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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sacrifice Really Does Bring Blessings

About an hour ago, we returned home from Stake Conference.  And because we live in the booniest of the boonies and our drive to Stake Conference is 4 hours each way, it wasn't exactly an easy feat for us to go.

I don't tell you this for pats on the back at all.  In fact, I often have a pretty bad attitude about going.  It means I have to give up my entire weekend to driving in a car with all of my kids for lots of hours.  It means figuring out how to pay for the gas and other extra expenditures when we're still trying to recover from the summer of no paycheck.  It means attending a bunch of meetings with wiggly children.  It means sacrifice.

But it also means spiritual edification, spending time with wonderful people, opportunities to serve, and family togetherness.  And sometimes it even means being blessed in ways you didn't expect.

I don't have to tell you how tight the finances have been around here lately.  Even though we squeezed by in the summer, and Joel's getting paid again, a lot of bills are coming up that we don't have in the summer.  Music lessons, preschool, school expenses for the older girls and just plain catch up with a few things that we couldn't pay for over the summer.  The trip down to Green Bay was a financial strain, and we were going to be completely strapped until the next pay check.  And since we're also planning a temple trip to Chicago (yes, that's the closest one), we want to make sure we can pay for that, too.

Imagine my feelings when we picked up yesterday's mail tonight and found a packet from our mortgage company.  I thought it was weird, because they already sent us the payment booklet thingy for the next year, so I couldn't figure out why they were sending another.  So I opened it and found that our monthly payment had been adjusted down a bit, which is always a nice surprise.

But then I realized that there was a pretty hefty check in there as well.  Turns out we had an unexpected overage in the escrow account.  I have no doubt that this is a blessing from above because we are making sacrifices.  I'm still crying over it.

Heavenly Father loves us, and don't you ever forget it.

26 comments :

  1. I'm having an attitude issue today, making it hard to remember. Thank you for reminding me Lara.

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  2. What a fabulous gift. I'm not sure if congrats is the right word - but so thrilled for you!

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  3. I need this post today. Thank you so much for writing it. Love you.

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  4. Ah, unexpected tears just filled my eyes. I've been struggling and needed this reminder.

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  5. Another great reminder that our Heavenly Father really does know us. He loves us. He is on our side and when we show Him that we are on HIS side, we are blessed in ways we couldn't even imagine.

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  6. Recognizing God's presence in our lives has been on my mind a lot lately... feeling His love is so very important. I'm glad you felt that, and I'm glad you shared because others can feel it now too!

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  7. Oh, I'm tingling. That is a tiny, much deserved miracle. You have proven that by showing faith, your faith is proven.

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  8. This is just what I needed to hear today, Lara. Thank you for sharing your experience--it is helping build my faith, as I know it has for you. God bless.

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  9. What a blessing. He does love all of us. Thanks for the timely reminder!

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  10. Yes, you are blessed and so deserve to be!

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  11. Yeah! Things have been tight around here too- especially with all the unexpected medical bills. Good times.

    I am so glad you got a little 'manna'. AND I'm feeling just a little guilty- Stake Conference was held today at the ward building across the street from our house. We didn't go. NO way I'm dealing with the wiggly kids for 2 hours.

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  12. That's amazing! And I'm giving you a pat on the back even though you didn't ask for it. We had Stake Conference this weekend and I had an attitude about going with 1 child and it's only 10 minutes away from us... Yeah, I'm a weenie! :)

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  13. We can never catch up, can we? The blessings keep coming. I'm so glad you had such a great experience at the conference, and that the blessings for attending were both spiritual and temporal!

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  14. I missed my Stake Conference and I'm so sad that I did. It really does bring blessings. I can't wait to hear all about your temple trip.

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  15. YAY! So excited for your little windfall :) Every little bit helps and I truly believe if we have enough Faith to trust in the Lord and see what he will provide.... we will have everything we need and then some :) What an awesome post! It really boosted my spirits.... we are in a similar situation and I've got more bills coming in now than before, but no more money... yet.

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  16. Oh, I love when things like that happen! When we receive those blessings and know exactly why we are receiving them. What a wonderful testimony builder and a sweet and tender mercy. Thank you for sharing!

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  17. SHUT
    UP.
    That is one of the best stories ever.
    And I am still jealous about your weekend. :)

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  18. I adore it when things like that happen. It's like a big, warm hug from Heaven. : )

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  19. I love surprises like that! It's like putting on a winter coat again and finding a $20 bill in the pocket.

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  20. No coincidences in life!

    Nice to know that you are watched over and loved.

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  21. Beautiful blessings, Lara. That sounds like an envelope of awesomeness, right there.

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  22. That is a beautiful story Lara! The best part is that you always recognize blessings & give credit to the Lord.

    (we skipped stake conference for personal reasons-we will not next year!!)

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  23. What a wonderful blessing. Thanks for sharing that.

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  24. Fantastic!!! Great post. And good for you guys!!! I really believe that these kind of sacrifices make a big impact on the kids.

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  25. Wow. I love those stories. When I was 12 we lived in an area where a lot of people traveled 90 minutes or more each way every Sunday for church. Stake conference was at least 3 hours and temple trips involved over nighters. But it definitely taught us the blessings of sacrifice. I will remember this next time it is my turn to make a 4 hour round trip for a youth activity out here.

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