July 28, 2017
I am taking a break from Wisconsin Travel posts to share two stories of a different kind.
Meagan posted the first of the stories on her Facebook page a few days ago and it truly made me smile. Here is what she wrote:
While in Wisconsin last week, the Lord used Grandma Campbell to remind me that God cares about the smallest of details in our lives.
After coming home I was trying to restock our house with groceries and needed baby items (one main item being diapers). I woke up yesterday morning and I was praying that the Lord would show me ways to stretch the money we allow in our budget. I had doubt in myself but full faith that the Lord would show up in the situation.
Moments later, Nathan called and said that his office had done a test on different brands of diapers and had them leftover. Since he is the only one in the office with small kids they gave them to us! They were the exact size we needed and not only did we get one bag we got FOUR!
God is ALWAYS more than enough. My faith has been built and my babies have diapers! Thankful for the provision of Jesus!
Wasn’t that such a great story?
When Steve and I were newlyweds, we made $50 a week as youth pastors. He also worked a side job selling shoes while I cleaned houses. There was never any extra money in the budget. In fact, for the first few months of our marriage, we kept our meager wardrobes in brown grocery bags on the bedroom floor because we didn’t have money for a dresser.
One day Steve came home for lunch and after eating, went to the bathroom to brush his teeth. I was sitting at the kitchen table wrestling with making my grocery list and my budget play nicely when I heard him holler down the hall, “Honey, put toothpaste on the list. I just used the last little bit.”
I grabbed my calculator, did a little adding and subtracting and finally yelled back, “Sorry. There’s no money for toothpaste. We’ll just have to use baking soda until payday.” (Neither one of us was a big fan of baking soda as a Colgate substitute, but it was better than nothing.)
Steve came back into the kitchen, kissed me goodbye and headed out the door to work. About thirty seconds later, I was startled to hear him outside whooping and laughing. It turns out he had checked the mailbox on the way to his car and had found a sample of tube of toothpaste inside.
That had never happened before that day, and it has never happened since.
In the midst of our newlywed budgetary challenges, Steve and I never failed to make giving to God and church a priority. It’s just like Nathan and Meagan are finding out on their own faith journey: When we give to God, He gives in return and is faithful to meet our needs–often in the most amazing and personal ways.
Like providing diapers and toothpaste.
What about you? Have you ever had something show up at just the right time? Tell us about it! It might encourage or inspire another reader.
Thrift stores, fuzzy socks
and conversing with my Yorkie
are all on the list of things I love.