In the past two years we’ve been welcomed by many, but what has touched my heart the most is to see how God uses people, even strangers, to answer the quiet prayers of my heart.
Picture in your mind the contents of your home: your photo albums, shoes, tools, kitchen supplies, etc. Now, select some things and put them in a suitcase or two, for each person in your family. That’s all they get to take with them to their new home, what’s in that suitcase, nothing else.
As a parent with five children, it can be very overwhelming on a tight budget to start all over from scratch again. Do they get a bike, a headboard for their bed, another doll like the one they left behind, matching blanket and sheets, bookshelves for their books, what about a dresser and do we even consider the cost of them going to church camp this summer?!
Those are some of the questions we’ve had to wrestle with as we start life over in the States, but the awesome news is that people surrounding us have made this transition much more of a blessing than a burden.
Below are pictures of the many blessings we have received in just this past 5 months after purchasing our home. Many of the things listed are answers to specific prayer requests I made known to God, but not necessarily to people.
And for those of you who can’t help but doubt and wonder if these answers were mere coincidences, I’d like to encourage you by simply stating that I wasn’t offered beds (that I already have), dressers (that I already have), a vacuum (that I already have), a computer chair (that I already have), but instead we were offered things that God knew my heart desired!
I list them to remind my children and perhaps you too of how close God is. He is described as a husband, a father, and a friend.
1 Chronicles 16:34 “O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting.”
I list them to remind us of how awesome people are for listening and responding to His leading!
1 Chronicles 16:8 – “Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.”
You might be thinking, Wow, God sure does love Jenny; she gets everything.
I’m not sure how to reply to that because quite frankly, God does love me…and you. Very much!
Have I gotten everything that I have prayed for? Definitely not!
I have my own lists of things I wish could be different, as many of you do too.
I don’t get everything I pray for, but instead God uses my unfulfilled desires to teach me how to rejoice and be content with what I do have. I mean seriously, look at all that green grass and trees in that picture below, not to mention a son; I am rich in things that matter!
Matthew 7:11 “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
2 Corinthians 9:7“7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Now it’s your turn!
If God nudges your heart to give to someone, please respond. You might just be the means by which God answers someone’s prayer! I’m so thankful for all of those who responded to His leading in giving to us as we have had to start over and settle back into life here in the States.
Please share your own praises below, as I would love to rejoice with you on how great our God is!
Disclaimer: **I share these answered prayers with you in hopes to encourage you through what God is doing in our family’s life. In no way do I want to make God look like a genie that answers our requests for things, or appear puffed up like the Pharisees about my prayer life. Instead my desire is to portray Him as a loving Father who provides for His children through the body of Christ.**