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Staring at the abundance of fruit that was overflowing onto the countertops, I clapped my hands with excitement.

“Kids, look at all the fruit!  I prayed that God would provide us with fruit and he did!”

God didn’t promise that life would be easy, but He did promise He would supply for all our needs.  Yep, that’s my Father, my Abba, taking care of even the smallest of desires!

Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.  – Hebrews 13:15

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I’m sitting here at work desperately trying not to give into the temptation to grumble and fret.  I made a commitment this week and I plan on sticking to it.  My half day Friday has ended, and excitedly I packed my things up to go home and get lunch before heading off to the Trail to serve coffee, but that is not meant to be.  After turning my car on, it huffed and vibrated, with all the warning lights turning on.  Much to my dismay, I’m back at my desk wondering how are we going to get to the Trail with all the supplies on time and how will my daughter get to work.

But I made a commitment!  God promised that ALL things would work together for good, so there’s a blessing in this situation.  I just need to find it.  🙂  So, Father, thank you for the car, thank you that it didn’t break down while I was driving, and thank you that I can wait in a warm place.  Blessings come in disguises.

In all things will I give thanks.

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After spending the weekend feeling discouraged and fearful, I decided that I would focus on finding little blessings throughout the day.  As I found things, I would text them to my husband.  Blessing #1:  the ability to text so I can stay in touch with Josh all day.  Blessing #2: God provided lunch at work, etc.  The discouragement and fear were beginning to be replaced with peace and joy, that is, until I received a phone call.  A doctor’s office called informing me of a medical bill that I had no idea I even had.  They were very unsympathetic to my surprise, all they cared about was when they would receive payment.

“God, really?  I’m trying to do the right thing here by not grumbling and complaining.  What’s this all about?  Why can’t we get a break?”

In the quietness of the moment, God answered, “What about the commitment you made this morning about be thankful for the blessings?”

“Yes, BLESSINGS, not more bad news!”  I complained.  “You know we’ll never be able to pay this!  We can’t even buy a roll of paper towels!” (fact, not exaggeration)

“But who’s to say that I didn’t just give you a blessing?”  God challenged.

“What?” I retorted, but then I stopped and thought about it.  Our helpless situation required a miracle, and the only one that could perform the miracle was God.  There was the blessing.  I would be able to see God provide for us in a way that only he could do!  Through this my faith would be strengthened.

Quite humbled and filled with gratitude, I responded, “You’re right, God, this bill and this situation is a blessing.  No matter what, I will praise you.”

That night, my husband and I shared with our children the situation that we were in and our commitment to give thanks in all things.  As our kids prayed asking God to meet our needs, they also made sure they thanked him for all that he has given.

Sometimes blessings come in disguises, we just need to have a different perspective.

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

(I Thessalonians 5:18 ESV)

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Fear twisted the insides of my stomach as I pushed the grocery cart towards my car. “Father, I’m ashamed to admit that I’m scared. My faith is wavering. Will you provide as you’ve promised?”

“Push your cart over there with the rest of the carts and tell me what you see.” My Father instructed.

As I followed his instructions, I noticed a bird pecking at something inside the shopping cart. Upon closer inspection, I saw a whole uneaten sandwich lying in the cart. Happily the bird was enjoying his banquet.

“Did the bird make the sandwich?” My Father asked.

“No.”

“Did the bird do anything to provide this meal for himself?”

“No.” I humbly admitted.

“Daughter, I asked you to jump and you obeyed. Would I abandon you in your time of need?”

“No.” I whispered.

“If I can provide for this bird, wouldn’t I provide for my own daughter whom I love so much more?” He gently chided.

Tears of relief gathered in the corners of my eyes. Yes, my Father will provide because I am his and he is mine.

Look at the birds of the sky: They don’t sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth more than they? (Matthew 6:26 HCSB)

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I played my best for Him, pum rum pum pum pum…” the music played on. It’s definitely the Christmas season. As I sat at Starbucks surrounded by shiny red bags filled with Christmas blend coffee beans, I watched the people hustle and bustle in and out while the baristas worked diligently to keep up with the orders. There was a fun homey atmosphere in this small town Starbucks. People greeted one another and if they didn’t know each other they would by the time their order was ready. Christmas cheer was in the air.

Every Christmas season is a challenge as to what special unique gift I can find for my children. This is the one time of year I splurge for them because I love to see their eyes light up and dance with excitement as they open their gifts. As a parent, this is the best gift of all, to make my children happy.

As I sat listening to the sounds of coffee makers and conversations, I wondered, does God feel the same way about giving His children gifts? CLANG. CLANG. CLANG. The sound broke into my musings. I was about to experience my own Christmas Carol – God’s Style. Just that morning, I felt troubled about a list of needs that were beginning to accumulate. As I poured my heart out to my Heavenly Father, I was transported through the portals of Christmases past. I remembered one December, when our treasurer had to break the news that the church was not able to pay the full month’s salary. After everyone went home that Sunday night, our family stayed at church and prayed. That is one Christmas I will never forget. Every need and even desires were taken care of. Every day was filled with anticipation as to what God was going to do next! And then Christmas day came. We had told the kids not to expect much, but we were wrong. As the kids came running out into the living room, they stopped wide eyed. The abundance of gifts surprised us all! How did God do it? Only He knows. As I relived the moment, a quiet assurance stole over me. God does enjoy meeting our needs and surprising us!

RING. RING. RING. The phone rang. This call transported me to the future. Most everyone worries about college education, retirement, and the future in general. As I looked into our future, I often felt apprehensive about these things. That morning we received a phone call, a man was burdened to start preparing for a future need that our family would have. Earlier that week, we had received a different phone call that someone else was preparing for another future need for us. I sat stunned. God was with us in the past and God is already there in the future, so doesn’t that mean God is here in the present?

SOB. SOB. SOB. I was back in the present feeling so foolish. When will I ever learn not to worry? God is here in my present. He had just burdened someone to slip a white envelope into my hand one Sunday morning. He had just impressed someone to shove a folded up check into my husband’s hand that night after service. That Sunday evening, our family again bowed our heads in thanks. God had just payed off our medical and heating bill.

Does God enjoy meeting my needs and giving special surprises? Through my Christmas Carol experience, I can confidently say YES! God is my Father and loves to spoil me!

Is God your Father? If not, He has given you the greatest gift of all, His Son Jesus Christ. In two weeks, we will be celebrating Christ’s birth. Because He was born, died, and rose again, you are given the opportunity to call God your Father. All you have to do is accept His sacrificial gift by repenting and putting your faith in Christ alone.

Christian, you are loved by your Heavenly Father. There is no need that is too small or too great that God can take care of. This Christmas season, take time to reflect on all the beautiful gifts that your Father has given to you!

“Keep asking, and it will be given to you. Keep searching, and you will find. Keep knocking, and the door l will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who searches finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 9 What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7: 7 – 11

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