Coincidence, Provision, and Thankfulness

1:13 AM

I won a giveaway last week.  Don't worry.  This post isn't about me boasting about winning.  (Although I do love giveaways!)  No, it's actually about something bigger.  Something that got me thinking, because this win came just after I had uttered a prayer for God to provide for us, and this happens to be a gift certificate for $50 to an online children's shop.  With a birthday coming up and Christmas not too far away, it hit me as a way of God providing.

kissing buds

The week went on and Sunday morning at church, I found myself listening to a sermon centered around coincidence vs. God's provision.  Hmmm...coincidence?  Now I know that anyone could have won that giveaway.  But I believe that if I hadn't won that giveaway, God would have found another way to provide.  Why?  Because He's good, and He hears our prayers.  He hears my prayers.

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.  2 Chronicles 16:9

I believe that if I just looked at something as simple as a giveaway win as chance or coincidence, I would be missing a very important piece to the puzzle...thankfulness.  As a missionary, I am always leaning on God to provide financially.  I have learned that it's not something I should expect simply because I am serving Him in this way, but it's a constant lesson in leaning and trusting.  After 14 years of that, I am still amazed and incredibly thankful for how He provides for our needs.

purple flower

So I guess you could say this is a little reminder and challenge to live in an attitude of thankfulness. 

If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness.  It will change your life mightily.  ~Gerald Good

Another thing I am incredibly grateful for is the writing opportunity I've been given over at Today's Mama.  In case you've missed them in the sidebar, my August and September posts that I haven't linked to in a post are...Getting The Creative Juices Flowing, The Discipline of De-Plugging, Does It Take A Community To Raise A Child?, National Relaxation Day, Growing Pains, and How The Alarm Clock Saved My Life, and Adding Creative Pizazz To Housecleaning!

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5 comments

  1. That's wonderful! God loves us so much!!

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  2. I am so happy for you!!! and love the providence that God has shown you!!!

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  3. It is amazing how things work out, isn't it? Sounds like you are being well looked after - as I believe we all are, if we only make the time to recognize it!

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  4. Hey Jen, do you remember Dave and I? We met at GRG in Texas!

    We don't eat much meat, more out of preference than actual "reason" (it just stopped tasting good to me). Dave is okay with vegetarian at home and will often get meat when we go out to eat. I still eat meat at people's houses, etc. But if I have a choice, I tend to choose veggie.

    The $60 a week is probably easier for us since it's just 3 of us (Dave's sister lives with us) - I imagine it would be really different with kids/family!

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  5. Good to reconnect with you, too! I'm completely jealous of your photography... and craftiness! :)

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