When my husband and I were married for about a year, we were renting a small apartment here in Southern California.
We were struggling financially, we just had our first baby and the economy was in the middle of a recession.
We were stressed about our financial situation and were concerned whether or not we would make it every month.
I was a stay at home mom and was considering going back to work just to make ends meet. But we both really felt Jesus prompting me to stay home with our children. We were in a difficult situation, and continued to ask God for provision.
We were not great at tracking our finances yet and really were not paying too much attention to our checking account balance.
We had been living in that particular apartment for about 6 months. It was one of three apartments on one chunk of property.
The manager of the property was living on site in one of the other apartments. Our landlord was actually considered a "slum lord", as he owned many properties in the inner city and some in the rougher areas of the suburbs where we were.
One day, our manager came over to see us and asked if we had noticed that our rent checks had been not been going through the bank.
We really didn't notice that, we just paid our rent by check and forgot about it.
Terri informed us that our slumlord owner had a bad habit of collecting his rent on his hundreds of apartment buildings and placing the checks in a paper grocery bag and would wait long periods of time before cashing them.
He called her that week to inform her that he had LOST the grocery bag he placed about 6-8 months of checks and it was illegal for him to ask for new checks. Therefore, we could keep all that back rent, the checks would never be cashed by him.
Yes, about 6 months RENT FREE!
How's that for provision?
How's that for a miracle?
Yep! This mama ended up staying home with her babies then, and for another 18+ years. There were many other miracles that took place over those years in the area of finances.
God is a great provider.
You can bank on that!
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