Christmas Miracle

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I’ve had much mulling around in my head, and life has been filled with stories to tell, and God has been clear and tangible and present, and… I’ve finally decided to start writing…

Did you hear the one about how the Lord gave us this house to live in? Not even kidding, just two weeks before closing on the sale of our house, a couple days before we had to be in Iowa for a wedding, and seconds before I ended the call with the apartment complex when they told me they no longer had a unit for us… His phone rang. We are helping to fix it up a bit, but have been blessed tremendously to stay here rent free until we go.

We haven’t had an income since September. We have had… six bags of groceries show up on our porch, a $200 customer reward Visa card from AT&T fall out of an envelop exactly when we needed it, a sewing machine that finally sold after six months listed just in time to pay our phone bills, a pair of jeans given to me after I had, no joke, asked that morning if I might be able to go find a cheap pair that fit (because I had just had baby number 8, and my pants wouldn’t pull up past my thighs at the time!), a truck to get around in after ours died on the side of the road for the last time, bags and boxes of diapers that lasted a few months, a target gift card, pantry goods and freezer food from two different families that moved away, and…

The house ended up selling for $10,000 less than the price the buyers agreed to because it didn’t appraise for the full amount. In faith, we stuck with the plan and used a chunk of our profit to pay off a school loan. All said and done, we had a lot less money to live off of than we planned for. But God, he continually amazes us with his faithful provision. Although my faith was growing and I was content with our day to day living… as Christmas grew near there was a sadness in my heart. I love to celebrate. And while I know the holiday isn’t about presents, I love to give gifts. One morning, one of the kids broke a Christmas decoration. I cried. It wasn’t the thing itself, but I struggled through the thought of choosing not to spend money to replace it. I struggled with the thought of not being able to purchase Christmas gifts. I wanted to be ok, I wanted to think of new ways to celebrate the gift that Christ is to us.

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, Ephesians 3:20

Two weeks before Christmas we received an email; “We see that you haven’t cashed your rebate check.” We called the bank and found out that we had gotten $3,900 back from the sale of the house. The check was apparently mailed to us in October, but we hadn’t received it. It still blows my mind that the Lord, in His sovereignty, saved that money for and from us until two weeks before Christmas (when our bank account was dwindling and gifts were not an option!). It’s not that we needed to give presents, He could have given us just enough to pay our bills… but I am in awe of God, who not only provides for all that we need, but delights in showering his miraculous grace and surprising us with plenty.

Published by Tiffanie Lloyd

I am a detail-oriented and energetic multi-tasker traveling at the side of my best friend, and momma to eight amazing kids. God has gifted me with creativity; I'm an entrepreneur, writer, and photographer with a passion for women's health, particularity in childbirth. I'm a Parenting and Childbirth Educator, Doula, Breastfeeding Counselor, and working toward certification as a Holistic Nutritionist. Thanks for stoping by! Be sure to check out my archives, and sign up for notifications about new posts!

One thought on “Christmas Miracle

  1. You are an amazing women. Your out right truthfulness about JESUS providing and about your feelings is so refreshing. I found myself full of joy, on how our LORD does provide and smiling on at how much you love your family. Yes, you are meant to write. Looking forward to even reading some of your books in the future. 🙂 LOVE, PRAYERS AND BLESSINGS. Christine & Randy Ridenour

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