Literally, God Will Provide…

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In my years on earth, miracles have happened that have strengthened my belief in God. Whether it be my daughter, Dinora, gaining hearing after being deaf, or the provision of a wildly disputed passport showing up in our mailbox just in time for her travel to her birth country when she was a teen, I have been blessed. But I’ve never been more surprised about God’s ability to provide until today…

We have to share our cars now that Angel is driving, and today was my turn to take the big family van. Being short on money this week, I fished out a one dollar bill that still clung to life in the bottom of my purse. Victory! When stopping for gas, I could go into the convenience store to get a bi-i-i-i-i-ig drink of Diet Coke to last me the day! Once in the store, I put my la-a-a-a-a-a-a-arge cup under the spigot and filled it to the brim, excited at the prospect of getting such a delight for only 89 cents! Looking up, I suddenly noticed that this was not an all sizes pay same price kind of store, and that a large soda was $1.49! My heart skipped a little bit when I realized I was going to have to go out to the van to dig up some loose change in the carpeting or under the seats to pay for the soda. Just as I was putting the lid on the cup, the store owner struck up a conversation. “That’s a big van for you to drive,” he said. “I have five kiddos and our family all has to fit,” I answered. “Yeh,” he said, “But it must be really difficult to drive that thing.” I just laughed and shrugged. I was just about to tell him that I was going to have to leave my drink on the counter to run out to get more money (hoping to dig up another 3 quarters,) when he said suddenly, unaware of my financial situation, “God bless you! The drink is on me.” I smiled and said an enthusiastic “Thank you!” He could not have understood how much this gesture was seen as a blessing, (especially because when I got back to the car I could only find six pennies, two dimes and a nickel.) God provided a Diet Coke so large that I had enough to drink all day, and I still had a dollar left in my pocket! Maybe no big deal in the scheme of things, but, to me, it was a personal affirmation that God DOES provide!

Similarly, another provision surprised me today. Having recently saved up enough to buy a flat screen television to put on the wall, we have been remodeling our living room. I washed and hemmed some new curtains and shampooed the rug. Without the large, old television cabinet, the room looked much cleaner and brighter EXCEPT for our 25 year old couch that displeasingly hugged the wall, looking like an old walrus, slumpy and bedraggled. (The couch was so old that I could not count the number of stains, or the times the skirt had been super glued back on because one child or another had ripped it off in a PTSD or dissociative fit.) I would buy a few throw pillows to brighten it up, I thought to myself, just as my phone rang. It was a neighbor, one I always wave to but don’t talk to too often. They were getting new furniture, she said, did I want their leather, L shaped couch? It was still in good shape, she explained, and they paid $6,000 for it, but they were looking to redecorate. DID I WANT IT???? DOES POPCORN POP? DO FERRIS WHEELS TURN? Yes, yes YES! Of course I wanted it! What an unexpected surprise! How wonderful is God, who provides even when we don’t ask! That is truly a Being that sees inside our hearts.


Comments on: "Literally, God Will Provide…" (44)

  1. I receive these little blessings from time to time also. The feeling you get far outshines the material gain.

  2. This is an amazing blog. His provision amazes me so much! He has such a sense of humour sometimes! I pray for Gods blessings to pour out over you and your family! & more of God for you all 🙂

  3. There was a time when our kids were young that we won several contests. We won furniture and cash just at the right time. These were radio contests and product entry. We won a $750 check to be spent at the store where I bought the bottle of Tegrin shampoo. 20 years ago it wasn’t that easy to spend $750 at Walgreens. The manager allowed us to return some of the items for cash though.

  4. Absolutely great story. A blessing.

  5. What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing it.

  6. I Have been off for a while and was wondering how you are…forgot you link…forgive..will write soo

    On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM, Raising 5 Kids With Disabilities and

  7. What a lovely post, and on the eve of Rosh Hashanah! This is the time that Jews pray for forgiveness, and when G-d decides how much income you will make for the coming year. We believe that everything we receive is decreed from Above, we just have to do our part to reach out and take it.

    May you be blessed for a healthy, prosperous, and happy New Year!

  8. It is so very cool when God does something that would only mean so much to you personally, it really makes you know He sees and hears and cares specifically for you and simply wanted to give you a happy moment or two. I call that a “just because He can” kind of moment with God. A lot of what He allows to touch us in life is “for our own good, yet He realizes we won’t recognize it as such until much later, and so once in a while He throws in a treat like that. Sometimes it is big, and sometimes it is something small and would not be significant to anyone else, but only He could possibly know it would mean that much to us.

  9. If there ever was a blog post that struck a nerve for me I’d have to say it’s this one. Ours is also a numerous family (4 kids here) and reading this today when our family’s finances have been in shambles for a good couple of months, it really warms my heart to see that we’re not the only ones out there enduring economic hardship. And you want to know what helps me make it through yet another day of counting nickels, dimes and pennies? The title of this post: God will provide. I’ve been a witness to this in the past and I know He does not plan to leave me and mine all alone at times when we’re needing him most.

    God bless you, your family and your blog. I can’t wait to read more on the miracles God will no doubt continue to work in your lives.

    • I posted the previous comment and then went over the part that goes “it really warms my heart to see that we’re not the only ones out there enduring economic hardship” and realized it sounded as if knowing that other people are going through tough economic times makes it better somehow. I’m so sorry really. I didn’t mean that at all. Knowing that others are going through hardship and are still capable of trusting God and His provisions is what warms my heart.

      Too bad WordPress doesn’t let you edit comments after they’ve been posted. Or do they?

  10. I love your post.
    Our family has also been the recipient of God’s generosity many many times over. For example, when we needed to trade our sedan for a mini van because of a new family addition, God not only provided for a mini van that would be amortized at almost the same amount as our old car. We got it also a month earlier than planned. It turned out that our baby would also decide to be born one month earlier than his due date. 🙂

  11. A beautiful reminder. I needed to hear that today.

  12. Humans are AWESOME when the Love Light (God) shines in their hearts. I celebrate with you in your joy!

  13. Reblogged this on Moderndaymomme and commented:
    I just love sharing these type stories! The simple things in life!

  14. Thanks for sharing this wonderful testimony.

  15. Awesome story. Thanks for the transparency!

  16. Reblogged this on hannahruthmorgan and commented:
    So encouraging!

  17. wow, you have really friendly and helpful neighbors! Keep them close to you and thank them with a pie!

    • I don’t know if they’d like pie I made. I gave them a gift certificate for a nearby restaurant. And the couch is sooooooooo comfy!!! AND it fits us all!

      • Gifts like that are also really nice!

        Awwww I also want a new couch -my dad made the mistake to buy an expensive design couch that is really uncomfortable, so when we watch tv I always sit on the ground-

        My neighbor use his old couch as “bed” for his dog,…so.. yes..

  18. basically, Im jealous of the dog :D!

  19. What a positive reminder of what being a good person can do!

  20. How wonderful! God loves and cares for us. Blessings.

  21. Great post! Love to hear stories about God’s tender love.

  22. Yes! I am always amazed that God does sweat the small stuff. What a kind and generous and empathetic God we have. Thanks for sharing.

  23. What a sweet post and what wonderful blessings! Praise the Lord! 🙂 It blessed my heart just to read about it:)

  24. I believe good things happen to good people, regardless of their faith. You are clearly a family of people who care enough about others that you are in turn cared for. Because you would have given your couch away to anyone who needed it, you therefore have received the gift of a couch. The universe knows how to keep itself balanced, in furniture, good turns and the extraordinary differences in people’s skills/gifts/abilities. God? Karma? I’m good with just thinking you deserved it 🙂

  25. Such inspiration you are! I can relate to your struggles on so many levels, not to your extreme of course. Different, but the same in certain ways. A terrific writer you are and an even better mother to love and leave your children this wonderful legacy! Never stop writing for you or them! A gift to be sure. Blessings. 🙂

  26. You are absolutely right, God does provide just what we need and usually at the last minute – and all too often, we fail to recognise it. So pleased for you and the family to have a new leather couch (hope it will be easy to keep clean 😀 ) xx

  27. That’s so cool! God does love His big and “small” miracles. I’m not sure which was the best to hear about, your drink or the sofa. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Amazing story! Very nice to read! If you or any of your readers would like to check out our blog, we have dissociative identity disorder, ptsd, and we are blind, the blog is about our healing journey from child abuse and it outlines our therapy journey. XX

  29. Thank you for sharing your stories of God’s goodness. You give a lot of love.

  30. […] going over my WordPress Reader I came across this delightful blog post which reminded me that literally, God will provide. My first reaction was “wow, another parent blogger experiencing tight economic realities. […]

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  32. OMG! What an awesome and honest post! I couldn’t agree more! God is to good to us! He always knows our needs and will always provide ..we just often don’t know exactly how that need will be met. We just need to trust HIM.

  33. What amazing examples of God’s faithfulness to us! I feel like just when I’m beginning to lose hope, He always swoops in to remind me that He will ALWAYS be there for me.

  34. Your life is covered here on earth and in heaven. May God continue to bless you and your family.

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