When we decided Mark should accept the teaching position, most people that we talked with thought we were crazy. Why in the world would we commit to a job that did not fully cover our needs? It didn't make sense. And honestly, it didn't make a lot of sense to us. But we just felt that it was the right thing to do. That it was the path God wanted us to take. And we loved the people he would be working with. So we did it. And I can't say that it hasn't caused moments of worry or stress. We've been on quite a journey in learning to trust God, but it is still hard when the numbers just don't add up. And when Mark got a call back from a job he had preciously applied for that paid about $30,000 more, we definitely had our moments of doubt and frustration and concern that we had made the wrong decision. But God wasn't don't showing us His faithfulness. I have been utterly amazed at the way He continually provides for us, especially in ways we don't at all deserve and haven't even asked for. A few examples:
Last Monday, we went to eat dinner with some friends. When we returned home, there were presents on our doorstep for our girls.
This Monday, Mark went to work and his boss gave him a large envelope and said it was handed to him with Mark's name on it. Inside was the exact amount of money that we were lacking to make our budget for December and January! It was no small sum and we have no idea who all contributed to it. A definite Christmas miracle. But it thoroughly strengthened our faith and confirmed that we are doing what God wants us to do. We are amazed at His faithfulness and by the love and generosity of His people.
Today I received a gift card to Target from a sweet friend that was the exact amount of an item we had been needing to purchase there but didn't have enough money. Coincidence? I don't think so.
These are just a few examples of how God has been taking care of us and I hope they encourage you as well. Even when it seems that there is no possible way things will work out, God is still working. He will provide! This has undoubtedly been unexpectedly the most exciting Christmas ever!