Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Infinite Blessings

I know this may seem like an obvious topic to some. And I guess it is to me, as well, but for some reason I just feel like I should blog about it....perhaps someone else needs to hear this....

I've always believed that if I and my family seek God's will and stay in His will, that things will always work out. One of the ways that we seek and stay in God's will is me staying at home with the Sweet Boys. There have been many times that we've discussed me going back to work (and I've even applied to places, with no call backs) because the money crunch just gets so tiring and frustrating. It gets exhausting when for several months in a row, we're just not sure if we'll be able to make ends meet. It gets scary when we have to use credit for normal, everyday things such as gas and groceries. But somehow, we always make it. And just when things get really tight, somehow, from somewhere, we get money we weren't expecting. Or our credit card companies give us a break for a month (that really has happened a couple times over the last couple of years).

Take for instance, last month, Sweet Hubby had a small bonus included in his paycheck that we didn't even know he was getting. And this month, we had an unexpected expense of $90 (which is HUGE in our house) when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and had to pay for the test strips and lancets. I was sort of panicked about it...where could we skim off the rest of the month....groceries? Yeah, right. Gas, maybe, but that meant that the boys and I would be housebound for the month since there's nothing to do in our town. Then, yesterday, we get two checks in the mail. For real. Two checks totaling $70....now, granted, we were expecting those checks. But we've been expecting them for weeks. And it could have been another couple of weeks, at least, before we got them. But we got them now, just when we needed them. I've also been keeping a little girl after school. Her mom and I agreed on $25/week for the first few weeks. She paid me yesterday for last week and when I looked at the check, it said $45. I questioned her on it and she said it was because I kept the girl all day last Monday. The thought never even crossed my mind that I should be paid more for that full day. She could've paid me the $25 and I wouldn't have thought twice about it. But every little bit helps.

So, let's review. I had to pay an extra $90 last week for my diabetes supplies. Then yesterday we get money we weren't expecting...totalling $90.

What's funny about all this (to me, at least) is that we're better off now than we ever have been. I stay at home, we own our own home, and we have a vehicle that fits our needs and 2 children and we have everything we need and a few things we don't. Before we had kids, we both worked and somehow, the ends didn't always meet then, either. But, I believe, the Lord is continuing to bless us because we're making the sacrifices to stay in His will. We wait for His answers to prayers. We stay put even when we get anxious or things get hard because we know it's what is right for us and when it's time for a change, God will make a way.

Things aren't always easy. But we always have/get what we need and I never cease to be amazed at how He provides for us, in so many ways besides financial. I'm always in awe. Especially, when it seems (to my little brain) that we don't deserve what we have. But I guess that's how God works....

We are so blessed.

5 comments:

ksl said...

God is so wonderful! Good for you to recognize that it was him providing for you and not just think it was luck or something. Can you control the diabetes with diet or do you need insulin?

Alli said...

I have to try to control it with diet first. My numbers were so high at my 3 hour GTT that I was afraid I wouldn't be able to control it this time (this is the second time I've had it and I controlled it with diet last time). So far, my numbers are pretty good, but I don't have a lot of room to cheat. I go see the nutritionist on Thursday.

Robin said...

There have been many times that we thought things just weren't going to work out, but then they always did. Sometimes it is a sacrifice staying at home, but it's never more than we can handle. And we have had money situations just like yours, right down to the dollar amount. Isn't God awesome!

kate said...

what a wonderful and refreshing post (i found you on Total Mom Haircut). what you have said here is true for my husband and i, too. i stay at home and feel so fortunate to do so. but it's hard. making money stretch is an art! and we, too, have had unexpected money come just when we needed it most and least expected it. it's funny how when we were both working we had LESS. we have a house, a child, 2 cars (necessary) and food on the table. it's true that God provides and what i've learned is not to panic. there is always a way. we just have to wait to be shown.

k said...

The sweetness of God never ceases to amaze me. So MANY times, He provides what we need right down to the penny (and frequently, from our point of view, at the VERY last minute!) so that we can see His fingerprints on it. He wants us to know He is taking care of us, that we don't have to worry about anything. Then we get the extra blessing of telling everybody how good He is!