Yesterday was a pretty rough day, pretty typical for a Monday. But to add some more stress to the mix, I somehow was negative in my bank account, and my husband wasn’t getting paid til Wednesday. Yes, we still live paycheck to paycheck…We have since we got married. But, apparently it’s not uncommon for people our age, so I try not to let it get me too stressed.
Yesterday, however, was very stressful. My account was negative, and I would have reoccurring “overdraft fees” charged til Friday, which would take half of my paycheck which I needed to pay a few bills AND have some money for Hubby’s birthday weekend. Then, our phones were shut off due to some mysterious “previously due balance” that we had no idea about. He paid our bill in full last week, so we weren’t sure what was going on, but we now had no way of contacting anyone until Wednesday when he got paid and could pay the stupid fee.
When we got home, we were trying to figure out what we were cooking for dinner, and he asked me to stop and check the mail. When I opened the mailbox, there was a letter for Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Tyler opened it, really not knowing who had sent it, and inside was a check made out to him, and another addressed to me. Someone had sent us $200 for no reason!
I started laughing, then squalling, then laughing some more… I was shocked.
Honestly, how often does something like that happen?! When you are completely down, and have no way out and you’ve just accepted what’s happening, and suddenly there’s a little blessing waiting in your mailbox? We took the letter and the checks to him mom up the road and ran inside asking her if she recognized the address and she said it was from Tyler’s aunt and uncle, whom he hadn’t spoken to in a long time. They knew his birthday was this weekend, so we’re thinking that’s why they sent it down to us.
They will never know exactly how much that letter and money means to us. We get by, barely some weeks, but we don’t like to ask for help. We do our best to handle our own problems and manage our own demons ourselves, but this…this truly blessed my heart.
I hear stories about people being blessed in mysterious ways when they truly need it. I have no doubt that this was one of those times. I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve prayed for some sort of guidance in our marriage, whether it’s finances, our actions, and every aspect from one end of the spectrum to the other. I started doubting my faith when things never seemed to work out for us, and we always seemed to be struggling.
It’s been a rough few months financially, and we were pretty much at our wits end. When I found out we both were broke, it broke me this time. I said a little prayer, asking for us to somehow make it til Wednesday. Just til Wednesday, and we’d be alright.
God definitely answered. That letter didn’t have to be in the mail yesterday, but it was.
Exactly when we needed it the most. I know some of you who read my blog may not be religious, but this truly was a blessing from God. I have never been more humbled or more thankful in my life. Yes, it may only be $200, but for us, that’s groceries, and gas to go back and forth to work, that late charge can be paid, and we have a cushion until we both get paid. It lightens what was already going to be a tight week in order to have money for this weekend’s trip. It’s saved us this week.
God does work in mysterious ways sometimes, and for our little family, he definitely made this Monday a great one. May the Lord bless all of you and keep you always. He definitely has his hand on my little family today.