Psalm 116:1, "I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy."
A few weeks ago I got a phone call from one of the moms in my youngest's TK (transitional kindergarten) class. She asked if she could take my daughter for a playdate after school with her daughter, Ellie. I told her she had no idea how much her offer meant to me, because it was an answer to a desperate mom writer's prayer. With my edits I was finding that the 4 hours I had each day she is in school just wasn't going to be enough. And just her out of the blue offer that would provide me with a few extra hours was confirmation that He is working, that He heard my prayer.
Ellie's mom Mandie said "Well if that's the case then why don't I just take her once a week from now until you get your edits done?" I hung up the phone and had to shake my head at God's goodness to me. Once again He had answered my prayer in such an unexpected way. When people ask me "how do you do it?" and I say it's God, I am not being uber-spiritual or giving you a Sunday School answer. It really, really, really is Him. He supplies my needs-- giving me ideas, words, time, and resources to do whatever it is that needs doing. In this case, it was my new friend Mandie and her daughter Ellie.
The very cool thing is that the girls love each other and don't just sit and watch tv when they're there. Mandie is one of those moms who thinks of creative and fun things to do while they're together. They've popped popcorn, played with chalk outside, baked and decorated cupcakes. Today's activity was a trip to a local park. The truth is, ahem, Ellie's house is more fun than ours. I am not too proud to admit it. My little girl doesn't just get shuttled off to someone's house. She has real fun, as you can see from these pictures that Mandie was kind enough to share with me.
Are you facing an impossible situation? Ask God to cover it in a way that you can't see yet from where you're standing. Then wait in expectation, trusting Him fully. And watch Him deliver. Right now I am seeing answered prayer in the joy on my daughter's face and in the kind and giving heart of a mommy named Mandie and her cute little girl, Ellie.