Since Brennan has been born, Ben and i have been limited in our dates. We have allowed that to take a backseat for several reasons. At first it was nursing-you can't go anywhere without your baby for very long! Then it was scheduling mixed with finances, lately it has been finances mixed with finding an available sitter (without wearing out the faithful precious ones that we always call upon).
One sweet friend of mine who just graduated high school and i were talking (we get together once a week) and she offered to babysit Brennan last weekend. It was a great surprise and she insisted on us having a date night.
When we got back i tried to pay her (to no avail) and was very blessed by her humility and service to our marriage and family. She graciously views herself as been given much by God and as many of our dear, wonderful friends (Mike and KAY!, Bethany, my sweet elderly neighbor) they recognize God's gifts to them and want simply to bless others.
As if that weren't enough, on our date i had begun to share with Ben about some things i was learning in a book i was reading and how it challenged me. On our way to bed that night i grabbed the book and my bible from where i had been studying that morning. When i did $50 fell out of it!
Now, i know God is good and provides generously for His children, but i was overwhelmed at finding this money. Where did it come from?? Yes, GOD! I know there was most likely a physical representative that left that (& it wasn't my sitter, i asked)..but nevertheless mysterious!
Thanks be to God for HIS indescribable gifts!!! And i have a notion that it could have been one of those afore mentioned wonderful people that was at my house for lunch..but i know that no matter what it was my wonderful Heavenly Provider. I am so thankful that God allowed us to go on that date, though it was in a way an act of faith that He would provide the un-budgeted money..
Any friends want to share surprising and wonderful ways God blesses YOU?