Bills, Bills & Blessings?

{SIGH}  I hate starting with a disclaimer, but apparently, I must!

  Last week I shared a post with you called With Cherries On Top.  It’s purpose?

To glorify God and give credit to Him as He provided in some AMAZING ways for us that week.   

  Apparently, someone read as far as the picture of the $4 bank account, and decided they needed to run call their friends to share the scandal of Tonya’s blog post with bank account picture. 

“Does she think she’s the only one whose bank account ever looks like that?”

“Is she trying to get people to feel sorry for her?”

“Who takes pictures of their bank account?”

No.  And NO.  And the picture thing? 

  I’m a blogger, we take photos of everything!  My shoes, my chickens, the sky, my garden, my kids feet…you name it, we blog it. It’s how we let people see into our worlds. 

  Would’ve you been any less shocked, had I just written the amount $4.89, rather than taking a picture of the number? Would it have made any difference to you? I seriously doubt it!  Funny, the thing that shocked you, made another reader cry.  It was a visual that caught her heart and made her rejoice with me, not judge me.  There are times photos tell stories like words never could.  They are a powerful tool.

  To this person , I ask 2 things: 

1) Go back and read it. Really read it to the clear bottom.  Please?  I believe you will find that I shared with you each and every way God answered those needs, including the bank account.  I believe you will see my heart was to share with you God’s amazing provision above and beyond anything I could ask or imagine.  I believe you will see there was no pity party, no donation button at the end. 

2) Decide if its necessary that you keep coming here to read.  I’d love to have you come and enjoy yourself, giggle at something the kids did, print off a recipe that sounds good, or praise God with me over His provision, but here’s the deal, if you choose to circle my glass house and throw rocks, you will only hurt both of us in the process.  The shards of my shattered home WILL fly, and unfortunately, neither of us will be unscathed.

  Hurt people, hurt people.  I can only assume this all stems from some hurts in your own life.  I’m sorry if you are hurting. I am sorry if you are going through a tough time.  I am too.  Hardest time in my LIFE.  I haven’t even BEGUN to touch on the heartache and struggles we are currently going through, and I can’t talk about it yet, but let me walk with you. Let me encourage you.  And please, encourage me too. Isn’t that what Christ asks us to do?

{Stepping off soap box}

I keep reminding myself:

 “We find comfort among those who agree with us — growth among those who don’t!”

  Thank you for letting me vent, you’ll see why I felt like I needed to cover that topic here in a second. 

  Last week something awesome happened.  As is his custom, Dale gets the mail from the mailbox as he drives in from work.  The kids and I were hanging outside, awaiting his arrival and enjoying the beautiful weather.

 Oh, and playing with our new “pet”, Fuzzy Wuzzy.  Poor kids, they miss our kitty, Saprina SO bad, but Fuzzy Wuzzy will do for now as they pray for Saprina’s safe return to her home.

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   Daddy drives in and pulls into the garage.  I love Paxton’s newest “thing”:

  When he spots his daddy, he begins to wave his arm frantically, like “Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi! Hi!”,  toddling as fast as those little fat legs can carry him.  He waves from wherever he is in the yard, all the way up to his Daddy.  That arm never stopping, not once, until he has reached his goal. “Hi, Daddy!”

Just precious!

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Anyhow, Dale comes out of the garage and says, “Uh babe. You might want to come here.”  Mixed in with a stack of bills is a card:

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  A card full of beautiful, encouraging, uplifting words, signed by a Sister In Christ. 

Also in this card? 

State Fair Tickets and cash.

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WHAT?!

Dale’s mouth was slack, his eyes wide.  He just stood there, card in one hand, cash and tickets in another.   Amidst tears and grins, our children caught on to what was happening.  It was like Christmas! Jumping up and down squealing with joy!!!

And what blessed me most:

  Destiny kept saying: “Oh praise the Lord! He totally knew I was wishing I could go to the fair this year…..” 

  Of course, the little kids have to do whatever big sis does, so soon the chorus rang, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!” Or, if you are Avery, “Pwaise da Waurd, Pwaise da Waurd” with a jump in the air: “YIPEEE!” thrown in for good measure.

   Off to the fair we went, and we had so much fun! 

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  More fun than usual I think, when every second you are there, you are thanking God for His provision.

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When every fun snack you taste and ride you ride, remind you of your blessings. 

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  When you feel led to take a moment under the lit up midway, to breath a prayer of thanksgiving and ask special favor and blessings on the generous giver, whoever they may be.

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  Have I mentioned lately that I think God loves us with a Cherry on top? 

cherry-on-top    I love how He lavishes His love on us! It makes these rough patches we are going through so much more tolerable.  It helps me to remember that He hears my whispered prayers, that He feels my heart ache, that He cares enough to provide for my “wants” as well as my needs.  Praise His name!

  Thank you generous giver, for listening to the Lord’s prompting and providing a fun “Cherry on top” experience for our family. 

May you be richly blessed!

Hugs from Dale, Tonya & 4 extra happy little Fergusons 🙂

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15 thoughts on “Bills, Bills & Blessings?

  1. I know I’ve said this before, but every time I leave reading one of your posts, I want to say, “God is good!”
    Continue taking the highroad when people throw stones.
    Praying for you. 🙂
    ~Mama J

  2. Good Morning,
    What a post to wake up to 🙂
    I have to agree with your 4littlefergusons …Praise the Lord!
    God not only provides but hey he wants us to have some fun as well!
    I for one really enjoyed your post “With Cherries on Top” I want to say that I am amazed how God provides for you in you time of hurt and need but then again I’m really not because as long as we believe and have love in our hearts we will be taken care of in every way .
    I have to say that I never felt sorry for you at all but more of a feeling of how blessed you really are:)
    I also believe that if some people can’t say anything nice then yup let’s not say anything at all but maybe look into your own life.

  3. Oh Tonya – my heart sunk reading the first part of your post…knowing that it was tough to get such a comment. I LOVED your ‘cherries on top’ post – it was so God-glorifying! And I just keep praising God along with you…and your posts…and your 4 little Fergusons….as you give Him glory for all He allows in your life. God will use this for your good (& that readers) and His glory. Keep looking up Gal! God is using you in mighty ways to bless others and to bless our Most Holy & High God! Love & appreciate you Lady! XO

  4. Tonya~You are so blessed and even more so for you can see through the clouds. Yes it might be storming but the rain replenishes and satisfies the thirst of those who recognize where their help comes from. I love love hearing of stories of other people blessing others in times of ‘storms’. I have never met you but feel like I really know you through you sharing your heart. Thank you for having the glass house so other sister’s in Christ can fellowship/pray/praise/worship with you. You are a dear one.

  5. Tonya, still here praying and thinking about you all the time.
    Some people just have nothing better to do then leave nasty comments. I think they are miserable themselves.
    Have a great day today!
    Julie In Michigan

  6. As always, I end your post with tears in my eyes.. why? Tears of joy over how you “GET IT” and Praise God in and thru it all and tears of sorrow over those who are critical and “don’t get it”…. You are a huge blessing to so many and God is using you mightily… chin up and Praise the Lord… your kids get it too 🙂 Love and hugs!!!

  7. Well Tonya if it helps at all I received a note today from someone neither you or I know very well at all, who wants to bless your family in a very specific way and wants to know how to get that to you. She said she thinks your blog posts are very sincere and loves your praise for God in his blessings to you!!! I loved that post and I did not take it at all as a quest for sympathy or “Help” from others!!! Love you girly!! 🙂

    • No stinkin’ way! Seriously?!?!?! Man, I just don’t even know what to do about this but keep praising God for His provision and thanking these mystery people on Facebook since I have no other way of telling them we got it and are SO thankful! This has been the most HUMBLING year of my LIFE………Thanks sweet friend! Hugs, T

  8. I love reading and seeing how God is providing for your family in every way. It seems so often that when we are walking through the fire, he sends something along to just give us a little distraction….a short respite or distraction from the pain. It’s not gone and we know it’s still there, but how wonderful of Him to allow something to lift our families and loved ones up and shout “Praise the Lord”. You are a real encouragement to me.

  9. Soooo sooooo awesome!!! I love how well God loves you and your family….Destiny is right, He knows exactly the desires of the Fergusons’ hearts, and He is so eager to bless you guys. And I am overjoyed that you guys enjoyed the fair so much!

  10. The fun at the fair is going to last a long time in the hearts of each member of your sweet family. What awesome pictures…the smiles just melt me. Praise the Lord – over and over again, for His mercy and goodness to us. Doesn’t it just blow your socks off to experience how He sends those precious kisses from heaven when we need them most? Hugz!

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