Thursday, July 22, 2010

Unexpected help-How God can supply all of our needs

Cindy at http://ioweitalltohim.blogspot.com/ asked us to share about how someone helped me when I least expected it. There will be a link up at her blog this Friday-Sunday.

This is a story that took place early on in our marriage.[I love how God does things in our lives to teach us principles that impact us for the rest of our days!]
We had recently moved from CT to Oklahoma and we were basically broke financially. We had one child, who had not turned one and another on the way.

We believed that the minimum God required of us as for financially supporting our church was the ten percent tithe. One week we just did not have the money. We really desired to give him the ten percent, not out of legalism, but just because we loved Him and wanted to do this. As we looked at what we owned, we realized that we had our high school class rings that were worth some money for the gold with which they were made. These rings were rings we did not wear, and really did not need. So we pawned them and recieved 90 dollars which would cover the tithe (I can't remember if this was for one week or two?).

On Sunday we gave the money to the church. Later in the week, it may have been Monday, we recieved the exact 90 dollars in the mail from my brother who lived in Texas. He had written a note saying that God had really layed it on his heart to give us this money and this amount. He said it was such a conviction by the Holy Spirit he had to do it. This had never occured with my brother and us and never has occurred again in our relationship (over 30 years ago, now!). My brother knew nothing of our struggles or our needs.

God was using this to teach both my brother and ourselves that He will provide our needs even when we are broke and that when we give to Him he will do as Malachi says--in 3: 10 and following: "Bring the full tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And therby put me to the test, says the LORD of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need. ...."

I want to testify that God has always done this. He has enabled us to be debt free--we owe no money on our home or cars. Our three children graduated from college debt free, including my daughter who received her doctorate. This was not due to our salary, but to God giving money from different sources. He is amazing. He is faithful. He even provided socks for me at one point when I just could not afford to buy them, but that is another story.

I am so thankful for the way that God provides. He has often provided above what we ever expected. We have gone through times of real need, with no job....but even then God provided a shelter, food, clothes, and family. He constantly amazes me.

15 comments:

Deb said...

I can confirm your words in my life. He has always provided for us. He is faithful!

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Kim,
What an amazing story. This is simply astounding how that money came when you needed it most! And how God has blessed your lives...This was truly a miracle.
Thank you SO much for sharing this. I know that it was no accident, but rather, the Lord working through your lives.
Hugs,
Cindy

Debra@Common Ground said...

What a wonderful testimony for our giving to the Lord! I know God blessed you AND your brother.
I'm not sure how often I'll post on Galatians. I'd like to have two posts a week. So glad you came by, love to have you join in.
hugs and blessings,
Debra

godsown said...

God provides always so faithfully we only need to believe and follow His lead!

Great story
Blessings
Bernice

ewenique said...

I too can attest to God's faithfulness! and how over and over he has provided financially for us in miraculous ways! Isn't God good?
Hugs, Margaret

Olive Cooper said...

Kim, a wonderful story of His faithfulness and your obedience. Thanks bunches for sharing. hugs♥olive

Joan said...

Kim:

This is a wonderful testimony of God's faithfulness. He is indeed out Jehovah Jireh. He has provided for us in so many ways - even though we are not deserving.

Blessings and joy,
Joan

Joan said...

Sorry, I meant "our" Jehovah Jireh.

Lovey said...

Now this is a testimony of God's provision! I love it!!! Thank you for visiting my blog today as well...very nice to meet you and hear your testimony!

Faye said...

Beautiful testimony, Kim. Thanks for sharing it.

Coleen said...

Thanks for sharing your story Kim. I'm sure it will be an encouragement for many. As a missionary to Ukraine I've seen many such wonderful moves of God in our lives and those of people here. God is so good.

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a wonderful and encouraging testimony of God's love and provision along with such an uplifting Scripture message. Have a blessed week!

Scrapping With Sherry said...

Yesterday I posted a story about an angel in my life. Margaret read this story and told me about this link party. I have only been blogging for 2 weeks and felt honored that she wanted me to do this. However that was not what this was about, the lord wanted to lead me to these posts to remind me of things like this story and the message that it contains. I thought Karen was my angel, I now realize I have many! Thanks so much~ Sherry F.

Cindy Adkins said...

Hi Kim,
I just popped over to say hi!!! Hope you're doing well..Have a blessed day.
Hugs,
Cindy
xxox

bettyl said...

Isn't God wonderful!? I have had such experiences, too and I know it was His Hand that orchestrated it all.