Countless times, I have seen God at work, putting this verse into action in so many areas of my life. One of those areas I have written about and given it the name of this scripture reference [click here to read it! The love story of Tim and I that I want to write more on as it is about a year behind where we are today!].
After my first month in Shaunavon, the cost of getting here, moving in, paying bills, buying the staples to stock my cupboards, getting settled...left me with just $20 in my account. At Rock Solid Refuge, our pay day is once a month, at the beginning of every month. It dawned on me afterwards that if all of those people had not so generously given to me, I would not have made it through my first month without going into the red. God blessed. God provided.
I always thought I would find a roommate for my two-bedroom apartment, once I got settled, to help with rent. I had a six month lease and I figured I would continue renting, month to month, after that. Tim surprised me by proposing a month and bit after I moved! Our wedding date got set and suddenly, I didn't need to be here beyond my six month lease. Well, no one is going to want to move in for just a few months and then move out. OK. No roommate.
Before Christmas, an email went out from the church saying a Christian nursing student from Regina needed a place to stay for six weeks while she did a practicum here. Her six weeks were to start at the beginning of January. I move out end of February. Boom. I now have a roommate. Once again, God blessed and God provided.
Tim and I got a mortgage with RBC and we bought a house out here! December 23rd was our possession date. Tim lives there now and I will join him once we are married. Planning a wedding, buying a house - finances have been a little tight and all called for. A couple weeks ago, I noticed a random deposit of $500 in my account. Tim hadn't put it there. He guessed it was from my parents. I asked, and they said it wasn't them. Weird. Tim and I agreed we would not touch the money until I called the bank to figure this out as it could have been a mistake. Upon calling, RBC informed me that Tim and I had qualified for a mortgage promotion, "Didn't you know about this beforehand?"
"No, I didn't."
That deposit was a gift from the bank. The timing of it was perfect.
Tim's grandparents, as well as a couple in town, gave us furniture for our new home. For free. We are so thankful for their kindness. It seriously is wonderful, and something you take for granted, having somewhere to sit in your home.
After taking my measurements, doing some research, checking reviews and so on, I made the slightly leery decision of ordering my wedding dress online. This allowed me to stay within my $400 budget for the dress. BIG mistake. I know, I know...I should have known! It arrived and it was a low quality, falling apart, didn't fit right disaster! I was devastated. On top of all that, they were giving me an extremely difficult time about returning it [thankfully, they eventually caved!]. It was now mid-January and I only had two and a half months to find a dress. This was a problem with the tight time frame as well as budget, not to mention that I am SO. DARN. PICKY. Even if I found a dress in a store that wasn't my size, but was the dress, it would take at least three months to be ordered in. Yikes. Not good.
Trying bridal stores in Swift Current and Moose Jaw brought up nothing that I liked which was in my budget. Frustratingly, I always liked the dresses that happened to be in the $1000 range.
I made an appointment at a bridal store in Regina. Tim and I planned on heading up on a Saturday. The Friday before, a friend at work called me aside saying she had some cryptic information for me. Turned out, it was instructions. She handed me an envelope with strict instructions to only open it once home and after I had stopped by the church and opened the envelope which I would find in my mail box there. I was confused as to what this was all about, but intrigued.
Following the given instructions, I got home and opened the church envelope first. There was note and a folded cheque inside with the words, "Use this wherever you most need it." I unfolded the cheque and an onslaught of tears erupted. The second envelope contained another folded cheque along with a card, which I read through teary eyes, "To: Maria. From: Your Friends [Many of them]. Surprise! In thinking of you and your dress predicament, this gift is sent with love. Best wishes as you search with a now greater budget!" Unfolding the second cheque brought another explosion of tears. It was for the exact same, huge amount as the first. Never in my life, have I gone from zero to one hundred in crying before. I now fully empathize with the phrase, "burst into tears."
That weekend in Regina, I found my wedding dress. The wonderful gifts of many made it possible. God blessed. God provided. Ephesians 3:20.
God is always faithful in providing. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. His timing is perfect. Trust Him. Everyday.
God blesses. God provides.