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Featured Friend: Heather @ 40 Year Wanderer

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Jesus In The Mattress
by Heather @ 40 Year Wanderer

Provide Trust

He was there that day ~ my heart called out to Him. He’s always there. But that day? He significantly moved.

“They need it, Jesus. And You know we can’t give it to them. But I know You can. Will you give it through us?”

That prayer cried out in my heart and soul as I walked around the middle of the Meier store that day. The day lit up by a miracle.

We had just moved to Kentucky on faith. We knew that God had led us there over many other choices. We even thought my husband would have a job. But no. At the bursting of the economy, my husband’s field of expertise was one that was hit hard. He also got sick right after we moved there. Infection after infection. Life dove low. The type of low that makes you feel like your feet are never going to touch again. The love of my life nearly died from meningitis. In a city we had barely become familiar with, the walls came tumbling down with a crushing feeling so tight that every breathe was labored through prayer. We had no money coming in and lots needed to go out. But God was always with us.

We were flipped upside down in every possible way, put smack dab in the middle of a state of which we knew not a single soul, and told…

“Listen. Be still and listen.”

That was big for us. Our marriage had survived near-insurmountable odds to get to a place that we were both living for God’s plan. All we had left was faith and hope in God. We knew God had brought us there. That year we had ridden our faith out into the unknowns. But that waiting. That very soul-jarring, heart-pounding… WAITING… was so worth it.

We went in to that store that day for groceries and necessities. But after my prayer that day … we came out with so much more.

That week we had been thinking about a ministry at our new church that had families in need of mattress sets. We were in hard times, but we still had a bed to lay our heads down on that night. Our hearts set sail to help.

“Oh, Jesus. We don’t have the money to buy such an expensive thing! But our hearts ache to provide this. I believe you can help us.”

Then…

He showed up.

Big time.

As I finished asking and thanking Him for any opportunity to help, I saw it.

As I turned down that aisle ~ a mattress set.

My heart skipped a beat.

The questions that anyone would naturally think started popping in my head like popcorn… temptations to question.

“Why would a grocery and clothing store have mattresses? Oh how I wish we had the money to get that set!”

Instead of listening to the mind chatter, I slowly walked up to it while my heart was pounding hard.

Dare I have the audacity to have so much faith that THIS set could be affordable? And by affordable I mean dirt cheap, friends. We had a tidbit of money left. We knew we needed it badly, but my soul was trusting what God was saying…

“I will provide if you trust.”

Everyone knows new mattress sets are at least a few hundred dollars. We didn’t have that much. But I was well aware that if I did as God asked then He’d fulfill my heart’s desire.

My husband had wanted the same thing. I slowly peeked at the price tag.

My heart fell out and I nearly bawled right there on the Meier tile floor. Could it be so?

Yes. Yes. And OH YES!

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. (1 John 5:14 ESV)

That very miracle-lit-up day, we walked out of that store with a new mattress set AND sheets for less than $120. A family got a new bed that day; a comfort I had taken for granted so many nights in my life.

Jesus knew our hearts were to give. I am convinced He gave two families a gift that day. One family would lay there heads down on a soft new mattress to sleep warm and snug in the precious hands of God. And my family got the gift of giving… all from those very same precious hands of God.

Jesus was in the mattress that day.

Waiting.
All because I asked.

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.  (Psalm 37:5 ESV)

Heather_Mertens_40YearWanderer_dot_com_biopicHeather, self-appointed “Ellipses Queen”, is a ‘Super Race-Runner’ after Jesus’ own heart. She loves to live #ALLIN for Him as a loved wife, proud mom, encourager to many, deep soul lover, big time laugher, voice-over wannabe, and freelance writer. She is currently writing two books – an autobiographical devotional and a Q&A book, with a panel of nearly 50 people from around the globe, about how God and faith factor into our lives. Heather writes at 40YearWanderer where she welcomes you to share soul-deep. She has wandered through a life full of some incredible things… all of which God has laid on her heart to share. She can also be found sharing whimsical funnies on Facebook .

14 Comments

  • Reply
    Beth
    June 18, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Heather, I am truly enjoying getting to know you better. I love the way you write…there is such passion and such love for Him. I love this story. I love how God provides. All He asks is that we trust…be ALLIN. Be all His. So wonderful to see you here sharing at Barbie’s. {Hugs} to you both.
    Beth recently posted..Three Word Wednesday: Consider it Joy {Hooah-Style}

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      Heather
      June 19, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      Beth, I can say the exact same things about you! I really enjoy your writing, your sharing of your heart. So very thankful I’m getting to know you. You have blessed me so very much. I feel like I’m getting to the heart of Beth with every post you share. ❤️
      Hugs dear, dear Sister in Christ.
      Heather recently posted..Trusting God While You Are In the Garden

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    Mary Geisen
    June 18, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Heather – the awesomeness of this post is beyond words! The miracle was in a mattress set. Your model of faith is a wonderful example for all. Thank you for sharing this moment and your heart. Love ya!
    Mary Geisen recently posted..You Are Able

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      Heather
      June 19, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      I appreciate your sincere encouragement and love here and on my blog, Mary! So much. I’m so enjoying getting to know you and how you are so dedicated to living in His plan. Your heart shines.
      Love you too dear Sister. You bless me. 🙂
      Heather recently posted..Dying To Live {Aware in Mental Health Month}

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    Susan Irene Fox
    June 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Heather, what a wonderful post and testament to the fact that He is always open to using us as a vessel for His great and glorious work. And thank you for introducing me to Barbie, a new sister! Bless you, sweet friend.
    Susan Irene Fox recently posted..His Command

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    Heather
    June 19, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Barbie,
    Thank you, dear lady! Welcoming me here to share is such a blessing! But I must say, getting to know you more and more – and seeing how many similar things we’ve experienced in life – has blessed me the most – tremdously. I want this sharing of my heart through words to always be about real connections and not forced. I love your heart for those real connections!
    Heather recently posted..Living the Half-Way Life… Are You?

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      Barbie
      June 19, 2014 at 10:44 pm

      Awe Heather! Thank you so much. I have loved getting to know you as well, and am thankful that God has brought us together through blogging.

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    Elisabeth
    June 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I love how God works things out when there seems to be no way. Our human understanding is so small.
    Elisabeth recently posted..Fashion Sketches and Achoo

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    Jennifer
    June 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Awwww! Love my friend, Heather! Love this story, and so glad to meet another one of her dear friends. Nice to meet ya’! 🙂
    Jennifer recently posted..Grace: Standing in the Face of Rejection and Failure

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    ~Karrilee~
    June 25, 2014 at 8:27 am

    I love how God provides… this was such a powerful testimony of His goodness and ability to work with us and through us, if only we are willing! From one Ellipses Queen to another… I love you, friend!
    ~Karrilee~ recently posted..No Words Are Needed… a Link up

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