Ok, so here’s the deal. It’s been a quiet weekend before some craziness, so I have loved it. Finished a great book. Started another. Great times of running, and riding my bike. Ordered Chinese food, and enjoyed with my girl. while watching a movie. Got some things done ahead of time. (bonus) And in my organization, realized I had a skirt to return to one of my favorite stores. anthropologie. (small sigh for the loveliness of that place.) And in an extra-fun discovery, didn’t realize until really late Saturday night that I had friends coming to Faithbridge to preach/lead worship, but made plans to go……
Excellent morning at Faithbridge – great great sermon by Ben Stuart, and glorious worship by Jeff and Jourdan Johnson. I. loved. it. SO, it had already been a great Sunday. We talked a little with Jeff and Jourdan, I love them so much. they just constantly glow with love for each other and for Christ. so happy to share a Sunday morning with them.
So then, I felt the timing was right to take back that skirt. yes, on a Sunday. I really try not to do errands, shopping, etc. on a Sunday for the most part (giving the Lord’s day my attention, with rest, and worship, and staying home), but felt really the pull to go today. So, I did. They were having a bonus sale. an extra 25% off all sale items. Listen, people, I have this great joy in saving money. But today, my joy was multiplying with each moment……..as I was returning the skirt, I asked about the bonus sale. like, if I could do a price adjustment on a few things I had bought about 10 days ago. The sweet darling girl, (who is now my best friend, btw), said yes, I could indeed get a price adjustment, if it had been within 2 weeks……my mind is just swirling! I ask her “ok,how do I do this – go home and get my receipt and come back with it?” Yes, she said, or with your anthro card, I can just do it now. (my mouth just gaping open with great and exceeding joy)
As I stood there, she brought up my last transaction on the register, took off an additional 25%, and handed me a nice little handful of cash. with a smile. oh. my. The beauty of it all. Of course, I had to just glance at the racks to see what I might just need to buy with that little handful of cash……..
In one hour, I had run my errand, gotten bonus money back (making that previous purchase all the sweeter, since none of those items were available anymore), and bought a couple other things with the bonus 25%off. I practically flew home on my joy.
Now I know, in the midst of really troubled times for some people I know, in the midst of really hard struggles with illnesses, family problems, and other issues for many I love, this is frivolous. certainly not essential. not life-changing. I am praying for these needs, and take them very seriously.
But sometimes, our God surprises me just out of the blue, with a little pocket of fun, of joy, of times like these – a huge savings in one of my favorite places. totally unexpected. I am so grateful. thankful. appreciative of this gift. And just so you know, I regularly purge my closet. and when I buy something I make sure I go in there, and take other things out – to donate, or sell. So, I hope to bless others, as I’ve been blessed.
And now? I get to look forward to our regular church service at my home church, HFBC. So thankful for this little Sunday sandwich of church, shopping joy, church. I pray in all I do, I glorify God. But I also want to thank Him for all He does for me. Because truly, every good and perfect gift comes from above……
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
*added after another great church service – and my joy in this day continues to grow! Just got a tweet, complete with a picture, from my favorite brother (grin – my one and only sibling). The picture? He and my sister-in-law, with my dear friends Aaron and Jamie Ivey!!! I have wanted them to meet for so long, and now they have. I don’t know what it is about that picture I love the most – but it sure blesses me. oh,my heart. what a wonderful day……..