Revised August 11, 2019
Overwhelmed with Gratitude by God’s Provision
How do you say “thank you” enough when God provides through someone helping you out? That’s how we felt a couple of days ago while saying “goodbye” to a sweet friend. She had just handed over the keys to her and her husband’s truck. They are moving back to their home country and no longer needed it. Earlier in the year, they had told us their plan to give it to us. At that time we thought the truck would be helpful but we didn’t know how much we would need it. Little did we know one of our foster children would be coming back to us and that we would need a bigger vehicle. (We are going to put seats in the back which is perfectly legal here.)
He is a good Father
We are continually in awe of how God provides for our needs before we are even aware of them. Over and over again we have experienced this. It reaffirms the promise of God’s provision for life’s necessities. As we strive to live a life of dependence on Him in all things, He takes care of us.
Life has been pretty hectic lately with all sorts of errands, meetings, appointments and my husband working hard to finish up his degree in December. Also, our little 10-month-old is walking and getting into everything! It’s things like this that really encourage us to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, knowing He will take care of the rest (Matthew 6:33). We don’t have to worry!
God Provides Through Old Valentine’s Day Candy
And what about the heart candies? Well, we still have conversation hearts from Valentines Day. No, we are not hoarders, just stingy in giving our kids candy (especially candy from the U.S.). We have found that one heart candy can go a long way in rewarding our daughter for little tasks and good behavior. Our daughter is well-behaved most of the time but the littlest thing can throw her into a huge tantrum. She can get so worked up and then at the end, in the same breath she lets out a scream, it turns into a laugh and the tantrum is finished. This is apparently very common in children with Cerebral Palsy.
Again, little did we know when my parents brought these candies from America to us, how helpful they would be with our little girl who loves pink and hearts! God is so good to provide for our big and little needs!
I’d love to hear from you. What are the ways God has provided for you before you even asked? What are some reward systems you have found that work well for your children?
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