Sanders Family Unabridged Part 18 (October/November 2015)

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Monday October 5, 2015

We are completely amused with Aaron’s work situation. Before he actually started driving the bus he said that he would do it without pay, because it was a need in the community and he felt like it was something God wanted him to do. God must have taken him seriously because he still hasn’t been paid. So for those that thought Aaron getting a job is the answer to our “problems”, think again! Even when you get a job God can create circumstances where you aren’t getting paid and you’re still trusting in him. Haha! It really is quite amusing.

We have had money from my birthday that we have been using and we got down to where we only had enough for one more tank of gas. We were starting to get a little bit antsy wondering if God was going to come through for us, or if Aaron was going to get paid, or if something else would happen. Even though we were amused we still had to take control over our worry and fear. I know, I know, you’d think we’d be over that by now. I think (and pray) we are over the part where we are ruled by worry and fear. I don’t know if it ever completely goes away simply because we are human. Hopefully I’ll have the answer to that someday and I can let everyone know. We spent the week praying whenever worry or fear would start up in our minds and telling the Lord what our needs were. I received a message on Friday telling me to check our Paypal account. Someone had sent us $1,000. Thank you, Lord, for speaking to people and thank you, people, for listening to the Lord!!

We were challenged by Alyn Jones on Sunday morning to live in wonder and not cynicism. People often say that if they saw miracles they would believe that God was real, that he cares about people and that he is with them. That is simply not true. We only need to look in the Bible for examples of the Israelis being right in the middle of a miracle and complaining about what God was doing. It isn’t a matter of God working, it is a matter of our hearts. If we greet every good thing in life with doubt and cynicism, eventually that is all we will be able to see. What would happen if we lived in childlike wonder of what God can do and we never put him in a box? God himself calls us to imagine what great things He has in store for us and then tells us what He has planned is beyond all of that.

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Yikes!! I haven’t written in a long time. This month has flown by! Aaron is driving his own route now with Williamson County Schools and still has not been paid. Hahahaha!! This is just nuts!!! Anytime he has tried to talk with someone about it they are either out of the office or they were so busy with other things they couldn’t get to him. He finally tracked someone down and was told he had been lost in the shuffle and wouldn’t be paid until November 13th. What??!!! It is so hilariously ridiculous! We have decided this just has to be God doing something because how else does that happen? Aaron has been working there since September! But, God is still proving that He knows where we are and is more than able to take care of us because all of our bills, gas and groceries are always taken care of.

Our friends went out of town for a long weekend and allowed us to stay at their house again. Alex had a play at school all weekend, Jack wanted to go to a football game Friday night and a birthday party Saturday night, and there was a cast party after the last show on Saturday. It worked out perfectly that we were at their house because I was able to leave Aaron and the two littles at the house to chill out while the other two ran around in all their social madness. Normally all of us are along for everyone’s social madness since our wheels are our house, for now.

Thursday November 12, 2015

God is good! Our situation is still the same, but I keep singing “Good Good Father” because it helps me stay focused on God’s goodness instead of what looks like the negatives in our life. We had a couple of rough days last week. We were down to $10 in the bank. It was really bothering Aaron and he asked me if I thought he should call his mom and ask to borrow some money. I didn’t feel like we should, but I also didn’t feel like I needed to try to talk him out of it this time. He contacted his mom and asked to borrow $200 until he gets paid. She sent it through Paypal so we had access to it right away. The kiddos knew we were really low on funds so when we were planning what to get from the store for supper that night Jack wanted to know how we got money. We told him that Aaron had asked Granny and she sent it. Jack threw his hands in the air and said, “God would have sent the money if you would have waited!!” Max responded to that and said, “It’s ok, Jack. Dad just couldn’t handle it anymore and needed to fix it, so he did. That happens sometimes.” Haha!!! I so love seeing and hearing their responses to this faith journey.

We stayed in a hotel last weekend because I got sick from something I ate. It was better for everyone involved that we go ahead and spend the money for that rather than deal with me and my issues in a van. Hehe. We looked around the room and all agreed that we would be ok with living in a space that size. I’m sure because of our human nature we would grow tired of it, but right now it would be great! It’s amazing what we find ourselves being content with when most everything else has been stripped away. We decided that once Aaron does finally start getting paid that we would try to get a hotel at least for weekends so we could have a place to relax and lay flat and, added bonus, free breakfast!

The kids had the day off school for Veteran’s Day yesterday. Aaron had to go in for a bus drivers meeting for about four hours in the morning. When we went to pick him up he was sitting with our friend, that is also a bus driver, in his truck. He came over to talk to us and started telling the kiddos how lucky they are to have such loving parents and that there are kids all over the country that have nothing and in addition to nothing have abusive or addict parents and those kids would give anything to have what they have. He told them that it doesn’t matter where you live, whether it’s a great big mansion or a tiny trailer, as long as you have a loving family. He told us that he really loves our family and has adopted us as his own. He gave us a note and a bag of candy for each of the kids. After he left we read the note and inside was $25. The note said that Aaron had mentioned going to see a movie together on our day off and he wanted to contribute to our family fun. As far as we know he still doesn’t know about our living situation, so when he talked about the greatest thing you can have is the love of your family it really caused the kiddos to think.

We still get weary of the craziness of getting ready in a van and having to shower at the Rec. center and use public bathrooms all the time (so gross), but we keep holding on to the promise that God is leading us, will give us a house and has more than enough for us to be a blessing to people. I truly believe that He will do exactly what He says he will do. A friend posted a verse on Facebook that reminded me of God’s faithfulness:

“Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised. Now when people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.” Hebrews 6:15-18

November 18, 2015

Aaron got a paycheck!! Huzzah! We stayed at a hotel over the weekend. I am loving the fact that we can get great deals online!! Aaron took the older boys to the high school football game. Jack was wanting to go and be social and Alex was going because a JROTC cadet raises the American flag at the beginning of a game and it was his honor to do it for that game. I got to hang out at the hotel with Max and Bella and binge watch HGTV. Ha!! We are debating on whether we should be getting hotel rooms every weekend, or if we should be saving that money. We came to the conclusions that we don’t feel like we shouldn’t be doing it and if there is ever a weekend where God doesn’t want us to do that He is more than capable of letting us know!

My grandma had surgery on her eyes because she has macular degeneration. She hadn’t been on any kind of social media because she couldn’t see very well. Now that her eyes are better she’s been keeping up with us by reading and sharing every one of our blogs and posts on our family facebook page. She has sent both Aaron and I numerous messages and completely believes that God is with us and has something great in store for us. She has been an amazing source of encouragement! We are so thankful for all of our encouragers!!

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Author: Jen Sanders

I'm the wife of a gorgeous hunk of man named Aaron and momma of 4 beautiful offspring that occasionally make me want to pull my hair out. My life goal is to be like Jesus.

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