What Is the Lord Doing In Your Life? – And More House Pictures

What is the Lord doing in your life?

Anna recently had the idea for us girls to pray for part of our walk. This is not instead of our personal prayer times but an “extra.” It has been a precious, sweet time of lifting our hearts up to the Lord. In addition, it truly has been a way to “redeem the time,” and we still have time to fellowship together after we are done praying. We have been excited to see so many answers to prayer.  “… for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.” — Matthew 17:20

Two conferences were just confirmed: Tupelo, Mississippi, September 17th, and Hammond, Louisiana (outside of New Orleans), October 5-6th.

House work is flying along as we tackle all that lies before us. Progress is good!



Friday night, the wood floor were begun to be laid.

Using the hardwood floor nailer.

Nathan’s help was greatly appreciated.

Abby came over with her daddy, and she used ear protectors as the nailer was extremely loud.

This is the paint booth in the process of being set up. The drying rack is on the left side loaded with the wood before it is painted. It is being stored there to free up the floor.

Stacks of hardwood!

Real teamwork.

John is helping me fill the nail holes before Dad begins painting.

Filling nail holes.

The paint booth set up: with plastic all the way around and a layer on the floor.

Painting the cabinet “shells”.

No, he’s not mowing the floor. Sanding it. Isn’t it beautiful?

The paint booth in working order.

John spent hours sanding the floors.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant
it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”

–Psalms 133:1 

12 thoughts on “What Is the Lord Doing In Your Life? – And More House Pictures”

  1. Joseph, your house is really turning into a beautiful home! The Maxwell family makes one incredible team – I’m amazed at how quickly it’s all coming together. I love the photo of Anna in the kitchen where you can see “floor to ceiling” how much progress has been made. What a wonderful gift you are giving to Joseph and Elizabeth’s future family.

  2. Praying while I am walking is my favorite time to pray. I am not distracted by other things so much.

  3. I do like to pray when I walk, but I don’t do it every time. I really like praying in bed when I wake up and before I go to sleep.

    Good job on the house. You’re really going need to work, work, work to finish it before the wedding! And we thought you were busy before, but now. You must be very blessed to have the a/c working.

    This sure has been a dry, harsh summer through the country. But God did bless us with rain this morning, and it wasn’t quite as hot.

  4. You guys are amazing at what you can achieve as a family. Where did you learn to do all this house renovation stuff? I t looks like you did it all without any “professional” help. Want to come renovate my house in Ireland when you are finished? Love and God bless, Michelle
    Mostly we just learn as we go.

  5. The house work looks great. Love the hardwood floors.
    We own a rent house that is about to be vacant and we will be taking a couple of months to repair some things before the next tenant moves in in November. Would love to have hardwood floors but not sure my husband has time enough off of work to do that.
    I have recently taken on a project for Operation Write Home. We decorate blank cards and send to the military for them to use to write home to their families.
    I just finished making mini-books of the story of creation for a friend to take on a mission trip to New Orleans.
    Next I will be joining in on a bible study/needle work group at church. We will be making prayer shawls. I am just now learning to crochet.
    I learned from Mrs. Maxwell that I should be a better steward of my time by scheduling SO between taking care of my family and homeschooling I have found that I had more time to bless others.
    That’s what has beeen going on in my life. That you for sharing yours.

    God bless you and that you Mrs. Maxwell for showing me how to better use my time.

  6. The house looks beautiful.
    What has God been doing in our lives? Teaching us patience because my two little nephews spent a week with us. 🙂

  7. The floors are beautiful! I am wanting wood floors in my living and dining rooms and down the hallway. This makes me think I can do it myself…almost. Are they going to stain them or just seal and put a few coats of polyurethane on them keeping them their natural color? Either would be pretty.

    What has God been doing in my life? Teaching me the value of prayer when it is all I can do. There is a young lady in my church whom was diagnosed with Stage 2 Lymphoma back in January. She is 17 and has been through 12 rounds of chemo only to be told that she now has another tumor which has grown at the rate of 12 mm in two weeks located between the chestwall and sitting on top of her heart. Today, she is in surgery to do an exploratory biopsy; in a week is a week’s stay in the hospital receiving 24-hr. high-dose chemo to wipe out her immune system, and after that is a stem cell transplant. Please keep this family in your prayers. They are a wonderful Christian family who loves the Lord and is seeking His will in all of this.

    In Christ,

    Stain and multiple polyurethane coats.

    Yes, praying for her.

  8. I think a lot of us pray or meditate when we walk. I know I do. I also use walking time to think about things happening in my life. Most of the time I walk alone and I prefer that.

    I think you should take up Michelle’s offer. Ireland is a beautiful country.

    Are you watching any of the Olympics? I’m not much of a TV watcher but i do like watching the Olympics.
    I’m sure Ireland would be delightful.

    We don’t even own a TV.

  9. The house looks beautiful. It is really inspiring to see your family work together to help Joseph prepare for his marriage. Thanks for your Godly example.

  10. Amazing progress on Joseph’s house! 🙂 And I love to pray as I’m walking too – – another way to stay close to the Lord. 🙂

  11. I am enjoying watching the house take shape, but I’m grateful for watching the shape of your family. These photos are such a blessing. I’ve read about, dreamed and prayed for a family that is connected and together, unlike my family when I was growing up. We were encouraged to have friends and interests no one in the family shared – school separates the whole family, if you aren’t intentional about staying together.
    So as I homeschooled and worked to build family friendships and common experiences, I wasn’t sure what the destination looked like. I want us to stay in the same area so I can be a grandmother, unlike my parents who retired and moved south. Now that my eldest is 21, and these days of adult children are upon me, I am so profoundly grateful that you are sharing your family life with us. I see that it can be so much more than the camping trips and a family vegetable garden we did together when they were young. Thank you.

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