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!

Expecting Grace – A Special Book Review

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Expecting Grace is a great new book written by Leah A. Highfill. She is a strong woman with an encouraging ability to write about the Lord’s work in her life. She has a special blog called, Embracing Grace, where she, a pastor’s wife encourages other ladies in their walk with the Lord.

In recent months I have begun to read her blog and be encouraged with her posts myself, that is why I am pleased to present to you today a wonderful review of her book. I have also included this review on my sister site, Ministry Mamas. See the same review here. We have 2 books on our Book Review list but are looking forward to adding more.

In reading my Bible reading today I found these verses, “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever…But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.” Psalm 73:26 & 28. These verses describe Leah Highfill’s experience with a unique condition that affects 1-2% of women, Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Basically, it is a condition where the woman’s body rejects the Human Growth Hormone and she suffers from a difficult and uncomfortable battle with nausea and weakness throughout the pregnancy. She survived and declares God’s work in her life in this God-honoring testimonial.

Leah shares hear heart as she dealt with this disease throughout her first pregnancy with her son Caleb. She and her husband were newlyweds that had just made a commitment to serve the Lord in a church in Canada when she became pregnant and the long 9 month trial began.

Her journaling through these months helped her in writing her book. I felt impressed to keep better track of God’s involvement and blessings in our family’s life because of her testimony of keeping track of the blessings and provisions God made for them because she was faithful to write what He had done.

This book will teach you the value of prayer. When their prescription costs were more than the weekly salary they were making. God proved himself faithful one blessing at a time. They took the time to take the large stack of bills that were mounting around $35,000 and pray over each one of them. As you read the book you see how God works in mysterious ways and lifts their burden.

She is a Christian woman who struggled in a dark valley and came out of it with a wonderful attitude to see needs around her and help other women with Hypermesis Gravidarum. We all have difficulties and should come out of them with a heart to help others come through similar struggles. This book can help you see the needs of pregnant women. Not only do some suffer and struggle with illness, their family does also. How easy it is to forget those expecting and assume they are fine when their body and health may be struggling.

This book kept reminding me to look for the needs of:
1. Pregnant women
2. Women who are having an extremely hard time with pregnancy.
3. Women who are far from their families and need extra support.
4. People going through financial struggles.
5. Men who are supporting wives going through difficulty.
6. Women on the mission field with burdens and struggles.

If a book can increase your sensitivity and prick your heart to see the needs of others from God’s eyes, then it’s worth reading! I hope you will take the time to be blessed.

You can purchase her book on Amazon.com. I was not compensated for reading and reviewing her book but I am so grateful I did.