This week, God has truly opened my eyes with many blessings that I don't deserve. It was a week for me, as I am feeling content, full of hope and after today's blessing, well-rested! The week started off with an invitation from a girl who is becoming the best friend I have here to go get a pedicure. It was so nice to have a fun girl's night out and treat myself to a little piece of heaven. Look at my beautiful toes!! Not only did I have my feet rubbed and beautified while chatting away, I was seated in a massage chair during the duration of this process. My back needed that more than anything-it was awesome! This friend also calls me now just to chat during the day-not because she needs something. She is a mother of 6 (pregnant with #7) so she doesn't have much time to just chat. It is so nice to feel someone investing in me and know that I am not the only one reaching out.Then during my bible study this week, I heard a few testimonies on how God has blessed people finacially...you may have heard stories like this. How when you are in need of a certain amount of money, or something breaks down and you don't have the money, all of a sudden there is a finacial gift in your life that can only be divine. As I sat listening to this I was thinking in my head "yeah God that is great, but it has never happened for me. We could use that kind of blessing right now you know". I have posted before about the situation with our house-at the moment it is causing some finacial worries. We have been provided the means at the moment but all these little things keep coming up that normally wouldn't be a cause for finacial strain but are now. The main one being my nightly mouth gaurd going down the garbage disposal about 2 months ago...these things cost between $300-$400 and I really need one. The insurance company will only help out every so often and I wasn't sure how to explain the whole garbage disposal thing, you know? So I chatted with my new dentist about it, and he gave me an estimate for $330 for a new one, and the insurance company would pay $130 leaving us with a $200 bill. Well, Joel and I discussed it and I needed one so we would have to make it work. I went to pick up the mouth guard on the same day as my nasty thoughts after bible study, and you know what-the dentist only charged me $70!!! I am sure this dentist is a Christian from my previous visits but have no idea what moved him to do this for me. I stared at the receptionist stunned and asked why? She said "don't ask, just accept-he gave you a discount". I started crying in the waiting room. Surely God has got my back! Forgive me Lord for my doubt. He is taking care of me and working this all out for His good and glory.
And to top the week off...Joel came home at noon today with "I have a surprise for you". And I said "you are taking the afternoon off and I get to sleep all day" (yes, words of a desparate pregnant woman who is not sleeping at all!). And he said "YES!". WOO HOO!!! I got to take a 2 hour nap this afternoon because I am blessed with the most wonderful and caring husband, another thing in this life I don't deserve.
So to end with another good thing and picture...here are the family and I enjoying a lovely dinner with our college buddy Robert Jordan and his wife Heather. We ate at the building in the back of the picture which is nestled in the moutains. It was a beautiful setting, awesome food, and wonderful fellowship.