A friend who is in a kind of similar boat financially…okay not really but in the “trusting God completely with this whole money and provision business” boat has started a weekly meme where she encourages others to share God’s provision. This is perfect because, though I write it over on the Untraditional Home Facebook page, I do often forget to come over here and share. So here is me sharing all the awesome stuff God has done over the past week.
To start this last week we had no idea where the money was coming from for our auto-insurance. We are in the “juggling bills” stage of freelance work and things have been …interesting. (Initially as in Jessica’s case God provided via our Amazon wishlist and direct donations via paypal. More recently it has been through a huge variety of sources, including donations but mostly via work He has provided from many different sources. ) God has been continuing to provide from all sorts of places but it has been tight and we have to be careful. After paying the most immediate need we waited to see what He would do. I was finishing up the book and in the meantime we waited on God. I finished writing and editing, got the book up for sale and by the next day we had exactly the money for the car insurance. Down to the penny. Exactly. So we paid on time.
It was a miracle and all of us were so excited to see what God had done. However, the thing about getting exactly the right amount was that we pay tithe on whatever He gives (personal conviction and He has been faithful.). I needed to pay that bill and now but wanted to pay tithe. So we prayed about it and decided to give the money from the next two books sold as tithe. And sold two more books the next day. No other books, just those two. So there was our tithe.
But I didn’t know where to give. All I had was the name of a friend, I was to contact her. When I did she didn’t need it (they live in New Jersey) and no one locally needed it but she knew of someone who lived on the shore who either could use it herself or would know where it should go. So she messaged her for her paypal account so I could send the money directly. When she got back to me she said that 9 other people have also asked for her paypal information out of the blue and she knew exactly the family that needed the help. God knew exactly what He was up to there.
A few days later my print book came. This was amazing because it meant that from start to finish the book had taken almost exactly 3 weeks. You don’t usually write a book in 3 weeks let alone hold a physical copy in your hands in 3 weeks. Granted it is a short book but still.
So now the book was out there and I could focus on decluttering our house in preparation for sale. We have no idea where God is leading (okay, ideas yes, but no firm plans) so we are focused on leaving here with as little stuff as possible. We are eliminating everything excess from our lives so that when He says go we are ready. The house has a buyer so we are waiting on the bank and various decisions to be made. If it goes through then we will be out of here before Christmas but everything is still up in the air. So we continue to get rid of and simplify our lives. We continue praying for wisdom and clarity in this and that we can move out soon because it is expensive to heat and keep electric and water on in this house.
Because of the house sale we needed to get a few estimates on sewer replacement. (The buyer is threatening to walk if too expensive. Be praying God’s will here– it IS more expensive than they want to pay but if the bank is willing to work with them then maybe they will stay?) I have always been horribly afraid of making phone calls. That whole talking to random strangers without being able to see their face thing is HARD. Yet, suddenly God removed that fear completely. I was able to call without even a twinge. And last week I spent several hours on the phone negotiating with our cell phone provider so we could move to a way cheaper situation for free, without fear. I realized that God has completely removed that fear. Maybe it was all the robot calls during the political campaign. Maybe it was all the crazy calls from the bank (right hand has no idea what the left hand is doing) but it is gone. In fact, I have to call this morning and get a few more estimates and I am not even feeling nervous about that. God is so awesome!
God has been providing money for groceries from every source imaginable and has also provided that for the first time ever our groceries are super cheap. Thanks to the GAPS diet we are now able to eat “normal” food with minimal side affects– even Es who was super allergic to corn and rice can eat both without a sniffle. This week, when my dad took Issac and I out for breakfast for Issac’s birthday I asked about going to Sam’s Club sometime in order to stock up on a few things. He offered to go right away but I explained that it had to wait till I had some money to go (our current grocery budget is about $40-$50). He said he would take us and give me that much to buy groceries. Then I ended up picking up the wrong rice (50 lb instead of 25 lb– it was in the wrong pile and I got distracted as I picked it up) so we ended up going over but only buy a little and it was fine. So we ended up with enough food to last us several months, or at least to extend whatever else we can afford (the flour and rice will last, the rest? Probably not. :)) God has also provided random food from friends and family– a large shopping bag of apples from a friend, some fruit from my grandma, things like that.
We also felt led to drop Netflix this last week. It is a small thing but it cost money that we didn’t have and it needed to go. So we cancelled, and it turned out that when we cancelled it was the very last day of the month– if we had waited a day it would have charged us and with what we are juggling that could have been bad. Then Issac decided he wanted to use his birthday money for Hulu Plus this month. He was so excited when he discvered that the show they had all really wanted to watch, which wasn’t on Netflix, was available on Hulu Plus.
And finally, it looks like God has gone ahead and supplied the money for the next bill– the cell phone, which was about to be turned off tomorrow, and would have cost a lot more to get turned back on or if we dropped it completely. So that is another phone call I get to make today. Praise the Lord!
As I posted on Facebook: It can be nerve-wracking (living on what God provides alone) but such a blessing to see how specifically He is taking care of us from all different directions. With God it isn’t, “You can expect me to always provide in this one way,” but rather “Don’t bother to expect me to provide in just one way, I am amazing and creative and own the cattle on a 1,000 hills and love to surprise you and remind you I am Lord through my provision.” #birdsoftheair God is so good and who are we to be afraid when He has shown us time and time again that He is taking care of us and will provide.
Now head over to Jessica’s to read some more awesome stories of God’s provision.