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Lien on Me or Lean on Jesus

Our roofing business was being recognized by many of the general contractors who were building apartments and condominiums.  To protect ourselves we hired an attorney to help us put certain language into our contracts to indemnify us.

Our attorney also told us to be sure to place a Lien on each job that we accepted. 

This became my duty to make certain a lien was prepared and applied at the recorders office. 

A large job came our way and the work was proceeding.  Our contract had asked for a partial payment at each stage of the job. However the payment did not arrive.  The following day, we did not show up to finish the work.  Their foreman phoned me and said they were ready for us to continue. 

I told him, we needed the partial payment before we could return.  He said, they were short of funds and I told him we also were short of funds and we could not purchase the material and pay our men unless they paid us.  He said that he would see what he could do. 

Later he called me back and told me I could pick up a check and I told him we will be there and we were.

The day came when we should receive our final payment for work completed.  Again there were delays and the word was out that the general contractor was asking all the subs to receive 50 cents on the dollar – take it or leave it.

Thankfully we had heeded our attorney’s advice and had placed a lien on the property.

When they offered for us to take less, we stated that we had given them a bargain price up front and we intended to be paid in full.

A year went by and the property had a buyer, but they could not complete the sale until we were paid and our lien was removed.  Eventually they paid us and we were pleased.

Fortunately, during the months of waiting, we had our day to day roofing jobs that kept us afloat and we did not suffer loss. 

In life there are times when LIFE is TOUGH, but Jesus tells us to lean on Him and rest.

Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all of you who are weary and loaded down with burdens, and I will give you rest.
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Cheryl said...

I am so thankful you heeded your lawyer's advice and did things the right way. It so pays to be prepared. God bless you, Hazel.

Laurie Collett said...

Hi Hazel,
Praise God that we can lean on Jesus, and cast our cares on Him, for He is faithful! Thanks for hosting & God bless!

Unknown said...

Oh does that sound all to familiar! Pre-liens are just part of life now in business due to some people that went before us with bad intent.

Good for you for seeking wise council. That's wisdom from God. Great story!

Saleslady371 said...

The greatest "lean" we could ever have is leaning on Him. What a great story to teach us this lesson!