As we've wandered through some treacherous ground, my faith has gotten tattered. Trusting God has become a scary place, one that I don't willingly go. My prayer time and faith life have suffered. As I cling to the remnants of my faith, encouraging my children in their faith has helped. As God answers prayers, I toss out others. He continues to answer, I continue to pray and my faith mends one stitch at a time.
My SIL is getting married in eight days. She has requested that our family look presentable(ie that her brother wear a suit). We realized that our boys should probably also look nice. Off to the mall we went in search of fancy clothing. We found matching suits for our boys and a very nice dress for Aris. As they tried on their fancy clothing, I realized that the dress I was wearing(the one I was planning on wearing to the wedding) wasn't as nice. As my size has changed often over the last several years, I don't have a lot of nice clothing anymore. I've looked for dresses, but it's really hard to find something nice and affordable. I had been praying for months that I would find something, but no such luck.
Until today. After choosing the children's clothing, I prayed very specifically to find a pretty dress, with a crinoline, that looked good on me and was affordable. Then I wandered over to the dress section. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that all the dresses were on sale today! After picking an armload of dresses and trying them on, Aris and I went back to the rack to find a different size. While we were there, a pink and black dress caught my eye. It isn't one that I would normally wear, but I tossed caution to the winds and tried it on. Oh! It fit, looked great and wonder of wonder had been marked down to $26!
Coming home I just had to write about my answer to prayer. Slowly slowly, one bit at a time, my faith is being healed. Thank you, God!