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You are kidding, praying around a mailbox?

By Christian Womanmag

“You want us to do what? Are you kidding me momma? You want us to pray around the mailbox! I just gotta know one thing, have you lost it or joined a cult or something? Do you know what the neighbors will think if they see us praying around our mailbox? What if Reagan is looking out her window right now, what will she think??”

My thirteen year old did not know whether to laugh or run but at that time I knew that God was leading me to have the faith to gather my family around our mailbox to pray for some BOLD things to happen in our home. Earlier that week I had been forced to leave my job because of circumstances beyond my control. My husband and I had also been praying that God would open new doors for my ministry. I just could not comprehend that leaving my job so quickly could even be a part of his plan. On top of that my boss had written a letter to deny the unemployment. All I knew at that time is that I was being attacked by the “what if’s” and the darts of fears and the how would we financially make it questions, that I had no other choice but to say GOD, I need you to STEP onto the scene! You ever been so desperate that you knew that without a doubt there was NO way out BUT GOD? SO my husband and I gathered our children around that mailbox and we prayed and cried out to God for what seemed like an hour. “Father  you own the cattle on a thousand hills, the wealth in every mine and we are asking you to have mercy on your children. God we need you to take control of the situation with the unemployment and have financial favor on our family. We know you did not bring us this far into the ministry for us to fail!” We even started to pray for the junk mail. That’s right! I knew that God could bless us with coupons and promotions to help lower our expenses.

A few weeks had past and I was online paying our bills when I stopped to look at the balance in our account which was puzzling! How could I of paid the bills and still have money in the account? I immediately called up our bank to speak with a service rep to explain the situation.  She explained that the money was ‘real’ and yes it was ours. The Employment Security Commission had direct deposited a check into our account! I broke out in tears! She probably thought I had lost it. I began to explain to her how God had not only showed up BUT showed off and that this was a result of our family praying some mighty Big, Bold prayers. She started to cry. We were having church right there on the telephone!! Not only did God reverse the decision with the unemployment but friends his favor did not stop there. Within days we received a statement from childcare  and I was keenly aware that I would need to pay $500 for their services for that month. The invoice read that we had previously overpayed and they owed us money! How awesome is that. Oh and let us not forget the prayer for the junk mail. Within days I opened two letters from an insurance company to shred and looked inside and there were two unexpected refund checks!! Glory! God had it all under control even before we breathed the first word of those prayers. He just needed me to have the faith to trust HIM to work this out.

What are you needing God to do for you today? What crisis are you needing him to step on the scene to fix? Is it your broken marriage, healing, finances, a prodigal child?

 F-A-I-T-H   For All I Trust Him!!

“Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” I Peter 5:7

By Beverly Weeks | Freelance writer | Website