Jehovah Jireh.

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Jehovah Jireh. “The Lord Will Provide.”

We have surely seen evidence of this over the past weeks and we will continue to rest in this promise in the coming months. Here is a short testimony of God’s faithfulness to us:

I have been needing to get my wisdom teeth out for several months now. I had an appointment back in April, but for several reasons, was not able to go through with the surgery that day. Then we took a much needed vacation to Florida in May, which pretty much drained us of any extra money we had at the time. Luckily, my teeth stopped aching for a while and then would only give me a bit of trouble every few weeks, so my surgery was put on the back burner until we could come up with the money again–but we weren’t quite sure when that would be.

Fast forward to the end of July and my toothaches were back, with a vengeance. Throughout the day, my head would be pounding because of the way my wisdom teeth were putting such constant pressures on the nerves in my jaw. By bedtime, I didn’t even want to open my mouth to speak because of the pain. I knew I needed to have the surgery soon, but we weren’t quite sure how we were going to pay for it (luckily our insurance covered the majority, but it was still going to be a $350 bill out of pocket).

DSC_6329Jehovah Jireh. “The Lord Will Provide.”

On Friday, July 25th, we opened our mailbox to find an anonymous envelope with $500 and a note that said “God Bless You.” We cried tears of joy that day as we witnessed God’s faithfulness to us, through the generosity of dear friends.

You see, earlier that same week, we were put in a very humble position as we sent out letters to close friends and family, inviting them to partner with us monthly so that Brian could pursue an internship at our church beginning this August. To take on the hours as an intern, it meant that he would reduce his hours at work. And we would be left with a $500 deficit each month. We were nervous about this request, but we stepped out in faith, knowing God would provide.

And two days later, we received $500 and the note of blessing. Before our letters even landed in the mailboxes of our friends and family, we were receiving this gift in ours. Such a testimony showing God’s faithful and specific provision for us!

We felt that since I was in need of the surgery, and soon, that we would use part of the money for that. So I will be having the surgery this afternoon! The remainder, we used to purchase a weed-whacker (or “line trimmer” as Brian says) that we had been needing for our yard and a dinner out one night.

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Jehovah Jireh. “The Lord Will Provide.”

Honestly, at times we have trouble believing this. We both work so hard day in and day out, and some months we don’t have much (or any) extra. But this gift acted as yet another reminder of how He has provided for us in the past and will continue to do so, even in the midst of uncertainties in this year that lies before us.

So whoever you are, we thank you for your selfless gift, from the depths of our hearts. During a rough week, you reminded us of God’s love for us and how the church body can truly make a difference.

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