I’m so excited to share this testimony with you. I felt God speaking to me as I read it. It comes from the lovely creator of the blog Shining the Light in the Third Grade, which I really enjoy reading.
I have many stories I could share, but I think this one is the one God wants me to share:
I had been married for almost 6 months the day my husband came home early from work. I was concerned with why he was home. I’ll never forget how he sat me down on the couch and gently told me that he was laid off. It was June of 2011 and my life felt like it had been turned upside down in that one instant.
I had graduated college the previous December with a teaching degree and had been hunting for a job for months. If you’re a teacher or related to a teacher you know how difficult it can be to find a job in the middle of a school year. I knew that summer was when I would have the best chance to find a job. We lived comfortably on my husband’s salary (even though it was tiny), but without it life would present many challenges very quickly. So losing his job was losing our only income.
God instantly provided me with a full time nannying job to help provide for our monthly needs, but that $250 a week wouldn’t go far. My husband was not worried or stressed about losing his job. He was actually relieved. He was unhappy at work and knew he didn’t want to work there forever. He had been wanting to become more involved in our church’s youth group and had been praying about a mission trip opportunity for that summer also. His boss had told him no when he requested off for the mission trip, but Kyle still felt strongly that he was supposed to go.
When Kyle lost his job he immediately signed up to chaperon the youth trip to camp that summer. He signed up for the mission trip to St. Vincent (not knowing where the money would come from to pay for the trip). We also began talking about him going back to college to become a youth pastor.
All I could see was a lack of money and me without a job. God could see so much more though.
In short, God sent someone to pay for Kyle’s entire mission trip. God sent me a job at a local elementary school that I had been praying about. God provided a way for Kyle to go back to college at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Leavell College. God moved mountains in our lives that summer.
Now I see that God’s hand was all over the summer of 2011. God planned for Kyle to go to St. Vincent on a mission trip. He planned for him to go with the youth to summer camp. God planned for me to get a job. God planned for Kyle to go back to school and become a youth pastor. God planned for us to spend none of our very tiny savings. God was so good.
God continues to provide in our lives when we have no idea of where the provisions will come from. He is the master of it all!
Yes he truly is!
I really enjoyed reading this testimony, if you did too why not check out Danielle’s blog Shining the Light in The Third Grade, which I am sure you will enjoy just as much! (I love some of her crafty ideas.)
If you have a testimony you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with me. You never know who you might encourage.