How surprising, and faithful, and generous is my Heavenly Husband!
I have had many extra expenses lately. I have had to travel to help out my adult daughters and grandchildren. Acquaintances have needed help, and He led me to share with them. I am currently repairing my home for sale, and it is one thing after another.
It was near the end of the month, and a bill came in for insurance that covers my daughter's very expensive computer that she has to cart around for her Engineering studies. My daughter has been ill and had missed work, and I knew she was tight on finances. I asked my FH what to do, and it was clear I should pay for it, AND it was also clear that I should not ask my FH for the money. That took me down to the last of my funds, with almost a week to go before my maintenance check came in.
I trusted Him to provide, but I have to admit that I was a bit sad--foolish memories of when I was married to an FH with lots of funds and I rarely had to be concerned. We had worked hard over 34 years of marriage to get there, and I was sad that I was "missing out" on those fruits... I had seen something my mother would like, and I wanted to buy it for her for Mother's Day. She's 85 and there may not be more Mother's Days. I did begin to Praise Him, though, and quickly my mood went away; the sun broke through the clouds, and I noticed my dogwood tree in full bloom!
Two days later…
My FH came by to remove more of his things from my house. (We've been divorced for 4.5 years. He's not the best at getting around to keeping track of things or getting these kinds of things done. Too many "friends" have told me that I need to "give him a deadline" or more foolishly, "You should just throw it all away!" I know better than that. But it is only my HH that keeps my heart and mind peaceful on that because I am trying to ready my house for sale to downsize to something more manageable-- (I live here alone since all my children are grown.)
While he worked in the basement, I busied myself potting some flowers...except he occasionally asked that I bring him another box or some such. (I KNOW how frustrated that would have made me in the past...and how confused my friends are when I am cooperative and kind to him! My HH gives me such peace and joy! There is no need to fuss.) FH came upstairs and said a surprising thing to me. (Remember, he usually isn't good at getting around to things or keeping track of stuff.)
"Did you get the bill for the computer insurance?" [I know my face revealed my surprise.] He went on, "My calendar reminder says that her computer insurance is due, and I do not want to have to replace that computer if it gets stolen." I told him that I had paid the bill when it came in. "You should have asked me to pay. Next time, tell me," he said. He asked how much, and I told him. He said he would transfer funds into my account, and I thanked him. He got out his phone, then walked back down the stairs.
I sang a bit, praising my Heavenly Husband--my true provider!
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:19)
EVERYTHING is from Him! Trust Him!
When FH was packing up his truck to leave, he looked at me funny, and then he said, "I transferred the funds; it should show up tomorrow. Ummm...something told me that you could use a little extra, so I added a thousand dollars. I know you've had extra expenses caring for the kids. I appreciate that."
He grinned at the shocked look on my face and reached out and hugged me. I hugged him back. He got in the truck with more of his stuff and drove away.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! (Eph. 3:20)
I believe, if I had asked my FH for that money, I would have gotten the money--and ONLY the $104. Even worse, if I had demanded the money...I sense I might not have gotten anything at all.
I do not know what my Heavenly Husband has in store, but I am grateful for His care and LOVE. My life is filled with JOY.
Ministry Note: Though Beverly humbly didn't mention it, she is an extremely faithful tither. So much of what each of you enjoys in this ministry is provided by the faithful partners like Beverly—so it's never a surprise to read how faithful He is to His Word.
“Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”