This scripture is the one singing out in our hearts today.
I began my walking regimen again yesterday and it felt SO good! Today when I set out on my walk, I stopped by the mailbox first to see if the orders were gone that I was mailing out and just happened to look through the letters there and found an envelope. I figured it was for Scott but curiously opened it anyway. I immediately had chills all over when I saw the money and could barely see through my tears to read the words. I love to believe... "A random case of chills is a definite hug from the Holy Spirit."
The letter began by saying we had probably seen the money and the person wanted us to know it was not a random amount but an amount impressed to them by God when they looked up Isaiah 43:5 (ShayleeJoy's verse) and saw the page number of that scripture.
I ran back toward our house because it just so happens Scott is working from home today and was able to rejoice in this most unexpected blessing. I walked in crying and scared him to death. I handed him the money and letter. We were both speechless. We immediately began racking our brain to figure out who it was from and finally came to the realization that God knows and that is for Him to know and us to be blessed.
How has this blessed us?
This person is obviously a part of our life but has asked to remain anonymous. The blessing in all this is for several reasons:
1. Giving without recognition although I will praise God for this to the mountaintops!..
2. Setting an example in front of our family to be in a position to be able to give to others when God calls...
3. Showing us the fruit in the scripture... Eph 3:20
I have always heard of people getting anonymous amounts of money in the mail and secretly prayed that God would do this for us but ashamedly, I have to confess I don't think I really believed it could or would happen. WELL... even in my unbelief God blessed our family and most of all ShayleeJoy!
What's the lesson in all this???
BELIEVE GOD!!! In my quiet time this morning, God took me to Isaiah 30:15, "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength". I stand in complete awe as I think of how this scripture has come to fruition today... I started out thinking it meant one thing to me and now in the course of a few hours, it has come to mean so much more especially the QUIET and TRUST part!!!
How do we say thank you?
This is how I ended the email to our anonymous giver:
We can never thank you enough for what God has called you to do for us!!! I know God will take your gift and multiply it for His kingdom. He is bringing home a little one halfway across the world to a family who will teach her about His Love every day of her life! I'm attaching her picture and know she is the REAL blessed one by the obedience of all God has called to this journey.
And this thank you goes to each and every person that has prayed, already given money, or a donation to our auction. There simply are just no words... only a face on the other side of the world waiting to come to a LOVE that comes only from our first LOVE... Jesus!!!
Standing in front of her orphanage in Fujian China. Praying her home to us!!!