Welcome to the first post in the “Be Fully Persuaded” series! The past several years have been amazing for my family. We have seen God take care of our physical, spiritual, and emotional needs in ways that go beyond anything we ever imagined possible. I want to share one of those stories with you today, and I pray that it will encourage you in your faith as you wait on God for the answers to your prayers. (We’re still waiting on things too!)
In the coming weeks, I will continue to share our stories, and I will have guest writers who will share theirs. In the process, I want Romans 4:20-21 to become a reality for all of us:
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:20-21 (NIV)
For us, it started with diapers.
On June 12, 2003, BookGirl joined our family. She was our first, and it’s safe to say we had no idea what to expect. We knew our lives would change when she was born, but we had no idea how many areas she would impact!
Although our precious baby girl was a healthy seven pounds and nineteen inches, she was tiny. We had to buy some preemie clothes so she would have something to wear for those first several weeks, and we had a terrible time finding diapers small enough to fit. This issue was compounded by the fact that she went through 40 diapers in her first 48 hours at home.
We had no idea what we were going to do. How were we going to keep her in diapers? They were much more expensive than we had thought, especially since we were going through so many. I got online and signed up for coupons from every company that offers them, and we trimmed the budget (where there wasn’t anything to trim) to make room for diaper purchases. Still, there were times that there just wasn’t enough money for diapers. We prayed and tried not to worry, and God always came through.
One particular instance that still stands out in my memory is the weekend when money was seriously in short supply. BookGirl needed diapers—again—but we didn’t really have the funds to get any. Determined not to worry, we prayed, put her down for a nap, and then took a nap ourselves.
When we got up and headed outside to check on something, there, at the end of the carport, on our driveway, was a full case of diapers, in the correct size! We looked all over the box but could find no note or indication of who it came from. We hadn’t told anyone about the need, and to this day, we don’t know who left that case of diapers.
What we do know is what we learned that day. God cares, even about the smallest, most mundane details of our lives, and He does provide. It was the first in a long list of times that He has answered our prayers in very unexpected ways.
How has God unexpectedly met your needs? Be Fully Persuaded that He is working in the same way to take care of the things that concern you today.