Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Unexpected Gift

True story about something cool that happened today...

My mom, sister, and I were out running errands today.  What should have been a few small errands turned into an all-day expedition.  Every time we started heading home, we would end up turning around to pick something else up.  We were getting upset with all the unexpected errands popping up, there were long to-do lists going undone at home, we were very hungry since we hadn't eaten for hours, and none of us had any extra cash that could be used for getting something to eat.

About 2 years ago I had won a $5 McDonald's gift card in a blog giveaway, but I had been saving it to be used to get a nice coffee at the perfect time.  And what good would a $5 gift card do for three starving souls?  The card was so old, I wasn't even sure it was any good.  So as I sat in the car waiting for my mom to finish up an errand in a store across from McDonald's, I pulled out my cell phone and called the number on the card to see if it was still active.  I punched in my gift card number, and waited to hear if $5 was still the balance...  That's when I heard it, "Your card balance is $100."  I was shocked to hear that, and my sister who was in the car with me asked, "Did she just say your balance is $100?!!!"  My guess was that that must be what they say when your card is expired.  :P  So a little skeptical, we decided to head over to McDonald's and ask them to check the balance.  It was $100 and the card was still good!!!  The $5 McDonald's gift card I had won a few years before multiplied 20 times!  :)

My mom had prayed earlier thanking God for working everything out since our day's plans had been rearranged and we were upset and hungry.  And God provided us with enough money to buy as much food as we wanted with a large balance left on the gift card!!  We were so surprised and blessed!  We laughed and thanked God all the way home! :)

God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think!  ~Ephesians 3:20

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  1. Thanks for posting this, just what I need to hear and be encouragaed. Amazing! God is good and always comes through. Blessings to you all.

  2. Loaves and Fishes kind of story! Nice blessing for all of you.

  3. Wow! God does provide for us in creative ways, doesn't he?!

  4. Wow! This is an amazing true story, Renee. I love it. Our God is so amazing, He IS Provider. I have heard various true stories recently, of how God has provided. It is so amazing, and such an encouragement!

    May the Lord bless you and you're family, in so many more way's, and always.

  5. Wow! Little expressions of God's love for us. That is so sweet. :)

  6. That is indeed amazing, but not surprising. Just more of the fishes and loaves...

  7. Awesome!!!! Things like this happen to me and my sister from time to time...we know its all from God.

    God bless

  8. That's awesome! I love when God surprises us like that!

    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

  9. Wow that's awesome. I'm so glad it worked out for you.

  10. What a wonderful story of God supplying your needs. I bet you all enjoyed your food so much.
    I felt so happy for you as I read your story. Love Crystal Mary


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