Above and Beyond (More Than Asked For)

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 A little over a year ago, I had written a blog post titled “$2.88“. Never did I imagine anything above and beyond that tiny token of love that Christmas.

It’s about a gift that my husband gave me one year for Christmas when we literally had NO money. He scrounged around and found enough loose change to buy me a small gift basket, and rushed to the store on Christmas Eve night.

To this day, I still have that precious item.

And now, I can add my children’s Christmas lists from last year to that sweet little basket.

They have learned over the past few years what it’s like to live in plenty, and what it’s like to live without.

As their mom, my heart breaks at times when I must say no to even the tiniest, insignificant thing.

For example, seeing my daughter wear boots everyday to school one year.

They hid the fact that her pants were too short and we couldn’t afford to buy her new ones.

But she said, “It’s okay, Mom…I don’t mind.”

(TEARS.)

Well, this past Christmas was the first one where we had NO IDEA how we were going to get our kids anything.

Ya’ll, the Dollar Spot at Target was not even an option.

Yes, I know that Christmas is not about gifts, and believe me when I say my kids fully understand this as well. I just pray and quietly ask my Heavenly Father to please make a way because I could not bear the thought of my sweet babies being disappointed.

Well….God never fails.

One day someone came to me and asked if we had purchased anything for the kids yet for Christmas. I softly replied, “No.”

Their face then lit up with a huge smile and they proceeded to tell me how they wanted to bless us so we could go shopping for our kids.

Oh goodness!

I tried to object, and they kept insisting!

My children had no idea about this, which makes the next few days following that conversation even more emotional for me.

I discover that my son wrote his list on a piece of construction paper and it said this…

“My Christmas List for Mom and Dad”

  1. My friends to stay the night
  2. A bag of gum
  3. Get a sketch book and pencils
  4. To have a happy Christmas

 

Three days later, I glance at the fridge and notice a small index card in the top left corner of the door, and then it occurred to me that  it was my daughter’s list.

She never even told me that she had placed it up there.

Hers was simply this…

“Christmas List”

  1. Bottle of body spray
  2. lip gloss
  3. $15 gift card to McAllisters
  4. My friend to stay the night

At this point I was overwhelmed with emotions.

She had not seen her brother’s list, but yet she had done the same thing and asked for something simple as well.

I began to praise the Lord and thank Him for this lesson. In that moment, seeing how grateful and hopeful my kids would be to get these little things, made me want to do even MORE for them.

They had no idea what was in store, that the provision was already there, AND that they were about to receive MORE than what they had asked for.

Won’t He do it?!

We have literally been living by faith since April 2016, when my husband became permanently disabled.

He lost his job five months later, and then we lost mine four months after that.

King David says it best in Psalms 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or his descendants begging bread.”

The Lord has not failed us yet, nor do I ever expect Him to. That is not in His nature.

After all, Hebrews 10:23 says, “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope WITHOUT WAVERING, for HE WHO PROMISED IS FAITHFUL. ” (And the emphasis is all mine!!)

 The Lord has moved in situations that others had told us would be impossible.

He has made things happen in such short time frames, that when I would tell people, they immediately KNEW it was all God.

People showing up at our house with trunks full of groceries.

Friends delivering  a card with a blessing inside it.

I have received  words of encouragement AT JUST THE RIGHT MOMENT.

There is even times where the  provision is already waiting  before the prayer even went forth! Talk about building up your faith!

Perhaps right now, you are in a similar situation.

There is  something that you are believing the Lord for, but you haven’t seen it come to pass just yet, or you don’t see HOW he is going to do it.

It might be a  healing, a loved one to be saved or restored, a financial breakthrough, or maybe even just simple words of encouragement.

Don’t give up!

He is the God of suddenly and surprises.

He knows the end from the beginning.

His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts! He is not asking you to figure it out.

He is simply asking for trust and obedience.

 

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