When you are a true single homeschool momma, life is a struggle. Unless you have a high paying job that keeps you away from your kids and you have someone else homeschooling them you struggle. Some of you are blessed to receive some kind of child support from your ex, which is helpful, but you still struggle. And, for those of us who receive nothing the struggle is “REAL”.
Today I went over in my head many times different plans to make a little extra gas money for the weekend because Harmonie has a swim meet on Sunday and I have to work tomorrow. The quick and easy solution was to go turn in the recycling. Now you must understand, we’re talking about a few small bucks, not some major recycling haul.
We went to the recycling and did our normal sorting. There is only two of us, though we drink tons of water, our recycling haul is usually two to three kitchen trash bags full. I even emptied some water bottles into a pitcher and put the water in the refrigerator so we would have a couple of extra bottles.
We went to the cashier and she gave us $3.00. I was super happy because sometimes we only get about $2.00. I thought to myself, “This should be enough to get us home on Sunday from competition, but we may be locked up for a day if I do not find a way to make more money over the weekend.
As I put away my drivers license, I started going through my wallets to see if I hid any other cash somewhere that I didn’t remember, knowing good and well I didn’t. Well, God is good to me.
I opened my wallet I never put cash in and was going through it. I for some reason decided to look in the cash section, knowing I haven’t put money in there in forever. I opened it up and I faintly saw something in there, but really couldn’t tell what it was. It of course, looked like it could be a folded bill pushed way down in there.
I reached in and began to pull out the bill. I thought to myself, “Sweet! I found a dollar bill.” I pulled the bill all the way out and it was a $10.00 bill. Oh, my heavens! The joy and appreciation I felt was beyond words. I began to thank The Lord loudly in my car as I looked at the $10.00 bill to make sure I was not dreaming. It was a genuine $10.00 bill. I wanted to kiss it. Hahaha!
I looked back at my crazy baby girl in the back seat of our car and I told her, “Don’t let anyone tell you there is no God and he does not make miracles happen.” We had a few words about the situation and our theories on how God magically placed that bill in my wallet right before I looked in it. It was a fun and rewarding conversation because it was a great way to show her to always have faith in God for he will take good care of you. I know this is a story about a simple little $10.00 bill, which seems like no big deal to most, however, the point is for me, at a time when I had no options clear in front of me, God made things happen. I never put cash in that wallet. It was not something I did years ago and forgot about it because I just looked through that wallet a couple of weeks ago and there was no money in it. There was no way for me to have placed it there because I haven’t had a spare $10 to slip in that wallet for a raining day. It simply was a small gift from God that to me is a huge blessing. I am more than grateful for it.
I chose to share this story of favor to remind you moms out there who are struggling to learn to walk in faith. God has got your back. When you need something, work to figure out a solution while trusting that God has it under control.
Our lives may not be filled with all the luxuries of life because we have chosen to stay home and educate out babies, but if you stay in a state of thankfulness and faith, you will find you have all that you need. And, every once in a while, you will find that you have received a little extra by being in God’s favor.
What unexpected gifts did you receive from God that only he could give you? I would love to hear your stories. Let’s chat about it!