God of Abundant Provision
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Some of this I've already shared with you, but I wanted to write it out so that I would remember the manifold blessings that God has provided.
1) Getting a vacation--my first in 3 years. Soozi (my roommate) and I are going to Corpus Christi--May 4-9.
2) We've decided to leave early Sunday May 4th so that we can go to our old church and surprise the pastor. (Our old church only has about 25 members and it's very much like a family.
3) I joined AARP and got a discount on the hotel.
4) I came up with a list of ideas of how to promote my photo dept. at work and my boss approved every one of them!
5) Soozi and I have been walking in the mall. We passed a store that had a pretty dress and on a whim I tried it on. It's a size smaller than I've been wearing and cut kind of narrow; I was surprised that it fit! I couldn't afford to buy it, but it was such an encouragement and blessing to me.
6) Last month's appt. with the weight loss dr. told me that in the last year I dropped 40lbs, 30 of it fat!
7) I had last Sunday morning off and was able to hear Graham Cooke preach. He's so down to earth in the way he explains things and yet obviously sitting in the heavenly places. His message was 2 fold: God is always the initiator and we are always the receivers; we need to be prepared to receive whatever He wants to bless us with. And, Jesus never ceases to make intercession for us and the Holy Spirit prays for us with groaning too deep for words. We should join in with them and pray WITH God rather than just TO God.
8) When I checked my email on Sunday, there was a coupon for $30 off of the particular dress I tried on! I went and bought it. This is an amazing thing in that God showed me that He cares about the little details and that He loves to delight us. Also, that it was okay to spend the money because I was receiving from Him. It's the first time I've bought an actual dress in 15 years.
9) On Monday Soozi and I were driving down 121 in the right hand lane. All of a sudden we were hit on the left hand side by a big red pick up truck. The blessing here is that A) no one was hurt, B) the guy was very nice, very apologetic (he simply didn't see us), and C) He admitted full responsibility to his insurance company. We had to put a new tire on the SUV, but were able to drive home. On Tuesday however, the collision company declared the SUV a total loss. The suspension had been damaged, the wheel was canted in and the cost of the repairs and body work would exceed the cost of my SUV.
10) Kelly Blue Book values my SUV (in prime condition) at $2800--$1100 (in poor condition). Since my SUV is so beat up, i was concerned that I would only get $1,000 for it which would not be enough for a down payment on a new car. The insurance company told me that they are going to give me $2752!
11) This amount will allow me to make a $2000 down payment, AND pay off my credit card, AND have some left over for my vacation. I still can't afford much in the way of monthly payments so I started looking for the cheapest cars out there. (If I have to make monthly payments, I want it to be on something reliable.)
11) I found that the least expensive car being sold with relatively low mileage is the Chevy Aveo. Very small. I kept saying that I was not really comfortable driving something that small. I don't feel very safe. I went to Friendly Chevrolet and when I got there the car was sold. (God was listening to me; after all, He cares about the details!) However, the sales guy showed me another car. It's a 2009 Chevy Cobalt. Not a big car and it still gets GREAT gas mileage, and yet, it's a lot bigger than the Aveo. Best part is that this car only has 5,000 miles on it! It's only had one owner, apparently a guy who bought it, didn't drive much and kept it garaged.
12) I was sure I couldn't afford it. I wanted to keep my monthly payments at $250 or less. He came back with a quote of $217-223 per month! SOLD!!!! Yesterday I went to sign the paperwork and pick up the car. I was told that the monthly payments would be $250. When I asked about it they researched it. They had calculated the monthly payment at 0% interest. Also, I found out that the warranty had expired--it was for five years and the car is five years old.
13) So....they took $1,000 off the price of the car and worked some magic with my credit so that I'm paying 5.6% interest!
14) They told me that I no longer have any negatives on my record, but what I do have is very limited because I only have the one credit card.
15) So, I'm paying a little more per month than I anticipated, but that's WITH re-establishing the original warranty: 3 years bumper to bumper and 5 years on the power train.
16) And because it's a certified pre-owned car I have 5 years of free oil changes and tire rotations. Any time I want to take it in, they'll give me a rental car while they service my car.
17) Also, they were able to work this "magic" because the credit union that's financing the car is considering me a first time car buyer and therefore qualified for an extra discount. God is SO good!
There's only one thing that concerns me: I have to go to the DPS and get a copy of the title on my SUV. I bought it so long ago that I can't remember even getting a title. Once I have the title I can take it to the insurance agent who will hand me the check. Please pray that there will be no problems with the title.