Last night, Bryan and I took Abby to visit our families at Ridglea's revival. While we were there, I noticed another kid wearing these really cute glittery, flashing sneakers. Being a mom who loves artsy, cool styles, I thought to myself, "I love those shoes, but that's just not something I can give Abby right now." If you know Abby, you also know she does not need shoes right now. Grandma has bought Abby shoes, and a close friend gave us a bagful of hand-me-downs from a relative. Abby has plenty of nice shoes. Anyhow... back to the story. I simply dismissed the shoes as a want not a need and continued on my way thinking that the journey we are on will mean that there are a lot of wants that will just not happen and that is ok. Jesus is worth the sacrifice. After all, it's just shoes.
Today, I was thrift store shopping to find bookshelves for all of Bryan's books. While I was walking towards the furniture section, I noticed these shoes. I did a double take and almost started crying when I saw they were in Abby's size. These were sparkly, super girly sneakers that blink when your kid walks. Does Abby need shoes? No. Did I buy them? Absolutely. For $1.67 (tax included), God provided the very shoes for Abby that I had felt were an impossibility the night before. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but I am balling as I type this. God has been so faithful to our family. He loves me in this insane way that I don't deserve but in such a way that I desperately need right now. God is listening not only to my prayers but is studying my wants. He is lavishing His love upon me in a way that just overwhelms me. God is so good, and because of Him, I'm o.k. His love is wonderful, and His grace just blows me away. I still can't get over how much He loves and pursues me. It's humbling.
Ephesians 1:7-8 "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight."