Monday, December 8, 2008

Financial Miracle

The other night, while at church, our Wonderful Pastor asked who needs a financial miracle? As the congregation began to pray and I began to pray for our current situation - I felt a quickening in my spirit. I felt like God was telling me to step back from my problems and really count my blessings. I did, and this is what I found.
Miracle #1: Every night, as I lay my head on my pillow, I smile. Why? I don't have window treatments, pretty linens, night stands, dressers, pictures, or floral arrangements. All I have is one lawn chair, one rubbermaid-three-drawer-storage unit and a mattress set with sheets only. But after sleeping on a air mattress for five months and living in a travel trailer for five months, I cant help but smile, and feel like a queen. My bed may not be my adjustable, massaging, temperpedic bed, but, it is like sleeping on the clouds. What could be better than that?
Miracle #2: After eating dinner at a card table for 6 months (By the way, our card table seated 4 and let me remind you we are a family of 9), we were finally blessed with a bigger folding table that now seats all of us comfortably. Our first night we ate dinner at the new table, daddy began our family prayer. At the end, Braeden said "and thank you God for a table we can all sit down at". If you could had seen the looks on all our faces over a folding table, you would really know what a true miracle this is.
Miracle #3: Every year my Christmas Decoration have been elegant and beautiful. The colors have been just right, and the ornaments were from a unique shop, that only carries the best there is to offer. To me, Christmas was always a time of year to go WAY out, and dress up your home to its finest potential. This year, as I realized I had lost all my decorations, garlands, and upside down Christmas tree (Horchow if you'd like one) I began to rack my brain. Luckily for me, California Backyard, is going out of business and they had an upside down tree. And, it was 75% off. YEAH!!!! I bought my tree, and my girls made paper chains and hung candy canes from it. Wrapping paper was a little over budget, so I bought white craft paper (which you use for bulletin boards) and paper ribbon for bows. My princesses love our tree and have never complained that it is not of finer taste.
Miracle #4: I'm not embarrassed of what I don't have. In fact, we have felt more blessed while having way less. My childrens' attitude of gratitude is more than I could ever ask for. I have learned "the best things in life are not things at all"
We may not have wealth, but we have pure joy in the midst of our trials. And for me and my family, that is a financial miracle.


Janell said...

This is awesome, Shawna! (An upside-down Christmas tree?! Way funky! lol!) See you guys soon for the holidays! Can't WAIT to be there!!!

Carly said...

Great post Shawna! Its nice to pause and think about the things that we seem to take for granted that are really such a blessing to have. Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family =)

Rachel Roberts said...

Beautiful post. Society always seems to focus on what we DON'T have. It's in the media constantly. "You NEED this new gadget!" "You NEED the perfect body!" "You NEED another credit card!" ... it's refreshing to focus on all the amazing things we already have.

Happy Holidays & God Bless Your Family:)

James Wilder said...

Love this post!

Butterfly Montana said...

Hi Shawna! I love this brought tears to my eyes! Miss you guys SO MUCH!!! God is so good and He is faithful!

Love, Your Montana Friends :-)

P.S. Eliana pretend plays with all of her friends back home...Edyn is always at our house...oh and she tells me that Seylum is here too to play with Chloe! LOL! Can't wait to get together again!

Butterfly Montana said...

Hi Shawna! We miss you guys! I love this brought tears to my eyes! Our God is SO good and He is faithful!!!

Love, Your Montana Friends :-)

P.S. Eliana pretend plays her friends from back home are here. Edyn is always at our house! She also tells me that Seylum is over to play with Chloe too! They go everywhere with us! LOL! Can't wait to get together again!

Butterfly Montana said...

Ooops, I thought my first didn't go through but then I noticed it will show after you review...learning all this blogging stuff! You can just delete one and this one. :-)

Love you! Debbie

Bettina said...

Shawna! That's an awesome testimony! And to add to it...your children are all healthy and beautiful! That was very touching!!! Thank you!!!