In addition to Dave Ramsey's advice, Jim Sammons' Financial Freedom Seminar really changed the way we looked at money. His seminar is filled with testimonies of miraculous ways that God has provided for people, when they follow His principles. Praying for God to provide things that you actually have the money to purchase, so that you can have a testimony to share, was a breathtaking concept. To think that God would really care about such "small matters" in my eyes is just amazing. So, I tried it.
The first thing wasn't even a prayer, just a desire I discussed with Jeremy. One Sunday night, I told him I'd really like to get a small desk to put in the breakfast area to use as a sewing desk. Not even a couple of hours later, as Jeremy and our 4 yr. old were riding bikes around the neighborhood, they saw a desk on the curb with a sign that had $10 crossed out and "Free" written right next to it. And now it is my sewing desk.
For my sister's wedding, the boys needed pink ties, and our 4 yr. old needed a black suit coat. We had already borrowed a tux for our two year old, and I wanted our 4 yr. old to have one, too, but I decided that since he already had black dress pants, our NEED was for a suit coat. So, I put out a request to our homeschool group, thinking it was a long shot. One friend replied that she knew another friend whose little boys had pink ties , and she was willing to loan them to us. Another friend with twin boys my 4 yr. old's age, said she had 2 tuxes she had been wanting to pass along to someone (and hey, we only needed one!). When the lady with the ties couldn't find one of the ties, I was worried for a second, until I realized that I already had a bowtie pattern in my sewing stash, and a 40% off coupon for fabric. God not only provided my need, but my desire as well.
I can't wait to see what God does next, but in the meantime, I hope I get to be a part of someone else's "miracle"!