I almost missed it on that favorable year of the Lord thing…. glad I didn’t… probably because Bodie said something about taking off my old glasses… 🙂
Before 2008, I could borrow as much money as I wanted… put in all private bathrooms… changed the bare attic into a suite with a Jacuzzi... all new windows and storm doors… our first new car… and the last one (before the Feds changed all the bank loan rules and made it impossible for Philip to ever borrow money again) was a complete new heating system with individual thermostats in every room.
Since we could no longer borrow money, we went seriously to work on paying off all our loans… this experience brought us to the place today, where we would never borrow money again for anything. We save it instead… and only purchase things if we have enough money to cover that purchase… but that is another story.
The more we paid off on our debt, the easier it became, as each debt was retired, there was more and more money left each month to pay the others… some inheritance money came in and business was booming… we kept paying down mortgages… and ended up saving thousands and thousands of dollars in interest…. but… that too is another story.
I felt like Job at the end of his story, where God “restored the fortunes of Job”… that must be the favorable year of the Lord … when the Lord restores to us the things that were taken away… once the lesson was learned… He would then bless us materially... ugggh!
Actually, it even got worse than that… I started thinking in terms of our obedience to the Lord in paying off all our debt … and in that process getting to the place where we would “Owe no man anything but to love one another” … that must be why He is showering us with His favor…. ugggh #2!
So glad I never really took off in that direction… it would have been Philip’s very own version of the “prosperity gospel”…. Bodie must have helped me thru that…. 🙂