This week I want to invite you into my living room… to our connect group: a group of young adults gathering to learn more about Jesus and do life together. Listen in as we share small stories of God’s incredible faithfulness.
Last week, part of the suspension on my truck I’ve been driving broke. My family has already been dealing with some other car troubles, so I immediately was pretty frustrated at the timing of this, not to mention the financial cost. However, I reminded myself that our God is sovereign and always in control; this situation was no different.
I was able to find a local garage and the mechanic quickly diagnosed the problem and fixed it the next day. The craziest part is at Christmas, one of my best friends had blessed me with $200 to help with some potential costs for another vehicle that never ended up getting worked on. So I still had his money. Lo and behold, the cost for my truck repair came out to just over $190! I could hardly believe it when he told me the price. Thank you Lord for watching over us in all things, big and small.
I live in a house with four other girls. It’s an incredible opportunity to grow in community and intentional relationships. Since earlier this fall, my prayer for this house has been that we would grow in intentional community, specifically through prayer and a willingness to be vulnerable with one another. I have been asking the Lord to teach us to pray for each other and with each other, to do battle together. On top of the fact that our church is now focusing on learning to pray together, the past few weeks, my roommates have been initiating prayer and meaningful conversation with one another. We’ll be having a conversation, and one will stop and simply begin to pray, or suggest that we lift that situation up in prayer. It’s been fun to watch God organically initiate growth in these areas that I’ve been praying for. He’s so good.
God prompted me to give $200 twice over to days. Both were over my normal giving amount. Whenever God prompts me to give above normal for a month, I call them faith givings. This amount was more than he’d ever asked me to give for one month. I was surprised by how happy I was to give it, and I even forgot about it.
Five days after giving, I opened my bank account and found that $600 had been transferred to my bank account that I wasn’t expecting. It was from my massage therapy school. My dad is a veteran, and it turns out I get help with paying for my education that I didn’t know about it! With that $600, I not only got the $400 back, but I got $200 more on top of it! I still don’t know what to do with the extra $200, but I’m excited to see how I will get to reinvest it! God works in mysterious ways!
God is not a distant god. He knows each one of our needs. He knows exactly what is on our hearts, and perhaps more incredibly, he listens intently when we pray.
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
1 John 5:14-15
About the Author: Ana is a Michigan native who likes putting honey in her coffee, singing in the car, and dancing when walking would do. She currently works in the Ann Arbor area as a dance teacher and a receptionist and marketing consultant at Arbor Woman Pregnancy Center. Her heart is for every person to know the deep love, identity, and mercy that can be found in the Father.