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My prayer was answered in such a specific way, and now all I want to do is give praises!

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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.
Posted by Anonymous on Nov. 28, 2012 at 4:18 PM
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by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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While I am not a believer, I just wanted to say that I'm really happy all has worked out for you.

Sometimes, we as people need to realize the blessings we DO have instead of being upset over what we DON'T have.

by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 29, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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It's amazing when something like this happens, like He was giving me the option of turning back in the right direction of my own accord, but once I'd strayed just far enough, he gave me the bump I needed :)

Quoting Grumpylilpixy:

Awesome mama... This is why my faith can't be shaken as well I have had some of the same things happen to us as well. ((((((((((hugs)))))))))

by Anonymous 22 on Nov. 29, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Thanks.  It's also the time of marriage issues coming up and I want to scream.   I think he's stressed about money. 

Quoting Anonymous:

I'm sorry that you're struggling :(
Remember that if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!

Quoting Anonymous:

Awesome story.  We are barely making it and had a hundreds higher phone bill.  And ds washed my phone off yesterday and it is a goner.  Dh is about to deploy and we are broke. 

by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM
I honestly can't say what God has in store for you and your family or what the path looks like, buti can say that as Christians we're called to endure and keep faith. I'm very sorry for what you're going through, and I truly hope that things get better for you all!

Quoting Anonymous:

Since this post is filled with so many that are spiritual I'm curious, why I've lived a life of faith, honesty, giving etc and yet my family has suffered some of the most awful things. Ive worked my tail off my whole life being good and providing for my family and more yet it is one crappy thing after another. If I told you all that we continue to go through you would see that we can't catch a break. It isn't the fault of choices, decisions, irresponsibility etc. it just happens. Meanwhile my sil whom is anything but honesty and good has her life just handed to her. She doesn't work for it, she doesn't do anything to earn Gods special favors.

Why is that? Why do I devote my childhood, teen years and most of my adult years to serving and nothing good comes to our family?

No, I don't expect anything that i havent worked for in return but why does our life suck day after day, year after year if there is a loving, kind and honorable God that I've given myself to for so long? For so long I DID expect our family to be blessed with the good energy that we were giving out.

There is always an answer for the good, God answered my prayers, God blessed us etc. but never for the bad. We haven't earned it, we don't deserve it so what purpose does it serve?

by Silver Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM
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Amazing! God is so good! :-)

by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:02 PM
Well, the things He had given us for so long (our home, health, family, etc), I'd been claiming those things as my own trappings and earnings, but as soon as I gave up my pride and humbly thanked Him for being our provider, He gave us what we needed to go on.
So what I'd done to deserve the blessing was to finally take on an attitude of humility and obedience.

Quoting Anonymous:

So how did you deserve it? Not being snarky, I'm curious as to what you did to deserve it?

Quoting Anonymous:

Exactly! I got it when we needed it, and not until I DESERVED it!

Quoting ginger813:

it probably would have been, but maybe it wouldn't have come until much, much later. She got it when she needed it most!

Quoting Anonymous:

Because that check wouldnt have been there otherwise.... 

by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:04 PM
God is great! <3
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by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:05 PM
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I struggled with prayer for a long time; I felt awkward, like I wasn't "doing it right." I didn't know what to say or how to say it. Our pastor taught a few Sunday school lessons from Dr. Charles Stanley's book "Talking to God," and I've since read it through and found it really helpful! I'm so much more comfortable praying now.
I'm so glad this touched you :)

Quoting milmomma2006:

I so needed to read this right now! Thank you!! I am having a hard time right now accepting that prayer is that beneficial and letting go of my problems for God to handle. Reading your story just gave me that extra push I needed to finally give it to Him. I knew there was a reason this post kept popping up on the side of my screen!! He truly does work in mysterious ways!!!

by Anonymous 28 on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

*leaves post*

by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM
Aw thank you!
I'll say a prayer that your struggles leave you soon :)

Quoting Anonymous:

I think he also puts people like you in our path too,  I really needed to hear an uplifting story like this right now as we are struggling a bit also,  and stories like this make me realize there is always hope!

Quoting Anonymous:

There are a lot of people who don't want to see God's hand in the things around them, so no matter how many testimonies they read, it just won't touch them if their heart is hardened.

But remember, God puts those people in our paths for a reason :)

Quoting Anonymous:

It just annoys me and there is no reason for it!  But i'm glad things are looking up for you,  God is great!

Quoting Anonymous:

I knew some such responses would come, but it's ok. Like you said, my faith isn't going to be shaken by someone else's cynicism.

Quoting Anonymous:

Answer me a question,  why do you non believers come into posts that are clearly religious in nature and try to argue?  You know you're wasting your time don't you?  The op isn't all of a sudden going to think oh ya you're right.  Why does someone having faith in something threaten and bother you so much?

Quoting halleys_mommy_1:

Ya sorry. Not god. Human error.....

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