VERY GOOD GIFTS

I’m thankful for how God speaks His truth to me when I least expect it and need it most. One such instance happened when my husband was in mortuary school. Our income was drastically reduced during that time and the pennies that were being pinched were almost nonexistent.

My daughter needed a new dress for Model UN and when I asked her about it, she replied she didn’t want to ask because she thought it would be too much. She had assumed we couldn’t afford it. I told her that the concern for providing for her needs wasn’t her responsibility. As her parents, it was our concern. Her dad and I agreed a dress would be found. 

The day came that we set out to go shopping. We were enjoying the time together and the thrill of the hunt. Patiently I waited as she tried on different dresses. And then came that precious moment.  She opened the dressing room door in a dress she looked BEAUTIFUL in! There was a look of pure delight on her face. I was struck that moment with the overwhelming joy of being able to provide for my beloved daughter. Right then God spoke the truth that I don’t need to carry the weight of providing for our needs; that responsibility belongs to Him, our Heavenly Father. 

The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:19 (NIV) “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Matthew 7:11 says, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” (ESV)  I can’t help but wonder how God feels in surprising us with gifts. If I had that much joy giving my daughter something she thought was too extravagant to request, how much MORE does He desire and enjoy giving good things to us? Are you carrying the burden of provision which your heavenly Father wants to carry? What are you afraid to ask your Heavenly Father for? He’s waiting to bless you.

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