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God Answers Prayer (just in time)

Updated on July 25, 2012

Dad was one of the hardest working men I have ever known. He was a full time pastor and he also worked as a carpenter to help support our large family. I never heard him complain about the long hours. In spite of working long, hard days, he always seemed to make time for family, church members, and folks in need. He lived what he believed.

Mom stayed at home taking care of us kids. She was faithful and supportive of all of dad's efforts. She was highly regarded by everyone who met her as a kind and gentle person. She always prepared home cooked meals for us and kept our home neat and clean. Some of my earliest memories of mom are of her praying.

Growing up, we were a very close family and we, while never rich, rarely had to do without because of dad's work ethic. There came a time, though, when dad became very ill and could not work for a while. The church he pastored at that time was very small and really didn't offer much financial support.

Just a few weeks into this financial crisis, mom got bitten by a poisonous snake. She also was very ill and was confined to her bed for several days.

As our resources dried up and groceries disappeared from the cabinet, mom continued to tell us kids that God knew all about our situation and that He would take care of us. We soon were completely out of money and food. We survived for a few days on some canned black-eyed peas that we found in the basement.

Mom was considering our plight, when a thought crossed her mind. What kind of God do you serve? Inspired by faith in what she knew God had done for us in the past, mom got a pen and paper and began writing out a grocery list. We had no money to pay for any groceries, so this seemed to be the height of foolishness.

Looking over the very long list of items that we needed, mom said a simple prayer that God would once again meet our needs as promised in the Bible.

While she sat there looking at this list, there was a knock on the door. Two ladies from a local church stood there smiling. They had brought us some groceries. As mom tearfully unloaded the sacks of groceries, she was struck by the awesome reality that the two ladies had purchased every single item on the list--nothing more, nothing less!

God still answers prayer!

Dad has gone on to his reward. Mom still faithfully reminds all of us kids (and grandkids) that God is faithful and that He will provide.


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    prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

    With our believe the god will answer our pray. It proven by many people.

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    ftgfmom 8 years ago

    I loved this story. A word in time. God is awesome! Thank you for sharing.

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    Lowell's Notes 8 years ago

    Me too. I started to write about Karen trying to eat the last of the jelly--you could tell it better ;)

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    joakesbears 8 years ago

    I remember this like it was yesterday!

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    someonewhoknows 8 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

    I understand that being a small town everyone knows everyone elses business.But It's also true that writing your thoughts down gives them power in your subconciousness which it is said works around the clock bringing about your strong desires which is not as mysterious as we seem to think it is.Though I sure God designed the universe that way.

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    Precious Pearl 8 years ago

    AMEN!! What an awesome and powerful testimony to God answering prayers. He is the same today, yesterday and forever!! Jehovah Jireh! Praise Him!

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    Kim Garcia 8 years ago

    Amen!! Wow! A woman of true Faith, her character reminds me of my grandmother in so many ways!! Up until she passed away she would send me little cards and letters, and signed them...."Kim, always remember that Jesus loves you, and all it takes is just the faith the size of a mustard seed to move mountains.; just BELIEVE!!" She passed away last April. I'm in my mid 40's, but she never stopped praying or building my faith. I enjoyed reading this story very much! Peace n' Blessings!!! ~ K

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    Charity Ladybug 8 years ago

    I've heard this story told many times over the years by my sweet mother-in-law, but it never fails to encourage me to know that God does hear and answer our prayers.

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    Lowell's Notes 8 years ago

    He knows our needs before we even ask... it's just amazing to experience something like this!

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    frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

    Amazing and wonderful. And real! Thank you for sharing your 'notes'. I will be back for more, and an now joining your fan club!