Our oldest sons started a gourmet cookie business in 2008 when they were both 8 and 10 years old (this is a later picture of them). We have taught them from as young as they can remember, to dream as big as they possibly can, and believe that God will reward their faith with whatever they ask!
A MIRACULOUS MOMENT – BELIEVING GOD SPECIFICALLY FOR FINANCES
When my second son was an infant (about 15 years ago now), my husband Jeff and I had to believe God for a financial miracle… we needed CASH!
Jeff had been interviewing at different companies through out the Dallas area. One such company had hired him and he was going to end up getting paid more than double anything he had ever been paid before!
The financial miracle that we needed had to occur during the interim period, that somewhat scary period between no job and the first paycheck. We had no money in savings, and we were committed to living life debt free. As a couple, we had decided that we were going to “give our way out” and put God’s Word to the test. We came in agreement for finances, and trusted that God alone would provide for us according to His riches in glory (Phil 4:19).
We decided that no one needed to know about our situation. The Lord knew about our need, and we knew of the need, that was it. Instead of borrowing were decided to pray, and let God give to us what we needed. I believe sometimes we need to go through situations like that (not having enough) to challenge our belief in God – it isn’t that we are challenging Him, we end up challenging ourselves! WHAT EXACTLY CAN/WILL GOD DO?
WE SOWED AND GAVE TO OTHERS, PROVING TO OURSELVES GOD HAD PLENTY
Taking the cue out of God’s Word in regards to sowing and reaping (Luke 6:38), and putting our faith in God alone, instead of gathering all our pennies to hoard, we did the opposite and gave them all away to those in need. We came to our last dime, and gave it away.
I know in the past, some Evangelists have had quite a reputation in regards to teaching if you “give all you have away, you will get money from God”. That is not how God works. That is not what giving all your money away is all about. You can’t plant money and have a money tree grow. What giving all your money away DOES DO is it takes week minded Christians (like we were at the time) and FORCES them to become DEPENDENT on a source mightier then themselves. Giving away all our money FORCED us to realize (once we went a day without money and didn’t die LOL) life is SO MUCH MORE than money. Who are you without it?
HE HAS PLENTY
We decided to trust in the Lord and HIS reserves, not ours. I remember paying a gasoline attendant 9$ in pennies, nickels and dimes for our gas. We didn’t know how God was going to provide for us basic essentials like food and diapers, but whatever it was that He was going to do, and in whatever time He chose, we had come to the belief God was our hero and capable of anything. I probably checked the mailbox for mystery checks 100 times a day!
Saturday night before Jeff’s first paycheck (It was coming the following Friday), I lie awake thinking to myself “Ok, it is 2 am. We have no more money and the baby is in his last diaper. We have a quarter of a tank of gas, and we wont get paid until next Friday. God, what else can I give? What else can I do?” My heart was fixed on the desire to give more, and more, and more.
AND THEN GOD SPOKE
“Your prayers” God answered me simply, “You can still give to others through your prayers. Pray for the body of Christ, that it would be obedient. When the body gives to its members, no one will be in need of anything again.” He then took me to that scripture about Jesus and Simon Peter feeding the sheep. Jesus was programming Simon Peter’s mind to think compassionately towards others.
As a result of this word, I immediately began praying for everyone I knew, and those I didn’t know. I prayed for the church, the city, the Nation. I prayed that God’s people would begin to be obedient to their callings, and that they would be blessed, and successful. I prayed that all would receive the spirit of compassion and respond by caring for one other.
Sunday morning, Jeff and I woke up fresh and very much alive. We had survived to live another day! 😛
I was completely at ease, having prayed myself to sleep the night before. We figured that staying at home in bed wasn’t going to get us anywhere, if we were going to do anything or go any places on that quarter tank, church was where we needed to be.
On the way to church we didn’t care that we didn’t have enough gas money to get home, or that baby Joseph was STILL in his last diaper. We knew that God was going to deliver us one way or another, and if we had to walk home we would.
As soon as we got to the church, we were opening doors for people and letting others sit down before us we were just so full of expectancy – that God would deliver us! After church, we did our usual routine and picked up our boys and got into the car to head home. We started down the long driveway exiting the church, when we noticed a big burly man walking down the side of the driveway. This man was covered head to toe in all black leather, with long hair and a long Duck Dynasty beard. He looked very out of place at our normally traditional church.
Jeff immediately found compassion for a lone walker on the road and a lump rose in my throat as he started pulling the car over to offer this man a ride. I was honestly scared of him! Opening the door, the man smiled and was grateful for the assistance. I jumped over the center console and into the back of the car with our boys, leaving the big man to sit in the front seat. Soon, Jeff and the unnamed man began to chat.
Turns out the man was a trucker, and was very kind! I regretted judging him so unfairly. Since the driveway to the church was so long and narrow he had to park his rig about a mile away. He was a member of the motorcycle club in the church, and when he was in town he would come to church on Sunday. After a surprisingly delightful conversation we came to his rig and he said “Thanks”.
WHAT ELSE COULD WE GIVE THE MAN BESIDE A LIFT? WHAT ELSE COULD WE GIVE?
After the man thanked us, we said that we were glad to be able to do it. Then understanding that the man was going on another long haul (gone for weeks), we grabbed some church sermons from the glove box to give him for his driving. Tapes (remember this was fifteen years ago!) we knew the man had never heard.
“WOW! Thanks!” he gratefully said to us, “Is there anything I can do for you?”
“Well,” Jeff gulped, “Maybe if you could give us five bucks for the tapes, so we can buy some gas, that would be great.”
“Mister, I can do better than that.” With that, I saw this big “scary” looking man pull out a hundred dollar bill from his pocket. “God told me to give this to you!”
After he did gave us the bill, everyone in the car started balling. We were all crying with joy!
The unnamed man went on to say:
“Once when I was really down on my luck, a buddy of mine gave me a hundred dollar bill. When I finally got back on my feet, I went back to my buddy to repay him. He told me to keep the hundred dollars, and he said ‘Someday you will come across someone else who needs that hundred dollars, when you do, give it to them.'” This gentle giant went on to tell Jeff and me, “As soon as I heard your car misfiring (it was a piece of junk, LOL) on the driveway, I knew you needed help. You picked me up thinking I was the one who needed help.. and I know I am supposed to give this hundred dollar bill to you! You are the ones I have been waiting for to give it to!”
Today’s key takeaway: When we all do our part to listen and act, it is the greatest thing to watch how we all relate to each other as human beings, as brothers and sisters in Christ! We didn’t need a hundred dollars that week! All we really needed maybe twenty dollars to get us through the week. We immediately paid our tithes and then that hundred dollars not only bought us diapers, it bought us food, gas and completely sustained us until payday! God had heard our prayers, felt our compassion towards others, and rewarded our obedience! We never borrowed a dime, or cried out to others.. we cried out to God and He provided!
“When I started making dolls, my original desire was just to create a “boy” doll for my son, who desperately wanted a doll but we couldn’t find any boy dolls. After I made one for him and his baby sister, I started getting requests from friends, but it still remained a side project…It seemed, however, that THIS business was going to start whether I liked it or not! And I began to have so many requests I eventually had to make a shop and policies! (Click to read more)”