God provides.

EDIT: (1:50 p.m.) We got to our hotel about 30 minutes ago. We left at 5:15, stopped a couple times for gas and potty breaks, and made it here in record time. My hubby is an “efficient” driver.

Wow, girls. THANK YOU for  your beautiful, encouraging, affirming comments today. I feel loved and hugged all over. I’m so excited about this weekend (heading over to the conference in the next 45 minuntes). My stomach is giving me fits (either nerves or that dadblasted whirligig), but I’m feeling good otherwise. Gabe gave me a pep talk, and I’m going to be brave and extroverted (is that a word? i’m having a brain toot ) and meet people and stuff.

OH, and last thing. A dear gal messaged me today and apologized if this was a private blog and she was intruding. HEAVENS, NO! I chat at my friends like we’re sitting on my blue, plaid, snack-stained couch and having a little one-on-one, but EVERYONE is welcome here! Come! Partake! Participate!

Love you guys! (even the ones I don’t know!)

Everything’s packed, and I’m heading to bed. It’s almost 1:30 a.m., and my alarm (and Gabe’s iPhone alarm, just in case) is set for 4:15 a.m. That doesn’t seem very long from now.

What a great day. God provided in so many ways. As I drove to Bible study at 8:45 this morning, I thought to myself, “Why did you decide to do this again? You were going to take the summer off. You have a ton of stuff to pack. And all sorts of things to do. You really should turn around and go home.”

Well. The video (Beth Moore’s Stepping Up) and our discussion afterward just about knocked me off my feet. This study is EXACTLY what I need at this very moment. I can’t even tell you. Cannot EVEN tell you. And I love the ladies in my group already. And I’m so happy not to be facilitating (although I’m filling in for my friend Elizabeth the next 2 weeks).

Thank you, Lord, for getting my tush there this morning. Bless you and praise you!

At some point during each of the 30 days of homework for Stepping Up, we’re encouraged to get physically flat on our faces before God. Face touching floor, humbled before Him, asking Him to draw us closer and closer to Him. I haven’t started my homework yet, but I’ve already been on my face tonight. I was filling up my black bag with all the stuff I’ll need for the conference, got the urge to unzip the inside pocket, pulled out an envelope, found $38. I’d taken some random bills (for book sales change) to Beki’s church when I spoke there and forgot all about them afterward.

You have no idea what a blessing this was and a DIRECT answer to a SPECIFIC prayer. No, I didn’t pray for $38, but I might as well have. I got down on my face right by my desk, thanked my God, cried an itsy bit, and went back to my packing with a little spring in my step.

We had a great time with Janelle, Tug, Angie and the kids tonight (Rock works 2nd shift) for Ava’s little b-day party. She got a 2-person tent (there will be 4 or 5 girls sleeping in it tonight in Janelle’s office), a 10,000 bead kit, a slip-and-slide, an “A” purse (thrift store), a Pretty Princess game (like new, thrift store for 60 cents), and an adorable little newborn caramel-colored, bright-eyed Cabbage Patch Kid that drinks and wets.

I miss my babies, but they’re in good hands and having a blast. And I get 72 hours with my other baby and some amazing opportunities to soak up knowledge, connect with some incredible women, and learn and grow and laugh and eat. And marvel at God’s goodness.

I feel awfully blessed and hardly at all bothered by the fact that I’ll be getting about 2.5 hours of sleep. I can sleep in the car some tomorrow, and Gabe can catch up on sleep Saturday morning.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends. Can I thank you again for praying for me? God answered (and is answering) HUGE. Love and hugs and a smattering of smooches!

19 thoughts on “God provides.

  1. lites4Him

    Thanks so much Marla for all the encouragement through your blog. How exciting to see your specific answers to prayer- He is such a personal God and knows our needs so well (better than we do!!). God is so good- all the time. You’ve been in my prayers this weekend as you share with the ladies- may God bless both them and you through the word He’s given you to share. I’m looking forward to hearing how it went.

  2. lorettabetty

    Wow, it is neat how God smiles on us in many ways.  He loves to do that for us, He would do it more if we allowed Him to.   God bless you for the way you openly share with many women all the time.   Hope your weekend with Gabe is a really good one.

  3. YoGrandmaYo

    Wow!  Thanks for sharing!:)  I was pleasantly surprised to see you had written something, and I didn’t hafta wait ’til you got back to hear from you!:)  Isn’t God amazing?  I just can’t get over how much He loves us and cares about EVERY SINGLE DETAIL of our lives!  Praying for you that God will bless your socks off this weekend!:)  Love you much!:)

  4. bekisue

    Finding money is nice, but it’s even nicer to have a prayer answered directly like that. I’m so happy for you. You have put a smile on my face. I love you and hope you have a great time.

  5. Nixter77

    I loved this post, it made me so excited for you! Thanks for sharing the amazing things God does in your life and for encouraging us.

    Love you heaps and pray all goes well.

  6. faithchick

    hm.  i’m a putz.  i didn’t leave you any kinda encouraging nothin’

    so, here.  have some encouragement.  you’re gonna be bravely extroverted!! 

  7. ladymiss3739

    Hope you come back encouraged and refreshed.  He always knows all of our needs, including leftover money tucked away in a forgotten travel bag.  Isn’t He wonderful? 

  8. luvmynoah

    Wow!  I am thrilled for you that God answered your prayers in a big way!  What a neat moment for you! Have a wonderful time away with Gabe and at the conference.  I’m sure God will reveal and show you so many new things! 

    The birthday sounds just perfect!!  What fun presents!

  9. kellycohan

    Yippee! God is SO good, isn’t he? Will be praying for you at the conference and on the road!

    Incidentally, I believe there’s no better place to go than N.C., anyway.

  10. gsowell

    So thrilled about God’s perfect provision for you spiritual, physical, and emotional needs. He is infinitely good and right on time. I’m praying for your rest, too. Have a fabulous conference!

  11. schmett73

    You’re already on your way (or there) but know I’m about to get flat on my face in a few moments on your behalf (and mine, as I feel Him telling me to draw closer to Him). 

    You’re such a blessing, Marla.  I read Is That All He Thinks About? in a day, and I can’t even begin to adequately convey how powerfully God used you to reach so many of us.  Keep writing!  I never want to stop reading!  I’m so thankful!

    Love and prayers,

    Lisa

  12. tonialynn59

    Our ladies ministry bought Steppin Up.  Not sure when we will do it but I am now very interested!  You have an amazing time away this weekend.  Can’t wait to hear about it when you return!!

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