We work from home, both my husband and myself; he is a self-employed painting contractor, thus this time of year is not typically too busy for him (he has been busy this winter, though) and I publish the Nothing New Press curriculum, research, write, and work on Classical Christian Homeschooling and this website when I am able. This time of year is also not typically busy for me.
So, long story short, one of our children incurred some medical and other short term but devastating bills, due to a crisis situation in their life (did I mention that we have been going through a season of testing for the past few years, LOL). This we had absolutely not budgeted for or planned on.
But it is wonderful when God is your provider, as He is in a very real way for the self-employed, working from home, homesteading types. Because of the unexpected expenses, we have been nip and tuck this winter, trusting the Lord daily even for our daily bread. I am happy to report that He has not failed to provide for even one meal, or one bill.
Case in point: one day a few weeks ago my UPS bill came due, and I just did not know how I was going to pay it. It was for $80.39. That morning when I was praying the Lord’s Prayer, I laid it before Him, “Give us this day our daily bread (and please help us to meet our bills due today. Thank you!)”. I picked up the Nothing New Press mail that afternoon, and a few orders for books had trickled in (unusual that close to Christmas), in the exact amount of $80.39.
God is faithful, He is trustworthy, He is true! We actually feel so much more secure with Him as our provider than with a big corporation or other employer. His outstretched arm cannot fail!