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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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slashteddy
by Platinum Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:06 AM

That's great! I'm really happy for you. :D I don't really understand the prayer thing much but it's always nice to hear when something nice happens to someone. Good luck! <3

Anonymous
by Anonymous 9 on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:07 AM
I'm happy for you but also just makes me feel like if 'God' exists he must play favorites. Some people can be humble and gracious until they are blue in the face and yet are left to suffer while others have their prayers answered in some huge way.
babylove041810
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:08 AM
This. I agree.

Quoting calcalmommy:

That's great, Momma! God is so good! He does provide!
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:09 AM
1 mom liked this
I was hoping it would be helpful to at least one person, and be a little bit of light in all the negativity that can breed on this site at times ;)


Quoting cjsix:

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


Anonymous
by Anonymous 10 on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:14 AM
1 mom liked this
If that happened because of " god", don't forget to give 10% to your church.
ChickenTheChina
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:21 AM
That's awesome :)
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 11 on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:25 AM
Your post brought me to tears.

I am learning how to pray. I'm so thankful that you found a small blessing today.
devastatedhurt
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:27 AM
No sometimes we just need God to answer to showshow us he hears us God takes care of his people


Quoting Anonymous:

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


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Nikaniko
by on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:33 AM
Great story. I'm glad things are looking up for you guys.
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eykelley
by Gold Member on Nov. 29, 2012 at 3:38 AM
I'm happy for u momma.
:)

I'm praying God answers my cries. As of late, I've been feeling a bit absent of his presence. :(
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