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My prayer was answered in such a specific way, and now all I want to do is give praises!
by Anonymous
November 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM
I'm going anonymous simply because of the personal & financial info involved in the story...

My husband and I have always been *pretty good* about managing our money. Granted, there are decisions I can look back on now and wish we'd made differently, but we've always had a savings account in place, and aside from the rare occasion we drew from it to help cover an unexpected expense, it was always growing little by little.
By the time I got pregnant, we were married, living in a small but nice apartment, had found our church and were tithing 10% of our income, he was working his current job bringing in about $3500-$4000 each month, and I had graduated college and started my career bringing home $2000-$2500 each month. Both of our cars were paid off, as well as my student loans. We were in a very good financial position in terms of being ready for a baby.
We had been debating buying a house, and once I was pregnant, we knew our apartment would be too small for our family. We found and fell in love with our house, and were moved in by the time I was 7 months along.
Then things took a turn.
In the last year and a half, we've had to buy another vehicle (mine died), buy a new rim and four new tires for his SUV, and have had other unplanned expenses; I was unable to breastfeed as planned because of previously-undetected medical issues, had to do a major repair on our home, etc. Before buying our home, I left my job to be a SAHM until our son starts school, and we bought our home knowing that we would need to live frugally in order to make it. Looking back, we didn't leave enough room for error.
Our mortgage is $1500/mo, which includes paying about $60 extra each month toward principal. Our son, as it turns out, was very sensitive in what type of formula he could take, which meant added expense, and my husband received a "promotion" that actually has become a pay cut because he is unable to work overtime in this position (but it does afford more opportunity for advancement). I recently started a part-time job to help make up the difference, but it hasn't been enough. This week, our savings officially reached $58.
Fast forward to present. We both got paid yesterday (him $1400, me $200), and our mortgage will be due the first, which meant I would need to pay the mortgage late and use these funds to pay all of our bills (utilities, homeowner's insurance, car insurance, phone bill,credit card that we had to use recently) and provide everything else we need for the next month. I babysat yesterday for a bit and used that $20 in cash to run to the store today and grab some small items. On the way home, my low fuel light came on, and I finally gave in and started to cry. I pulled to the side of the road and just let it out.
I realized that although we'd been doing charity work and helping others, I hadn't been truly humble in that I had an attitude that WE were doing well, WE were keeping ourselves in a good situation, etc. Then I prayed. I said "God, I realize why you've brought us to this place of uncertainty and what we are to gain from it. I am so incredibly grateful for this lesson, and that we've been able to learn this lesson while still having a comfortable home. I know YOU will provide for us, and have been all along. The things we have been 'going without' are so trivial in comparison to what you've given us, and I pray you will continue to keep us able to afford the home we are in."
I drove the rest of the way home, grabbed the mail out of the box, and started weeding through it (dreading finding any bills). There was an item from the bank we have our mortgage through, and my heart absolutely sank, thinking that it was some kind of bad news...
It was a money order for $2,045.23 as a refund for overpayment into our escrow (our property taxes were overestimated, and this much is left over)! I just broke down and said a prayer of thanks. I wanted to share this story with anyone who is struggling in hopes of showing people that prayer is a powerful thing.
Keep your chin up, be humble, and give it to God. He'll take care of you!

1 Peter 5.6-7:
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because he cares for you.

Deuteronomy 31.6:
Be strong and bold, have no fear or dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

Please know that you are not going to shake my faith. I am open to respectful discussion, but bashing will just go unanswered.

Replies

  • cjsix
    by cjsix
    November 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

     Thank you so much for sharing this...sometimes we all need to be reminded.

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 28, 2012 at 5:57 PM
    Thanks! I really do feel lighter. This is just the extra boost we needed to get on track so we can get a foothold! :)


    Quoting dbrown1989:

    That's great mama! I'm glad you got some of the gigantic weight lifted off your shoulders!


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 29, 2012 at 2:56 AM
    Aw that's so sweet of him!
    Glad you got some help, and hope things get easier.


    Quoting Anonymous:

    Awesome. I have had alot of stuff in the last few months. My mom passed and I had to pay the expense of the burial because my sibling couldn't, I have a job but nothing like I was getting paid at my old job. Last week I went to go to work and my car would not start. Its the timing belt, gonna cost $800 that I don't have. Broke down said a small prayer. Woke up this morning to an envelope from my dad with a check for $1200 dollars. With a note that said, Out of all my children you are the only one who never ask for money, Happy Tuesday. Love Dad.


  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 29, 2012 at 2:56 AM
    Thank you!


    Quoting jbirdsladie27:

    Good for you :)

    Hope things get better

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 29, 2012 at 2:58 AM
    I'm sorry you're going through that :(
    I'll say a prayer for you!


    Quoting Anonymous:

    Awesome story.. I'm also struggling with something along those lines.. I don't know what to do at all.. It's something I forgot to do and it didn't end so well..

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 29, 2012 at 2:59 AM
    Absolutely! :)


    Quoting krisandjakesmom:

    Our God is amazing!

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 29, 2012 at 3:00 AM
    I think I needed to realize that not only will He provide, but ALL that I have comes from Him. I definitely needed a refresher on humility!


    Quoting calcalmommy:

    That's great, Momma! God is so good! He does provide!

  • Devious333
    November 29, 2012 at 3:01 AM
    OP don't respond to those who have nothing nice to say, you'll just feed into their inability to be tolerant and accepting of others.

    I'm glad things are working out for you, stories like these are so nice to hear (:
  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 29, 2012 at 3:04 AM
    Exactly. He knew my needs, both spiritual and financial, and met them all!


    Quoting Heather_309:

    Awesome story! God is always good to those who keep looking to him. Look at what Job had to go through, bit he still maintained his faith.



    For those doubting her story, yes maybe the check would've been there had she just driven home and checking her mail without praying, but who knows? The fact is she hasn't lost her faith, in her lowest moment she prayed to God. To me and other believers that is an answered prayer. :o)

  • Anonymous
    by Anonymous - Original Poster
    November 29, 2012 at 3:06 AM
    No, I had strong faith all along, but had allowed myself to become distracted by worldly issues. God taught me again to be humble and refocused me on Him and His work.


    Quoting Anonymous:

    So you have strong faith now that your prayer got answered? Don't insult God like that.


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