A post to encourage ...
Our family has recently been given the opportunity to trust God to make up the difference in some lost income.
We sat down with the girls and explained where we were financially, and that we needed to pray for the Lord to come through in a big way. We'd also have to put an immediate stop to any "extras".
Less than a week later, I was asked why Megan wasn't signed up to go to winter camp with the other 6th grade girls. I explained our situation, and was informed that someone had recently backed out and that there was a scholarship for her to go if she was interested. For real?? I asked Meg if she would like to go with her friends to winter camp. Needless to say, she was VERY EXCITED!!
A few days later, Amanda handed me a registration form for the camp she wanted to attend during Easter break. Early bird registration was $99.
Now one would think that after seeing what God did for Megan, that I would have had a completely faith-filled response for my first born.
I took the form from her and reminded her, somewhat irritatedly, that we didn't have the funds. She argued that it was only $99. I said, "Well, we'll see what the Lord does."
The next day I mentioned this, in passing, to someone who asked how we were doing. That person contacted me the following day to say that they wanted to cover the $99 registration fee.
I excitedly told Amanda the great news!! She responded with, "Do I get the sweatshirt too?"
OH. MY. WORD. Way to take the wind out of my sails, kid.
"Seriously Amanda? The sweatshirt is an extra $30."
"I know, but I got it last year."
That would be when I sarcastically retorted, "Well, I guess you better pray for that money too then."
She must have done just that, because when I received the check, the note stated that the Lord had impressed them to add an extra $50 for whatever "extras" might come up.
TEARS people. Big fat crocodile tears at the Lord's goodness to
my HIS daughter. Not only will she get to go to camp, AND get the sweatshirt, but she'll have spending money to boot!! THAT is how God works. My entire childhood is a testimony to God providing just like this, and yet, I still struggle to believe He'll do it one more time.
May this testimony be an encouragement to anyone out there (MYSELF INCLUDED) who needs to know that God sees. God cares. God will provide.
Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.