her new home.

  10. I am rejoicing with Joseph and you all!

    I have a question. Do you all have any plans as far as how long you will continue giving conferences? I know your children are a HUGE part of the ministry and as they marry and leave the home, I would think it would be hard to continue on giving conferences in the same way.

    I sure hope I get to hear you all again. Thanks for all you do.

    That is always up to the Lord. Currently, their plan is they will join us on the road after their honeymoon.

  11. Praise the Lord for His goodness! 🙂 SO happy to read about the wonderful gifts Joseph received. ~ Continued prayers for you all as you work together to help Joseph prepare his house for his soon-to-be bride. 🙂 If I didn’t live sooo far away I’d gladly bring over a meal for you all as you’re working. Thanks for taking the time to share all these updates and photos–I always smile when I see a new blog post from the Maxwells. 🙂

  12. Rejoicing with you in God’s abundant provision! It is wonderful being a child of the Most High God! Praise Him!

    With love and prayers from NJ

    Lisa and Hannah

  13. God is so good.

    Joseph and Elizabeth’s new home is coming together so fast–I can’t even imagine how many hours a day you are all putting in on this. It is always wonderful to watch your family working on projects together, you are such a team and such an example of what is family is. I love you family so much and always feel such a sense of God when I read your blog and see your pictures.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  14. Wow, I just have to say that I am so impressed, inspired and moved by the way your family is working together to get the home ready for the engaged couple. Our culture-at-large could learn so very much from the example you are modelling in this regard. I wonder how many couples could even dream of receiving this level of support from their families as they embark on marriage? I’m sure not many. Can’t imagine how blessed Joseph and Elizabeth will feel when they are living in their new home, and they look around and know that their family’s own “sweat equity” is what made the home possible! You are truly modelling something amazing here, Maxwells! Now – as to the cabinets being painted white? Have you considered doing an “antiquing” kind of glaze over the paint so that they are not bight white? I say this as someone who has has painted white cabinets in a kitchen. They were virtually impossible to keep clean, wore very quickly and ended up looking so industrial, especially with my white appliances. The glazing really helped. Just something to think about but I’m sure it will turn out beautiful regardless. Can’t wait to see pictures of the finished project!
    Excellent idea on the antiquing. I passed it on. We will see what they decide. Thanks,

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