Monday, December 20, 2010

In the Spirit of the Season

"That Old Sweet Story"
I have a story to tell you. This is a true story that has just happened to me. About a month and a half ago, I was sitting in church and the minister began telling this story about when he and his wife moved to the Houston area. They had found a house they wanted to purchase that was within their budget. But they realized they needed a couple of new appliances and they didn't have anything left in the budget for those. So they sat down as a family with their two daughters. One of the little girls said "Dad, why don't you just ask God for the money we need?" So they did, right then and there. The very next next, they received an anonymous sum in the mail for the exact amount they had asked for. Well, I was sitting there listening to this story and I have asked for things myself including money and so I was very cynical about this. I felt bad about asking God for money even if I did need it.... But mostly I was cynical. I actually thought to myself, yea, right, this has never happened to me.
This has been a really tough year for me and I won't go into the gory details, but it has been one of the hardest of my life really. In fact, the last few years haven't been a picnic. Anyway..I am ashamed to say that this is what I was feeling in my heart. I really needed a certain sum too because of the fact that the art market is down and I was behind on some things that really needed to be paid. So I decided, well what would it hurt to ask...so I did.
The very next day I received an email from a woman who had purchased a painting from me through one of my galleries several years ago for her daughter. She named the painting and I remembered it right away. It was a painting of toys called "Toy Thyme". In the email, she told me she had found me on the net and that she was very interested in purchasing some of my work. We corresponded back and forth a few times and I sent her more images of work that I didn't have on my site. Long story short, she ended up purchasing 13 paintings from me. I shipped the work last week. I was able to pay off in it's entirety a credit card bill that has been looming over my head. I'll never doubt again that He answers prayer. I don't always have my prayers answered and I am not sure why this one in particular was because like I said, I've asked before. But I've been so down lately...perhaps this is why? Perhaps God knows I really really needed to hear from Him in a big way...I don't know why, But it was and I just hope that this encourages someone out there that if you really are in need....Ask and it will be given to you, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened. (Matthew 7:7) God answers prayer. God Bless and Merry Christmas.

5 comments:

  1. Thanks so much Judy for sharing that story! I have had times like you (in a different way) and have doubted that God was listening to my requests or I just didn't make them for fear He wasn't listening. I was always proved wrong. Bless you in this season!

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  2. I love this testimony of faith and prayer. Thank you for sharing this story.

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  3. Dear Judy, First off CONGRATS on winning first prize for the CFAI Winter challenge! I had to come to your site and comment on your winning piece, and then read your story. Miracles, they are everywhere, and God knows our prayers before we even utter them, what comfort! Thanks for the inspiration, art and prayer wise. Blessings.

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  4. Your comments were much appreciated Judy...thanks so much for sharing & encouragement. Btw, I LOVE your work! Blessings, V. Kohn

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  5. Sharon Black Weaver7:17 PM

    Judy, thank you for sharing your testimony about GOD's provision and answer to your prayer. I am praying for you and your family.

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