Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Promise in a Loaf of Bread

compliments of The Feathered Nest

It was my birthday, and the day God provided for me in a mighty way. My daughter was 4 years old at the time, and I was struggling as a single parent. I remember specifically wanting to make shredded wheat bread. My senses took over and I could almost taste and smell it. Reaching for my go-to cookbook, I found the recipe. I was ready!  There was just one problem. I didn't have all the ingredients. Going to the store was not an option.  I didn't have funds to make the purchases and I didn't think the store clerk would give me the items based on the fact it was my birthday.

In despair, I sat down at the table and started crying.  Not because I didn't have the ingredients for shredded wheat bread.  I was crying because I felt very alone and I was tired of life being incredibly hard.

A knock at my door snapped me out of my pity party.  It was my neighbor Maryanne, who knew it was my birthday and had a gift for me.  She asked if I liked shredded wheat bread as she handed me a loaf of warm bread she had just baked for my birthday.  True story!




I believe that God allowed the events of that morning to unfold this way, so I’d know without a shadow of a doubt who the source of the provision was from. God was speaking to me, and used my neighbor to accomplish His task.  I realized at that moment I was not alone, not abandoned, and not in despair.   He was right there with me.  My daughter and I were going to be okay.

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you;
he will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Deuteronomy 31:8

Update:  You can find the recipe for Shredded Wheat Bread here:
Shredded Wheat Bread Recipe


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32 comments:

Sylvia said...

God knows our needs before we do. He uses us to help others when we submit to His will. Thanks for sharing this today Abby, it is encouraging, Praying your day is blessed!

Jan Christiansen said...

I love this example of a "God Wink" (when God does something that's too much of a coincidence to be a coincidence). God Winks let us know that God is fully aware of exactly where we are, what we're feeling and what we need. Then, he orchestrates events to let us know that he knows and that he cares. I bet that was the best loaf of bread you ever ate. Baked with total love!

GCgirl said...

Sweet Abbey, I can relate with a few stories of my own. God is so gracious in not only providing for our needs, but doing so in a way that is so reassuring of His blessed presence and care for the details of our life. My sweetest times of fellowship have often come in my most difficult circumstances.

Linda Born said...

Tears in my eyes over the Lord's expression of love for His precious Abby on her birthday. He loves us so very much.

living from glory to glory said...

Dear Abby, that just blessed my heart and a true story from your friend is all the more wonderful!
I just needed that scripture!
He is our Daily Bread in the natural and the spiritual!
Love,Roxy

Bonnie Annis said...

Thank you Abby for posting this today. I needed it! God just confirmed a prayer request of mine as I read your blog post. I will email you about it later today. Thank you again. He is good all the time!

Linda M. said...

Hello Abby, I have not been to visit for some time. I read your post today and thought I'd stop by to say that your story touched me and I was in need of hearing the scripture passages. I've never heard of shredded wheat bread. I'll have to look that up and talk my daughter into baking some. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Net, the Movie Blogger said...

What a precious memory! It's so amazing how God cares about all of our needs, even the smallest things! God bless you! Net

Shoregirl said...

What a wonderful reminder that God cares about even the little things in our lives!

Teresa Arsenault said...

What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it.
Hugs,
Teresa

Ginny maxam said...

Great message today!! I love how The Lord lets us know he will never leave or forsake us!!
Thanks you for sharing this part of your Story!
Hugs,
Ginny Maxam

Mrs.T said...

Beautiful post, Abby! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful true story!

And yes, shredded wheat bread is wonderful, isn't it? I used to make it often.

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

Oh Abby! That was so touching and so beautiful. I love those Divine Appointments that nobody but children of God can understand. Thank you for telling it today. I pray that just the right woman who needs to read it will!
-Heather Elizabeth

Anonymous said...

Thank you.

Conniecrafter said...

so glad you shared this, what a wonderful testimony to how the Lord provides, always. Love how every day he uses those around us to prove that too!

Maxine D said...

Our God is truly an Awesome God - thank you for sharing this - what an encouragement!
Blessings
Maxine

Laura Marie Scoggins said...

Your blog is adorable. This is my first time visiting from #TellHisStory. I can so relate to your story. I became a divorced single mom when my daughter was 4 (she will be 30 next month), and we went through some pretty tuff times. I can't tell you the number of ways God showed up over the years like He did in your story. It's so awesome the way He shows us He is there looking out for us and cares about even the smallest things.

Vee said...

Now that's a great life story! I am sure that fhe shredded wheat bread never tasted so good. BTW, I have never heard of that kind of bread before.

Simply Shelley said...

That's what our God can do. I've experienced some very similar times when God revealed himself in such an awesome way. He is always so mindful of his children ♡ Bless you

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I'll never look at shredded wheat the same. How beautiful! ♥

Cathy Kuntz said...

Oh Abby I have been there . With 3 children to raise alone and my husband left us in debt. All I had was God and that was enough. I was taping my boys shoes with silver pipe tape and it was winter and their coats were tooo small and the door bell rang and a girl stood there that I had known and she wanted nothing to do with the Lord when I talked to her. But later she accepted the Lord and the Lord told her to go to my house and by my sons some winter coats. Isn't our God amazing.

Naomi said...

Abby, my friend, what a powerful witness to God's ever faithful presence. Thank you for sharing it at Monday's Musings. And I love the graphic!! Blessings to you.

Karen Letchworth said...

What a great card. Thanks so much for sharing with us, and please know how grateful I am to have you share with us.
Karen
Word Art Wednesday

Stephanie said...

Oh Abby, what a precious story! You will probably think I am crazy, but I got chills all over when I read what happened and what your sweet neighbor brought you.

Our dear Heavenly Father always knows just what we need and He is ALWAYS on time :) This was just beautiful!

Hugs to you and thank you for sharing at ROI.

Angela Hoynes said...

Wonderful story, one to cherish.

agravette said...

I love how God always shows Himself to us when we need Him most. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

Linda Young said...

Oh Abby, we would love to have your shredded wheat bread recipe! Your verse and graphic are so pretty!

Stephanie said...

Hi sweet friend! I wanted to you let you know that this delightful post has been featured at Roses of Inspiration. Thank you for sharing and I hope you join us again! Hugs to you!

Judy Goddard said...

Thank you for sharing your birthday blessing! I just love when things like that happen.

Those are the kinds of events when I can hear God giggling over our pleasure.

He sure does love us!

Red Rose Alley said...

Hello,
I'm coming over through Stephanie's blog. What a wonderful story. It made me smile. You got just what you were wanting at just the right time. How special is that?

Have a blessed week.

~Sheri

JES said...

Oh Abby, what a beautiful story of God's love! Sorry it took so long to visit this lovely post that you linked with us. We had family over this last week. What a family heirloom moment that you can pass down to your daughter also!

Jenn said...

Thank you for sharing. I needed this reminder today, at this moment.