So am I ready to tap or what? This is something that I think I have always wanted to do, but hadn’t. So here in the blogospere where I can be honest and live fully as myself, I am ready. There are different DIY tap boards on the internet, so I had a pretty good idea of what I would need to make one. I then watched a couple of videos from people who made one, and thought putting it together looked pretty easy. To make it even less expensive, they suggested going to a home improvement store and seeing if there was flooring that you could buy cheap. I googled the foam flooring needed and I was happy to see that it was inexpensive, but when I got thinking about the wood flooring an idea popped into my head. I remembered that my sister had done some new flooring in her home not too long ago, so I texted and asked if she had some leftover pieces? She did! We were going to visit her, so I told her I would talk with her when I got there. How great is that?
It was a boost that I needed, because our finances have been on my mind a lot lately. As of the end of the month, I am officially unemployed. So now that the time has come, I am starting to wonder about our needs and how we are going to adjust our lifestyle when we are back to one income. I have worked for the same company for the last 7 years, and so leaving was a hard decision, but it was a decision I felt compelled to do. It was a new direction that God was prompting me to follow and I felt that the time had finally come. So for that reason, provision has been on my mind. What was encouraging to me was God using this tap dance “storyline” to not only teach me about myself, but to provide everything needed without having to spend a bunch of money. Again, it is a simple thing, but it was a reminder to me of who God is and how He works.
I gave a month’s notice, so I was doing pretty good until the month was almost done. It was then that I started to stress. I was wondering how I could make some extra cash, even before I was in the situation where it was needed. I was getting ahead of God. When I realized that, I tried to relax. I thought back to the many times before when He had come through. God has a bunch of different names in the bible, but my favorite is Jehovah Jireh. It means the Lord provides. I had to remember that I was not the source of our families provision, and neither was the job I had. That job was a tool that God used to provide for us. I felt better, over my panic attack, and feeling a little more secure.
So back to my tap board. I went to my sister’s house and she gave me more than enough flooring to make the tap board. I came home excited and thankful. It was then that God made me laugh out loud. The next day I walked into the garage and found foam flooring. How it got into our garage, I will never know? Both my husband and I were stumped? It might have been one of our children, or maybe even left by the previous owner. My husband then decided that some plywood he had could be used for my board. It was just the right size, and didn’t even have to be cut. The only item I had to purchase was some gorilla glue. So for under $5.00, I have my tap board. With that board, I will get some exercise, learn something new, live joyfully and continue to work on unpeeling the onion that is my life. Except now, I will be doing it to a different beat.