Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Obedience Brings The Blessing!

(photo from the shabby chic cottage)
I had a private struggle this morning.  Actually, it began a few days ago.  I had gathered several high value free~item coupons recently, but after using a few of them, I noticed that they said "one per customer:"  I was convicted not to use the remainder of them, but really struggled with throwing them away!  It probably sounds silly, but I had a real battle with my flesh over obeying what I felt was a clear leading from the Lord.

This morning, during my prayer time, I threw them in the trash.  I was still struggling, but decided that obedience with struggling (and admitting that I was having a hard time being willing) was better than not obeying!

I asked the Lord to prove Himself to me today, and to give me a blessing to replace what I felt I had "lost."

He ALWAYS proves Himself, and goes beyond what we could have imagined.

Tonight, we celebrated "family Christmas" with our daughter still living at home, and with our adult daughter who will not be able to join us for Christmas this year.  It's always a special time for my husband and I, when we can all be together, since we only have the two daughters and we don't see our older daughter as often as we would like.

We decided to eat out because our plans were in flux until the last moment.  I didn't mind, as I knew the restaurant had a fireplace and I was hoping we would be able to sit near there to enjoy our meal.

(last two photos from getty images)

We arrived at the restaurant to find that the room with the fireplace was completely unoccupied!  We asked for and received a table in meeting room, where the light from the fireplace, Christmas tree, and a few wall sconces cast a cozy glow.  The wait staff provided excellent service, and even blessed us with complementary desserts after our delicious meal!

It was as if the room had been reserved for us alone.

The manager even came back to check on our meal, and make sure everything was to our liking.  She said that they thought the meeting room was booked for tonight, but realized that the room was actually reserved for tomorrow night!  We had the room to ourselves for the whole evening.

We had amazing favor and a truly special evening together.  I'm sure it's something my family will never forget!

Thank You, Lord, for the blessing of Your favor!  Thank You for proving Yourself to me once again.


Susan said...

"Obedience is better than sacrifice." Glad you obeyed and not surprised God's blessings followed. Have a Blessed Christmas Tammy. It give me comfort to know you'd around the corner.

Lynn said...

That is so awesome. And just think, next time it will be that much easier.

Sandra said...

What a wonderful surprise from the Lord for your family to have a cozy night together at that resturant. I think you have His favor a lot.

About the coupons...sometimes when we are working at doing something good, it becomes a priority in our life. We all go through things like this but to put what we are doing back in it's place, we have to be obedient to the leading of the Lord as you were. He knows us better than we know ourselves.

Merry Christmas my friend and many many blessings in the months to follow to you and your family.

Thank you for the picture. I have it on my dining room table.