Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving towards all he has made.

We moved 21 months ago to a tiny little town in Texas where my husband took a job as a part time youth pastor. He felt like that was what God was calling him to, but the part time job comes with part time pay (the church is VERY good to us though) So he also works construction full time but in this part of Texas wages are pretty low. My husband is a very generous person. I am not... God has taught me so much in the past 21 months. The county we live in is among the 25 poorest in the country. WOW! But man do these people know how to give. And it has been a lesson to me in giving out of your need. I am far from where I want to be in this area but I know God is just getting started with me.

I have already shared about our youth group coming together to bless us but the truth is God meets needs and often times our wants so often I have sadly lost track of all the times it has occurred. I thought I would post from time to time when he does provide for us, for my own record. And because I think you will not be able to help but be blessed when you see the hand God has in our life. It has been awesome, and at times even humorous just how God has chosen to bring about his good gifts.

Today at story time I was looking at all the adorable kids up on the steps in the library singing their songs and dancing to the beat. Like any good woman I was much more distracted by cute outfits then I was the movements of all the preschool dancers. I noticed that my 4 year old, who is about to quickly pass up her 4'10" mother, was also about to outgrow her adorable corduroy overalls. And she just started wearing them. And the fact is she is growing so quickly that 3 months into her 4th year she is outgrowing all of her 4T outfits. Isaiah, on the other hand, at 3 years old is starting to have to share clothes with his 19-month-old brother who is growing into all the 2T things that Isaiah has not quite outgrown. He's way to skinny for most of his 3T pants but 2T are just too short.

"That's it", I thought. “We need a shopping spree!” And with the presents we have hidden away in the laundry room there is little extra in the budget this month for extras. "God", I said, right there in the middle of the library. "We need a Wal-Mart gift card, that's all there is too it." And with that settled I got caught up once again in watching my baby try to keep up with the motions to the songs as my bigger kids smiled and giggled their way to the end. When I loaded up the children in the car to head to McDonald's to play with our friends as we do every Wednesday. My friend Jess pointed out an envelope left on my car window. Then she had to get the envelope for me as it was smack dab in the middle of my windshield and I did not feel like mounting the hood of the car to reach it. I thanked Jess, made a short joke about myself before she had a chance and got in the drivers seat. Inside the envelope was my requested Wal-Mart gift card (for $100) and an Unsolicited McDonald's gift card. Now story time and McDonald's is in a neighboring town 20 miles from where we live so I really only know my little group of friends there that we spend every Wednesday with. Not to mention they would be the ones who would know how invaluable a McDonald's card would be. I know it's from them. And it blesses me to no end that they thought of me this Christmas. But I am beyond blessed that before I had even formed a request to my heavenly father for something so specific he had already set things in motion to give me a good gift. (Matthew 7:11 - If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!) Merry Christmas to my family from the one whom, after already having given the gift of his son to us, still finds great pleasure in giving us more than we can think or ask. (Ephesians 3:20) Now if I could just get that mansion I have been praying for...

8 comments:

  1. wow! What wonderful friends you have! And so amazing to see God's work in our every day lives!

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  2. Amen Girl!!!!

    That is wonderful!

    Did ya see that we are moving to Texas next month??

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  3. Wow! That is wonderful. Thanks for sharing, it is a blessing to hear and be reminded that God knows our needs before we do.

    Oh, and it's nice to know someone shorter than me. :) I'm only 5'1" and that's if I really stretch my neck. Haha.

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  4. Your stories remind me of mine and daddy's stories. It blesses me to see how faithful our Father is to not only us but to our children and their children........

    It is way to easy to forget His faithfulness and His desire to bless. Daddy has been teaching "There is something greater here," there truly is.

    When God blesses your children it blesses you. I am blessed. love you, mom

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  5. Bam! And he works like that! Just like that!

    Absolutely incredible and awesome!

    Something similar happened to me last year when I needed some extra money for baby supplies. A customer I had worked with sent me a gift card to Wal-Mart for $25 and another one sent me money for a restaurant. Hubby and I were able to go to dinner and buy diapers! Thank you, Jesus!

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  6. I love this story. I believe when we are faithful God blesses not only us, but generations to come. Your grandpa and I had many stories like that, then your dad and mom and now you. We serve a good God, who does hear us. Our faith is increased in the small things and then we are able to believe and pray for the bigger needs. I am so blessed. I just told you auntie Becky that we are seeing a new generation of Godly daughters. Grandpa would love to hear this story, of course he probably has ......love your, GPooh

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  7. I've had a few special moments with your mother-in-law this Christmas season. Thanks for giving me another one! I can see her smile and hear her words so very well. She was so proud of you! Thank you, Sarah.

    Sally Clark

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Thanks for letting me here from you!