**This post was originally posted on August 25th, 2006** It’s message still takes my breath away every time I think about it…

The most exciting thing happened on wednesday.
First let me back up…
We had the most amazing small bible study group in Maryland. What a fantastic group to know and share, worship and fellowship with. They weren’t just there for you on thursday nights (When we met each week), but helped us move, showered us with gifts when Seamus was born and on and on (plus we had some GOOD EATS everyweek!) When we moved, I knew that this group was what I would miss the most from my daily life.

So, back to wednesday… As most of you know, this past year was brutal. Our move here relieved a lot of the causes. But we’ve still been picking up the pieces slowly. God has given us everything we need. Most weeks, it is just the right amount for in between pay periods – our groceries run out the day Sean gets paid, things come due at the “right time” etc. But this pay period was different. A lot of people have been on vacation at Sean’s work and so he has been sent home early or called off for the entire day a lot. (He worked 52 hours over this past two-week pay period.) Needless to say, the check is a lot smaller this week and we hadn’t been able to set aside for it (at least in an account we can just go and draw from at anytime). So, wednesday morning, this fact was looking me squarely in the face. I had realized that we had just enough to pay our things due… but, oh, yes – we need food! As I was getting ready in the morning I just prayed ernestly for the food. I said “Lord, I don’t know how you are going to do it, but you know we need food and that it will need to last for two weeks. Please provide it for us.” Then I let it go.

This was certainly an area requiring faith, because let’s face it – food just doesn’t appear at your doorstep. It’s not like you can postpone it until next pay period. Ya gots ta eat…

I was starting to get ready to pick Abbie up from school when there was a knock at the door. FedEx had a package for me. I opened it up and guess what?!?!

It was gift cards from our Maryland Bible study group for our local grocery store!!!

Food had arrived on our doorstep! The amount will be no problem taking us through the next two weeks.

It gets better!

Here is the kicker. I try to call my mom — line’s busy. Try to call her cell — busy. Call again — busy, busy busy. I HAVE to talk with someone! So I call my brother (who, along with my sister-in-law are a part of the bible study group). I start bawling. Now, you have to picture my brother — he loves me, I know it, but he is not one who enjoys handling, how shall I describe it, “emotional delicacy”. So, as I’m crying, I’m sure he is kicking himself for answering the phone (I could just see him with that tense-mouth thing he does when he is not sure what to do or say, possibly banging the phone against his forehead…) But finally, as I can speak clearly and ask questions, he begins to tell me the story behind the gift cards.

Long story short — they had been trying to get them to us since May. There was a big mess up with them and it finally got straightened out this week. Just when we needed it. This totally blows my mind! We didn’t need those gift cards before. We would have used them and blown the extra cash.

Truly, truly, truly this is manna from Heaven! Isn’t the Lord awesome in His timing. What I know was a frustrating situation on the part of the group was used to reach us when we needed it the most.


  1. http://Beck says

    That’s a WONDERFUL story! WONDERFUL!

  2. http://Lynnae says

    That just gives me chills! I love hearing how God provides at just the right time!

    I just found your blog, and I wanted to tell you it’s wonderful! I really enjoy reading it.

  3. http://Kimmy says

    Chills up my spine! I LOVE stories like this. We’ve been blessed by manna from heaven too. God is so faithful! Thanks for the reminder of that.

  4. http://Ruth says

    PRAISE THE LORD!!!! karla! this story is such an encouragement…my hubby has just resigned from his job he held for over 12 years and i am being reminded again and again of Gods faithfulness in ALL situations.


  5. http://The%20Nester says

    i think i’m officially backreading.

    love those mailbox experiences–we have had them as well, and I was soo wowed that the gift card came through fedex and to hear why is amazing!

    I also thought you were gonna say that “food doesn’t grow on trees” that would have been funny. probably only funny to me though.

  6. http://Chappyswife says

    Oh, that is truly a miracle. I needed to hear that. This year has absolutely been the worst for us, and I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop while hoping and praying and believing that it won’t. So far, God has met all of our material needs and blessed our family beyond belief, just not in the way the world views “blessed.”

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