So far on my blog I have not done a great job of sharing personal stories with you guys. I want to change that and mix it in some with the design because I think people need to know what God is doing in my life.
"Test me this," says the Lord Almighty, "and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it." Malachi 3:10
Two weeks ago I was down. I was frustrated and nervous about finances. My job is based on numbers. I need to sell a certain amount every month in order to not get written up. In the past this has never been a problem, but the past two or three months have been slow and low in sales. It was getting on towards the end of the month and I was no where near where I needed to be sales-wise. I knew that it was under control and God would be faithful.
More back story that you need to know. About a month ago we had a guest pastor come and speak at church. He was amazing and spoke about how God blesses people abundantly who tithe over what is asked of them. He told story after story about how people gave above their ability and God immediately blessed them with money in some way. Philip and I decided to give this a shot and double our tithing. We had been very upbeat about it and verbally affirming that God would be faithful back to us.
Back to where I was two weeks ago. (this is probably about a month after we started tithing more). I had a minor break down about our family budget. I started to freak out because the increased tithing wasn't part of our budget. In my head I just knew that God would repay our giving through making my sales increase at work....that was not happening. I was at least 35k away from breaking even with only 4 days left in the month. I broke down crying one night and Philip tried to encourage me. It was sweet but didn't help that much. The next morning I woke up and started to get ready. I noticed all of these pink post-it notes all over my house. In the kitchen, on the refrigerator, on my car wind shield, etc. My sweet husband had spent his morning writing scriptures about God's faithfulness on post its to encourage me.
This helped renew my faith in a big way. I always knew that God was going to come through but I was afraid that his timing might not be mine. (and when is it really ever the same as mine...but His is always better). Anyways, Monday night we got home really late and Philip went to the mail box to bring in the day's mail. He asked me why we would get another bill from our mortgage company. I had no idea what he was talking about. So I opened up the so thought "bill" and saw a large check. Our mortgage company said that we overpaid last year by quite a bit and that they were legally obligated to return the money. Our mouths dropped. On top of that they were lowering our mortgage payment quite a bit every month. Praise the Lord. I think we stood there stunned and re-read the letter several times to see if there was some sort of fine print. We broke into giddy laughter. God was so good. He came through just when we needed it in a way that we never expected it. We posted the check on the fridge because it was special to us. Jesus sent us that check and it brought tears to my eyes.
My barn overflows.
Then I went to work on Wednesday the 30th of the month. I had one presentation that night and she had given me a budget of less than 10k to do her room (a very good budget). She left that night having spent over 20k. Praise the Lord. I was that much closer to breaking even. The next day as Philip left for work I said say a prayer for me because I need to sell 6k today. Don't you know that an hour before we closed that day I had a lady that I hadn't spoken to in a long time call up and order 6300 over the phone. What seemed so impossible three days later, God did with ease. Philip and I have just sat back laughing at how amazing God is.
We were talking while driving around doing errands yesterday and I asked him, "Do you think God is up in heaven laughing at us right now saying, 'I told you I had this. This isn't my first rodeo.'?"
My barn overflows!
God says to test Him on this. Take it from me, God doesn't lie!