Welcome to the “Be Fully Persuaded” series! Today I’m sharing how God provided milk and juice for my family—and grew my kids’ faith in the process. I pray that you are encouraged to stand strong in your faith and that God will make Romans 4:20-21 a reality for all of us as we focus on Him and His Word:
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)
Waiting for Milk and Juice
I have prayed about what to post this week. It’s Thanksgiving, and I do have holiday testimonies to share. (I’ll probably write some of those next month.) But the more I prayed, the more I felt led to share this particular event. I’m trusting that one of you needs to read it.
As I’ve mentioned in other posts in this series, we have been through some very lean times in the past several years. My husband and I had seen God work in very real and amazing ways. While our faith was growing, our kids had not been privy to the details of many of the miracles we had seen because they were about “grown up” issues. That changed . . .
One Monday morning, while preparing the kids’ first drink cup of the day, we used the last of the milk and juice. When the girls were younger, they wouldn’t drink water, so I flavored water for them throughout the day by pouring a little juice into it. They drank diluted juice all day every day (with BookGirl having a couple of glasses of milk in between), so not having juice was devastating.
When the girls asked for their second cup of “juice,” I told them we didn’t have any. They asked to go to the store to get some, and I had to tell them that it “wasn’t in the budget” to go to the store. I told them that if they wanted milk and juice, they needed to pray that God would provide milk and juice.
BookGirl was more upset over not having milk than juice, but I’ll never forget the heartfelt prayer she prayed for God to send her milk and some juice for Princess Roo (since she can’t have cow’s milk). We spent the day alternately praying and expectantly waiting for milk and juice.
The girls never doubted that God would send them milk and juice. They just didn’t know how or when He would act. While we waited, I found a single packet of grape Kool-Aid and some sugar, and I made Kool-Aid. To make it last, I used the Kool-Aid like I normally do juice. The girls drank diluted Kool-Aid all day—and waited.
I spent the day begging God to act: not for myself, but for the girls. I didn’t want Him to let them down. They were waiting so patiently and with such perfect trust. I needn’t have worried.
In the evening, a neighbor phoned and asked me to meet her at the back fence. When I got there, she handed me some meat from their freezer and a storage baggie full of change. She asked if we could use the food and said she felt led to bring the change from her change jar to us. I accepted both with sincere thanks. I had just put the meat into our freezer when another friend stopped by the house and said she had cleaned out her change jar earlier in the day and knew that it was for us. I thanked her, and she left. (I’m still amazed at how God has used people’s spare change in our lives!)
The girls wanted to know who I was talking to outside. I told them that two different people had felt led to bring their change to us. We sat in the floor to count and roll the coins, and we found that we had almost $32! We made a grocery list of critical items, with milk and juice at the top of the list.
The next morning the girls and I went to the grocery store together. The girls were excited (but not surprised) at how God had answered our prayers from the day before. Their faith grew through the experience. My faith grew too, but I was humbled (again) and repented for my doubt and unbelief.
God is faithful.
How have you seen God’s faithfulness to your family?
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