A few months ago our connection group decided we would do a service project by doing Thanksgiving baskets for a few families in our community. A lady in our group was going to make bows for the bags and she asked me how many. I thought we could surely get enough money together to serve seven families. Of course God had other plans.
One of the school counselors helps us by finding the families in the school system that could really use the help. Mrs. Long and I had been in contact several times with me updating on how many baskets we were going to provide. At our last phone call I had told her we had enough for 11 but if she knew of another family I was pretty sure I could come up with the money for another one.
I ran into Mrs. Long at Walmart on Saturday (by the way never go to Walmart on the Saturday before Thanksgiving because it is CRAZY) the day before I was to buy the items for the baskets and she had 9 families but she had another one that she was still trying to get a hold of. I said that was great and if she was not able to get in touch with them we both knew of another family that could probably use the help.
Sunday morning I had three more people give me money for baskets. I was thinking great I will just buy a little extra to put into each baskets. I had planned on a turkey or ham, ingredients for green bean casserole, stuffing, scalloped potatoes, cranberry sauce, brownie mix, and bread. I really wanted to put some eggs and oil for the brownies but I wasn't for sure how the money was going to turn out. I thought "Great Lord you are going to provide for a little more than I had planned." Of course he had other plans.... I got an email when I got home Mrs. Long, she had gotten a hold of the family and they could really use the help and there was actually three families living in the home with a total of 15 people. Of course God already knew this but he just likes to show Himself like that.
Noah and I left for Aldis this afternoon armed with 355 dollars and a grocery list. We were not able to find everything we were looking for at Aldis so I knew we would have to stop by Walmart also. I noticed that the eggs were cheaper at Aldis than at Walmart. At this point I wasn't for sure if I had enough money to cover the eggs and oil that I wanted to add to the baskets. I decided that God knew what was needed. I was praying that he made the money go further than I thought it would so I went ahead and bought the eggs. The total at Aldi came to 190 dollars and some change.
At this point we had to head to Walmart to finish up with the bread, oil, french style green beans, and french fried onions. After getting all the above mentioned items we still had money left so I decided I would add corn to the basket. Well of course God decided he would like to show me how he makes things go further so I added cans of yams and of course you can't have sweet potatoes without marshmallows. I knew we were close so I decided to call it quits and go check out. Well, we came within $2.22 of spending the $355.00! That is totally a God thing. Not only did God provide for the extra families, oil, eggs, corn and yams, He even provided for the marshmallows to go on top of them. God is just good like that.
Well I hope you have stayed with me through this whole story. I am just super excited about how God showed me today that He is all about the details. I believe he truly multiplied the money that people gave to do more than I could have hoped for.
GOD IS JUST GOOD LIKE THIS