How God Provided: My Filing Cabinet

My Filing Cabinet

I am a pile-it…. not a pilot that steers an airplane, a PILE-IT that you know, someone who piles things here and there. Piles of papers, projects, art supplies, magazines, and you name it litter our home. When God provided my filing cabinet it was a great pleasure to me that He fulfilled a desire of my heart.

I don’t know if you’re a pile-it like I am, but it sure is hard for me to know what to do with papers and every type of paperwork. I feel guilty trashing a cute picture my children drew, or sermon notes that I took in church that spoke to my heart.

In college we began a filing system to file our church related items that would help us in ministry some day. In our apartment fire, my file system that I had extensively been working on went up in the flames too. In all the years following our fire I have just been piling papers in file folders in banker’s boxes. I had wanted a file cabinet but never did ever buy one when my gravy train came in.

It was one of those days where a lady in our church and her daughter volunteered to watch our girls so I could get some errands done. This duo of ladies have always gone out of their way to befriend the kids and care about their crazy allergy needs so they could have a snack when they were at their house. They have sought to be a blessing to us time and time again just because… not because they ever wanted anything in return.

When I arrived to pick up the girls she took me to her garage and showed me a little Easy Bake Oven and asked me if Tres, our oldest daughter, would like to have it to play with. Of course she would! Then, within a matter of seconds she offered me the filing cabinet as well as another storage cabinet. Why should I ever be surprised that God would surprise me and give me the desire of my heart? And when I had not been thinking of that desire in my heart for some time…

God’s provisions and miracles are always special. You never have to doubt His love when He rains down blessings from heaven through the generosity of others. It’s never any doubt that He provides when it is something that you have thought about but never really voiced to anyone else. God is so good like that, His Omniscience (all-knowing) is miraculous in itself.

My piles are smaller now, my homeschool and ministry files are neatly tucked away in the metal drawers of my file cabinet. It is actually so full now that if I have both drawers open then it falls forward straight to the floor. It’s nothing fancy in its old gray color but boy do I love to think about how good God was to give it to me that afternoon.

We have a propensity to expect all of God’s miracles to be climbing the hills of the impossible instead of being easy and simple. Every time I think I know how God will work things out for me because of how He has done it in the past, then He always changes it up and does something different. His ways are wonderfully mysterious, just to keep me mesmerized by His handiwork.

You probably can think of an object God has provided for you in the past that was just like God handed it to you personally because it was so obvious and simple. I hope you remember it with fondness as you cherish the love God gives you even through the simple delights of meeting a silent or forgotten desire.

Psalm 37:4 Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Maybe you’d like to read some of my other stories about How God Provided: Washing Machines and Dryers, Clothes for Our Son, and Meat for Our Freezer.

How God Provided: Meat for Our Freezer

Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

As a ministry mama, I don’t work, I stay home with our four kiddos and my schedule stays full as it is. Sometimes I really want to do more to make money for our family so we can update a few things here and there but every avenue that I have attempted at home has left me with expending too much time, neglecting the kids, and getting little in return. So, I have come to grips with the fact that God does not want me to work even in doing something from home so I have also accepted that at this time I cannot be the one to add to our bank account. So, God does it for me!

A friend of mine works at Trader Joe’s and received some meat, and she was so kind to share some of it with our family. It was a simple gift from heaven, a few texts, and a knock on the door. Simple delivery. I love when God’s gifts are so quick and obvious!

God provided:

  • 2 packages of chicken thighs

  • 2 packages of ground turkey

  • 12 packages of chicken legs

  • 17 pounds of beef

So, as God filled our freezer He also provides for our finances. The meat added up to around $96.00. We will be able to save money in our groceries now and maybe we won’t get to replace some of the things I would like to, it may just buy some new shoes for the kids or something like that.

We never seem to run out of needs and God never stops running out of solutions to provide for them. He’s a good God that loves us so tenderly. I am so thankful that I am His child!

How God Provided: Clothes for Our Son

It’s amazing how God provides in mysterious ways! Just last week we saw God provide for our oldest son, Uno’s need for clothes. He, being the oldest, usually is the one that we buy new clothes for even if they are just “new” to him from the thrift stores. Our daughters have been provided for from about five different families in our church and we have tubs of clothes in our garage waiting for them to be old enough to wear them. Uno, however, has a pair of winter boots, a couple of shirts, and maybe a few other miscellaneous items in his tub…until now!

A month ago when I was packing up the winter clothes and getting out the summer clothes I noticed he was down to the bottom of his tub with all the winter clothes he had worn this year going into the tub for our second son, Dos. It would remind you of how the widow woman who Elijah saw felt when she noticed she was down to the bottom of the barrel with her meal and oil that morning. I began praying and telling God about Uno’s need and asking Him to provide.

We thought nothing of it when we were on our way to find some jeans at the store when my husband mentioned something to our neighbors that were outside. “Oh, we’re just going out to buy some clothes for our son before we head out on vacation,” my husband said. Then, bam! What do you know, God prompts the neighbor lady to go inside and bring us something…

When we returned from the store the doorbell rang and as we swung open the door, there she was with her arms stacked high, almost higher than her face, with boy clothes! God’s answer to my prayers was right there. She has two older boys that had outgrown the clothes and they were sitting in their garage waiting to be given away to charity. Well, God’s charity was shining down upon us when He provided so much!

When God provides so generously I am always reminded of the verse that my mother would quote to my sisters and I as children,

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38.

I can’t count the times that God has impressed on my heart to give away our children’s clothes. There have been times when Uno had outgrown clothes and Dos had not grown into them yet (they are 18 months apart) and God has burdened my heart for a single mother that needed clothes for her children. I have gone in and taken a majority of the clothes and given them to that mother. I can’t help it, I just feel like sometimes it’s a waste to have things sitting in storage when they can be used for someone else’s child.

If Jesus came back tomorrow would I wish that I had obeyed when He had placed that burden on my heart? That’s why when I’m impressed to give I do… I want to be obedient.

When we see God’s principles work, like when we give away clothes and then we receive clothes for our children, then we cannot question the principle outlined in Luke 6:38. The clothing stacked up in our neighbor’s arms were the evidence of “pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.” He now has clothes up to size 14 when he wears size 7.  Whether they will be in style in 7 years may be a different story!

If I could encourage you in one way through this testimony it would be, do not doubt God’s ability to keep track. He repays all things, whether good or bad. It’s been said many times that God is never a debtor. While we should give without expectation of receiving, we should be looking for God’s provisions and being thankful for them. The times we hold back and give begrudgingly are times we rob ourselves of abundant blessings!

Even ministry women, that are on a budget, with little to give can find themselves in a battle of generosity vs. holding on to their substance while on their knees praying to God to meet their needs. Remember God’s Word says in II Corinthians 9:6-8,

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work. 

God not only loves a cheerful giver, He provides abounding grace for you to be able to “abound to every good work.” In other words, He gives you plenty of grace to do plenty of good toward others. He will prompt your heart to give. Then, in time He gives back to you. If you recognize His abundant blessings and glorify Him for it, then you will have a story to tell just like we do.

The next blessing you can give is sharing with your children how He has provided and He cares for them by answering your prayers. They need to know He cares about the needs they have. When you share stories like these, you are not only exercising your faith, you are passing it on to the next generation. You are setting up stones for them to look back on and to see and remind them when they need to trust again, that God has come through in the past and He will do it again.

When God provides and answers our prayers it becomes a stepping stone of faith that leads us to the next step.

  • Will we trust God to provide the next need?
  • Will we be waiting in anticipation to see how He does it differently this time?
  • Will we spread the praise to those around us?

Our neighbors are unbelievers that God worked through. That is nothing short of a miracle. You just never know how God will come through! He is so good!