Often I have prayed for someone to get a job or recover from an illness, and those prayers seemingly go unanswered. Most faith is tested when we are struggling to see God's will in our unanswered pleadings. I do believe that we, as humans, are unable to comprehend the grand plan of God; however, sometimes we must focus on the seemingly insignificant blessings he bestows on us in answer to our small prayers. Recently, the phrase "You ask and you shall receive" has resonated with me, as I have had some prayers and needs answered almost instantly.
- At the first snowfall in the start of winter, my children eagerly scrambled to don their snow-gear; however, being the youngest of two older sisters, James was relegated to pink snow pants.
New Hampshire Ready
- A couple of weeks later, James watched the girls coloring their Strawberry Shortcake and Princess/Fairy pages and asked, "Mommy, can I color a soccer page? Where's my sports book?" Um.... I don't have one.... Once again, being the younger brother to two older sisters has its disadvantages. Later that day, my neighbor Lisa called asking, "I have a few old coloring books and preschool learning books that Austin has outgrown, do you want them?" I said, "Sure." When she dropped them off, this was amongst them:
A sports sesame street book. Perfect
- Most families who do not have dual-incomes have to make lots of sacrifices to maintain their lifestyle, and around the holidays that lack of "extra" money becomes more noticeable. I have neighbors down the road who have two older children (teenagers), and she called me in late November asking if I wanted some toy/book hand-me-downs. I eagerly agreed and I was blessed with such an abundance of gifts for my children. I spent $20 (including stocking-stuffers) on my kids this Christmas because of my neighbors generosity.
John Deere Tractor Set for James
- During a stressful financial and family time, I was overwhelmed just trying to work, care for the children and homeschool them. Without being asked, my friend Tanya just swung by with a meal for my family. Having a night off from cooking allowed me to de-stress a bit and re-focus my organizing efforts! Plus the meal was awesome:
Coincidences? I don't think so! I truly believe God works through my friends and neighbors to give me things I need. Sometimes what we need is very different than what we want. I also can look back and see times in my life in which God used me to answer someone else's needs:
We spent the next few weeks practicing walking and holding a make-shift baby (out of a pillow/weights) so she could be discharged from the hospital. She had a terminal diagnosis, but she was able to spend her last year with her family, at home. I worked with a dozen other OTs at that hospital, and the chances that I would be blessed to meet this amazing woman was slim--but by "chance" we became friends.
Easy Rule #427730 Make sure you recognize the times in your life when your needs have been met-- was it just a coincidence?
Easy Rule #53948- Never pass up an opportunity to be someone else's answered prayer. Listen to that little voice inside!!
|Still love those Oreos....|