Everyday Miracles

I originally wrote this article for an online magazine, and I just realized that I’d never gotten around to sharing it with you all. A shameful situation such as this simply must be rectified. So here it is and here you are… hope ya like it.

I am a single mom and I am a homemaker. Now, now, now… before we go any further, let’s be honest. I know what you’re thinking: how does a woman manage to stay at home without a husband to provide? How can she make ends meet without an outside job bringing in income? I suppose that I could give you a long, drawn-out answer complete with thrift-store-shopping tips and recipes for dinners-under-a-dollar. But I won’t. Because, really, that kind of answer misses the point. The real explanation, the only explanation for how I manage, is by the grace of God. By the grace of God. Day by day He provides our family with everything we need and a goodly portion of what we want. He called me home, and He blesses me with the contentment, peace, and material provision to stay here.

It hasn’t always been this way, though.When my husband left our home, one of the first things I did was run out and get myself a job. I just couldn’t conceive of any other means of providing for my children. I told myself I’d get used to leaving the children and spending hours at a desk away from the familiarity and warmth of home. In time, we’d get used to our new life and be the better for it, I told the children. I thanked God for my job and headed off to my office every morning, trying with all my might to be happy. But instead of getting easier, as the months went on it got harder. Instead of getting used to the demands of the working world, my longing for my babies and my own four walls grew until it was an almost physical pain. So I prayed. I fasted. I reminded God of the promises in His word. I begged God for some kind of miraculous breakthrough… maybe a large check would come in the mail, maybe someone would anonymously pay my mortgage, maybe there was some kind of single-mom-who-wants-to-be-a-homemaker grant out there, maybe, maybe, maybe. I came up with all sorts of great ideas for God. Not surprisingly, He didn’t take me up on any of my fantastic plans. So I got up every morning, put on a happy face and toddled off to work… and every night I prayed my heart out.

Then one bright and beautiful August morning, something happened. I woke up that day with a single, crystal-clear question in my mind: Do I trust God or do I not?

“Yes,” I thought sturdily. “I do trust God. I am willing to depend upon Him.”

So that very day, I gave my two weeks’ notice, and, instead of being irritated, the agency director was understanding. She told me one week’s notice was sufficient. She told me that the door was always open should I decide to come back to work. She hoped I’d consider them first when looking for employment. And so right from the start I was struck by God’s graciousness. His graciousness has daily humbled me ever since.

Ever since then, I have been a homemaker. I homeschool my children and bake our bread and sew much of our clothing. While our income is very low, we have never had to do without. Certainly, we live frugally and make the most of simple pleasures but (even without debt or government aid), our lifestyle far outstrips our income. My children eat well and dress well. They have toys and books and ballet lessons. We have a large, warm home and a spacious, reliable vehicle. Daily the Lord shows us His grace by providing for us in concrete, tangible ways.

Just last summer my children befriended a stray cat and … as stray cats are wont to do… she became great with kitten. I stalwartly insisted that she would not be coming in to the house. We couldn’t afford a pet, and the children all knew it. But it seemed that events (and my own pathologically soft heart) got the better of me. The stray cat indeed made it into the house, and in a rather embarrassing turn of events, actually gave birth to her two little soot-colored babies under my very own bed. Yeah. I know. Eventually we were able to find a farmer who was willing to take in mama cat, but by then we were all hopelessly in love with the kittens. But what could we do? They needed hundreds of dollars worth of veterinary care, and I certainly did not have hundreds of dollars to spend on it. Then a friend emailed me with word of a program that provided free vet care to families like ours. All of the slots had been filled for months, but a family had unexpectedly dropped out, leaving room for two cats. Two cats. Free vet care. Would I be able to drop the kittens off the next day? Why, yes, yes I would be able to do that. Oh yes indeed!

And then my ironing board broke.

“Lord, you know I need a new ironing board,” I prayed one day as I was driving along with the children. As I came up over the very next rise, what should there be on the side of the road, but an ironing board. Bright, clean and almost new, someone had put it out with their trash. I pulled over and stowed it in the van. Just like that, I had my new ironing board.

One snowy winter evening my daughter, Amelia, and I were on our way home when I noticed that the van was almost out of fuel. I wasn’t worried, as there was a gas station just a mile up the road. However, when I saw an unexpected detour up ahead, I started to worry. And I was aghast when the worker waved me onto a side road and straight into no-man’s land. We were in a right pickle: the detour headed us for a village several miles away, much too far for our meager fuel supply. Always one for the bright ideas, I decided to work my way back to my original route, and hopefully the gas station. Well, instead of getting back on track, we became progressively more and more lost. I was traveling on roads I had never seen before, and even the houses were few and far between. By this time, the snow was coming down thick and fast and the numbers on the fuel gauge were ticking down, down, down; lower and lower. Amelia and I were verging on a state of panic when it suddenly occurred to me that we hadn’t prayed. “Dear Lord, please help us!” I said aloud. The fuel gauge ticked to zero; there was no fuel left. Just as a warning bell sounded from the dashboard, I looked up to see a gas station. Right there, seemingly in the middle of nowhere was a gas station. With an overwhelming feeling of relief, we glided in next to the pumps. And as if that wasn’t enough, I noticed a familiar building just to the south. Suddenly I knew exactly where we were and I knew how to get us home. “I don’t understand how people can not believe in God,” Amelia said as we pulled back onto the road .

And in that moment, I thanked God, not just for answering my cry for help, but for showing Himself both tender and mighty in front of my child.

Now, I’d love to tell you more: the bills that have come in several hundred dollars less than expected, the appliances that were handed down to us at the precise moment we had need of them, the godly gentlemen who have taken my son camping and taught my daughter to drive, the brand new computer that was given to us outright, the mentor who is teaching me the ropes of running a home business… on and on the stories of God’s provision go. I wouldn’t have the time and typewriter ink to tell you all of the miracles our family has witnessed, because miracles are an everyday occurrence in our lives. Why are we so blessed? Well, honestly, I’m not completely sure. I certainly have done nothing to deserve such bounty. I surely know that I am nothing special, nothing out of the ordinary.

But, just as surely, I know that our God is out of the ordinary. He has a special love for the widow, the fatherless, the weak… the sinful. When we are willing to be dependent upon Him, He takes us under His wing and gently cares for us. He has shown me that He is relentlessly dependable. Day by day by day, He meets our needs. I trusted Him and He didn’t let me down.



His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning:
great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul;
therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him,
to the soul that seeketh him.
Lamentations 3:22b-25

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31 Responses to Everyday Miracles

  1. 1
    Becky K. says:

    What a wonderful article. I am so glad that you shared it here!

    Your package is going in the mail today! It is all packed and sitting by the kitchen door.

    Have a happy day!

  2. 2
    Jodi Michelle Cutler says:

    *Smile*

  3. 3
    Ann says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this :-) It reminds me so much of how the Lord has been with MY family over the years, since my mom is also a stay at home single mom, determined to trust the Lord to provide. He works miracles to be sure – it is marvelous in my eyes!! He is so good!
    Amen!!

  4. 4
    Anonymous says:

    How could you not have shared with us sooner? :) What a beautiful testimony thank you very much for sharing. Tears came to my eyes and maybe one or two escaped. God is amazing!
    Julie

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    Mrs.Rabe says:

    This is so beautiful and I think the way we all should trust the Lord!

    Even if I do have the money to go buy something, I should pray first and see how the Lord will provide. It may be through the funds he provides, but it may be he will provide in another way.

    Thank you for sharing this story. I am going to link to it, hope that is okay with you.

    Deanna

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    Beth says:

    Oh my goodness, my dear dear friend, I understand COMPLETELY!!! When I was a single mama of 5 kids, God did some miraculous things!! In fact, I know that I was MUCH MUCH more content when I had less and depended MORE on HIM!! One absolutely AMAZING time, I was actually able to buy a little new home…with my parents cosigning with me but giving me no money (because I didn't want it!!) and I was right down to about two hours before I had to sign the papers but I didn't have the $100 that I needed to finish the deal. I drove home first and THERE, IN THE MAILBOX was a check for $100!! My children's school had decided to refund part of the tuition even though we couldn't continue private school!! (I was able to homeschool then!!) They WEREN'T supposed to have refunded it since I didn't continue with the school but once again, God provided!!
    HE IS AMAZING!!!!
    Love you and Merry CHRISTmas!!!
    Beth

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    :) says:

    this is the article that introduced me to your blog and i;ve been a faithful lurker ever since. I was glad to read it again, especially since my DH doesn't have a permanent job (just starting one this week) and we found out last week that #4 is on the way! (#3 is only 9 mos old and #2 only 2 yrs old!) Time to trust the Lord!!

  8. 8
    Jenni says:

    Thank you for your testimony of God's love.

    I'm speachless at how timely this is for me….

    I'm currently a working mom (art teacher, as you know), but my husband and I had planned on this being my last year of teaching, so that I could stay home and be with my daughter (and any other children we might have.) But… recently he was laid off, and could only find another job that paid a LOT less…so, I've been struggling with feeling like I HAVE to continue to work, in order to make ends meets. A very depressing thought to me…

    Your story is an amazing account of God's faithfulness…it gives me hope! Thank you, Diane.

  9. 9
    Nancy says:

    This was just beautiful! I wish I had your courage.

  10. 10
    Barbara H. says:

    Such a blessing — thanks for sharing! God is great!

  11. 11
    mrsman99 says:

    Praise God! He is so awesome & lovely and faithful! I smiled and nodded & giggled as I read your post;0) We are expecting our fourth child next July, and I have been exhausted & continuously green around the gills for a few weeks. I began praying yesterday that He would provide me with extra strength to take care of our home & family. I feel better today!! "Be my strong refuge, to which I may resort continually.."Psalm 71:3a. AMEN!

  12. 12
    Tracy says:

    Beautiful! We know that God takes care of those whom are His.

  13. 13
    Serena Abdelaziz says:

    You (and our God) are AMAZING!! It REALLY is just a matter of trust; we ALL have to learn that one. I am the same as you…EVERYDAY miracles. I LOVE my testimonies of God's faithfulness. THANK you for sharing your heart!!

    Btw, how front doors are almost identical!!!!!

  14. 14
    Anonymous says:

    You know, this is actually the article that made me read your blog in the first place!
    Katie

  15. 15
    Mommy says:

    It is so wonderful how God always supplies the need:) And I would LOVE some of your $1 dinners, if you would not mind parting with some:)

  16. 16
    Lady Dorothy says:

    What God calls us to, He will provide for. He is such a good God. He gives us everything we need to do what He asks, and then rewards us for it, to boot!

  17. 17
    Lisa says:

    Lovely, lovely, LOVELY!!

  18. 18
    Mrs. Mordecai says:

    This is a beautiful article. I admire the trust you have in God. He always comes through even when we don't expect it, but it's so easy to forget that! Thanks for reminding me.

  19. 19
    Anonymous says:

    Amen

  20. 20
    Anonymous says:

    I'm leaving my job in March. I was justing explaining to a friend that I'm not sure if everything will work out for me but your article gives me hope.

  21. 21
    Ganeida says:

    Diane: I loved reading this. I love that He has such a heart for those who are most vunerable. I love how you give Him the glory. I love how He likes to surprise us with novel solutions to our dilemmas. ♥

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    L says:

    Howdy fellow single momma. Love this article every time I read it. Love it so much that I linked it to my post over at http://www.singlehomeschoolingmommas.com where I'm running a series on how to come home.
    Cheerio dear.
    L. Rose

  23. 23
    Nabila Grace says:

    Oh my dear! I sat here with tears in my eyes! The love of God for us amazes me over and over again. I being the sole bread winner of our family is really hard at times esp having to add child support on top of all the other bills. But time and time again God shows me the way. So humbling. Thank you my dear for your post! :o )

  24. 24
    Kristine says:

    I look forward to sharing stories of God's crazy love for us someday over cups of tea! His mercies ARE new every morning and He is faithful ALWAYS!

  25. 25
    Emerald eyes says:

    Isn't our God wonderful! Your testimony is inspiring and I pray that God will give me the faith to lay all my wee problems at his throne and watch Him answer them. The words of "What a friend we have in Jesus" are flowing through my mind.

    God Bless

  26. 26
    seekingmyLord says:

    I read this article previously. I think that is when I fell in love with you. ;)

    I have even shared your ironing board story with people in my Sunday School class.

    But, you are absolutely wrong about one thing: You are not ordinary. Faith like yours is not that common.

  27. 27
    AwaydownSouth says:

    It is a blessing the Lord has provided for you to stay at home and it is a blessing you have remembered your wedding vows and not "married" another man. May the Lord continue to give grace.

  28. 28
    Tanya says:

    You are cute as a button and your attitude is contagious!! You are so very humble, so please don't dismiss this when I say – you are such an inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing pieces of your life! God bless!

  29. 29
    lgensel says:

    This is lovely! A wonderful article and truth about the Lord's care! I'm a long time lurker here, who comes every so often and catches up on chunks of your life. And I think God nudges me to come read here because I find such encouragement. He is using you to show us all yet more examples of His Goodness! Praise God!

  30. 30
    Anonymous says:

    I love this article! I'm a single mom and a homemaker, too, and I've seen the Lord care for us over and over again. Thank you for the encouragement.

    Joy

  31. 31
    Cynthia Anne says:

    Hi, I just decided to follow your blog. You were recommended by a friend of my daughter. I was looking through your post and found this one. It is very interesting to me since I need to go back to work after taking time off to deal with my parents estate. Not the desire of my heart at this point. Looking forward to your blog.

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