I showed you this serving stand that I got for $3.00 at the flea market. I was so excited to find this as this was a SPECIFIC item on my “to-find” list.
I wasn’t crazy about the color, but nothing that a little spray paint in my favorite color – Krylon Oil-Rubbed Bronze.
Now all I needed was some plates for it! I tried all of the plates that I had – the dinner plates were too big and the salad plates were too small. I measured and needed 10 inch plates. Most dinner plates are 11 inches and salad plates are much smaller 7-8 inches. I looked and looked – bought a few at Kohl’s and Wal-mart, and returned them because they didn’t fit. (And they were expensive! At $3-5 each times the 3 plates needed my thrifty plate stand was going to turn expensive!) I finally just decided to wait until I could find plates at Goodwill or a yard sale.
About a month later I came across these plates at my parking lot yard sale. And they were at my favorite seller’s spot – she sells everything for 25¢ each! I measured them (because I carry a small measuring tape with me while shopping yard sales just for this reason! :) and they were perfect size. I And she said she only wanted 50¢ for all 3 plates.
And here is my serving stand – total spent $3.50!
And yesterday as a cupcake stand!
When did this my sweet little second niece turn into such a big girl?
Blowing out the candles! So cute!
I keep the serving stand on my little dresser turned buffet in my dining room. (See all the details and my before/after reveal of my dining room here.)
I display some supper plates from my great-grandmother on it and my little turquoise bird.
The 50¢ plates fit perfect, look great and were just what I was wanting. And they keep my frugal serving stand a a frugal serving stand!
But I had to wait for them. I didn’t find them the same day I bought the stand and not even the next week. It was a little over a month later. A month that the serving stand sat useless, not being able to be used… waiting for the perfect pieces to complete it. I could have kept looking for a set of new plates and spend $5 (or more!) each making my serving stand cost $18 when completed. Or I could wait… just like I find myself doing in so many areas of life.
BUT when I waited, I not only found exactly what I was looking for, but better than I could have ever expected (hello… plates for $0.16 each!)
Wait : defined by Webster as “to watch; to observe; to take notice. To stay or rest in expectation.”
There are many times in life we find ourselves waiting… for a job change, for a friend, for money to buy the things you need, for life circumstances to change, for the economy to get better, for health to return or sickness to end, for a thrifted find on your “want list”, and so much more!
I have had many times of waiting in life (and let me tell you I struggle with making a patience even in the little things a virtue in my life.) Maybe that is why I find myself in so many times of waiting! But I am really trying to learn what I need to learn in those periods of waiting and to find God’s comfort and peace and unexpected blessings in waiting as well.
- Be less concerned with what God can do for us while we are waiting and more concerned with what WE need to do while we wait.”
- “Submitting to God’s timetable requires faith and courage. Believe in the goodness of His heart and His plans–and determine to wait until He gives the signal to move forward. Then, as you follow His schedule, you’ll experience the joy of watching Him make all things beautiful in His timing.” (from In Touch)
And the Bible has so many things to say about waiting:
- Psalm 39:7 – And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
- Psalm 62:5 – My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.
- Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the LORD, my soul does wait, and in His Word do I hope.
Are you in a time of waiting? Make use of that time to learn the lessons you need to learn! Then be patient and just. wait… You never know, by waiting, the end can turn out so much better than YOU could have dreamed or expected! And if you wait with the right attitude, trusting and having faith in God, your faith and trust in God will definitely be strengthened as well.
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