It is so amazing to see all that God is doing (I know I keep saying that but each day He surprises me in a new way.)
Yesterday I was struggling. Money I thought would last longer was gone (some because something hadn’t gone through yet at the bank so we thought we had more than we did) and yet another check that we expected this month isn’t coming until next. So I was having a hard time trusting– which is silly when you look back over the previous posts and see ALL that God is doing. I should note here that one of the things we do and which God holds us to is tithe on all income from work. Often when I forget (especially when I am getting a lot of little jobs) God will withhold blessings as a reminder. Yesterday morning was one of those times– when, after reading the verse about not withholding good/payment from another I remembered and immediately dealt with the issue. Yesterday’s struggle was before we tithed and the blessings came after. (Like I said, God does not deal with each of us the same way. We firmly believe in tithing but that is because God has impressed this on us since we first married and were living on $10 a week in groceries.)
One of the things I have always had trouble with is recognizing that our God LOVES to do new things. Very seldom does He deal with a situation in exactly the same way. He likes to keep us looking to Him, waiting and watching for the next miracle He will perform. I am not saying He doesn’t allow similar circumstances in people’s lives– He does and often it is encouraging to find out that while you are dealing with something there is someone else out there in the same situation. However, how He handles that situation changes. I am always expecting Him to handle the new situation the way He did last time. For example, if we are short the money for a bill I will expect Him to provide the money for it in the same way He provided for it the month before. He has yet to do that. Though I think our mailman/UPS guy/Fedex dude are beginning to wonder what is going on. 🙂
In the last two days we have had even more amazing blessings:
Yesterday morning the UPS guy showed up (despite the solid ice over everything). I was expecting some enzymes and coconut oil that I had ordered thanks to a gift of an Amazon gift card last week and was surprised when he handed me a very heavy box. When I got it inside I found that it was neither–instead it contained 12 cans of green beans from my best friend from high school. She is awesome!
At some point in the day yesterday I sent an email to a friend who I had been meaning to get in touch with. After some back and forth I found out that she was overloaded with some work and I volunteered to help out if I could so she could get it done by the deadline. I took on the project and got a lot of it done last night and sent it off. I was surprised to find that she sent me money for my work– enough to pay at least one bill! YAH! And thank you!
Also the art work for the box of the card game is moving forward quickly, which is exciting and means that the sooner I get it done, the sooner it can be published, and the sooner we can possibly get some income from that.
This morning I sold another Zazzle product (I only get 10% of the sale but it adds up. :))
Then this afternoon, literally right after I remembered to tithe on the money I earned last night, we got three packages in the mail (our poor postman– he is knocking louder every time and not because we can’t hear him.) My enzymes and coconut oil came (just as I was almost out of both) AND another package– a huge bag of raw almonds from Anonymous . I am SO EXCITED!!!! I am the almond lover in the household (though the kids enjoy almond milk and the baked goods I make from the almond meal.) So thank you, whoever you are!
I wonder what God has for us next? Regardless I am sure it will be awesome because He is!