Thursday, October 01, 2009

HE Cares for my Husband's Heart

I love to brag about God. Love to tell about His faithfulness. It simply delights me to share cool God-stories.

And I have one for you today.

As you may know, my husband is a small-business owner. And as you may also know, small-business owners are particularly prone to stress these days.
Brian is no different.
Like everyone else, he is dealing with a failing economy. He has had issues with employees, had his business burglarized this summer, and is having his faith stretched as He tries to trust God in the midst of all of it.
Not to mention he is also a landlord, dealing with some very difficult tenants.
Yeah, that, and he has to come home to ME every day. *grin*

A few months ago I started seeing ads in the bulletin at church about a four-day men's conference coming up in October, and I was so hopeful that Brian would want to attend. I knew it would be a good thing for him to get away and have God refresh his heart. And one Sunday I pointed to the announcement, asking Brian if he had thought about going.
Oh, he had. But the cost was $260, and that's a lot of money. (Good value, but still a lot of money.)
He commented, "I wish I had $260."
The next morning I was thinking about Brian and this conference and began praying. I told God I knew He could provide the money, that it wasn't too much for HIM.
Then I remembered Brian had a stash of money on his dresser. A pile which he's been accumulating from Christmas and birthday gifts. I ran over to his dresser and started counting.

Y'all, that pile of cash totaled $261!

I jumped and smiled and laughed and praised God.
Brian said he wished he had $260. And here it was. With $1 left over for fun. *grin*
I knew at that moment God intended for Brian to go to the conference. And Brian agreed.
So, today Brian is on his way to somewhere in northern Michigan where God is going to refresh his heart. I am jealous as can be absolutely thrilled for him. Praying that God will speak tenderly to my husband, that He will care for my husband's heart, and that Brian will be renewed in his love for the Lord.

I just love it when God works like He has in this circumstance. And I am anticipating great things for Brian.

Thank You, Father!!!

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Becky said...

Isn't it great to know that He always has our backs even when we know we don't deserve it, He is always there to tell us "Yes, you do deserve it and I love you."

Anonymous said...

This sure is a great God story!! He ALWAYS provides!!
Patricia nyc

Marie said...

I love this post! It reminds me that God is always looking out for us and knows exactly what we need, when we need it.

luvmy4sons said...

Thanks for sharing that! That is SO AWESOME! God is good! LOL! Gotta love how He does things!

Heidi said...

What a cool affirmation of belief! I was just telling my husband last night that it would be ok with me if God chose to get a little more clear on what direction our family was headed at times! Either that..or we need to get better at listening!

(I think I need to cut back on my exclamation use..I might have an addition of some sort!)

Ronel Sidney said...

Isn't that amazing!!

Leah said...

Don't you love it that we have a $1-extra kind of God!! He is so cool like that. Please let us know what incredible things the Lord does in Brian's life through this conference. I love hearing the things the Lord is doing.


Daveda said...

Definitely a bragging story, Karen. I too hope that Brian is refreshed and reminded of God's faithfulness and love for him.

On Purpose said...

I SO LOVE to see our God be so intimate and personal!

Proverbs 27:19 said...


That's me with my jaw dropped!


KelliGirl said...

Awesome story! Some would say "Oh, that's just a coincidence." Thankfully we can see it differently. Yay God!

Jessica said...

That's so amazing! I love how God works. *grin* Thanks for sharing!

~Grace and Peace said...

I love these God moments! Yes, He always provides.

One time I asked God to help with our grocery money. (It was around the time we started doing the Dave Ramsey way.) There were more days left and no more cash. Then, I looked down and saw Benjamin Franklin staring back at me from my trashcan!!! Right on top of the cardstock remnants. My eyes bugged out, I could not believe it. It wasn't there before! When I recovered, I started jumping up and down. I was so grateful!!!! (I still check that trashcan once in a while just to see if there's money there. Nope, it hasn't happened again but it happened right when I needed it.)

Go GOD!!!!

Kelly Combs said...

This reminds me of the song about God, "Your love is AMAZING, stead & unchanging!" God is so amazing. $261!! "Keep the change." Hope he has a great trip.