Sometimes we have one thing in mind and God has another.
About a month ago, as I was seeking God for His will for my life, I felt a strong call to go to next year's She Speaks Conference. The thing is...I of course was not sure if I was hearing God right. I did tell Him that I certainly would like to go if it was His will and I would do what I could to do so with His help (sometimes that is the hardest thing to ask for). His help is desperately needed because financially...this is pretty much an impossibility. I do not have much budget wiggle room. I also have no idea really what the whole event will cost. It isn't just registration (which has not been posted yet). I will also need to fly down and miss a day's pay. No big deal for my God...especially if it is His will.
I told God that I would do what I could to spend my money wisely and also find money. I know that probably sounds weird, but you never know when you will see a penny and pick it up. After that I began parking in the far parts of grocery parking lots (or wherever else I was shopping) in hope of finding a random coin here and there. Thanks to debit cards...this probably will not be a windfall. Still each time I'd walk, I'd pray and look just in case. The other day I did my usual thing at the grocery store, parked far away and prayed again asking God if maybe I'd find a little something "Father, even a dime would be cool." I said...nope not a dime. BUT...what God did do is this...after paying for my groceries, the cashier handed me the receipt and the coupons that print out, and guess what? One of those coupons was $3 off my next order!!!
Now you might be thinking "Kelly, you realize that is only a coupon right?" That is what is so cool about God! I thought smallish...a penny a dime...I didn't care...just anything that would show me God was in it too. Of course God thinks things differently. Isaiah 55:8 says "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways." He supplied beyond what I asked with $3 in the form of money off of my next grocery run...pretty much also making sure that I was in it too. Obviously $3 and the small change I have gathered thus far is a drop...but it is in the bucket...it is a start.
I bet if you think about it, He is surprising you too. How is God showing you His way?