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             Life at our house had not been going very smooth for around 6 months.  A string of circumstances had caused a major strain on our young family.  Our financial future had drastically changed only months before.  My husband had changed jobs several times and was working and living in a different state.  I wasn’t working because our third child was due in a few weeks.  These and other factors had caused our income to drop.  Because of job changes, we lost our private insurance and was forced to rely on state funded insurance or face outrageous medical bills due to the pregnancy. I was alone and pregnant with two little boys to care for.  Along with everything else, my four-year old had been complaining of a toothache for a couple of days, so I made a dentist appointment for him.  The first available appointment was two days away, we could handle the pain until then. 

In the mean time, I had to find a way to handle the unexpected expense.  The co-pay was only ten dollars, but at the time I didn’t have ten dollars.  I worried about that ten-dollar co-pay for a day and a half.  I didn’t have the cash.  I couldn’t write a check that I knew wouldn’t be good.  I didn’t want to borrow the money from my parents; they had already done so much for me.  I didn’t know what to do, except pray.  I prayed that night and stopped my worrying.  I still didn’t know how I was going to pay the dentist in the morning, but I knew it would be taken care of one way or another. 

As I put my children to bed the night before the appointment, I prayed for them, for our family, for our finances, for the ten dollars.  As I sat down to relax before going to bed myself I opened one of my books, a prayer book for parents, to the place I had been reading.  I read for a few minutes before something fell from the pages of the book.  There in my lap was a crisp ten-dollar bill.  My prayer had been answered.  I just needed to trust God with everything – even for ten dollars.

~Stephanie Dennard Stephens *

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