I Asked for One Apple, He Gave Us A Bag

Being back in VA has been the answer to many, many prayers. But the move and transition caused a strain on finances as we all started new jobs and awaited first paychecks. So needless to say money has been tight and you need money to buy food. So we have all had to eat foods that we normally would not and just try to maintain. Friday was one of those such days as one of my daughters thought she would have the means to buy groceries for the next couple of weeks, but it didn’t manifest in that way.
As I sat at work, she text me and asked what are we to do for food right now and for tonight as well. I had no answers for her except, God will provide. And with that I went for a walk on my lunch hour. That walk brought me to a bridge with a stream beneath it. As I stood and marveled at the water rushing down stream and listened to the tranquility of it, I began to pray. Then I realized that my children cannot continue to ride on my faith, it’s time for them to see God for themselves. I text both my girls and gave instructions to go into a closet, bathroom, separate room from one another and get on their knees and ask God for the provision. Remind God of His word. His Word is either true or it is a lie. And if we say we trust His Word then we must stand on it and believe what it says. And then I stood on that bridge and did the same.
I reminded God that He said in His Word that He is Jehovah Jireh, Our Provider. He said He would supply all of our needs. He said that His seed would not go begging bread. He promised these things. I did not make them up. I did not promise them. I believe Him and I believe His Word is true. We needed a miracle that only He could provide.
I went back to work and finished the day out, fully trusting that God would provide. I didn’t know how, but I trusted Him to do exactly what He said He would do. As I walked back to the office though, I said aloud, Lord I would love to bite into an apple.
After work I met up with my daughter at the grocery store. She had gotten her first paycheck for orientation and 1 day of training….$37. As we budgeted and shopped for food we know none of us likes and makes us sick, but is cheap, I checked my account once again. There was somehow $29 in that account. We were able to buy food that will last us a week. We checked the apples, but it was beyond the meager budget we had. I looked at the cart of food and declared….this is the LAST time we HAVE to shop this way or eat this way!!!! And I walked off believing that with every fiber of my being.
As we ate rotisserie chicken sandwiches and tater tots, we laughed, talked and enjoyed fellowship with one another. Afterwards, my son text (yes from the other room…lol). His girlfriend didn’t know what we needed or liked, but she had ordered us some things and they would arrive Sunday. He did not mention our need, the girls did not mention our need to anyone, and I did not mention our need to anyone either. But God in His infinite wisdom and power, He put it upon her heart to bless us.
First thing on the order….a bag of apples! YES, an entire bag of apples!!! I could only chuckle and thank God. No one knew my spoken desire.
I asked God for a bite of AN apple and He blessed us with a BAG of apples. Enough apples in that bag for each of us to have 3. God not only heard my hearts cry, He simply provided. Not because He had to, but because He love us enough and cares enough for the things that concern us that He would give me an apple.
My daughters got the opportunity to see that God not only hears us, but He provides our needs. They were able to see a tangible manifestation to THEIR prayers, not just mine.

Thank you Lord that you love us so much that you would give us something so simple as an apple. Not only do you provide our needs, you sometimes bless us with the things we want. May I never lose sight of you, the giver of the gifts. May I not be so consumed with the gifts that I forget you and all you are to me by simply being my God.

Taking the Next Steps…

As I wait for the Lord’s provision for me and my family to move to Virginia, I heard something while listening to Kellie Lane of Warrior Nation Ministry.
“I’ve done all I can do Lord and I am now waiting on You”.
She was speaking on Joshua waiting for the next instructions from God in order to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. His mentor Moses had died and Joshua and Caleb were the only original Israelites remaining of those that had escaped from Egypt. Joshua was chosen as the next leader and the one who would lead them in to the land flowing with milk and honey. They were standing at the edge of the Jordan river. They were going to have to cross over in order to reach the Promised Land.
Could Joshua have felt like they were at a point where his back was against the wall? The only way to the other side was to cross the river. There was no way around it, they had to go through it. Could he have asked the question…What do we do now Lord? How do I get your people into the land you promised them and I don’t have boat or raft to get them across? Did he ask the Lord, How am I supposed to do this?
He listened to God’s instructions as He hands the baton to him to claim their territory and then he took the next steps. Once you have done all you can, you stand….and see the salvation of the Lord.
So here I am. Clearly having heard the Lord say during the 40 day fast, that He has already provided a job in Virginia and every provision needed to get there. For the past few months I have sat around in fear and trepidation. I have questioned, Lord did I really hear you or was that me projecting my own desires again and saying it was You? And yet, I have seen God work certain things out and heard Him confirm things so that there is no doubt that I did indeed hear the Lord correctly. I haven’t seen things pan out the way I would have had them to, but if I was able to do it in my own power, there would be no need for the Lord now would there.

As I listened to her speak, she said do the next step. Stand!

Then I began to think, what is the next step? What can I do that IS within my power? I have no disposable income. It’s get paid, pay bills, and there is nothing left. I’m barely scraping by and not even all the bills are getting paid. So the only other thing is the income tax return I have been sitting on for these past months. So yesterday I took some of that money and purchased totes and went to my sisters and packed up everything at her house. I’ll go over again and give my plants and some pots to Veronica and get her patio cleaned off completely. I brought the remaining totes to Joseph’s and packed up all but one tote and that will be for food. I don’t know what my next step is or if there is one before the Lord moves on my behalf with the provisions He promised to me, but I’m prayerful and hopeful that He will indeed tell me if there are any next steps so I can follow through with it.

What is the next step that God has told you to do and you have been sitting around waiting for God to move? Could it be that before He moves ahead He is waiting for you to take your next steps? Put your feet in the water and see if He gives you the ability to walk on the water or if the waters part as the Red Sea did!