I stand here amazed and in awe at our AWESOME GOD! I am not sure why I am amazed and why I am surprised. Yet AGAIN, He has provided and I give all the glory to Him. My mission trip is fully funded. I am going to write this down because as time goes by, I don't want to forget what he has done for me.
I told my friend, Carrie, in November that I couldn't go on the mission trip because there was NO WAY we could afford it. I crunched numbers and felt it was impossible. But, God kept tugging on my heart and Carrie kept encouraging me to just say "yes" and he would provide. I did not feel that fundraising was the way to go as we have already been fundraising for an adoption, so I felt that if I am to go, it would be fully God providing the way. In the beginning, two sweet friends just sent checks in the mail. I never asked. They just came. Then, EVERY. SINGLE. WEEK, work would slow down and as soon as it was my shift to work, it got busy or someone called in. I worked my regular shifts and worked almost an extra shift every week. One prn nurse I work with has been cancelled at least nine times in the past several months. Me? NONE!! He has provided. Then, my sister-in-law bought some t-shirts for our family that put money in my fund.
Just this week, I was getting worried and letting doubt sink-in. I decided to join in on the ordinary hero fundraiser where they give a $500 grant to the 3 top sellers of their products. Also, 40% of what I sell goes to my mission fund. What I loved is that you could buy products that would be given to children in Africa. For example, donkeys, sheep, water shoes, blankets, back-packs. I liked this idea more than asking people to buy t-shirts. I still was not wanting to ask anyone to help me out...sigh...pride....But, the first night, my dear friend, Stephanie bought a donkey!!! How AWESOME is that? Today, I began to crunch numbers again. My faith was wavering. But, on my heart the whole time was "I am able, Erica, trust me, I will do immeasurably more than you can ask or imagine." Over and over again I heard this. I just randomly looked up my mission trip webpage and someone provided EXACTLY the rest of the money I needed for my trip. HOW INCREDIBLE IS THAT? I tear up every time I think about it! I don't know who you are, but I THANK YOU!!!!
Why do I ever doubt? As we began our adoption journey I doubted that we could do it because it was so expensive. He provided. Every step of the way, he has provided. I doubted that I could make it on this mission trip and he provided. The funny thing is that I encouraged my neighbor to go with me and she doubted that she could make it work financially and I was the one that was encouraging her. I kept telling her God would provide. Just say yes and he will make the way. I guess it is easier said than done. HA! Her trip has been fully funded too!! She has completely blessed me in a huge way. She has paid for ALL of my shots and we are having a garage sale this weekend that she wanted to do for me. I am blessed beyond measure. One day, I will learn. I will just completely trust that He is in complete control. One day, I will let go completely. But, I am a work in progress. He is constantly molding me and making me into the woman he created me to be. For this, I am thankful.
God is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine. Ephesians 3:20
The Lord us done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. Psalms 126:3
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23
The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 thess 5:24