Tuesday, February 28, 2012

It's new to us {Gratituesday}

Have you seen how quickly gas prices are rising right now? Yikes! Ever since our little Toyota Corolla commuter car was stolen, Dan has been on the lookout for a replacement. Living over 30 miles from the city means a 45 minute commute (each way) for my husband every day, so owning a car that gets good gas mileage is a must for us. After spending far too many evenings (for far too many weeks) on Craigslist, Dan finally found what he was looking for:

Yep, that's a '94 Ford Escort wagon. A real beauty, huh? :)  

At 18 years old it's got only just over 100,000 miles on it, and it's straight, clean, has relatively new tires, and even came with a cd player (not that it has terrific sound, but hey, at least it has one, right?). Best of all, it gets a whopping 36 mpg on the highway and 30 in town -- thank you, Lord! -- a vast improvement over the meager 13 - 15 mpg our truck and Expedition provide us with (not complaining, just saying...). Because our gasoline expenditures will now be much lower, we'll recoup the purchase price of our little econo car in less than a year, Lord willing, of course. How sweet is that?

So, for today, I'm thankful for God's provision of a new car (new to us, that is). I'm thankful to be buying less gasoline each week. I'm thankful my husband can now turn his attention to other tasks. And I'm thankful for a husband who provides so well for his family. :)

Aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you. ~I Thessalonians 4:11

However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. ~John Calvin

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus. ~I Thessalonians 5:16-18

What are you thankful for today? Join me for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers.


  1. Praise God!!! That's a nice little car! We have a truck & Expedition too and are feeling it at the pumps. So much so that my hubby just cleaned up our little 94 Aerostar to use for work~it was the car we used to teach 4 of our kids to drive in...not pretty (they all had at least one "oops" in it), but you can't beat the 35 miles to the gallon!

    Are you ready for another dance with winter? My nose is pressed to the window again...waiting...:)

    1. So funny you have an Aerostar; we sold ours not too long ago (ours didn't get quite the gas mileage yours does, plus it was getting o-l-d -- not a good commuter car).

      We woke to snow on Saturday and had more on Sunday. Yesterday was clear, so much of it melted, but I do see it's in the forecast again -- love it!!

  2. Oh Lisa...isn't it amazing how He provides for everything we need?

    Congratulations in your new acquisition :=D

    May it run well and with very few repairs...


  3. Praising Him with you for this answer to your prayers!

  4. We can definitely relate to this. 3 days a week my husband works about 2 hours from here (and these are country miles...lol...not city traffic driving hours where it takes 10 minutes to go a few miles). This year he is actually staying a couple of nights in that area, but last year he drove back and forth daily. We have a Pontiac Vibe that gets good gas mileage that was "mine" but has been deemed "his." The cost of gas for him to drive his Blazer was killing us! We sold the blazer to someone who needed it because of their family size and bought a mid sized family sedan that gets 26+ mpg for about town and trips when we all go together.

    Isn't it wonderful how the Lord always knows what you need? Congratulations on the good find!

  5. Thanks, everyone, for dropping by and leaving a comment! The Lord is indeed good, and His timing, as always, was perfect! Shara, my husband sometimes stays in town (his mom lives close to his work), but we really prefer not to do that. A two hour commute, though? Yikes -- and I thought 45 minutes was bad...

  6. God is good!! I'm also glad he has a CD player. Does he listen to sermons or books on tape? That's what I used to do when I traveled 30-40 minutes one way to work.

    1. Sarah, yes, sermons, history and conference lectures, and music, of course! Makes the drive go so much quicker as well as making great use of the time. :) ~Lisa

  7. He is Jehovah Jireh - the Great Provider! Rejoicing with you, Lisa!

  8. PTL! And what a wonderful looking car and I am so happy for you guys. Yes, Dan will be thankful when the price of gas goes higher and we won't be hurting like the guys with their monster trucks. We are now talking about after the van is no longer worth repairing we will getting a econ-o car too. We are saving up for it.

    Blessings and ((HUGS))

    1. Thankful, indeed! He had to drive the Expedition today since we got more snow last night (and it continues to fall as I type). We've had snow on the ground since we woke up Saturday a.m., but thankfully, there's not more than a couple inches on the ground since it keeps melting before more falls. ~L


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