When Joe and I bought the Tavern, we knew it would take a lot of money to get it going. It's a very old building and it needed lots of TLC. We did our homework. We met with a business consultant. We met with accountants and we did a lot of figuring. As I've told you so many times before, Joe is not a risk taker, so this was something that he thought a lot about, before he said yes. He wanted to make sure we would have enough.
I just knew that God would provide for us.
But when we got in here..even more things needed replaced then we thought. We'd truly take two steps forward and one step back. Our money started pouring out..and Joe started to get very scared that we wouldn't even be able to open.
But, I had Faith in God. I knew that He would provide for us.
One thing that went wrong was the fire suppression system above the cooking area. We had no clue that the one there was outdated. We got it inspected and they said it would cost 3000 dollars to replace. Joe truly was beginning to panic.
I knew God would provide for us.
I wrote a little note on my blog, asking if anyone knew of anyone that put in fire suppresion systems..I told the story about it being an expense we hadn't planned on etc..
Dick Whittaker wrote me an email.
I will never forget reading that email.
Joe and I had been working for a month..18 hour days, cleaning and fixing this place. My sister Dianna came to help us out for a week. So the three of us were cleaning and I took a break to go online and check my email.
I was in the kitchen of the Tavern and I fell to my knees. Joe came running over to see what happened and i was on the floor crying and praising God.
Dick wrote an email that said, you don't know me, but I'd like to give you the money for your fire supression system. Just send me the bill.
I'm telling you the truth. That is GOD. That is how Jesus Christ works. We are His body and we are to do all we can for Him. Dick was being like Jesus.
I was surprised, but yet i wasn't because God has done that so many times in my life. I am faithful and He has provided. He has been so good to me, I can't even begin to express my gratitude. He has showered me with love.
So Dick came to the Tavern and we got to sit down and talk to him and his beautiful wife Jean. I felt an instant connection. Like..God wants us to be a part of each other's lives. I knew it was going to be more than Dick giving us a gift.
I instantly liked the Whittakers and I loved the way Dick's mind worked!.
We began to correspond and I began to realize that Dick is so very intelligent. He is a visionary, like me. He is an inventor and a business man, but he is so much more than that. He is God's son. He loves Jesus. He wrote a book, entitled "One day at a time." "All things are possible with God" It's a devotional book. Dick gave me a handfull of copies and I couldn't believe that He wrote and published his own book too! You see, God's not done with Dick yet. Dick has been God's vessel and even though Dick is in his seventies, God is still using him. That is what makes Dick one of my heroes. He's kind and loving and so very smart and he's well travelled and teaches me so many things! He is full of great ideas!
Isn't that amazing? He is truly amazing. I have grown so fond of the Whittakers. I know that God has brought them into my life, to fulfill something that is missing in me. My dad passed away three years ago, and I am missing his love very much. I am missing that person who believed in me..that encouraged me, that told me how proud he was of me. I don't have that anymore.
Dick encourages me.
I love you Dick and Jean. Thank you for being so kind to me. Thank you for visiting and encouraging me. Dick, I want to help you get your book in as many hands as possible. With God, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! : )