God is truly awesome and super amazing that I just have to shout to the world to testify to that! For my dear friends who know me well, you know my personal cares and struggles. I am broke because we have no projects anymore. My husband has been wayward spiritually and still is. The small projects he has could barely meet the demands though praise God, the children’s school needs are met. More than that, we have nothing. My personal bills are coming every month and I just don’t know how to pay them. I want to work because that’s the natural and most logical thing to do but God just closed every door I tried to get in. And every time He did, His message was clear. He didn’t want my attention away from Him because if I work I will be inattentive that I will certainly miss His voice when He speaks. I can only agree because I know He is right. I cannot work and pay attention to Him at the same time. I can’t work for mammon and serve Him. I had to make up my mind to either work for my needs or serve Him the way He wants and trust Him to meet my needs.
This past two weeks were most trying. Tuition fees, school requirements, daily allowance for the children, and yes bills. My credit cards were falling due. I have two and, yes, no need to tell me that I shouldn’t have gotten them in the first place. I already repented of that and the Lord has forgiven me. But the consequences remain and I have to face it. Tuition fees were paid on time, school requirements and the daily allowance were met but I had no budget for the cards. Due dates fell and I didn’t pay. As expected, after a week overdue, on Oct. 23, the bank called. What should I say? I told the guy honestly and calmly that I had no money when he asked the reason for the delay. He was very courteous and was impressed for my honesty, nevertheless, told me to at least pay for the overdue amount, gave me until the following day to settle it.
I knew I could not settle the amount the following day but I didn’t panic. I just knew I had to look up and trust Him to do something. Then I remembered I had a long overdue interview online for a possible online job. I contacted the company and they scheduled my Skype interview the following day. I thought if I’d get the job I could at least promise to pay at a definite date.
That night I went to see my mother at my sister’s place. She came all the way from Bohol to see my younger brother’s Art Exhibit. I was already thinking of asking her for help but I knew I would not because she’s opposed to my kind of life now, total surrender to His will no matter what. On the way with the children, someone called. I could only hear faintly in the midst of the traffic noise so I asked the lady to call again in a few minutes. She didn’t and I thought it was over. The following day she called again, telling me I was shortlisted for a job interview. I begged for a re-schedule because I was already booked for the online interview.
I was alone in the house for the Skype interview so I was confident I’d get the job especially that I already upgraded my internet speed as required, but still prayed that if it was not His will, then He should intervene. Then the awaited moment came. The interview went smoothly when all of a sudden the power fluctuated, cutting me off from the interviewer. It took a few precious and very critical minutes before I was reconnected. Well, I was not told it was unfortunate but I already knew its implication. Uninterrupted connection is one of the most important requisites for the job that’s why they prescribed a certain internet speed; since it’s a video-conference and with another applicant, I simply missed the important instructions for the demo. Was it coincidence? No, it was not. For a long time now there’s not been any power interruption so the timing was quite unusual.
In spite of the incident, I was still hopeful because of the other offer I got. Besides the call, I received an email plus two text messages from two more staffs of the same company. It was very tempting as there was the promise of an instant cash bonus which is more than enough to pay for my credit cards, plus other incentives should I come on Saturday and get hired the same day.
Saturday morning came and I was up earlier than usual for my children were going on a field trip. When left alone I was torn between going and praying. I felt strongly that I needed to stay and commune with Him. If I did I would be late yet I was afraid I’d miss His Word if I went. I sat down and got my Bible and decided to read it and pray hoping that He would eventually let me go to the interview that day. As I followed the reading plan, this Word caught my attention, “You see much but don’t pay attention; you open your ears but you don’t listen.” (Isaiah 42:20)
Then moving on to the New Testament part this is His Word I saw in bold letters: “… “Today, if you hear God’s voice, don’t harden your hearts as you did in the Bitter Quarrel.” (Hebrews 3:15)
Those were enough to convince me I should not go and so missed the opportunity. I had my peace as I prayed but when I began to speak of my needs, the Lord gave me something else to pray. I saw my son twice in his field trip attire and so had to intercede. Then I saw my daughter twice and also in her field trip attire. The scene that was strongly imprinted in my mind was when she was climbing on to something and as I prayed for the Lord to keep her safe I saw her reached the top. Then I saw a man fell in a construction site and a little girl in her P.E. uniform called, “Papa!”
I saw the face of the man but I really don’t know him. The girl’s uniform was the same as my children’s so I believe she’s from the same school. I interceded for the man and I believe that the Father would keep him safe if that was yet a future event. Then again I saw another scene. A woman was being helped into a car as I heard people yelling, “Ruthie, Ruthie!” Whatever the emergency I knew that God was again telling me to pray for her. I don’t know who Ruthie is, but certainly the Father cares for her.
I was praising the Lord for giving me the privilege to pray for others including my children. I would have missed it if I insisted on going to the interview. Lives are at stake and my prophetic intercessions would certainly make a difference.
My first testimony came that night when my children got home. Angel was proudly telling me she reached the top when she went rock climbing. She said she got nervous but then mustered all courage believing she could make it and so she did. Wow, so that was what I prayed about! I told her you made it because the Lord was with you. My children were praising God when I told them of my visions of them during the field trip.
This morning came my most awesome testimony. I already planned to call the bank before they call me again. I told my children to pray for me that the Lord would help me because I hadn’t paid my credit cards and I couldn’t really pay.
As I sat down to dial, I saw a text message from the bank reminding me to settle the amount but ignore the message if I already did. Well, I didn’t. As I couldn’t get straight to a CSR, I had to listen to the voice message asking me to input my card number and had to listen to the details of how much I owe, the amount I should settle when, and, etc. Then the surprise came as the voice said, “…you must pay “0.00 pesos” on or before ________. Your last payment was posted on Oct. 23, 2014 in the amount of ________...”
Hey, did I hear it right? I could hardly believe so I pressed the option to repeat the information while my children who were closely watching looked at me in amazement. Yes, I heard it right, my payment was posted on Oct. 23 and the amount paid was not only for the overdue but included what was yet to fall due. I put down the phone and excitedly told them what I heard. I said God paid my bill! Who could be paying for it when nobody knows my card number and the amount due? I didn’t even bother to know how much was actually due for I didn’t want to worry about it knowing there’s really nothing I could do. And I never told anyone about my problem! To be sure I wasn’t dreaming I dialed again after a few minutes and yes, truly it was paid!
I told my children, “See, God is with mommy. He speaks to me clearly and so I just can’t disobey Him.” My son quickly said, “Yes, I’ve known that a long time ago.” Praise God, my children know and they know that He is real.
Then I remembered the other card that’s supposed to be due also. Well, last Friday some CSR from the bank called me and offered additional feature at a very minimal fee as a reward for being a good and consistent payor. I thought, what? Praise God for that but I declined, telling him I have no budget for any more of their services.
As I figured out what happened, I realized that the payment was actually made on that same afternoon that the guy from the bank called me to tell me that my bill was overdue. So, the Father sent the payment even before I asked Him to intervene. Well, yes, I claimed His Word in Isaiah 65:24 that says, “Before they call I will answer, while they are still speaking I will hear.”
He once again kept His promise in Isaiah 58:11 which He gave me in 2011. It says, “The Lord will guide you always; He will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.”
The Lord knew well I didn’t have to get the job I thought I needed just so I could pay for my bills. Indeed, I praise Him for the intervention. But will He again pay them when they fall due next months? I don’t know but throughout this ordeal I know I learned to just trust and obey Him as I stood my ground against my family’s will. I know what lies ahead as all these years since I surrendered my will to Him He consistently showed me my future. There’s no way I’m turning back for I know my God who has led me this far. Everything that I have gone through and is going through this time is part of His training until I reach the day I will step into the fullness of my calling.
May this testimony inspire and encourage you all to hold on to Him for He is faithful. Praise Him and Him alone!
Much love in Yeshua,