God has provided for me sooooooo many times it's a wonder that I ever worry. But worry I do. So stupid! But He is always faithful when I'm not. And here is the latest.
As some of you know and some don't, I was a homeschooling Mom until recently. But I was beginning to burn out and prayed and prayed for help, expecting God to energize me. But that wasn't how He chose to work.
Because of my stress I wasn't doing as good of a job of teaching the kids as I should and their education suffered. One day Joshua's Sunday School teacher listened to the prompting of the Holy Spirit and spoke to me of his concerns for Joshua. I am dead set against some of the teaching of the Public school system so I wouldn't even consider putting my kids there. But I had heard that some Christian schools offer financial help for families who can't afford them otherwise. So I decided to check that idea out.
In my search I found that I still couldn't afford most Christian schools even with financial help --until I found Christian Faith Academy. When I called them to ask about tuition I was told that they base it on income. I checked the place out and decided to enroll my kids there. But even though I am paying an incredibly low amount for tuition and books I still found it difficult. And this month I also had one-time expenses for testing and uniforms. When all was paid I only had $200 left for groceries for the six of us for 3 weeks -- something that normally costs me $500. or so. I was VERY worried (aka nearly panicked!!!!!) about what I was going to do, but felt in my heart that God still wanted me to pay most of those expenses right away.
How little faith I have! God always comes through, so I have no idea why I worry. But He immediately got to work on miracles for me. First, the school principal also works in Niagara Falls, New York and offered to pick up milk and eggs for me there. She said it was cheaper than here in Canada. So I handed her $20 Canadian and told her to do the best she could with it. Here all that would have got me was 4 bags of milk (each bag has 4 L) and no eggs. Well, she got me 6 gallons of milk and 3 dozen eggs!!!!!! And I still had $5 left even after she declared it at the border!
Then came the second part of the miracle. A woman Christine babysits for works at a pizza parlor and she brought over about 6 or 7 dozen buns, so there was less bread that I needed.
Then came an $80 check in the mail that we had no idea was coming.
After that we got an extra $400 from Barry's disability pension that was supposed to be used to buy winter clothing. And we did use it for that. But a friend at church had told me of a shoe store that was going out of business and having a great sale. I went, and it only cost me $80 to get boots for everyone in the family who needed them, church shoes for Christine, running shoes for Joshua, and dress shoes for school for the 3 younger ones! And by the time I had bought all of our winter clothes I still had $80 left for more groceries!
I was going to testify to all of this at church and here on my blog, but the Holy Spirit told me not to testify yet, as the miracle wasn't finished yet.
I did end up going to my church for more help with groceries, but I know I have a pride problem when it comes to asking for help and God really used the situation to humble me. So there was a spiritual reason for that one!
Then came the final stage of the miracle. I received a phone call yesterday offering me work 1 day per week!!!!! This was from an employer who I had worked for during the past 3 summers, but they are a tourist based business that closes during the winter so work with them at this time of year is very scarce and I didn't even apply for it. And 1 day per week is all I can handle right now as volunteering 3 days per week is a condition of my reduced tuition at the school. THEY called ME for a job I hadn't even applied for!!!!!!! This job will cover all of the school expenses each month!
Praise God I am soooooooo excited for what He has done!